June 23, 2017

“Among Us” Feature Length Screenplay: Horror Films in Hotlanta 2017 Official Selection

“Among Us” by Arturo Portillo is a very well developed screenplay by an accomplished screenwriter. There is no doubt that the character development, scary situations and attention to detail make “Among Us” a great read and hopefully soon, will make an awesome film.

Tagline: “After an accidental chemical spill from a military convoy contaminates a swarm of mosquitoes and changing their DNA, strange humanoid creatures begin to manifest from within human flesh after they’re bitten by the insects.”

Arturo graduated from New Mexico State University majoring in Broadcast TV News Journalism. While attending college, he learned reel to reel editing as well as non-linear editing, videography and photo-journalism. He studied in Mark Medoff’s (Tony award winner for ‘Children Of a Lesser God) creative writing course. He began writing his first script when he was 11 years old after he was inspired by his teacher and has been writing ever since. Not only is he a writer and director, but he also is an actor, having worked on such movies as Due Date being Robert Downey Jr’s stand in and working along side Colin Hanks and Eric Balfour in the indie film RX, directed by Ariel Vromen (The Iceman).

June 22, 2017

“Misguided” Feature Length Screenplay: Horror Films in Hotlanta 2017 Official Selection

Louisiana screenwriter Linda Hullinger weaves quite the twisted tale in her feature length Horror Screenplay, “Misguided.” Linda has a unique way of creating the confusion surrounding an injury as the main character, Olivia, struggles to avoid a dangerous situation and keep a grip on reality.

Tagline: “After a head injury leaves a well-known psychic medium with amnesia and in the hands of a disturbed backwoods woman with twisted religious beliefs, she must escape captivity before she is forced to be baptized in a snake-filled pond.”

June 22, 2017

“Good-bye God, I’ve gone to Bodie” Feature Length Screenplay: Horror Films in Hotlanta 2017 Official Selection

Screenwriter Kirby Wright’s feature length screenplay “Good-bye God, I’ve gone to Bodie” is one bizarre concept for a screenplay. Mix up a few good laughs, Zombies, Science Fiction and you get a really well written screenplay by Kirby Wright. 

Tagline: “The filming of a Zombie Western takes on supernatural dimensions when a minor character crosses over to the other side.”

Biography: Kirby Wright was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is a graduate of Punahou School in Honolulu and the University of California at San Diego. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. Wright has been nominated for five Pushcart Prizes and is a past recipient of the Honolulu Weekly Nonfiction Award, the Jodi Stutz Memorial Prize in Poetry, the Ann Fields Poetry Prize, the Academy of American Poets Award, the Robert Browning Award for Dramatic Monologue, and Arts Council Silicon Valley Fellowships in Poetry and The Novel. BEFORE THE CITY, his first poetry collection, took First Place at the 2003 San Diego Book Awards. Wright is also the author of the companion novels PUNAHOU BLUES and MOLOKA’I NUI AHINA, both set in Hawaii. He was a Visiting Fellow at the 2009 International Writers Conference in Hong Kong, where he represented the Pacific Rim region of Hawaii and lectured with Pulitzer Prize winner Gary Snyder. He was also a Visiting Writer at the 2010 Martha’s Vineyard Residency in Edgartown, Mass., the 2011 Artist in Residence at Milkwood International, Czech Republic, and the 2014 Resident Scholar at the Earthskin Artist Colony in New Zealand. Wright’s futuristic thriller, THE END, MY FRIEND, and his second poetry collection, THE WIDOW FROM LAKE BLED, were both released in 2013. He was nominated an unprecedented three times in three different categories at the 2013 San Diego Book Awards. His third poetry collection, NOTES ABOVE WATER, was published in 2014. Wright’s second play, Asylum Uncle, opened at the Secret Theatre’s LIC Festival in New York on November 4th, 2016. He was the 2016 Artist in Residence at the Eckerö Mail and Customs House in the Åland Islands, Finland. His third play, Rag Of Man, opened at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre on February 22nd, 2017. His coming of age memoir set in Hawaii is forthcoming in 2018.

June 19, 2017

“I See You Everywhere” Horror Films in Hotlanta 2017

A dark horror film from the mind of Spanish director Rubén Méndez, “I See You Everywhere” has one of the most stunning opening scenes of any film accepted to Horror Films in Hotlanta 2017. Actor Oscar Doviso’s leading role is very creepy and he does a great job of delivering his character.
June 19, 2017

“Diggum” Short Screenplay: Horror Films in Hotlanta 2017 Official Selection

“Diggum” by screenwriter Isaac Thorne deeply explores the human mind of a man that is unable to deal with grief. Reminiscent of the film “Falling Down,” the main character, Diggum, struggles with reality in a way that keeps you engaged until the very last word.

Tagline: “When personal tragedy strikes, some men pray. Other men despair. This man goes to war. Meet Diggum, the local graveyard caretaker, who lives in a small cottage at the edge of the lot. Diggum has spent most of his life angry with God, whom he blames for the devastating house fire that cost Diggum his family. But Diggum has a secret. It is a secret he will carry to his own grave. His story is one of rage and revenge. At some point in our lives, we all ask the “why” question. Diggum demands an answer.”

Director’s Statement: Growing up in a rural area of the Southern United States provided me with a relatively narrow exposure to religion. It was all protestant, all white, and incredibly limited to the 1930s in its style and substance. As I matured and traveled, I discovered that not everyone in the world has the same belief systems. I also discovered that an individual’s belief systems very much influences his or her behavior and decision making at critical moments. Thus was born the idea for Diggum, who is a man of his time and upbringing even though he doesn’t much care for either. Originally a short story, I envisioned a screen version of Diggum as being akin to an episode of The Twilight Zone or HBO’s Tales From The Crypt.

Screenwriter Isaac Thorne

June 19, 2017

“60:00 To Live Or Die” Feature Screenplay: Horror Films in Hotlanta 2017

“60:00 To Live Or Die” is an excellent screenplay with suspenseful moments and good character development. The writer created several different personalities with the characters that are easy to relate and all carry certain flaws that make them human. It’s a well-written screenplay with a strong ending. The judges consider Bob Giordano to be one of the most talented screenwriters in this festival. From the preparation and casting on their website, it looks like the production of this film is imminent. Good luck to the producers of 60:00 To Live Or Die.

Tagline: “60:00 To Live Or Die is a thriller that follows the turmoil of a dozen strangers plucked from their very ordinary lives and forced to participate in a perverted game in which each hour they must choose one of their own to die. A stockbroker, a mother, a waitress, a construction worker, a tart – archetypes of every demographic – all in the same position. Who they were, who they pretended to be, no longer matters. In the end there are only two choices: life or death. And it is not a matter of if, but how, each will play the game.”

June 18, 2017

“Croak” Horror Films in Hotlanta 2017 Official Selection

Croak” is an Atlanta home grown creature feature, Written and Directed by Matt Barrett. Starring Patrick Basquill, Ben Pellington and Anthony Reynolds. If you love or hate those four-legged amphibians, catch this short film at the first “Horror Films in Hotlanta” Theatrical Screening event on July 17th, 2017 @ Synchronicity Theatre in Atlanta, GA.

Tagline: A deadbeat party boy flies off the handle when his roommate suddenly moves out. Picking the wrong battle, he takes out his anger on those damn frogs in his backyard.

June 18, 2017

“College Beach Party Massacre 4” Feature Screenplay: Horror Films in Hotlanta 2017 Official Selection

There’s nothing like a Horror sequel to an imaginary franchise. “College Beach Party Massacre 4” may be just that, but could also start off a new unstoppable run of films if screenwriter Greg Sisco get’s a production company to shoot this film. It’s really well written, with the right mix of lighthearted moments and Horror genre satisfaction.

June 18, 2017

“The Man in the Middle of the Desert” Feature Screenplay: Horror Films in Hotlanta 2017 Official Selection

Screenwriter Greg Cisco’s screenplay “The Man in the Middle of the Desert” is a detailed story with great character arcs. The judges were impressed by the way Greg wrote the antagonists role with a bit of mystery that is not an obvious reveal. The writing is very seasoned and refined.

Tagline: “A lesbian couple and a pair of murderesses, all fleeing sadistic men from their pasts, run afoul of each other when they become stranded in the desert. But the four must band together following the appearance of a mysterious man more sadistic than anything they could have imagined.”

June 18, 2017

“Little Red Riding Hood” Horror Films in Hotlanta 2017 Official Selection

Directed by Daniel Jenny and Stéphane Guenin from Paris, France, Little Red Riding Hood is a visually stunning short horror film with a fresh twist on this classic fairy tale. Actors Lena Marteens, Yannick Derrien and Ambre Vanecloo deliver excellent performances with great timing. Please attend the “Horror Films in Hotlanta” theatrical event on July 17, 2017, to see a film that has rarely been shown in US Theaters.

Tagline: “Once upon a time, there was a little girl, the most beautiful little girl one could ever see, who lived in a town near the forest and everyone called her Little Red Riding Hood. As she was going to visit her grandmother who was hill, dawdling along in the woods… What happened next? Nothing you’ve ever heard before…”