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    Shriekfest Radio: Denise Gossett interviews Billan Lee

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    Shriekfest Radio:  Denise Gossett interviews Billan Lee, 2014's winner of the best horror feature screenplay Ghost of Vengeance!  



    Born and raised in Oakland California and lifelong Northern California resident. 
    1996, attended Academy of Art, San Francisco, California, majoring in Advertising/Copywriting. 
    1996-2000, won a few student awards in Copywriting/Advertising. 
    Received internship in a up and coming advertising agency, received job offer which was later declined.
    Later returned to the Academy of Art in 2003 and studied Filmmaking, majoring in cinematography and directing 
    Ghost of Vengeance is completed in 2013, rewritten and polished countless times until it is entered in Shriekfest 2014. 
    October 2014, GOV wins Shriekfest Full Length Screenplay. Holy Shit. 
    Late October 2014, Ghost of Vengeance has received full funding for a complete Graphic Novel.
    December 2014, completing legal paperwork for graphic novel of Ghost of Vengeance and hiring creative team. Plans are to be able to go to print in 2015 with graphic novel. 

  • 01:01

    Shriekfest Radio! Denise Gossett interviews filmmaker/writer David Siudzinski!

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    David Siudzinski is a filmmaker who has written fourteen feature-length screenplays, which have garnered awards from Shriekfest, Indie Gathering, Beverly Hills, Fresh Voices, and Austin Film Festival. 


    He has created numerous short films and an online news series. 


    He is currently producing a documentary on the chess coach of Former World Chess Champion Bobby Fischer. His documentary, originally capturing the life and times of Reverend International Grandmaster William J. Lombardy, has morphed into a tale about how Reverend Lombardy’s landlord has been trying to unlawfully evict him (and other disabled seniors) from their places of residence for decades so as to kick out rent-stabizated tenants, in violation of New York State Laws.


    In the process of helping Reverend Lombardy from being evicted, my Director of Photography and I have discovered that the state courts and state agencies are favoring professional landlords in violation of the United States Constitution. 


    The documentary will show how the Federal District Court will rule on a pending motion for a preliminary injunction and restraining order against New York City Housing Court, and what will ultimately happen to a legendary Grandmaster.

  • 00:59

    Shriekfest Radio Denise Gossett interviews Jason Brawn

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    Shriekfest Radio     Festival Director/Founder Denise Gossett interviews filmmaker Jason Brawn!

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    Shriekfest Radio: Denise Gossett interviews Jason Virgadamo/ Renfield Rasputin

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    Shriekfest Radio:  Denise Gossett interviews Jason Virgadamo/ Renfield Rasputin.  


    Jason Virgadamo was born and raised in Houston Texas on a healthy diet of horror. Before kindergarten he had already seen John Carpenter's The Fog and was reciting Edgar Allan Poe for his fifth grade poetry recital.


     


    As a teenager he tried to copy his idols Alice Cooper and KISS by playing guitar in theatrical rock bands.


     


    Forced by his parents to pursue a more "steady career" he pursued medicine but did not leave horror far behind.


     


    After a trip to New Orleans in 2010 he started writing his first screenplay LaLaurie. Soon after he started writing short horror stories, dabbling in film making, and revived his theatrical musical group using the penname Renfield Rasputin.


     


    In 2014 he entered LaLaurie into Shriekfest Film Festival screenplay competition and became a finalist. This was his first and only competition he has ever entered.

  • 00:59

    Shriekfest Radio! Denise Gossett interviews screenwriter Nick Morris!

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    Nick often imagined what his own “perfect horror movie” would look like. Inspired by the fun and imaginative 80’s fright-flicks he grew up watching over and over, he would go on to write UNDEATH, his first screenplay.


    Shortly thereafter, UNDEATH would be named a ShriekFest finalist, as well as a R.I.P. Horror FilmFest finalist. Nick is thoroughly committed to seeing his dream realized on screen and is currently adapting UNDEATH into a TV series.


    Nick is a loving husband, father of two and owner of an extensive collection of horror memorabilia that has been almost entirely relegated to the darkest corner of the basement.

  • 00:59

    Shriekfest Radio! Denise Gossett interviews Alex Bram!

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    "Best Director Award"(2012 LA Film, TV and Webisode Festival) winner, Alex Bram is on a mission to bring suspense, surrealism and quality back to horror.


    Gaining support as a new voice, his various projects have been able to attract legendary figures of the genre rallying behind him. For his werewolf epic, “NEW BREED,” Special Creature Make-Up Effects legend Steve Johnson (“American Werewolf in London,” “Species”) has joined to deliver on the concept of applying the latest technology available, in the most tasteful yet terrifying way, to bring to life beasts like we’ve never seen before.


    Eduardo Sanchez (Blair Witch Project Director) will bring Bram’s “CLOUDLAND” to life. That project is being spearheaded by Jeffrey Reddick, the creator of “Final Destination.” Reddick is both co-screenwriter with Bram and Executive Producer. 


    Alex Bram’s award-winning psychological thriller "Body of Work" honors the tradition of Alfred Hitchcock, while at the same time, using modern technology to bring about a new wave of suspenseful filmmaking. That film brought two "Best Cinematography" awards and one Canadian "People's Choice".
    For three years, Bram founded and ran the "Carnival of Darkness Film Festival," which showcased the very best short horror films from around the world. This yearly event was held at Los Angeles Film School and was put on like a twisted carnival experience. 


     


     

  • 01:00

    Shriekfest Radio! Denise Gossett interviews Alan Baxter!

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    Alan R. Baxter graduated from Chapman University with a BFA in Film/TV Production. He got his first break as a page at Paramount Studios and later worked as an assistant on the hit shows, “Frasier” and “ER.” His scripts won awards in the Action on Film Festival, Worldfest Houston and Ventura Film Festival. One of his scripts was a finalist in the Carl Sautter Memorial Television Outreach Program. Alan has been a screenplay finalist at Shriekfest in 2006, 2007, and 2014!  He currently lives in Santa Clarita, CA with his wife and they're expecting their first child. 

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    Shriekfest Radio! Denise Gossett interviews John Klein

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    JOHN KLEIN is a happily married director and cinematographer, lover of dogs, Instagram addict (@windycitycamera), and all-around happy dude. He has shot projects of all shapes, sizes, and budgets; whether it's short films like the neo-noir Fate Accompli or feature films such as the character-driven NightLights, or whether it's traveling around the globe for the Bangladesh documentary Strong Bodies Fight, or lensing the HBO GO web series "Single Long" in his hometown of Chicago, he's always eager to collaborate and tell unique stories in a visually dynamic style.  John is also the executive producer of Glass City Films, a Midwest-based production company through which he has overseen as producer and directed several short and feature films, including the award-winning post-apocalyptic thriller Chrysalis, currently available both online and on DVD.  Chrysalis screened at Shriekfest in 2014!

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    Shriekfest Radio! Denise Gossett interviews filmmaker Brian Belefant!

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    A long time ago, I was a copywriter.  I was at Scali McCabe Sloves, Chiat/Day, Stein Robaire Helm, Borders Perrin & Norrander, and BBDO, along with a couple of other companies that I thought were ad agencies because of the creative way they were named after people, but that turned out to be accounting firms or something. Somebody told me that you couldn't be a director unless you went to school for it, so I took a bunch of film classes at UCLA, NYU, and SVA, and even though some people might tell you otherwise, I managed to learn stuff. Then I started asking people to hire me to direct their commercials and some of them did.It's been about twenty years now, of me wearing a hat, wandering around on the set, and saying "cut" without getting into any trouble. I must be really good at it, too, because sometimes people ask me to do it over and over and not because I got it wrong and they want me to try again until I get it right. I even got a bunch of certificates and trophies and stuff -- including a really ugly hood ornament from the London International Advertising Awards.  And not just for commercials. I sometimes get to direct films -- which are just like commercials only they're longer and there's more talking and sometimes naked people in them -- and documentaries, which are just like commercials only the people you point the camera at usually know even less about how to make the film go than I do. 


    Brian won Best Horror Comedy short film in Shriekfest 2002 and had a screenplay finalist in 2002 as well with his script "The Lakeside Slasher". 

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    Shriekfest Radio! Denise Gossett interviews Brad McHargue!

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    Brad McHargue is a film critic, festival programmer & host, and screenwriter living in Denver, CO. He currently contributes film reviews and festival coverage to Dread Central and Denver-area newspaper the Brighton Standard Blade, and every October you can find him on the stage introducing films he helped program for the Telluride Horror Show in beautiful Telluride, CO. 

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    Shriekfest Radio! Denise Gossett interviews writer/dir/prod Richard Brandes!

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    Richard Brandes is an accomplished writer, director, and producer of over two dozen
    feature films. His extensive list of credits also includes documentaries, commercials, reality
    television, and music videos. Richard’s films have been released through such well known
    international companies as Alliance/Atlantis, Screen Gems, Sony, HBO, CBS, NBC/
    Universal, and Lionsgate, to name just a few.
    Feature film credits include the suspenseful horror hit, “Penny Dreadful”, starring Rachel
    Miner and Mimi Rogers. Written, directed, and produced by Richard, “Penny Dreadful”
    won the Best Cinematography award at Shriekfest 2006, was released theatrically across
    the US.
    Richard also wrote, directed, and produced the SyFy Channel Premiere hit, “Out For
    Blood”, starring Kevin Dillon and Lance Henriksen. Other notable accomplishments in
    feature films include “Dead Cold”, “The Killing Grounds”, “The Fear”, “Cruel and
    Unusual”, “The Nurse”, and the hit HBO World Premiere Movie franchise “Devil In The
    Flesh 1 and 2” starring Rose McGowan and Jodi Lyn O’Keefe. During their run on HBO
    the “Devil In The Flesh” franchise had the distinction of garnering the most viewers of any
    films in HBO’s history and they continue to enjoy a popular status worldwide.
    His most recent feature film is the family film, “Ugly Benny”, an uplifting, feel good
    “Disney” type of tale. Richard wrote, directed, and produced the
    film. The film will be released this July. 
    Richard will be returning to his thriller and horror roots later this year with a film he is
    currently casting that he describes as being very much in the vein of “The Hitcher".