Drew: The Man Behind The Poster

Directed by Eirk P. Sharkey; Produced by Charles Ricciardi, Greg Boas; Written by Eirk P. Sharkey, Charles Ricciardi, Greg Boas, Jeff Yorkes

Directed by Eirk P. Sharkey; Produced by Charles Ricciardi, Greg Boas; Written by Eirk P. Sharkey, Charles Ricciardi, Greg Boas, Jeff Yorkes

You may not be readily aware of it, but it is very likely that Drew Struzan is an artist whose work you are intimately familiar with, as his portfolio contains some of the most iconic album and movie poster paintings of all time. Drew: The Man Behind The Poster is a story told by some of the most respected artists, actors, and filmmakers, about this unknown’s journey and craft, in creating some of the most well-known works throughout the world.

Overcoming the odds of his unsupported family and impoverished beginnings, Drew meets his future wife early on and dedicates himself to both his passion for art and his love for his wife and newborn son. After starving and scratching his way through art school, Drew began his career with Pacific Eye and Ear studios. After amassing an amazing collection of commercial art, including several memorable album covers, such as Black Sabbath’s Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath and Alice Cooper’s Welcome To My Nightmare, Drew’s talent was spotted by Tony Seiniger, who pursued him to create movie posters. As one movie campaign followed another, a new chapter of Drew’s life had begun. And the effectiveness of those posters did not go unnoticed by some of the biggest names in Hollywood; George Lucas, Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg, Michael J. Fox, Jim Henson, and later Frank Darabont and Guillermo del Toro-just to name a few.

Drew’s work became known world-wide, and his style in great demand. As there always are, there were pitfalls along the way; a thieving business manager, the trending toward computer art and structural changes within studios themselves have all contributed to pushing traditional artists, like Drew, out of the business. Despite these obstacles, the artist continues to create in hope of finding meaning and personal fulfillment in a life and career, like any other, filled with peaks and valleys. And through this tale, the audience can discover why this artist may in fact be one of the most recognizable and influential of our time.

1 hour 31 minutes

Losers

Directed by Carlos del Rosario; Produced by Zack Abramowitz, Alex Valderana; Written by Carlos del Rosario

Directed by Carlos del Rosario; Produced by Zack Abramowitz, Alex Valderana; Written by Carlos del Rosario

Pop culture addicts Zack (Zack Abramowitz) and Manny (Matt Steiner) attend an engagement party where groom-to-be Roy (Devin Klos), a former “mega-geek” has turned normal in an effort to pursue a happy future with beautiful vegan baker, Emily (Maya Murphy).

When learning that at a vegan party there is no meat, a delirious Manny falls into a stupor where he meets his guardian angel, Serra (Shannon Kendall). After given sage advice, Zack decides that he must save Roy from himself which leads to an epic laser sword battle!

A sci-fi/fantasy comedy with loving references from Star Wars to Battlestar Galactica, Losers is an explosive story not to be missed! Co-Starring Jordan Gosnell (Nashville, Gossip Girl), Chaka DeSilva, Diana Cherkas, and Joe Cummings.

22 minutes

Job Interview

Directed by Julia Walter; Produced by Jakob Vogt, Daniel Rohm; Written by Julia Walter

Directed by Julia Walter; Produced by Jakob Vogt, Daniel Rohm; Written by Julia Walter

When Lisa applies for a job everything seems to be turning out pretty well. Until the boss, Marie, starts asking strange questions and the job interview turns out to be a little different than expected…

10 minutes

I Owe You

Directed by Mike McNeese; Produced by Jason Tostevin; Written by Randall Greenland

Directed by Mike McNeese; Produced by Jason Tostevin; Written by Randall Greenland

Old friends long gone their separate ways over a woman are brought crashing back together one fateful night by a dark secret that could destroy them both.

Fastidious Cam and carefree Todd were friends from childhood. Always between them was Diane, the love of both their lives. It always looked like it’d be Diane and Todd together, until Diane began to grow up, and her pragmatism won out: she picked responsibly instead of passionately, and she and Cam got married, leaving Todd adrift. Ever the friend, Todd helped Cam cover up an indiscretion that would haunt them both and finally split them apart. That was five years ago.

Tonight, Todd has shown up out of the past, dragging husband and father-to-be Cam out of his house in the dead of night with a phone call for help. Todd has a body in his trunk and is calling in their debt of friendship. Now Cam must choose: does he risk Todd outing their dark secret, or does he add another to his conscience by helping Todd in his own gruesome cover-up? Nothing is what it seems in this dark character thriller.

13 minutes

Collectors

Directed by Marcel Hobi; Produced by Marcel Hobi; Written by Marcel Hobi

Directed by Marcel Hobi; Produced by Marcel Hobi; Written by Marcel Hobi

Whether it’s insects, antiques, autographs or adventures–collecting is a passion. Internet users collect friendships, state leaders collect arsenals of weapons, founders of religions collect believers, and millionaires collect art, women, and yet more millions. They’ve never collected enough. Collectors show in an entertaining and amusing way where collecting can lead.

5 minutes

Of Dice and Men

Directed by Kelley Slagle; Produced by Kelley Slagle

“Directed by Kelley Slagle; Produced by Kelley Slagle

Few dungeon masters can make the game come to life better than John Francis. Dwarves, Mages, and Barbarians jump right off of their character sheets whenever he sits down at the gaming table of frisky suburbanite parents, Linda and Brandon. John Francis’ best friends, sailor-mouthed John Alex and thoughtful jock Jason, bring roguish swagger and knightly nobility to the game. And the object of John Francis’ affection, the feisty Tara, provides all the Half Elven Double Princess backstory they could ever need. But when Jason enlists to go to Iraq and with the relationship with Tara going nowhere, it may be time for John Francis to hang up his twenty-sided dice and take a job on the other side of the country. However, John Francis is about to discover that leaving will prove tougher than the Tomb of Horrors. Of Dice and Men is a blisteringly funny and deeply affecting look at the things that truly matter in life.

1 hour 14 minutes

OF DICE AND MEN – Official Main Trailer from Kelley Slagle on Vimeo.

Dark Roast

Directed by Pete Yagmin; Produced by Pete Yagmin; Written by Pete Yagmin

Directed by Pete Yagmin; Produced by Pete Yagmin; Written by Pete Yagmin

A supernatural horror-comedy about a Reaper who falls in love with the mortal she was assigned to usher into the after-life. When she doesn’t follow through, her presence causes an imbalance in the natural order of things leading to a string of unfortunate events which cause her love interest to question the relationship. In turn, he learns a valuable lesson in respect when the reaper is disappointed to find Shaun is just like every other man she’s encountered, alive or dead.

3 minutes

Boome & Slade

Directed by Eric Jaffe; Produced by Monika Kluziak; Written by Eric Jaffe

Directed by Eric Jaffe; Produced by Monika Kluziak; Written by Eric Jaffe

After the money-grubbing pigs at the network decide to cancel their television series, out-of-work sitcom characters Boome & Slade invade the mind of their creator, an aging screenwriter named Bryan, to prevent him from moving on to original material. Boome & Slade are in and there isn’t a meth cook, vampire, or zombie that’s going to stop them.

12 minutes

Hitori

Directed by Raymond Carr; Produced by Raymond Carr

Directed by Raymond Carr; Produced by Raymond Carr

In a world of made entirely of puppeteers, the puppet is always alone. Hitori is the story of a boy who’s just trying to get back to where he came from. This new film from Heather Henson and Ninja Puppet Production uses live action table top puppetry, computer compositing and body movement artist to bring a world composed entirely of human puppeteers to life.

12 minutes

Ghost Light

Directed by PJ Germain; Produced by Ahmed Best; Written by Benjamin Sandlin

Directed by PJ Germain; Produced by Ahmed Best; Written by Benjamin Sandlin

After a breakdown on a deserted stretch of Old Route 66, Harvey Reynolds’ travel plans are halted as his delinquent son Brandon takes off on foot into the darkness. Determined to get Brandon to his destination and wash his hands clean of him forever, Harvey follows Brandon to an old, rundown 24 hour diner, where things aren’t as they seem. Unbeknownst to Harvey and his son, a malevolent force is lurking in the shadows, waiting for the moment to strike and separate father and son once and for all.

20 minutes

Mack Blaster—The World in the Crosshairs

Directed by Sebastian Utech, René Schweitzer; Produced by Sebastian Utech, René Schweitzer; Written by René Schweitzer

Directed by Sebastian Utech, René Schweitzer; Produced by Sebastian Utech, René Schweitzer; Written by René Schweitzer

Sometime in a distant, apocalyptic future, the brutal, inhuman bounty hunter Mack Blaster stumps through the bleak desert. On a stonewall he discovers the wanted poster of the worst women slaughterer of all time: Ringo “The Butcher.” Hunting down Ringo is a matter of honor for Mack Blaster, or whatever comes close to honor for him. His way leads him to the down-and-out capital city, through biker gangs, and into a whorehouse, always bathed in blood. So much blood. Really, you will not believe all the blood. Honest.

18 minutes

Life of Zoozle

Directed & Written by Chloe Lind

Directed & Written by Chloe Lind

Zoozle, a human personification of an online search engine, tries to live a normal life while constantly being bombarded by people asking questions. The only place he finds peace and silence is in areas with no cell phone service, like under an overpass. The pressure takes a toll on Zoozle, but at his breaking point, he meets someone who sees past his encyclopedic knowledge and expresses interest in Zoozle as a person.

4 minutes

M is for Mobile

Directed by Baris Erdogan; Written by Baris Erdogan

Directed by Baris Erdogan; Written by Baris Erdogan

A nameless victim finds himself tied on to a chair. His mouth is gagged. He cannot move. He cannot scream. Than a torturer with a mobile phone enters the room…Hands tied. Mouth gagged. A desperate man is at the mercy of a coldblooded torturer who receives his orders as text messages from an unknown person. What will happen next? Will this nightmare ever end?

3 minutes

Monkey Rag

Directed by Joanna Davidovich

Directed by Joanna Davidovich

‘Monkey Rag’ is a traditionally animated throwback to the musical cartoons of yore. Inspired by the thumping, riotously fun music of the Asylum Street Spankers, Mitzi pursues a disaster of her own making in this richly colored world where reason is overrated. Mitzi may be barking up the wrong tree, but she also knows that when it comes to love, sometimes you just gotta give a little bit of what you got.

4 minutes