Exclusive Interview: Director Chris Collier Talks ‘Frightfest: Beneath the Dark Heart of Cinema’

Chris Collier interview for Frightfest: Beneath the Dark Heart of Cinema

This year’s Arrow Video Frightfest was slightly different to normal as the festival itself was thrust into the spotlight in documentary – Frightfest: Beneath the Dark Heart of Cinema. The film saw organisers Alan Jones, Greg Day, Ian Rattray and Paul McEvoy take centre stage alongside devoted festival attendees known as Frightfesters. Directed by Chris Collier, who works behind the scenes at the film festival, the film is a love letter to the yearly event that celebrates the best of the darker side of cinema.

We managed to catch a few minutes with Chris in between his very hectic schedule to get an insight into the making of documentary.

So is Frightfest something that you’ve always come to?

No, the first one I came to was in 2009, which was the first one at the Empire, and is kind
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The Black Book

The Black Book Written and directed by Phil Blechman Ijb Productions, Sargent Theater, NYC September 5 - November 22, 2015

As part of Bronx Community College's opening convocation this year, school officials commemorated the death in June of 22-year-old student Kalief Browder, who had enrolled after spending 3 years in Riker's without being convicted, a period that included beatings and hundreds of days of solitary confinement. Though Browder's situation may appear extreme, its eventual outcome is not unusual. The playbill for Phil Blechman's The Black Book notes that eleven percent of all deaths of persons between the ages of 15 and 24 are suicides, which works out to one suicide just under every two hours. Blechman began working on the play, which debuted professionally in New York City in 2012, in response to a college classmate's suicide in 2007 and with the aim of finding reason within the experience.

The Black Book's stated goal is to lead
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Artist Of The Week: Deap Vally

Welcome readers to a new feature, “Shockya’s Artist Of The Week”. Each week you will be introduced to a new artist or band whose music has garnered a closer look. “Artist Of The Week” is about the collective appeal of an outfit, not the promising nature of a single song. These selections were able to stop my unholy tendencies to quickly click from one new release to the next without “consciously” giving the track a shot. So, here it goes. The first of the batch of awesome bands coming your way is the California rock duo, Deap Vally. Comprised of Lindsey Troy (guitar, vocals) and Julie Edwards (drums), Deap Vally [ Read More ]

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