Last Tuesday was the October edition of IndieWorks! And it was our annual Halloween Special, where we screen local horror shorts and celebrate the spooky season. We screened 6 films and had 40 people in house. October is always an interesting month because some of our regulars aren’t genre fans, so they don’t come out; but then we end up with some people who typically don’t attend except for at the Horror Special. So it’s always a nice crowd of new & familiar faces (a few of which join us in costume), who generally just love scary movies! The lineup was a solid reflection of the diverse ways you can approach the genre and elicit fear from an audience. It was an evening filled with gasps, screams, and laughs. Thoughtful conversations were had during the Q&A, and the night was an overall success!
We'd just like to say thank you to everyone who came out to support the filmmakers and spend the evening with us & them. We do hope you enjoyed the films and the opportunity to network with other filmmakers and film enthusiasts. We know some connections were made! AND we hope you'll join us again for our November screening on 20th! It’ll be a mix of documentaries and narratives with a strong focus on family and childhood.
See photos from the evening:
The Films of the night:
The Music Lesson (Written by Kyle I. Kelley, Directed by Kyle I. Kelley & Adam R. Brown)
A jaded music teacher turns the tables on a soul-sucking student.
Broad Paws (Written & Directed by Vinny Sacchetti)
The unlikely and irrational fears that come from living alone at night take form when a young woman has to defend herself from intruding forces, leaving her in a moral dilemma that puts natural instincts to the test.
Goodbye Old Friend (Written & Directed by Rafael De Leon Jr.)
A young woman is trapped in her apartment by her childhood imaginary friend, who has come back to haunt her.
I Waited For You (Written & Directed by Manny Serrano)
A Brooklynite girl goes out for the night with a friend in Queens, and becomes terrified after her lost cell phone is answered by a man with a creepy and ominous voice.
Dull Hope (Written & Directed by Brian Ratigan)
Suppressed memories reach a boiling point.
An animated tale of longing.
Beneath (Written & Directed by Lindsay Serrano)
After a naughty video is uploaded online, a girl plots revenge against her deceptive boyfriend.
Watch our Q&A Recap. *Please know there are some film spoilers - feel free to look for an opportunity to catch the films at a festival or computer screen near you & then come back to watch!
The awards go to...
At the end of the evening, we announced our winning filmmakers for both Audience Choice Award & Silver Whiskers Award. The Audience Choice Award is voted upon by all those in attendance, and the Silver Whiskers Award is judged by the CongestedCat Team based on a rating system of 8 categories: Story, Dialogue/Writing, Direction, Acting, Cinematography, Sound, Editing, and Production Value, along with a nuanced discussion focused on inclusion and originality. The Silver Whiskers winner goes on to screen again at our end of year Best of Fest screening next April.
The Silver Whiskers winner also receives $50 towards a crowdfunding campaign on SeedandSpark.com should they use the platform and 50% off 4MileCircus' post-production audio cleaning service for a future project.
For the October 2018 lineup, our winning films were:
Audience Choice Award: "I Waited For You"
Silver Whiskers Award: "Goodbye Old Friend"