I might be asking the very obvious here but still: What can you tell
us about the New York City Horror Film Festival, its mission and
the philosophy behind it?
Each year our mission is to celebrate independent horror films and the
hard working filmmakers who create them.We have found that the
independent film community tend to shy away from these genre films,
which is really a shame. Our philosophy is that the horror film is as
important as any genre. In fact, many
great Hollywood directors started out making low budget horror films.
Do you have a tentative date
yet for the New York City Horror Film Festival 2012, and are
there any special attractions planned yet?
We have not yet
announced our dates, however the New York City Horror Film Festival
will remain as always end of
October or beginning of November. There are always special attractions
planned but we are not ready to give anything away yet so stay tuned ...
currently looking for submissions for the New York City Horror
Film Festival 2012, right? What does one have to do to submit a movie
to the festival, what criteria must be fulfilled and the like?
All entries must be submitted in NTSC format on VHS or DVD. If the film
is selected, screening formats
are 35mm,16mm, Beta, DigiBeta, DVCam and miniDV. Features must be at least
45 minutes and the fee is $45
while a short under 45 minutes is $30.
can you tell us about the New York City Horror Film Festival's
website's pending relaunch?
Our new website should be up
and running in January. However, you can google New York City Horror Film Festival
and click on festival information and the old site will come up.
How did you first get
involved with the festival, and what can you tell us about the
(unfortunately deceased) founder of the New York City Horror
Film Festival Michael J.Hein [Michael
J.Hein interview - click here]?
I have been involved in the festival since it began in 2002. I can tell
you that Michael J. Hein had a great passion for the horror genre. At a
very young age he became interested in special FX make up and wanted to
make that his carreer, which he did for a time until he discovered
moviemaking and his first film Biohazardous
was created. It was then he realized that one of the greatest cities did
not have a festival where the horror genre could be seen and so, The New
York City Horror Film Festival was born.
Every year the festival has a lifetime achievement award. Some of the
receipients have been George Romero, Tom Savini, Tobe Hooper, Mick
Garris, Roger Corman [Roger
Corman bio - click here], William Lustig, Frank Henelotter, Herschell
Gorden Lewis [Herschell
Gordon Lewis bio - click here] and Robert Englund [Robert
Englund bio - click here].
Awards are given for best feature and short, best actor and actress.
Special FX, Cinematography and audience choice.
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immersed in the horrorfilm scene as you are, did you ever feel the desire
to step behind (or in front of) the camera to make a movie yourself (or
are there some films of yours out there I'm unaware of)?
I stepped in front of the camera in Michael's film Biohazardous. I stumbled
through the hallways and sets as a zombie and have no desire to do that
again. Being soaked with blood all day long and spitting mushed Baby Ruth
bars out of my mouth was no fun...
Some of my favorite movies are Halloween,
Saw, Dawn of the
Dead, Devil's Rejects and Shaun of the
... and of course, films you really deplore?
I won't trash any filmmaker - whether good or bad, a major effort was put
into their work.
Anything else you are dying to mention and I
have merely forgotten to ask?
I guess this would be a good time to tell you... Michael was my son
and his loss has had a major impact on our lives. My family hopes we can
keep his passion alive by doing what he loved best.
The New York City Horror Film Festival will continue in Michael's memory.
Thanks for the interview!