20 Years After

Directed by Jim Torres. Written by Jim Torres & Ron Harris.

Azura Skye (28 Days, One Missed Call) stars as Sarah in this post-apocalyptic fairy tale about a young woman’s journey to deliver the first child born in 15 Years. Michael (Joshua Leonard of The Blair Witch Project, and Prom Night) is the lone voice of the airwaves. He broadcasts dim and distant messages of hope mixed with the music he scavenges from the dead. Together they will embark on a journey beyond the boundaries of the Southern Corridor and into the unknown future.

Q&A with Jim Torres and producer Susannah Torres  after the screening.

Marebito, Ju-on, Spider Forest, Starship II, and Shadows Light

The DCI Film Festival 2005 offered five feature screenings. Two were the hottest new Asian films—the Lovecraftian J-horror Marebito, from the director of Ju-on, and the Korean supernatural thriller Spider Forest.  We also had test screenings of the comedy Starship II: Rendezvous with Ramses and the bloody God of Vampires. Finally, late night we offered Shadows Light, a tale of exorcism, demons, and a djinni.

As Good As Dead

Directed/Written by Douglas Raymond; Produced by Matthew Garvin

Drew’s luck seems to be turning when he inexplicably lands a prom date with the head cheerleader. Upon arriving at the dance, however, he finds his ex with the bully that beats him up every day, and gets shoved into a locker for his troubles. This turns into Drew’s salvation, however, when an evil tiara turns his date into a life-sucking bitch from hell, who decimates prom and raises her victims as a zombie army. Now, the only people left to fight are Drew’s hopelessly geeky friends, and their sketchy allies: the only people who didn’t go to the dance.

100 min

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Backyard Blockbusters

Backyard Blockbusters

Written/Directed/Produced by John E. Hudgens

For years, people have been making home movies, many times using pop culture properties that they may not own, but love. In recent years, these types of projects have come to be known as “fanfilms.” Backyard Blockbusters looks at the history and influence of the fanfilm genre, as well as the copyright and fair use problems these films create, featuring highlights from and interviews with the creators of many popular films.

119 min

Blood Car

Directed by Alex Orr. Written by Alex Orr and Adam Pinney

Save gas…drive Blood Car
In the near future gas prices have reached astronomical highs nearing $40 a gallon. One man, Archie Andrews, an environmentalist elementary school teacher, is trying to discover an alternate fuel source. While experimenting with wheat grass, Archie accidentally stumbles upon a solution. That solution turns out to be blood. HUMAN BLOOD!

Sunday, 11:30 PM.  Q&A with writer/director Alex Orr after the screening.

Blood Fare

Blood Fare

Written/Directed/Produced by J.A. Steel

Corporal Henry Trout fought valiantly in the forgotten skirmish of the Lethe Confluence during the Civil War. The year was 1861. In 2011, he will come face to face with his descendants as the battle for blood begins. Tyler and her brother Chad, Henry’s fifth generation grandchildren, will challenge the very legend of Charon the Ferryman, as the lines between the living and the dead become blurred. Starring Gil Gerard.

86 min.

Born of Hope

Written by Paula DiSante; Directed/Produced by Kate Madison

Born of Hope is a prequel to The Lord of the Rings. This hour long original drama is set in the time before the War of the Ring and tells the story of the Dúnedain, the Rangers of the North, before the return of the King. Inspired by the appendices Tolkien wrote for The Lord of the Rings, we follow Arathorn and Gilraen, the parents of Aragorn, from their first meeting through a turbulent time in their people’s history, struggling for survival in a lonely wilderness as a dark force bends its will toward their destruction.

71 min

Bubba the Redneck Werewolf

Written by Stephen Biro; Directed by Brendan Jackson Rogers; Produced by Will Phillips & Brendan Jackson Rogers

Written by Stephen Biro; Directed by Brendan Jackson Rogers; Produced by Will Phillips & Brendan Jackson Rogers

Cracker County is under attack and lovesick dog catcher Bubba Blanche has been transformed into a ferocious, cigar smoking Werewolf in order to save the day. But first he’s got to conquer a beer or two. And maybe a plate of chicken wings.

80 minutes

The Death of Alice Blue

Written/Directed by Park Bench. Produced by Alex Appel.

And You Thought You Had a Dead End Job

Something strange is going on behind the doors of Raven Advertising. It’s Alice Blue’s first day on the job and already she has set her sights on creating an impressive ad campaign for an important American wine company not to mention the agency’s top creative director, Stephen. However the Agency has other plans for her.

Reluctantly she befriends a group of co-workers who call themselves “The Resistance” led by one lovelorn chap named Peter. Peter is convinced something very sinister is at work at Raven and Alice is somehow the key to unraveling the mystery.

With the help of The Resistance, Alice discovers ancient secrets and her own genetic predisposition to being a vampire. But in the end, despite the powerful forces allied against her, Alice will abide by no ones rules but her own.

Disabled But Able To Rock!

Directed by Blake Myers; Produced by Blake Myers, Mark Wynns, & Takuro Masuda

Meet Danger Woman, the Songbird of Justice that fights against the Tri-Phobes: Homophobia, Race-ophobia, and Disable-phobia. Her Karaoke singing destroys her enemies while delighting fans and a curious public. This character study follows her over a 13-year period and reveals a single woman’s struggle with autism, a tragic family history, and societal stigmas both real and imagined that paint the picture of a person that just wants to be perceived as normal.

80 min

Doctor “S” Battles the Sex Crazed Reefer Zombies: The Movie

Written by Bryan Ortiz, Evan Boston, James Hartz; Directed by Bryan Ortiz; Produced by Bryan Ortiz, Michael Druck

In a quiet American town a small group of scientists have unwittingly unleashed a horrible force.

Mary Jane, the all American sweetheart, parks on Make Out Hill with her boyfriend Billy. He smokes some reefer and is suddenly transformed into a sex- crazed reefer zombie.  That’s right: A sex-crazed reefer zombie. Just as Billy lunges forward he is pulled out of the car and destoryed. Mary Jane looks at her brutal savior, Dr. S.

Dr S. battles his way back to the city vowing to set things right, while dragging Mary Jane behind him.

What follows is a blood-soaked, fight-filled, extravaganza of pain, gore, and butchery that will bring an uncertain end for Crystal Oaks and the world as we know it.

80 min

Dork of the Rings

Directed by Timothy Alan Richardson. Written by Timothy Alan Richardson, Michael Kouroubetes, James Pickens.

It began with the forging of the Dork-mart Credit Cards.

Three were given to the Elfises, musical, good-looking…flashiest of all beings. Five were given to the Dweeb Lords, great programmers and porn surfers in their parents’ basements. And four were bestowed upon the race of guys, who above all others, love to buy stuff.   But they were all suckers.

In the land of Lardor, in the stuffy offices of Bank Boom, the Dark Executive of Dork-mart, Lord Mauron, forged a Master Card…er, a Master Ring, to control all others. Circular credit. Endless in its power.

Ummm.  Suffice it to say that the story goes on like that for a while.  In the end, The One Ring came into the possession of a drunken Throbbit named Bobo Buggins who, upon finding it, stuck it down his trousers next to his ‘precious.’  And so the fate of Muddle-Earth came to rest in the crotch of a twit.

Sunday, Sept 3 at 1:00 AM in the Learning Center, immediately following the Parody and Fan Film shorts block.

Dragon Warriors


Written/Directed by Maclain Nelson, Stephen Shimek; Produced by Jake Sorenson, David Wulf, Kristi Shimek, Steve Shimek, and Maclain Nelson

Love Conquers All… Except Dragons.
When the powerful wizard Lord Tensley (James Marsters) is spurned by the beautiful and compassionate Lady Ennogard (Kaitlin Doubleday), he releases a powerful dragon to seek out and destroy anyone who shows love or affection. Two estranged brothers must put aside their differences to battle the wizard and his dragon, and bring love to the kingdom once again. With Luke Perry

113 minutes

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


Written by Lynne Carter, Jay Armstrong, & Barbara Sharer; Directed by Lynne Carter;  Produced by Lynne Carter & Jay Armstrong

Written by Lynne Carter, Jay Armstrong, & Barbara Sharer; Directed by Lynne Carter;
Produced by Lynne Carter & Jay Armstrong

FANomenon follows rural retail worker Suzie as she goes on a quest to meet her hero, a fictional space explorer. She journeys through the world of science fiction fandom, and in doing so, learns about the relationships fans have with each other and with their heroes.

Middle-aged women make up a large yet inconspicuous community of fans. FANomenon explores their culture, their creative pursuits, and why they need heroes.

50 min

Forgiving The Franklins

Written and directed by Jay Floyd

There’s More Than One Way To Be Born Again

Our premiere screening in 2006 was Jay Floyd’s masterpiece, Forgiving the Franklins.  This crowd favorite at SunDance is wonderfully twisted, sexy, and more fun then you’ve had at the theater in a long time.

Forgiving The Franklins is the sometimes hilarious, sometimes tragic story of a repressed, God fearing southern family who undergo a radical spiritual change putting them at odds with the conservative values of their community

The Franklins are a stereotypical North Carolina Family: Frank is a lawyer, Betty is a homemaker, and the high school-age kids, Caroline and Brian, are a cheerleader and a football star, respecttively.  An auto accident turns their world upsdie down.  In a state somewhere between life and death, Frank, Betty, and Brian meet Christ who, for reasons known only to him, removes from them the burden of Origional Sin.  Left out of the equation is Caroline who, in the throes of adolescence and real bodily pain from her injuries, must figure out why her family has suddenly and ravenously embraced their repressed sexuality.

Forgiving The Franklins may upset some, while the most adventurous will find it funny, sexy, and unforgettable.

Sunday, Sept 3 at 8:30 PM in the International Ballroom South

From Inside

Written & Directed by John Bergin. Produced by John Bergin & Brian McNelis.

We All Fall Down

Based on the epic graphic novel by John Bergin, From Inside is the tale of Cee, a young pregnant woman who finds herself on a damaged train slowly transcribing its way across a bleak, apocalyptic landscape. Flood, war, starvation, and a plague of death threaten the train’s passengers. Cee struggles through these dangers while coping with the memory of her lost husband and the imminent birth of her child.


Written and Directed by Christopher Folino.

Gamers is a comedy about the lives of four hapless friends (and one obsessive interloper) and how they evolve over a 23-year span. It centers on a single day when they are about to break a world record for hours spent role-playing a game called DND, or Demons, Nymphs, and Dragons. The sacrifice, the obsession, the blind dedication… This is their true story.

Featuring performances by John Heard, Beverly D’Angelo, William Katt, and Kelly LeBrock, as well as the voices of Michael Bell and Richard Blade.

Sunday, Sept 3 at 11:30 PM in the Learning Center.

George’s Intervention

Written by JT Seaton & Brad C. Hodson. Directed by JT Seaton. Produced by JT Seaton, Brad C. Hodson, & David Nicholson

9 out of 10 interventions are successful… This is the 1

George’s friends have gathered for an intervention… George’s intervention. You see, George is a zombie. And his friends are hoping to convince him to stop eating people and to enter ‘zombie rehab’. With the help of a professional interventionist, George’s friends confront George regarding his ‘addiction’.

But, over the course of the night, George’s friends begin to disappear. Have they given up hope that the intervention will be successful? Or have they become dinner?

Following in the tradition of such critically acclaimed cult smashes as Shaun of the Dead and Dead and Breakfast, George’s Intervention takes a unique and darkly comic view of the world of the undead.