The first annual St. Lawrence International Film Festival, running October 22-25, 2015, today announced for the first time ever, and in honor of the late horror master, Wes Craven's 1984 masterpiece Nightmare on Elm Street will be screened on Elm Street in Potsdam, NY, legendarily (and perhaps spuriously) known as the inspiration of the film from Craven's time as a professor at Clarkson University as part of the inaugural St. Lawrence International Film Festival.
In addition to Nightmare on Elm Street on Elm Street, St. Lawrence will screen four films in its Dark Borders program, including two North American premieres. The Dark Borders section delves into the vast shadowy side of filmmaking, seeking to bring the best in Horror, SciFi and Thriller genres to festival audiences across borders.
"We're thrilled to feature such an iconic genre film alongside our Dark Borders program of new work from around the globe," states Bears Fonte, Director of Programming for the St. Lawrence International Film Festival.
The St. Lawrence International Film Festival, will run October 22-25, 2015 and will feature an incredible 60+ screenings with over 25 features, 5 shorts programs and live performances in four cities in two countries for it's debut. With the theme "Beyond Borders" the Festival will present films from all over the world to screen at five different venues. The Festival Opening Gala will feature a 35th Anniversary Screening of "The Blues Brothers" with Dan Aykroyd in attendance to benefit the RCMP Foundation. The Friday Night Block Party sponsored by SUNY Canton will fill the streets of Canton, NY and feature a special cinematic edition of NYC's ultimate multimedia live game show, The Big Quiz Thing.
BLACK MOUNTAIN SIDE (East Coast Premiere), Canada
Writer/Director: Nick Szostakiwskyj
Cast: Shane Twerdun, Michael Dickson, Carl Toftfelt, and Timothy Lyle
Synopsis: At a remote weather monitoring station in the Arctic Circle of Canada, a team of scientists uncovers a strange stone structure with archaic writing and symbols thousands of miles north from where it should logically be. As they investigate, inexplicable things happen around the camp. Cut off from the rest of the world by a communications glitch, the team fall victim to paranoia and violence.
THE CIRCLE (Cirkeln) (North America Premiere), Sweden
Writer/Director: Levan Akin
Cast: Josefin Asplund, Helena Engström, Miranda Frydman, and Irma von Platen
Synopsis: An otherworldly force brings together six girls from the same small town high school who must master their own elemental powers to defeat an evil that threatens the whole world. The first film based off the best-selling Swedish young adult novel franchise, The Circle conjures up images of The Craft and Twilight, with the sensibilities and bleakness of Let the Right One In.
THE CORPSE OF ANNA FRITZ (East Coast Premiere), Spain
Writer/Director: Hèctor Hernández Vicens
Co-Writer: Isaac P. Creus
Cast: Albert Carbó, Alba Ribas, Bernat Saumell, and Cristian Valencia
Synopsis: Crashing their friend's shift at the morgue the night the famous (and beautiful) actress Anna Fritz dies, two young men realize they have the 'non-argumentative' glamour star all to themselves. When their host admits this is not his first time taking advantage of a captive cutie, they decide to take turns with her body. Only she's not quite dead, merely suffering from paralysis. Relying on her skills as an actress, she quickly turns the three boys against each other and attempts escape.
INDEX ZERO (North American Premiere), Italy
Writer/Director: Lorenzo Sportiello
Cast: Simon Merrells, Ana Ularu, Antonia Liskova, and Velislav Pavlov
Synopsis: The year is 2035 and the United States of Europe has decided not all human life is sustainable. A man and woman negotiate the ruins of civilization to find somewhere worth raising their baby on the way. To gain entrance into the walled city, they must prove to the gatekeepers that they are healthy and sustainable, in other words, profitable and worth having inside.
NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET ON ELM STREET
For the first time ever, and in honor of the late horror master, Wes Craven's 1984 masterpiece Nightmare on Elm Street will be screened on Elm Street in Potsdam, NY, legendarily (and perhaps spuriously) the inspiration of the film from Craven's time as a professor at Clarkson University. Craven's first dabbling in film came in 1968 with Pandora Experimentia, a 45 minute short that mocked action-thriller movie trends (much like Scream mocked Horror trends years later) made with sixty or so students from the Clarkson Drama Club and SUNY Potsdam as cast and crew. In attendance will be Brian Hauser, Assistant Professor of Film at Clarkson University to share stories and insights.
According to an article in the 1989 Clarkson Alumni Magazine, Craven reflected that "none of us knew anything about sound, none of us knew anything about editing, and none of us knew anything about cinema." The co-directors John Heneage and Ken Lyon used glue to splice the segments when editing the film at neighboring St. Lawrence University. The film cost about $300 to make and was shown six times over two nights, making back five times their investment. The directors were members of Theta Chi fraternity, so the frat house on Elm Street (demolished in 2010) was chosen as the location of the action. It had been a funeral parlor early in the century.
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