Great Turnout at After Sundown Screening

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Nearly 400 horror flick fans, actors and crew members last week viewed a first-cut screening of the locally produced independent film “After Sundown? at Billy Bob’s Texas nightclub.  After Sundown Film Partners (ASFP), comprised of associated production companies Windblown Films of Fort Worth (www.windblownfilms.com) and ThinkTank Entertainment of Dallas (www.thinktankenter.com) underwrote the first public screening of the film at Billy Bob’s Texas, the world’s largest honky-tonk. The movie is expected to be ready for distribution within 30 days and in video stores in late August.

Although the full length feature did not have the entire complement of “stingers? (musical punctuations) and sound effects, the audience was highly responsive. Strong reactions came during the opening scenes of Old West townsfolk battling a vicious cowboy-vampire in search of his newborn offspring; the birth and death of the child, and the amusing, obsessive antics of a contemporary funeral home executive.

“The event was a resounding success,? said Keith Randal Duncan (www.imdb.com), the movie’s Executive Producer and a 20-year veteran of film, video, theater and the amusement industries. “Based on audience reaction – more than 200 comment cards were returned and about 65 had additional handwritten comments – we are going to execute the final cut utilizing this ‘golden’ data.

“With all the special effects and additional scenes shot by David Pinkston, we are confident the final version will be a crowd-pleaser,? said Duncan, a member of the Dallas Producers Association and the Texas Association of Film & Tape Professionals. “For anxious fans and industry watchers, we now have a ‘first cut’ trailer running at our Website: www.aftersundownmovie.com.?

Duncan’s previous film credits include “Ramming Speed,? “Dark Dealer? and “Something of Mine.?

“Five film distributors have already contacted ASFP about distribution deals,? disclosed Christopher Abram, an Executive Producer, the writer and one of the two team Directors of “After Sundown.? “They are as eager as we are to meet the growing demand for the horror-thriller genre? sought by the target audience of 17-to-24-year-olds.?

Abram, listed on the Internet Movie Data Base (www.imdb.com), is known best as Executive Producer, Writer and Director of “The Fanglys,? (The Asylum Distribution, Los Angeles) a micro-budgeted horror flick that has done very well – selling an estimated 20,000 units nationwide – in its current home video release.

The movie’s other team director, Michael W. Brown, said, “This film is a serious effort to improve the micro-budgeted horror movie genre. We’ve made a movie that supersedes the typical throw-away videos so common to other films in this genre.?

Brown, a regionally prominent, award-winning theatre director, delighted the audience with his on-screen portrayal of the obsessive-compulsive, arrogant funeral director.

Principle photography for the North Texas “grown,? direct-to-video indie film began in late November at locations throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, including Billy Bob’s, the adjacent historic Fort Worth Stockyards and the Beaumont Ranch in Grandview, Texas. The remarkably detailed western gothic mixes modern-day vampires and zombies with American Old West characters in pitched battles featuring viewer-startling gore and suspense.

The cast includes Susana Gibb, Reece Rios, Natali Jones, J. Christopher, Michael W. Brown, Jamie Amaral and Joey Galt. Special guest star Jake Billingsley, one of the most popular participants in CBS Television’s reality series, “Survivor Thailand? (www.survivorjake.com) portrays the modern-day, cool-headed Sheriff. The Texarkana, Texas native is now a McKinney, Texas businessman and motivational speaker,
   
The producers describe the film’s eye-popping plot as “an action-packed story of a young woman who uncovers a dark secret, detailed in a diary found as an old cemetery is relocated to make way for a new subdivision.

“She is plunged into a gory battle with a predatory vampire from the Old West who has the power to create undead zombie slaves that assist him on his search for his vampire offspring. With the help of Texas locals, our heroine ends the growing threat in a wild clash of vampires and zombies, sending the creatures straight to Hell!? Abram said.

A 90-second first-cut trailer is now viewable at www.aftersundownmovie.com

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