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'Not Daddy' - New 2012 Fantastic Fest Bumper

Watch it on the Filmmaking Frenzy website and please vote for it by clicking the Facebook Like button.

As you know, Kevin and I like to attend a badass genre festival in Austin, TX every year called Fantastic Fest.  And one of our favorite elements of this fest is their bumper competition, Filmmaking Frenzy. A 'bumper' is a 15-45 second commercial that plays before each film.  And every year, Fantastic Fest issues a new set of rules for said bumpers, and the best one wins an award. 

This year's main rule: the bumper has to involve time travel.

So with that in mind, we bring you 'Not Daddy,' the best excuse for time travel known to perverts. Watch it and vote for it by clicking the Facebook 'Like' option HD here.

Michaela Myers and Nik Shriner on the set of the 2012 Fantastic Fest bumper, 'Not Daddy' Michaela Myers and Nik Shriner on the set of the 2012 Fantastic Fest bumper, 'Not Daddy' Michaela Myers and Nik Shriner on the set of the 2012 Fantastic Fest bumper, 'Not Daddy'

With little promotion, the bumper is already getting a lot of Facebook Likes.  The bumper with the most likes in the end, will qualify to the finals where it will thereby be voted on by a jury at the awards ceremony of the festival.

I want to thank my lovely cast: Nik Shriner, Michaela Myers and Daniel Gregory. And also give a big shout-out to the Peña sibling. Marco Peña shot this thing and made it look nice and sleazy, and Luisa Peña ˜was our wonderful Production Assistant (and provided her vocal skills for the Willie Talk puppet!)  Also big thanks to Stephanie Daniels, our production designer, who dressed the room, giving it a realistic 'whorish' setting.

Watch and Vote for 'Not Daddy' here!

Praise For 'Curtain'

Praise for 'Curtain'

With Fantastic Fest now over, I'm finally able to gather some of the media and praise that Curtain earned in its wake.  So here is a round-up of some of the best mentions we received:

"The undisputed best short of the collection was Curtain, which featured a succubus, a strap-on dildo, and the most hellish lease agreement ever committed to paper. If you somehow manage to get a chance to see Curtain, do so without reservation." -

"The stand outs for me were Dennis Widmyer’s Curtain, a horror-comedy where a couple rents a new apartment with a bizarre shower curtain that is to not be removed lest they release a succubus. Clever, well shot, and filled with laughs, it’s worth tracking down." - Film Threat

"Fest regulars Dennis Widmyer and Justin Duprie, who hails from Corpus, wrote and produced the exceptional horror-comedy short Curtain, which makes The Exorcist look tame by comparison." -

"A lot of fun and some great demon effects. And definitely watch out for Mr. Pokeyman." - Professor Wagstaff

'Curtain' Gets Its Screening Dates as Fantastic Fest Announces Its Schedule

'Curtain' gets into the 2011 Fantastic Fest shorts line-up

Today Fantastic Fest announced its schedule for their 2011 line-up.  As predicted, Curtain will be featured in a shorts block, but this year it seems FF is doing something new and cool with their shorts.  Besides the standard DRAWN AND QUARTERED: Animated Shorts and FANTASTIC SHORTS blocks, this year FF's SHORTFUSE block seems to be dedicated soley to horror films.  In past years, all live-action shorts were grouped together, which made for a long block, making it tough to predict when your film would screen.  So I definitely approve of this new scheduling idea.

Here are the dates/times for Curtain which will be playing twice at the festival:

  • Saturday, Sep 24 at 3:15pm
  • Monday, Sep 26 at 3:10pm

Curtain plays 6th in a line-up with nine other films (which all sound awesome, might I add).  You can see more over at the Fantastic Fest site.  They've also posted their full schedule.

If you're in Austin, TX around that time, I'd love to see ya there!

More on Curtain here!

'Down The Hatch:' Our 2011 Fantastic Fest Bumper

It wasn't enough for Kevin and I to have Cutain playing Fantastic Fest this year.  Noooo.  Kev just had to get more involved.  (And God love him for it!)  A few weeks ago he pitched me his idea for a bumper.  The theme this year is 'Altered States' which means... well, I'm not really sure what it means.  But I think I do.  Anyway, the pitch came with only a few days left before the deadline.  But it was so bizarre, that I just had to see it, so I pushed him to round up the boys and go shoot the damn thing.  And Kev didn't disappoint.  He directed the whole thing in an afternoon and then uploaded me all the footage via FTP that night.  Then all day Sunday I edited it together and we finished it in time for the Monday deadline.

The bumper stars Jamey Lord and Joshua Chaplinsky.  Hope you enjoy it.  Just stay away from any sort of egg products after, for I fear we may have ruined that food for you henceforth.

Check out our 2009 bumpers, Ice Cream!!! and I Is Demon Cat.

'Curtain' Gets Into Fantastic Fest!

'Curtain' gets into the 2011 Fantastic Fest shorts line-up

Today Fantastic Fest announced their 2011 Shorts Line-Up, and my short horror comedy, Curtain, is included!  This is huge news for me.  Getting into Fantastic Fest, which has easily become the largest and best genre festival in North America, was one of my primary goals for 'Curtain.'  It's a festival I've attended the last two years as a fan, and one that I was attending this year whether my film got in or not.  But yes, getting in just makes the visit that much sweeter.  Also sweet is knowing that Fantastic Fest provides one of the best viewing experiences for the audience out of any theater I've ever been to.

No dates have been posted yet, but the festival itself runs from Sep 22-29th in Austin, TX at the world famous Alamo Drafthouse.  You can read more about the fest and the shorts line-up below, and be sure to keep an eye on this page for updates as we receive them.

Big congrats to my whole cast and crew.  We did it, guys!

Please help show your love by joining our Curtain Facebook page.

Watch Our Two Bumpers For Fantastic Fest 2009!

Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S, and one of the coolest aspects of it is something called Filmmaking Frenzy.  This is a contest whereby they select the Top 10 films to screen at their festival as commercials, or 'bumpers' at the start of each presentation.  The rules of the contest state that each film has to be 30-45 secs long, star a kid, star a monster, and end off with the word 'Fantastic'.

Below are the two bumpers that we directed for the festival.  The first one, 'ICE CREAM!' was the runner-up film this year and has already become the most viewed film on the Filmmaking Frenzy website.  It will be screening randomly before films during the 8 day festival.  But if you'd like to see it now, check it out below along with 'Demon Cat', the other bumped we made.  We don't know yet what the 10 other selected films to screen for the fest will be, but we're hoping 'Demon Cat' makes it in too.  Wish us luck!

Watch "ICE CREAM!!!"

"Ice Cream!!!" - 2009 Fantastic Fest Bumper from Parallactic Pictures on Vimeo.

Watch "Demon Cat"

"I Is Demon Cat" - 2009 Fantastic Fest Bumper from Parallactic Pictures on Vimeo.

Kevin and I will both be at the festival.  So if you're in town, come on over and say hi!