A Night of Horror- Nightmare Radio at the Brooklyn Horror Film Fest

James Wright in A NIGHT OF HORROR – NIGHTMARE RADIO

A Review by EJ Argenio

Do you want to hear a scary story? Get your popcorn, turn off the lights, and turn on A Night of Horror: Nightmare Radio.

A Night of Horror: Nightmare Radio is comprised of chilling vignettes beautifully told by Rod Wilson (James Wright) who is not your average late-night radio talk show host. His talk show, Nightmare Radio, focuses on a variety of horror stories, from the supernatural to urban legends, with the hopes members of his audience will call in and share ones of their own. This is a modern day telling of campfire stories, but instead of being in the middle of a forest with a group of friends, Rod’s behind the mic in his studio speaking with complete strangers. The film begins on a a night that seems like any other night, any other show, and we have the honor of taking part as he narrates tales of possession, vanity and corporal punishment.

The film is comprised of a series of vignettes told by Wilson. These tales include a ghost made out of darkness, a victim of a sadistic hair stylist, a convicted murderer sentenced to a series of amputations, a traumatized dancer, and a hunter who becomes the hunted.

Tonight’s show appears to be commonplace for Rod, but the horror becomes all too real after the host receives a phone call from a child claiming that someone is trying to murder him. Despite looking at this as nothing more than a prank, Rod starts to question his reality.

The cinematography of Carlos Goitia, combined with a score composed by director Luciano Onetti, elevate each terror-filled tale as they unfold. When we learn the story of a young dancer’s psychological torment, we cannot help but empathize. This authenticity not only makes for an entertaining horror film, but we are hooked in further when Rod eventually goes from narrator to protagonist.

A combination of Tales From The Darkside & Talk Radio, A Night of Horror: Nightmare Radio has re-imagined the telling of the campfire horror story. If you’re a fan of the macabre, and enjoy the agony of fear, this is the movie for you.

Episode 524: Kate Forsatz

Hosted By Jason Godbey, Creative Director, Behind the Rabbit Productions

On this episode actor/filmmaker Kate Forsatz talks about the making of her indie feature Thre3bound. We first met Kate at this year’s Soho International Film Festival.

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Episode 523: Alex Emanuel

Hosted By Jason Godbey, Creative Director, Behind the Rabbit Productions

Actor/Producer Alex Emanuel talks with host Jason Godbey about his indie feature, The Incoherents. We first met Alex and the team behind The Incoherents at this year’s Soho International Film Festival.

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NYC Web Fest 2019

By Jason Godbey, Creative Director, Behind the Rabbit Productions

In October, NYC Web Fest celebrated its sixth year at Stonestreet Studios in Manhattan. It is a delightful fest, quite intimate, but they have some great screenings, panels, and workshops.

I had the pleasure of moderating a panel on writing for Digital and TV which included four very accomplished writers: Joanna Pickering, who is an actress and playwright; Misha Calvert, who created several web series including Step Into My Office, ; Cylla Sennii, who created the series Situationships on BET Digital; and Micharne Cloughley, who is currently a staff writer for Law & Order SVU

The festival encourages creators to submit by having a healthy number of awards. Festival winners included: 

Outstanding Achievement in Editing: Countdown — Nathan Breton

Outstanding Achievement in Sound:  Microaggressions  — Dicky Dahl

Outstanding Achievement in Music:  Play the Hits — CJ Ballesteros & Lauren Moon 

Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography:   Just the Two of Us — Christophe Dalpé & Benoit Jones-Vallée

Outstanding Achievement in Writing:  Step Into My Office — Misha Calvert

Best Original Concept: Swipe — Martijn Winkler 

Best Supporting Actress: Barbelle –Nadine Bhabha 

Best Supporting ActorHype — Leroy Shingu 

Best Documentary/Reality: Yotsrim– Shachaf Dekel

Best Mystery/Thriller: Terreur 404 — Samuel Archibald & William S. Messier  

Best Dramedy: Tuesday Nights — Shiva Kalaiselvan & Joe Bandelli

Best Comedy: Dark Justice –– Mike Gerbino, Elisa Peebles, Travis Cannan, Che Holloway, Zahra Zubaidi 

Special Guest Star:  Tuesday Nights — Victor Williams 

Dynamic Duo: The Mom List –Elena Melener & Melody Fadness  

Best Actress: Home Turf — Sarah Cantin  

Best Actor: Darcy on House Arrest — Trevor Dow

Best Foreign Language:  Georges is Dead — Charles Grenier, Sarah Pellerin, Carolyne Boucher

Best International Web Series:  Sui Generis — Roberto Nascimento

I Love NY: The Rehearsal  — Jaclyn Bethany, Suze Myers, Alida Rose Delaney, Mikhail Makeyev

Best Short Film:  Girl, Sweetvoiced — Rebecca Shoptaw

Best Pilot: Vows  — Nazli Sarpkaya & Isabelle Pierre, Ginny Leise, Callie Hanau 

Best Director: Darcy on House Arrest — Heidi Weitzer 

Best Web Series: Home Turf — Mara Joly, Lou Bélanger, Rafael Perez, St Laurent TV, Sophie Samson

If you have a web series, this is a must-submit festival. For more information on NYC Web Fest, check out Episode 512 with Lauren Atkins, the festival’s founder. 

Episode 521: Simone Policano

Hosted By Jason Godbey, Creative Director, Behind the Rabbit Productions

On this episode, actor/producer Simone Policano talks about her latest film, Auggie starring Richard Kind.

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Indie Film News 9. 27. 19

Indie Film News for September 27, 2019

Hosted By Jason Godbey, Creative Director, Behind the Rabbit Productions

On this episode host Jason Godbey talks about the NYWIFT Road to the Emmy’s Event, the Katra Film Series, the new documentary Don’t Be Nice. The week we ask the question: why aren’t you watching indie films?

Indie Film News is a supplemental show in addition to our regular weekly episodes to keep you updated on news and events going on in the indie film world today. These are audio exclusive episodes, so subscribe on your favorite podcast app for the latest Indie Film News episodes.

Zero at the Katra Film Series

By Jason Godbey, Creative Director, Behind the Rabbit Productions

This week I attended the Katra Film Series,. This season Geoffrey Guerrero and his team put a great program of films together.

The stand out of the evening was the film Zero directed by The Brothers Lynch and starring Bella Ramsey who you may know better as Lady Mormont from Game of Thrones. The film is about a young girl who is left to survive the apocalypse alone after her father dies. Ramsey gives an exceptional performance and the film is very well-made with some stellar cinematography and special effects. 

Other standout films include: Juniper- a sci-fi short about a man who loses his wife and has her brought back via a company that can clone people. It has a very Black Mirror-esque vibe to it.  It’s a film that keeps you guessing and surprises the audience.

The Desecrated is a horror short, a real crowd-pleaser with equal parts scares and laughs. Horror is huge on the indie film scene. Making horror shorts was a road to Hollywood for David F. Sandberg. Perhaps director John Gray will take a similar path.

The Katra Film Series has four exhibitions a year, and now they’re making their home at the Alamo Drafthouse. If you’re making short films, and you’re looking for a festival, I highly recommend submitting to them. 

For more about the Katra Film Series, check out episode 421 where I interview founder Geoffrey Guerrero. He’s also the co-founder of the Bowery Film Festival which we also covered this year. You can find our interviews at both Katra Film Series and the Bowery Film Festival on our Facebook and YouTube pages.


Episode 515: Soho International Film Festival Recap

Hosted By Jason Godbey, Creative Director, Behind the Rabbit Productions

On this episode we recap our coverage of the Soho International Film Festival. Featuring interviews with Executive Director Sibyl Santiago, the creators of the indie feature film Auggie Matt Kane, Simone Policano, and Mark Underhill, as well as Seanie Sugrue, Victoria Meade, and Cillian O’Sullivan from the film Misty Button and world renowned photographer turned filmmaker, Platon who directed My Body Is Not a Weapon.

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Soho International Film Festival 2019

Video by Sergio Beltran & Jason Godbey

Last week No Rest for the Weekend was there at the 10th Annual Soho International Film Festival. Red Carpet Corespondent Lindsay Aster was on the red carpet interviewing the filmmakers and stars of the festival. The interviews are currently posted on our YouTube and Facebook pages. Special thanks to Executive Director/Head of Programming Sibyl Santiago for having us and congratulations to all the filmmakers.

Look for a full recap episode complete with new footage of the festival and an exclusive interview with Sibyl Santiago coming soon.

Episode 506: Miami Web Fest with Jordan Elizabeth Gelber

Hosted By Jason Godbey, Creative Director, Behind the Rabbit Productions

On this episode, producer Jordan Elizabeth Gelber joins host Jason Godbey in the Rabbit Hole Studio to talk about her recent trip to Miami Web Fest. She also gives her advice to creatives looking to get their projects into web festivals as well as her insight on where where web content is headed.

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