Who We Are

Kevin Kolsch & Dennis Widmyer

Parallactic Pictures is the official banner of award winning filmmakers Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer. Since joining forces in 1993, the writer/director team began churning out spec scripts together by nights and helping each other on their college films during every waking hour in-between. In 2003 they co-directed a highly popular documentary on bestselling writer Chuck Palahniuk (author of Fight Club) and in 2006, they co-wrote and co-directed a dark kidnapping mystery entitled Absence. The projects share a common bond in that Absence was shot on a shoestring budget (under $30,000) with revenue earned from sales of the documentary.

Utilizing this fast and flexible DIY approach to filmmaking, Kevin and Dennis spent the next few years incessantly shooting short films, commercials, music videos and festival bumpers. In 2011, as Absence played to VOD audiences across the country, their short films placed at a number of prestigious film festivals across the country. 

In 2013, the duo followed up this string of shorts with their third feature film, Starry Eyesfor Snowfort Pictures and Dark Sky Films. After premiering at SXSW the film went on to tour the world, playing such festivals as Sitges, Fright Fest UK, Fantasia and more. The film is currently on VOD. The team followed this feature with another short project, this time the opening segment in an upcoming anthology for XYZ Films titled Holidays which also features entries from Kevin Smith, Scott Stewart and Gary Shore.

In-between being on set, they've continued to write upcoming projects and are currently in talks to co-direct a number of feature films from 2015 on.

Check Out Our New Video For The Goodbye Radio

While I've been traipsing around LA shooting bumpers and whatnot, Kevin has kept busy in Long Island.  Recently, he partnered up with some old friends-- a group of talented muscians who comprise The Goodbye Radio to write, direct and edit the latest single from their upcoming album. The song is called "Boiling River" and, as Kevin was given free reign with the storyline, he conceived of a video involving the most important issue of our time: zombie love!

Check out the video below.

The Goodbye Radio - Boiling River (Official Video) from Parallactic Pictures on Vimeo.

It features Damien Maffei and Amanda Donelan. It was shot by Kevin and Jamey Lord on the Canon 7D in Long Island, NY. Special FX make-up by Lisa Forst. Color Correction by Alex Durie.

The Goodbye Radio is:
Mike Denton - Drums and Percussion
Mike Harrison - Vocals and Lyrics
Lee Greenman - Bass Guitar
Jeff Walsh - Guitar, Keys, Arrangements

For more information on the band, as well as a free preview of their new album, check out: thegoodbyeradio.com.

'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!

'Curtain' Is Now Online!

*Note: The above video is embedded and tiny. I prefer you watch it in HD here.

I'm really not sure why this took me so long. I think I got it in my head that, because Curtain is still playing random film festivals, I wasn't "allowed" to make it available online.  But a lot of people told me I was wrong about that.  Then I figured I should make its online premiere some sort of "event."  Maybe have a giveaway. Some sort of contest to promote it proper.  But screw all that.  Let's just watch the damn thing.

So here, at long last, is Curtain, my short horror film that I finished in Spring 2011. I'm very proud of this film. It runs 12 mins, has a lot of laughs (and scares) in it.  And I think you will all enjoy it.  

For more details on Curtain, such as images, a trailer link, credits and news, head over to its page. If you watch this, and you enjoy it, please leave a comment below.  Even better, go rate the film on its IMDB page.

That's it. Thanks for being patient. And remember... "DO NOT REMOVE THE SHOWER CURTAIN!"

Parallactic Pictures is the film company of writer/director/producers Kevin Kölsch & Dennis Widmyer.  Formed in 2003, PP is the banner for all of their independent film projects.  Parallactic Pictures latest projects are Starry Eyes, a horror film they wrote and directed for Snowfort Pictures, in association with Dark Sky Films and Holidays, an anthology produced by XYZ Films and Distant Corners Entertainment. For 2016, they are attached to rewrite and direct The Exorcism Diaries for Summit and Mama 2 for Universal Pictures.