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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.
Shriekfest Radio Festival Director/Founder Denise Gossett interviews filmmaker Jason Brawn!
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.
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.
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.
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!
"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.
Philip Cook has over twenty years experience in producing genre features and visual effects. He directed the sci-fi film OUTERWORLD at the age of twenty-three which debuted on the SyFy Channel. He also wrote and directed INVADER which was on Showtime, HBO and Cinemax. His film DESPISER won “Best Visual Effects” at the first Shriekfest Film Festival. Most recently has been producing the award-winning original-series MALICE which can be seen on Hulu. Currently he is prepping for MALICE season five.
Juliet Bergh is an award-winning screenwriter whose writing credits include diverse genres such as baby-boomer drama, post-apocalyptic science fiction, and psychological horror.
Her interests lie in characterization, the macabre, and stories that explore human frailty and strength.
She works part-time as a General Practitioner balancing the working week between the consulting room and her film projects. Juliet's film career began when a lifelong interest in photography introduced her to filmmaking.
Her 1st short film script, 'Scrap Heap', was selected as a graduate show-piece for the New Zealand School of Film and Television in 2010. It went on the screen at the Show Me Shorts Film Festival.
Her 1st co-written feature script, 'Existence', was produced under the NZFC's Escalator scheme with subsequent local and overseas festival presence. She was a joint recipient of the 2012 SWANZ Best Feature Film Script and the New Writer Award.
Juliet's current writing projects include a feature length adaptation of her short screenplay, 'Hannah's Birthday' for which she has received a SEED funding grant from the New Zealand's Writer's Guild.
The unproduced short screenplay has garnered critical success overseas, winning Best Short Screenplay at the 2014 Shriekfest, Hollywood Horror Festival and Best Unproduced Psychological Drama at the 2014 St Tropez International Film Festival. It has also recently won the short screenplay prize with the Creative World Awards.
Is a veteran working actor and award winning filmmaker who has appeared in over 20 feature films, 60 television shows, 90 commercials and numerous award winning stage productions. He has appeared opposite such noted actors as Patrick Stewart, Sally Field, Tom Selleck, Bonnie Hunt, Charlie Sheen, Anna Faris and Tony Shalob to name a few. Early in his career, Clint's athletic ability and sports background was also perfect for many of the live stunt shows at Universal Studios Hollywood and he was cast in some of their top rated shows. This began relationships in the stunt community that have continued to this day. As a producer, Clint has developed scripts, created budgets, hired cast and crew as well as supervised production shoots, post-production processes and marketing plans right to point of sale with distributors. His first feature film as producer "The Open Door" won top honors at 3 film festivals (audience choice at 2008 Shriekfest) and gained worldwide distribution. Clint has numerous projects in development and continues to work in front of as well as behind the camera.
I was born in New Jersey and raised in Puerto Rico. I was the writer of the local comic book titled Changuy, working alongside David Alvarez (artist) and Reynaldo Leon (animator). Relocated to Texas and have been residing here for the last 15 years within the Houston and Austin area. I have an MFA in Creative Writing at Full Sail University, and my thesis script, The Devil Himself, was a finalist at Shriekfest 2014. I’m currently working on my new fantasy/horror screenplay, Knights of the Valiant Heart.
Work experiences includes Blizzard Entertainment, Customer Service Department during the releases of Starcraft 2, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, Diablo 3, and World of Warcraft: Mist of Pandaria.
Michael Raymond is an award-winning Nicholl Fellowship Finalist screenwriter with a diverse body of screenwriting work that has earned him considerable distinction, including Best Screenplay (sci-fi) at the Austin Film Festival, Best Short Screenplay at Shriekfest, and Silver Prize at the PAGE Awards. When not developing screenplays and films, Michael works as a Writer for the Seattle-based Walt Disney Company.
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