RIFF 2016 FEATURE FILM BLOCK #4
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2016
8:45PM - 10:45PM
RIFF FEATURE FILM: "THE DARK TAPES"
Saturday, October 22, 2016
8;45pm-10:45pm: Screening + Filmmakers Q&A
Preceded by Short Film:
"Killer Friends" co-directed by Zach Noe Towers & Tina Carbone (CA, USA)
Rahway International Film Festival Feature Film Halloween Special Presentation: "The Dark Tapes" directed by Michael McQuown (Florida, USA).
RIFF FOREIGN FEATURE FILM:
"HEAR THE SILENCE (HÖRE DIE STILLE)"
Saturday, October 22, 2016
8:45pm-10:45pm: Screening + Filmmakers Q&A
Preceded by Short Film:
"First Encounter with Authority" directed by Yavuz Özer (Turkey)
Rahway International Film Festival Feature Film Presentation: "Hear the Silence (Höre die Stille)" directed by Ed Ehrenberg (Germany).
Following the films, there will be an Audience Q&A with attending cast members Alexandra Grant & Lars Doppler from "Hear the Silence" travelling in all the way from Germany!
*All festival tickets & day passes include free admission to the Opening Night After-Party & Saturday Lobby Networking Hour, which will offer a complimentary light buffet and cash bar. Come join the fun!
"The Dark Tapes"
Feature Narrrative | Runtime: 1:35:00
Country of Origin: Florida, USA
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Synopsis: A genre-defying found-footage mixture of horror, sci-fi, myth, mystery and thrills told as four interlocking tales in one intelligent anthology. Ghosts, spirits, creatures, demons and more from the paranormal world collide with rational curiosity.
Director | Writer | Producer: Michael McQuown
Award-winning writer and member of the Writer’s Guild of America (WGA). He was the original writer of Universal Studio's Film "The Perfect Man" starring Hillary Duff, Heather Locklear and Chris Noth. "The Dark Tapes" was entirely financed by himself and largely shot with a crew of three people.
Short Narrative | Runtime: 10:40
Country of Origin: California, USA
Genre: Dark Comedy
Synopsis: Four friends go on a camping trip that one won’t be coming back from alive.
Director | Writer | Producer | Actor: Zach Noe Towers
Zach Noe Towers is a professional stand up comedian and award-winning filmmaker based out of Los Angeles, CA. Currently the opening act for Bob the Drag Queen (the most recent winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race) Zach has performed all over the country, including colleges, cruises and festivals of all sizes. This year he came on board as a writer and host of The Elite Daily Show on Verizon’s Go90 Network, and also recently finished taping a comedy pilot for MTV. Since 2010 Zach has been doing script analysis and giving writers invaluable feedback on their pilots, shorts and features.
Producer | Co-Director: Tina Carbone
"Hear the Silence (Höre die Stille)"
Feature Narrative | Runtime: 1:35:00
Country of Origin: Germany
Language: German (with English subtitles)
Genre: War Drama, Suspense
Synopsis: This is the story of the men and women at the time of the German attack on Russia in 1941. A small, lost unit of German soldiers is looking for shelter in a remote, snowy small village in Ukraine deep within enemy territory. The soldiers have to make a stop in the village to get provisions and transport so that they can join their troops again – maybe a very dangerous thing to do. HEAR THE SILENCE is a parable about the loss of innocence during times of war that results in brutal preventive actions. People get trapped in an unstoppable circle of violence.
Following the film, there will be an Audience Q&A with attending cast members Lars Doppler (Leutnant Markus Wentzel) and Alexandra Grant (Helga Kirchner) traveling in all the way from Germany!
Director: Ed Ehrenberg
Born of a theatrical family in Hamburg he was raised in the public theaters of Essen, before he began in Munich at the Bavaria Film Studios his career as a production driver in 1990 and quickly became a set/unit manager, editor, assistant director and finally producer and director for television programs. In 2001 he moved to Berlin, and parallel to his job as a director he taught classes for Camera Acting. In 2012 Ed Ehrenberg founded as one of three partners the production company Monoloco Films in order to create own projects. On behalf of Monoloco Films he implemented as a director, co-author and producer at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains in cooperation with the Munich Film Academy and Red Zone Pictures the movie HÖRE DIE STILLE (HEAR THE SILENCE).
"First Encounter with Authority"
Short Narrative | Runtime: 17:00
Country of Origin: Turkey
Language: Turkish (with English subtitles)
Synopsis: 1990's Turkey... There were human rights violations especially in the southeast region of Turkey, where the Kurdish community lives. In this period, thousands of children had to recognize the notion of government-authority by identifying with uniforms, violence and fear.
This film has been made for the purpose of questioning the notion of government-authority from the perspective of a child in a world where time and space have lost their significance.
Director | Writer | Producer: Yavuz Özer
Graduated from Selçuk University Faculty of Communication Department of Radio Television and Cinema in 2001. Received master's degree on "Hitchcock and Thriller" in 2006 and doctoral degree with the thesis titled “Relationship of Cinema and Space” in 2013. Has participated in both national and international film festivals with short films and documentary projects since studentship years. Teaches undergraduate and postgraduate lessons on Script Writing, Cinema and Literature, Script Theories and Script Applications. Continues the studies on short films, documentaries and photographs.