Tomorrow is a very big day. Less than one year ago I got the call for the biggest job of my career, locations assistant on Captain America: The Winter Solider! It filmed mostly in Cleveland as I believe I have written about before. But I got to see it the other night at the Cleveland premiere, and all I have to say is I’m proud of the work that my locations department was able to achieve and it is truly a good movie. Possibly further review to come but I’d give it ***1/2 out of ****. More to come but if you see it please let me know what you think!
My apologies for lack of posts recently but as those who know me March always means one thing:CIFF!
That’s right my friends, until this Sunday you can enjoy over 185 features and 165 shorts!
I am working as the print traffic coordinator so not much time for movies but I will plug a few I saw: WE GOTTA GET OUT OF THIS PLACE, ALPHEE OF THE STARS, and DETECTIVE DOWNS just to name a few!
But the cool thing happened yesterday when native son Jim Jarmusch came to support his new film, ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE! Very cool Q&A and in person a very nice guy.
Needless to say I love working for the festival and hope you can all come down!
(I saw this film at its first screening at the Cedar Lee, and it has one more local screening at the Capitol Theater this Saturday, tickets are $7)
I’ve seen my share of low budget independent horror films, between working in the film industry here in Cleveland, and have viewed many that come in submissions for the Cleveland Independent Film Festival as well as festivals in Akron I have been a part of, and believe me when I say in this region, low budget horror films are prominent.
SKINLESS, the new horror film from Toledo filmmaker Dustin Wayde Mills, at first appears like your everyday Ohio indie horror film, but what sets it apart is a smartly written script, genuine scares, and some pretty impressive gross out blood effects not enhanced by CGI.
The movie is about two young scientists on the verge of finding a cure for cancer or in the case of Dr. Pete, skin cancer, which he is silently suffering from. When the scientists are told they must wait to get the final funds to finish the research, Pete decides to inject the serum into his own body and at first it appears that he has indeed cured himself until things start to go horribly wrong.
I was reminded of a few films while watching this, specifically RE-ANIMATOR and FROM BEYOND, if you are familiar with those films I think you will really enjoy this.
Another thing that impressed me about this film were the performances especially from Brandon Salkil and from Erin Ryan who plays the other doctor, Alice. They have a believable chemistry together and the role does ask quite a bit of Ryan as she literally bares all for nearly the final third of the film.
The finally kicker of this film that was so impressive to me was the fact that it only cost $2000 to produce over a 16 day shooting schedule! I don’t want to sound too bold in saying this, but give Mills a higher budget and there’s no telling what he could do.