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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Assorted Bits & Pieces: After Dark News & Japan Society Samurai Showings

This edition of 'Assorted Bits & Pieces' involves some promotion for two separate events. The first is a bit of news regarding Lionsgate and their After Dark Horror fest. The second news info is in regards to the Japan Society's upcoming festival in New York featuring some renowned films of some famous actors and actresses...


After Dark Films Together with Lionsgate & Syfy Produces A New Generation Of Horror With Eight ORIGINALS Set To Release Third Quarter 2010

Los Angeles, CA (March 11, 2010) — Building on the success and brand awareness of the After Dark Horrorfest 8 Films To Die For ® brand, After Dark Films, in cooperation with Lionsgate and NBC Universal’s Syfy, has created a new series, After Dark Originals (ADO).

Tapping into the vast and innovative talent of directors and filmmakers from Horrorfest’s acquisitions over the past 4 years, After Dark has taken the horror festival concept to a higher level. After Dark Originals showcases eight new cutting edge horror films spanning the genre. The mission is to create high quality horror films that provide After Dark full control from script concept through final editing. The first installment of ADO includes Husk, Fertile Ground, Scream Of The Banshee, Prowl, The Task, Re-Kill, Seconds Apart and 51. Notable directors and writers include Brett Simmons, whose short film Husk took Sundance by storm several years ago, Steven C. Miller of Automaton Transfusion fame, and previous After Dark writer/director Adam Gierasch (Autopsy). All ADO films were shot in the US and Bulgaria.

"The writers and directors in our After Dark Originals line are outstanding. We are excited to showcase their work and to give a home to all this fresh young talent that we will continue to develop over time", says After Dark Films owner and CEO, Courtney Solomon.

Currently seven of the eight films have been filmed and are in post-production. The eighth to slated to start production this month. All eight Originals will be released in Third Quarter 2010 with a new and innovative marketing and release strategy. Additionally, the second set of Originals has already been green lit and will start production in July 2010.

About After Dark Films:
After Dark Films, an Independent motion picture studio, was formed in 2006 by director/filmmaker Courtney Solomon and Hong Kong based real estate magnate Allan Zeman. After Dark Films’ first motion picture film release was An American Haunting (2006) starring Sissy Spacek and Donald Sutherland. Co-founder and CEO Courtney Solomon wrote, produced, and directed this film under the newly formed After Dark Films banner.

After the release of An American Haunting, partners Solomon and Zeman formed a multi-year marketing and distribution deal for Horrorfest "8 Films To Die For®" between After Dark Films and Lionsgate Entertainment, with After Dark handling theatrical marketing & releases and Lionsgate handling the distribution of all ancillary forms of media (Home Video, Pay TV, Pay Per View). After Dark Films just released Horrorfest 4 in theaters on January 29, 2010.

Building on the success of Horrorfest, After Dark will release the first 8 films of originally produced horror films in September 2010 under the moniker After Dark Originals.

The post below I altered slightly from the way it was originally sent to me....

The Japan Society’s latest Monthly Classics screenings are on the evening of March 20th, 2010. This event features ZATOICHI ON THE ROAD and SCAR YOSABURO. The films star world renowned actors, Shintaro Katsu (brother of Tomisaburo Wakayama of LONE WOLF & CUB fame) and Raizo Ichikawa (star of SLEEPY EYES OF DEATH and SHINOBI NO MONO series), respectively. Each film highlights the unique skills of their stars, one brutish yet charming, the other suavely enigmatic.

On queue is our 2010 Globus Film Series, “Mad, Bad… & Dangerous to Know: Three Untamed Beauties” (March 31 – April 18), presenting 13 rare films of actresses Ayako Wakao, Meiko Kaji (FEMALE CONVICT SCORPION series and LADY SNOWBLOOD) and Mariko Okada. At the opposite end of the stereotype of docile Japanese women—heroic good mothers, chaste daughters and hardworking faithful wives—the three actresses embodied the transgression of limits, breaking rules, flouting norms and generally upsetting everyone.

More information on these exciting events is available at the Japan Society website. We also encourage you to visit our blog, featuring updates on contemporary Japanese cinema.

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