August 06, 2014 // Franchising.com // Los Angeles, CA - Magnet Releasing and Drafthouse Films bring a kaleidoscope of death, mayhem and fun with the World Premiere of ABCs of Death 2 2 at Fantastic Fest in Austin, TX on Thursday, September 18. The film has also been announced for release on VOD platforms October 2 with a theatrical run set for October 31.
ABCs of Death 2 2 features 26 brand new shorts from 26 new directors of acclaimed genre films like Cheap Thrills, Inside, A Lonely Place to Die, American Mary, Big Bad Wolves and many more. Once again, the filmmakers were given free reign to create a short film about death in all its many forms and the results are at turns shocking, hilarious, vile, surprising, beautiful, reprehensible, poignant, disturbing, but most of all, mind-melting fun. In addition to the varied subject matter and creative approaches to time-tested genres, the filmmakers explore a variety of styles including stop-motion animation, dialogue-free, and hand-drawn animation to bring their twisted visions to the screen.
"I truly love how divisive this anthology series will be. There's no grey when it comes to the ABCs of Death 2. People either love it or detest it. And that is the exactly the way it should be. Filmmakers are rarely given the opportunity to express themselves with full creative freedom. That's because it's usually a dangerous and risky endeavour. So it's a good thing Tim League and I enjoy risk and we're happy our partners at Magnet Releasing feel the same way as we do," said producer Ant Timpson.
"I want people to look back at the ABCs of Death 2 rosters ten years from now and see many of these now emerging directors running the show in future Hollywood," said producer Tim League. " With Fantastic Fest veterans Garreth Edwards and Rian Johnson commanding the Star Wars franchise, this doesn't seem unreasonable at all."
ABCs of Death 2 2 is the follow-up to the most ambitious anthology film ever conceived with productions spanning from Nigeria to UK to Brazil and everywhere in between. It features segments directed by over two dozen of the world's leading talents in contemporary genre film. The film is comprised of twenty-six individual chapters, each helmed by a different director assigned a letter of the alphabet, beginning with the letter A and ending with the letter Z. The directors were then given free rein in choosing a word to create a story involving death. Provocative, shocking, funny and at times confrontational, ABCs of Death 2 2 is another global celebration of next generation genre filmmaking.
The following is the list of participating directors and a reference title from each of their filmographies:
Julian Barratt (The Mighty Boosh)
Todd Rohal (The Catechism Catalysm)
Steven Kostanski (Manborg)
Alejandro Brugués (Juan Of The Dead)
Jim Hosking (Commercial Director)
Hajime Ohata (Henge)
Chris Nash (Skinfections)
Rodney Ascher (Room 237)
Bill Plympton (Animator)
Erik Matti (On The Job, Magic Temple)
Kristina Buozyte And Bruno Samper (Vanishing Waves)
Vincenzo Natali (Splice, Cube)
Larry Fessenden (The Last Winter, Habit)
Julien Maury And Alexandre Bustillo (Inside, Livid)
E.l. Katz (Cheap Thrills)
Jen And Sylvia Soska (American Mary, Dead Hooker In A Trunk)
Aharon Keshales And Navot Papushado (Rabies, Big Bad Wolves)
Julian Gilbey (A Lonely Place To Die)
Dennison Ramalho (Ninjas And Love For Mother Only)
Lancelot Imasuen (Nollywood Director)
Jerome Sable (The Legend Of Beaver Dam, Stagefright)
Robert Morgan (Bobby Yeah)
Robert Boocheck (horrific)
Juan Martinez Moreno (Game Of Werewolves)
Marvin Kren (Rammbock Berlin Undead)
Soichi Umezawa (special makeup effects artist)
For more information about ABCs of Death 2 2, please visit http://www.magnetreleasing.com/theabcsofdeath2/,"like" the film on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/theabcsofdeath or follow on twitter @ABCsofDeath.
Magnet is the genre arm of Magnolia Pictures, specializing in films from the vanguard of horror, action, comedy and Asian cinema, and the home of genre classics like Tomas Alfredson¹s Let the Right One In, Takeshi Miike's 13 Assassins, Christopher Smith's Black Death, Ti West's The House of the Devil, Andre Ovredal's Trollhunter, Gareth Edward's Monsters, Neil Marshall's sword and sandals bloodbath Centurion, and Tony Jaa's Ong Bak trilogy to name a few. Recent releases include the terrifying anthologies V/H/S and V/H/S/2, horror anthology The ABCs of Death 2, Xan Cassavettes' stylish vampire film Kiss of the Damned, sci-fi thriller The Last Days on Mars, Ti West's The Sacrament, and Israeli thriller Big Bad Wolves. Upcoming films include The ABCs of Death 2 2, V/H/S: VIRAL, Leigh Janiak's HONEYMOON starring Game of Thrones' Rose Leslie, and many more.
Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, is a curated brand of provocative, visionary and artfully unusual films new and old from around the world. Following the earnestly simple motto of "sharing the films we love with widest audience possible," Drafthouse Films debuted in 2010 with the theatrical release of Four Lions, which was named one of Time Magazine's "Top 10 Films Of The Year." The company's second release Bullhead was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Oscar® in 2012, followed by internationally celebrated Danish comedy KLOWN, which was slated for a Warner Bros/Todd Phillips produced US remake. The release of groundbreaking documentary The Act Of Killing, produced by Errol Morris and Werner Herzog won top prizes at festivals worldwide and earned the year's strongest box office opening for a documentary in 2013.
The 2014 slate includes the SXSW Midnight Audience Award black comedy/thriller Cheap Thrills, Ben Wheatley's "psychedelic trip into magic and madness" A Field In England, the Netherlands' official 2014 Oscar® entry Borgman, Japanese auteur Sion Sono's Toronto International Film Festival Audience Award-winning Why Don't You Play In Hell, Cannes 2013 official selection Nothing Bad Can Happen and Ari Folman's epic sci-fi animated/live-action hybrid The Congress starring Robin Wright, Harvey Keitel, and Jon Hamm.
Drafthouse Films distributes films theatrically, through home video, VOD and their direct-to-consumer platforms integrating into the ever-growing Alamo Drafthouse entertainment lifestyle brand, which along with the Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas includes: Mondo, the collectible art boutique; Fantastic Fest, the largest international genre film festival in the US; and the pop culture website Badass Digest.
Ant Timpson has been involved in the production, exhibition, broadcasting, distribution and marketing of films in New Zealand since 1985. He loves films and he loves audiences and thinks the twain shall always meet.
Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and just plain fantastic movies from all around the world. In years past the festival has been home to world premieres of Frankenweenie, Machete Kills, Red Dawn, Paranormal Activity 3 & 4, There Will Be Blood, Apocalypto, Zombieland and Red while the guest roster has included such talent as Tim Burton, Andy and Lana Wachowski, Robert Rodriguez, Rian Johnson, Mel Gibson, Bill Murray, Keanu Reeves, Martin Landau, Winona Ryder, Edward Norton, Ryan Reynolds, Karl Urban, Josh Hartnett, The RZA, Dolph Lundgren, Paul Rudd, Bill Pullman, Paul Thomas Anderson, Kevin Smith, Jon Favreau, George Romero, Darren Aronofsky and Mike Judge. Fantastic Fest also features world, national and regional premieres of new, up-and-coming genre films. Fantastic Fest has seen the acquisition of many titles, including Bullhead, Kill List, Monsters, Klown, The Fp, Penumbra, Here Comes The Devil, No Rest For The Wicked, Vanishing Waves, Combat Girls and I Declare War. Fantastic Fest is held each year at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin, Texas. Alamo Drafthouse has been named the best theater in the country by Entertainment Weekly, Wired and TIME. Variety included Fantastic Fest in a list of "10 Film Festivals We Love," and was also named one of the "25 coolest film festivals" by Moviemaker Magazine.
Tim and Karrie League founded Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in 1997 as a single-screen mom and pop repertory theater in Austin. 17 years later, the now 18-location chain has been named "the best theater in America" by Entertainment Weekly and "the best theater in the world" by Wired.com. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has built a reputation as a movie lover's oasis not only by combining food and drink service with the movie-going experience, but also introducing unique programming and high-profile, star studded special events. Alamo Drafthouse Founder & CEO, Tim League, created Fantastic Fest, a world renowned film festival dubbed "The Geek Telluride" by Variety. Fantastic Fest showcases eight days of genre cinema from independents, international filmmakers and major Hollywood studios. The Alamo Drafthouse's collectible art gallery, Mondo, offers breathtaking, original products featuring designs from world-famous artists based on licenses for popular TV and Movie properties including Star Wars, Star Trek & Universal Monsters. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is expanding its brand in new and exciting ways, including Drafthouse Films which has garnered two Academy Award nominations in its short three year existence and Badass Digest, an entertainment news blog curated by veteran journalist Devin Faraci.
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