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Buffalo Screams Horror Film Festival 2012

Okay, as usual, I'm going about this rather idiotically.
Today (Sunday, that is) was the fifth and last day of the 3rd annual Buffalo Screams Horror Film Festival.
I've been planning to write a sort of diary-ish account of my attendance at Buffalo Screams, but what I wanna do and what I ACTUALLY do are usually two different things.
So, I'm just gonna plunge in!
Which is why, my first post is actually my Facebook status talking about the LAST day of the festival, even though I attended in some part each of the five days.
But, hell, you gotta start somewhere, right? Here it is:

Alas, today was the last day of Buffalo Screams 2012.
Unfortunately, I had some other responsibilities I had to attend to earlier in the day. I was still hoping to make the 6:30 block tonight for ONYX:ORIGINS featuring Debbie Rochon, and then the feature, DEMON MESSENGER.
By the time I was finally ready to leave for the Market Arcade, I knew I was going to miss ONYX.
Because I was running late, I almost didn't come out. I was actually pretty pooped from doing other stuff all day (at least the weather was really nice!) and also the last four days of spent energy either working or on concentrated movie watching. But DEMON MESSENGERS' filmmakers were gonna be there, and I'm a total whore for Q&AS, so I decided to still go.
As I was pulling up to the theater parking lot, at least I was able to pass by Debbie Rochon and David Marancik as they were being driven out to the Awards dinner at the Screening Room. I waved and yelled goodbye to them from my car.
The feature already started, but as it played out, apparently I didn't miss too much in terms of important exposition because I could follow the story pretty well.
After the film, the lights came up, and I was in the theater with only three other people. Two of those were the producer/writer/director, D. A. Bush, and his wife. Even though the Buffalo Screams people were at the awards dinner (specifically Greg Lamberson and Debbie Rochon), I conducted my own Q&A for about 10 minutes. Score!
DEMON MESSENGER featured some great monster make-up and a pretty killer soundtrack, particularly the sections with the driving percussion, although, man, the music was really cranking in the theater! I'm pretty sure they could hear it next door!
D. A. Bush hails from Binghamton, has film production experience, has done shorts, but this is his first feature. It's also his first film festival. He's planning on filming a paranormal/ghost house story next time. His website is www.iamhorror.com.

And... that was it for me.
Sadly, I didn't have the energy to sit through the next and very last block of films. But I chatted with the fourth dude, David, and he was sticking around to check it out.
All I can say is, for the third year in a row, Buffalo Screams TOTALLY. KICKED. ASS.
It's really too bad it didn't have a much, much stronger turnout, for so many reasons, but at the very least, those local horror film fans that didn't come out missed some really tremendous programming. Huge congratulations to organizers Greg Lamberson and Chris Scioli for putting on another great festival. Gigantic thanks to Debbie Rochon and Paige Davis for not only being here throughout the festival but being such a great part of this year's festival! You ladies rock for obviously being such cinemaphiles (especially with regards to genre and low budget filmmaking), but also being extremely generous in promoting and furthering that passionate interest, AND also being ridiculously accessible thoughout the whole festival. And on top of that, you're both hot women.

Looking forward to NEXT year's Buffalo Screams, and promising now to make and enter my own film!
But for now, it's time to return to work and earn back some of the money I spent on tickets, T-shirts and DVDs the last 5 days, and also time to look for a new clothes washer...


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Oct. 22nd, 2012 06:18 pm (UTC)
You said it! In writing! In public! You have to do it now!
Nov. 1st, 2012 05:43 am (UTC)
That sounds like a great time. Especially when you consider the holiday horror offerings at the multiplexes are pretty much shit. (shitty-sounding, to be clear)

Hope all is well.
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The Last 10 Films I've Seen (so far, seen 30 in 2010)

30. BRUCE CAMPBELL VS. ARMY OF DARKNESS (Director's Cut) --on DVD (1992, w. Sam Raimi and Ivan Raimi; d. Sam Raimi; Bruce Campbell, Embeth Davidtz, Marcus Gilbert, Ian Ambercrombie, Richard Grove, Bridget Fonda)

29. TRICK R' TREAT --on DVD (2008, w/d. Michael Dougherty; Dylan Baker, Anna Paquin, Brian Cox, Lauren Lee Smith, Britt McKillip, Jean-Luc Bilodeau, Alberto Ghisi, Isabelle Deluce, Samm Todd, Tahmoh Penikett, Leslie Bibb)

28. SHE-DEMONS OF THE BLACK SUN --on DVD (2006, Canadian; w. Robbie Ribspreader; d. Sv Bell; Isabelle Stephen, Jan Pivon, Melantha Blackthorne, Costa, Michael Brunet, Suzy Loraine, Kerri Taylor, Marie-Claire Benoit, Penelope Jolicoeur, Ivan Judd, Dan Veilleux)

27. 300 --on DVD (2007, w. Zack Snyder& Kurt Johnstad and Michael B. Gordon (based on graphic novel by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley); d. Zack Snyder; Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, David Wenham, Dominic West, Rodrigo Santoro)

26. [REC] --on DVD (2007, Spanish; w. Jaume Balaguero, Luis Berdejo, Pacp Plaza; d. Jaume Balaguero, Paco Plaza; Manuela Velasco, Ferran Terraza, Jorge-Yamam Serrano, Pablo Rosso)

25. TRACK OF THE MOON BEAST --on DVD (1976, w.Bill Finger, Charles Sinclair; d. Richard Ashe; Chase Cordell, (Donna) Leigh Drake, Gregorio Sala)

24. RAPE OF THE VAMPIRE (LE VIOL DU VAMPIRE) --on DVD (1968, w/d. Jean Rollin; Solange Pradel, Bernard Letrou, Catherine Deville, Ursule Pauly, Marquis Polho, Louis Horn)

23. SLIME CITY MASSACRE --at the theater (2010, w/d. Greg Lamberson; Jennifer Bihl, Kealan Patrick Burke, Debbie Rochon, Lee Perkins, Robert C. Sabin, Roy Frumkes, Brooke Lewis, Michael O'Hear, John Renna)

22. DEAD GIRL --on DVD (2008, w. Trent Haaga, d. Marcel Sarmiento, Gadi Harel; Shiloh Fernandez, Noah Segan, Candice Accola, Eric Podnar, Jenny Spain)

21. PATHER PANCHALI --on DVD (Indian, 1955, w/d. Satyajit Ray; Karuna Bannerjee, Subir Bannerjee, Uma Das Gupta, Kanu Bannerjee)


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