Nov. 01, 2016
Cortez will premiere at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival November 11. Get your tickets now!
After a canceled tour, ailing, semi-famous musician Jesse seeks out Anne, an old flame in Cortez, a tiny mountain town in New Mexico. When he knocks on her door, a ten-year old boy, bearing a strong resemblance to Jesse, answers. Inspired by the great American relationship dramas of the 1970’s and 1980’s, Cheryl Nichols’s evocative film is a classic story of love and redemption. It’s a story about how the life we plan is never as rewarding as the life that surprises us.
Writer-director Cheryl Nichols turns in one of the most exciting feature film debuts of the year, co-written with her fellow leading actor, Arron Shiver. In their crowd-funding campaign, they wrote: “We want to make films that are connected, honest, sincere; that explore our humanity, however ugly or dirty.” Legendary stage, screen, and television actress Judith Ivey jumped aboard this project, which heralds the arrival of a major new directing talent. U.S. Premiere!
DIRECTED BY CHERYL NICHOLS
WRITTEN BY CHERYL NICHOLS, ARRON SHIVER
CINEMATOGRAPHY BY KELLY MOORE
EDITED BY F. ROCKY JAMESON
MUSIC BY SEAN WATKINS
CAST: ARRON SHIVER, CHERYL NICHOLS, JUDITH IVEY, DRAGO SUMONJA RUNNING TIME: 100 MINS
Apr. 29, 2015
CHILLER ORIGINAL MOVIE “FENDER BENDER”
FROM SCREAM FACTORYTM PREMIERES FRIDAY, JUNE 3 AT 9 PM
Makenzie Vega, Dre Davis, Cassidy Freeman and Bill Sage
Star in the Horror-Thriller Feature Directed by Mark Pavia
First Teaser Now Available
New York, NY – April 29, 2016 – Chiller and Scream Factory™ announced today that original movie FENDER BENDER will premiere Friday, June 3 at 9 PM ET. Directed by Mark Pavia (Stephen King’s The Night Flier), the movie stars Makenzie Vega (The Good Wife), Dre Davis (Pretty Little Liars, Scavenger Killers), Cassidy Freeman (Smallville, Longmire), Steven Michael Quezada (Breaking Bad, Element) and Bill Sage (American Psycho, We Are What We Are). Evocative of the horror-thriller classics of yesteryear, FENDER BENDER brings you back to a time when the boxes on the shelf at your local video store beckoned you with masked, knife-wielding maniacs and a twisted sense of morals.
The first teaser for the film, debuting on Chiller tonight, is available here: [insert link]
In a small New Mexican town, a 17-year-old Latina high school girl who just got her driver’s license gets into her first fender-bender, innocently exchanging her personal information with the apologetic stranger. Later that stormy night, she is joined in her desolate suburban home by a couple of her school friends who try their best to make a night out of it, only to be visited by the stranger she so willingly handed all of her information to — a terrifying and bizarre serial killer who stalks the country’s endless miles of roads and streets with his old rusty car, hungrily searching for his next unsuspecting victims.
Shout! Factory and Brainstorm Media present an EchoWolf Production. A film by Mark Pavia
FENDER BENDER stars Makenzie Vega, Dre Davis, Cassidy Freeman, Kelsey Leos Montoya, Harrison Sim and Bill Sage as The Driver. Casting by Sig De Miguel and Stephen Vincent; director of photography, Tyler Lee Cushing; edited by Lana Wolverton; music by Night Runner. Executive producers, Richard Foos, Bob Emmer, Garson Foos, Meyer Shwarzstein, Mark Pavia, Nadia Redler; produced by Joshua Bunting, Carl Lucas, Jordan Fields and Gus Krieger. Written and directed by Mark Pavia.
FENDER BENDER is developed and executive produced by Shout! Factory in association with Chiller.
Official Site: fenderbendermovie.com
Chiller is an entertainment brand delivering round-the-clock scares with its commitment to producing diverse and high-quality horror content. Chiller’s eclectic slate of entertainment includes a broad offering of original movies and specials, genre films, documentary and reality shows (Scream Queens) along with suspenseful series (The River, X-Files, 666 Park Avenue, Alcatraz, Tales from the Darkside). With its recently-created Chiller Films initiative, Chiller also produces feature films for select theaters and On-Demand. Chiller network is currently available in 40 million homes. To learn more, visit: www.chillertv.com. Chiller. Scary Good.
About Shout! Factory
Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform media company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s entertainment offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials. In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast entertainment distribution network which delivers culturally relevant programming, movie and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America and across multiple platforms. Shout! Factory owns and operates Shout! Factory Productions, Scream Factory, Shout! Factory Kids, Shout! Factory Films, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Timeless Media Group and Shout! Factory TV. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Los Angeles, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit shoutfactory.com.
Oct. 19, 2015
EchoWolf Productions announces “Fender Bender”
Shout! Factory is best known for its exhaustive compilations of Golden Age television shows, comedy legends retrospectives and celebrations of everything from the avant garde to the iconic. Past projects have encapsulated everything from shows like “The Dick Cavett Show” and “Mystery Science Theater 3000” to showcases of Mel Brooks and Steve Martin.
But the media company isn’t just content with providing handsomely appointed box sets perfect for nostalgic binge watching. It’s moving into producing its own content and it’s decided on its first project, a horror thriller titled “Fender Bender.” The film is described as a throwback to the horror films of the 1980s — a time when homicidal maniacs like Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees routinely terrorized hapless teens.
“Over the last few years we’ve built up credibility with these fans,” said Jordan Fields, the company’s head of acquisitions. “We know this audience. We know where they live and what they love.”
Shout! Factory will develop, finance and executive produce the film and plans to go into production this year in New Mexico. Casting is currently underway and the picture will be written and directed by Mark Pavia (“The Night Flier”).
Going forward, it hopes to produce one or two films annually.
“We’re hoping that it’s the first of many,” said Shout! Factory founder Garson Foos. “We have been in discussions and negotiations on other original projects, but ideally we’d like to get this one finished before we greenlight another one.”
Shout! Factory has rolled out a few films theatrically, so it has some experience on that kind of distribution. However, the company has decided whether or not it will release “Fender Bender” in theaters, as well as on home entertainment platforms.
“It’s a natural progression for us and it’s very much in that sweet spot of genre films that we’re known for,” said Shout! Factory founder Bob Emmer. “We want to create something that broadens the scope of what we’re doing and gives us a property we fully control.”
Nadia Redler (“Fear X”) and Brainstorm Media’s Meyer Shwarzstein will also executive produce the film with Shout! Factory. Carl W. Lucas (“The Signal”) and Joshua Bunting (“The Blackout”) of EchoWolf Productions will be producers, with Fields and Shout’s Gus Krieger serving as co-producers.
Jan. 13, 2015
EchoWolf Productions announces “The Wave”
EchoWolf Productions is proud to announce that it has begun pre production on the feature film “The Wave” written and produced by Carl Lucas and directed by first time feature director Gille Klabin. Gille Klabin is an award winning music video director, having created stunningly visual creative pieces for Steve Aoki, VCR Monster, Big Paraid and more. The pilot for his web series, “Super Larry” recently won “Best Series” at the 2014 Online Film Festival.
Joshua Bunting, Senior Producer for EchoWolf Productions, said,”We are very excited to be working with Gille on our next project. ‘The Wave’ speaks to the best and the worst in all of us and Gille’s talents will be on full display.”
“The Wave” follows the story of Frank Winters, a man who takes a hallucinogenic drug at a party and quickly finds his life being torn apart by the effects. Filming is slated to commence mid March, 2015.
Dec. 3, 2012
The Rambler is going to SUNDANCE!!!
After being released from prison, a man known as The Rambler (Dermont) stumbles upon a strange mystery as he attempts a dangerous journey through treacherous back roads and small towns en route to reconnecting with his long lost brother.
Nov. 8 2011
We’re extremely pleased to announce that ILEGALEShas won two awards at the Naperville Independent Film Festival, where it was nominated for a total of four awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Actress.
Our lead actor, Luis Bordonada, won Best Actor for his portrayal of Ariel Vargas, a day laborer who works in the cotton fields of New Mexico. Luis Bordonada’s parents brought him to the U.S. illegally as a child, so he’s lived many of the experiences that ILEGALES touches on. Lately, Luis has appeared in The Book of Eli, A Bakery Story, and can be seen in the upcoming feature The Reunion. Additionally, he has done theater productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream andThe Tempest, television commercials for Showtime Networks, and hosted an entertainment program called Remix TV.
ILEGALES’ director, Ric Dupont, took home the statuette for Best Director. ILEGALES marks Ric Dupont’s directorial debut. Prior to ILEGALES, he worked on short films, documentary and reality television production, as well as television news for the last 14 years. Working in the media gave him firsthand exposure to the desperation and poverty of many in Mexico. With this film, he sought to capture the sharp contrast between American and Mexican perspectives on border issues and immigration.
Many congratulations to both Ric and Luis, we’re so happy for them. Stay tuned for more information about ILEGALES, which we hope to be able to make public very soon!
Feb. 9, 2011
We’re excited to announce that ILEGALES has been invited to show at the 17th Annual Sedona International Film Festival! Produced by Patrick T. Rousseau and Noah Workman of Iris MediaWorks with Gregg Jackson of Three Sigma Management and Jacob Pokluda of Collaborative Artists, ILEGALES is a modern day drama about human trafficking along the U.S/Mexico border. From the slums of Juarez to the suburbs of New Mexico, five distinct, but connected stories weave together, exploring hope, heartbreak and the lines people cross in search of a better life.
In Juarez, a Mexican day laborer chooses to help his childhood friend traffic illegal migrant workers across the border despite his wife’s fears. A young mother, after waiting 7 years to cross legally, flees Juarez in a desperate attempt to get her son the medical treatment he needs in America. In New Mexico, an illegal immigrant waiting for naturalization sells drugs to pay the bills for his American born children. Their paths collide when a low level Mexican gangster tries to work up the ladder to gain favor with the “Don” of Juarez, risking their lives as he traffics people and drugs across the border.
ILEGALES, which stars Shirley Rumierk, Luis Bordonada, Omar Leyva, J. Salomé Marinez Jr., and Art LaFleur, will screen on Tuesday, February 22nd at 12:20pm and Thursday, February 24th at 9:20pm. Both screenings will be at the Harkins Theatre Sedona 6, 2081 W. Highway 89A, Sedona, Arizona.
Located in Sedona, Arizona, the Sedona International FF celebrates more than 16 years of screenings and educational workshops. In that history, the Festival has achieved recognition as a world-class film festival. Each year, audiences and the next generation of filmmakers come together from all over the world to participate in this inspiring celebration of the power of independent film.