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The President of the United States has been bitten by a werewolf and is loose on the streets of Washington on a killing rampage! This comedy/horror/political satire is also a ‘green movie,’ made entirely out of recycled stock and public domain film footage culled from over one hundred grainy government instructional shorts, classroom education movies, vintage stag reels and long lost b-movie features. Director Mike Davis re-dubs and reassembles the old footage with new dialogue supplied by a talented cast of voice actors led by Marc Evan Jackson (as John Wolfman) and a wild new storyline to create the ultimate midnight movie mash-up!
“Perfect for fans of campy horror.” – The Washington Post
“The crowd was in hysterics!” – Sydney Underground Film Festival
“A new way of filmmaking.” – Las Vegas Review-Journal
“Astounding… as fun and funny as any movie composed of original footage.” – Mike Everleth, BadLit.com
“A candidate both parties can get behind.” – The Huffington Post
“Two words: President Wolfman.” – John Serba, MichiganLive.com
9/8 Sydney Underground Film Festival
9/28 Atlanta Underground Film Festival (Audience Choice Best Feature)
10/13 Spooky Movie Film Festival, Washington DC
10/18 Pollygrind Film Festival, Las Vegas
10/19 Thriller Chiller Film Festival, Grand Rapids MI
10/19 Infest, Spectacle Theater, Williamsburg (Brooklyn) NY
10/25 Costa Rica Festival of Terror
10/27 Zed Fest, Los Angeles (showcase)
10/28 New Orleans Horror Film Festival
10/30 Aliens to Zombies Convention and Film Festival, Hollywood, CA (Best Feature)
11/3 Laemmle Music Hall 3 screening, Los Angeles
11/13 Zinema Zombiefest, Bogota, Colombia
11/29 Another Hole in the Head, San Francisco
July 4th is a significant date for many reasons. It’s the day our founding fathers declared independence from Great Britain and created democracy. It’s also the day that a young Benjamin Franklin emerged from his Philadelphia workshop to demonstrate his latest invention: the firework, the celebratory lighting of which remained a tradition until two years ago when they were outlawed. Today also marks an important announcement from the team behind President Wolfman: ladies and gentlemen, we have a cut!
This does not mean the movie is finished, not by any stretch. The edited footage is undergoing the arduous process of after effects by our talented post production team. Because President Wolfman is made up of footage cobbled together from over one hundred source films, there is a varying look to all the clips. Some are washed out and blurry, others are tinted red from damage, some are oversaturated and overexposed. We’re not trying to fool anybody, but giving the footage a certain uniformity will help keep people being distracted by the discrepancies and ‘sell’ the movie visually as a linear story.
Another way to do this is through sound. Most people don’t notice sound while watching a movie, but even in big Hollywood productions, it’s a vital component in making the footage flow. Without great sound, the audience becomes too aware that what they are watching is a movie as opposed to a cinematic version of real life that needs to be engrossing enough to make one forget about real life while they are watching. If the viewer becomes painfully aware that what they are seeing is fake, the viewing experience can often become painful. Sound brings you into the fold, subtly convinces you that you are in the room with these characters, or in the plane, or the forest. This is all fancy talk, especially in the context of our little low budget, low brow production, but when making a green movie it’s an important point to stress. It’s one thing you shouldn’t scimp on.
Sound design and sound mixing have yet to be done, but we’re working on it. For now, the dialogue has edited together and laid into the rough cut of the footage. That footage has been edited to fit the audio of the dialogue and has come in at a svelte eighty minutes, a very acceptable length for this kind of flick. We’re working around the clock to have something presentable to submit to film festivals, many with deadlines this month, so that the movie can screen before the election in November. But for now, on this fateful day, I’m happy to say that we have a movie.
In celebration, we are unveiling the official President Wolfman logo and teaser poster created by the brilliant designer and co-producer of the movie, Miles Flanagan. Enjoy!
With the casting process underway for our new ‘green’ movie project PRESIDENT WOLFMAN, our job is to match talented voice actors with their on screen counterparts. To help, we’ve assembled a series of stills showcasing the lead characters in the movie and can’t wait to begin filling their mouths with some wild new dialogue. Have a look!
You may recognize some faces from the source material we are culling our footage from, but we can guarantee the similarities end there. Part of the fun of this process is creating new people from their original incarnations using images like these as templates. Now it will be up to the voice cast to fully “flesh” them out.
Today we launched a Kickstarter campaign to finish our new ‘green’ feature film “PRESIDENT WOLFMAN.”
You are invited to get involved in the creation of this movie by donating funds or by simply spreading the word on your Facebook page, Twitter, or website. We need your help!
Please check out the Kickstarter site for great rewards, and how your participation can make this movie happen!
C E L L U D R O I D
Sci-Fi / Anime / Fantasy Film Festival
5 – 14 July 2011
The Labia Theatre, 68 Orange Street, Cape Town, ZA
TWO YEAR GUARANTEE
CAPTAIN AMAZING LAD Part 1 & 2
MANUAL PRACTICO DEL AMIGO IMAGINARIO
SONS OF CHAOS
THE STORY MAKER
CAPTAIN AMAZING LAD Part 3
R I C H A R D S T A N L E Y F E A T U R E F I L M S :
R I C H A R D S T A N L E Y
D O C U M E N T A R I E S & S H O R T F I L M S :
THE SECRET GLORY
aka: The Secret Glory of SS Obersturmfuhrer Otto Rahn
“Stanley manages to conjure up the vision of a grand quest, which began in the 13th century and hasn’t lost its alluring power” - Oldenburg Film Festival Combining rare archival footage, old letters and photographs to tell the story of Otto Rahn (1904 – 1939), who worked in the Occult division of the Nazi hierarchy. Rahn was convinced that he knew where to find the Holy Grail and, after being nominated as an SS officer, he finally had the resources to pursue his quest. What he discovered remains as mysterious as his untimely demise in 1939.
This documentary will be followed by a Richard Stanley talk on his related book Shadow Of The Grail.
THE WHITE DARKNESS & VOICE OF THE MOON documentary shorts will be screened together:
VOICE OF THE MOON
Recorded in Afghanistan in the late 80’s, with some Mujaheddin rebels (and also the late war journalist Carlos Mavroleon, who worked as producer), the film follows the people’s daily attempts to survive in a country being torn to pieces by the Russian invasion. During the shooting, Richard also encountered the Taliban. Originally made for UNICEF, the sound design is a mixture of Sufi poem and the incandescent music of Simon Boswell.
THE WHITE DARKNESS
Richard was commissioned by the BBC to film a Haitian segment for their documentary series Last of the Medicine Men, focusing on Voodoo practices. Wandering around the countryside and recording their observations, the crew witnessed at first hand that Voodoo, usually coined as re-animating the dead, is mostly about interacting with and being possessed by other world spirits, a tradition which has lived through the occupation and missionary eras and has just recently been acknowledged as a certified religion amongst others.
Richard Stanley Short Films :
CHILDREN OF THE KINGDOM
Part of the series initiated by the Oldenburg Film Festival called Europe – 99euro Films. Essentially filmmakers were given 99euros to make a short film. Richard made his in the London underworld.
(will screen before Hardware)
THE MOTHER OF TOADS
A young American anthropology student and his girlfriend encounter a genuine old world witch while holidaying in the South of France. Their rational, essentially secular 21st century world view leaves them utterly unprepared for dealing with the reality of the supernatural evil that enthralls and seduces the hapless couple with bizarre, terrifying and ultimately tragic consequences. The film was designed as a homage to the EC and Warren horror comics of the past and forms the opening segment of the upcoming anthology film Theatre Bizarre that will showcase the work of outsider directors – Karim Hussein, Doug Buck, Buddy Giovanazzo and Tom Savini.
(will screen before Dust Devil)
A long-term interest of Richard Stanley has been the search for the Holy Grail and the Cathar genocide, which took place in the Languedoc, and the Nazi occult division’s search for this elusive treasure. He now lives in Montsegur, at the foot of the holy mountain on which stands the Cathar fortress itself. He has just published a book called The Shadow of the Grail – Magic and Mystery at Montsegur.
Richard will introduce his book with an audience talk after the screening of his related documentary The Secret Glory.
For info on the book, see http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/shadow-grail-enhanced-version/id414450252?mt=11