Saturday, May 28, 2016

Avalon wins Sundance Audience Award

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Hi, everyone! I just received the good news that my short film AVALON won the Vimeo audience award at the Sundance Channel Short Film Competition. Thanks so much to everyone who voted. If you haven't seen the short film, you can watch it for free at eepurl.com/bYqgNr. Or, if you prefer, you can read the original screenplay here: http://amzn.to/1ARrqs0

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Avalon is nominated at Sundance

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Hi everyone! My film Avalon has been chosen as a finalist for the Vimeo Audience Award in the 2016 Sundance Channel Short Film Competition!

Beginning now you can vote for Avalon and invite your friends and family to vote too!

Please share this link with your friends and let them know they can vote every 24 hours! http://tiny.cc/scshortsBE

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Watch my latest short film

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Do you want to see my latest short film Next to Her?

I am giving you free and exclusive access to the film which is currently not available anywhere else.

Next to Her tells the story of an elderly man, Maurice, who visits his demented wife in the hospital. A shared lunch is the only thing they have left, but his wife's mind drifts off to the ghost of her deceased cat Avalon whom she sees walking around in her room.

I'd love to send you the short film so you can all see it. Click here to have access.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

How I get followers and retweets on Twitter?

Have you ever wondered how to get followers and retweets on Twitter?

Based on my success with Traveling Cats, Mastronardi Software asked me about my secrets on how I grew my Twitter following and how I get at least 50 retweets per post. The result is a comprehensive Twitter course that consists of an e-book and one month of training through email where you can ask me for advice, opinions and everything else regarding Twitter.

You can check out the course at The Ultimate Twitter Marketing Strategy Course for Your Business (there's also a Dutch version: De ultieme Twitter marketing strategie voor bedrijven).

how to get followers and retweets on Twitter?


What will you learn with this Twitter training?


  • How to get at least 1000 new followers on Twitter every month?
  • How to guarantee your tweets will be listed in the 'Top Tweets' of Twitter?
  • How to get at least 50 retweets for everything you post on Twitter?
  • How to get thousands of views for each tweet?
  • How to find potential clients on Twitter?
  • How to use Twitter in only twenty minutes per week?


Twitter giveaway

The good news is that I can give away a free copy of this Twitter course (email training included) to one lucky reader. All you have to do is fill in the Rafflecopter below.

The giveaway is open worldwide and ends April 20th. Good luck!


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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

BIFFF 2016: Q&A sessions

In the following two weeks I'll be hosting several Q&A sessions with movie directors at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival BIFFF 2016. The Q&As are open to the public, so feel free to stop by if you're in the area.

Here are the films I'll be talking about:


Banjo

On March 31st, I'll be hosting a Q&A with director Liam Regan about Banjo, a Troma-esque horror comedy in which an imaginary friend manipulates a young man to exact revenge on his tormenting co-workers.

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Summer Camp

Four American counselors at a European summer camp must deal with the outbreak of a rage-inducing plague among the children they are supervising.

I'll be discussing this Spanish slasher movie during my Q&A with director Alberto Marini on April 3rd.


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Blood on Méliès' Moon


After almost twenty years, cult director Luigi Cozzi (often credited as Lewis Coates) is back with Blood on Méliès' Moon, a meta murder mystery steeped in cinema. Luigi Cozzi plays himself in Blood on Méliès' Moon. So are Lamberto Bava and Dario Argento.

Luigi Cozzi will be discussing this fun project during his Q&A session on April 9th.

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Battledream Chronicle

On April 10th, I'm hosting a Q&A with director Alain Bidard on Battledream Chronicle, the first animated movie from Martinique in which a young slave is trying to regain her freedom in a futuristique world where plantations are video games.


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Sunday, March 13, 2016

Let's Scare Jessica to Death

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I'm proud to announce that I'll be giving an introduction to John D. Hancock's Let's Scare Jessica to Death at the Offscreen Film Festival in Brussels on March 20th.

In this chilling ghost story from 1971, the fragile Jessica longs for a new beginning, having recently been released from a psychiatric hospital. She isolates herself in an old farmhouse with her husband and a friend. But is she safe from the aftermath of her mental illness? Once she hears the local stories about vampires roaming the countryside, Jessica starts having nightmarish visions that will defy everything she has ever experienced before.

The premise sounds cliché, but believe me when I say that Let's Scare Jessica to Death is THE eeriest horror movie ever made. Whenever someone asks me about my favorite horror film, Let's Scare Jessica to Death is always the first that comes to mind. It has been that way for over twenty years and I'm sure I'll be citing this film as my favorite for many years to come.

A lot of the film's strength has to do with Zohra Lampert's magnificent performance. She makes you experience what it feels like to live in a state of constant fear and uncertainty and to desperately try to fit in when you know you are too awkward to be truly loved.

However, what makes John D. Hancock's film a genre masterpiece is how its eeriness gets under your skin and how it imprints nightmarish visuals onto your memory the way very few other horror films can.

Its dreamlike photography will put you in a sort of trance and the myriad of details depicting death (the hearse, the gravestone etchings, the ghostly appearances) are a foreboding of how that dream will eventually unfold into a terrifying nightmare.

You will probably want to ponder whether the visions Jessica is having are real or not. I urge you, though, to not analyze the story too much. Jessica is a film that needs to be experienced.

P.S. Those of you who read my supernatural thriller, Drowned Sorrow, will probably recognize many elements from Let's Scare Jessica to Death: the dead people coming out of the water, the strange villagers grouping together, the apparition in the lake, the description of the village, etc ;-)

To buy your tickets for Let's Scare Jessica to Death, go to www.offscreen.be.

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