Just your typical independent filmmaker, animator, vfx specialist, and creative content developer! I enjoy long walks on the beach while staring into my cell-phone screen and watching episodes of Black Mirror.
First and foremost THANK YOU to everyone who submitted their short films for our consideration! We received a great number of short film and microfilm submissions, and as one of 3 jury members (with August Aguilar, and Mark Kelly) I must say, IT WAS NO EASY TASK!
For those filmmakers whose films were not selected at this time, KEEP AT IT!! The fact you you completed a film project, and submitted it to a film festival is an AWESOME accomplishment! And we hope to hear from you again at one of our other film festivals down the road.
For the dozen films that we have the selected for the first ever SUDS & CINEMA – Knoxville: We’re honored to be showcasing your film at our event!!
Hunted – 0:52
Cheetos – 0:41
Tennis – 3:00
Don’t Die – 3:19
Drop Frame – 6:58
Foreword – 7:53
Back to the Drawing board – 11:18
Voice in the Radio – 9:24
I will not Disappear – 9:20
Papa – 14:37
The Workout – 3:10
Self Checkout – 4:00
Congratulations to all of the Official Film Selections!
Join us at Brickyard Bar & BBQ in Knoxville, TN on Saturday, Sept 28th to check out these films on the big screen– grab a craft beer, check out some live music, and stick around to the end of this FREE event to see what films win the official festival film awards!
This DVD is PACKED full of short horror films! A collection of 30 short horror films on 1 DVD:
Season 01 • Death • Encouragement • The Glitchening • Hell to Pay • The Naughty List • Prize Inside • Splatter Up! • The Cave • The Driver • Trash Day • Trick-or-treat
Season 02 • Doppelganger • Missed Message • Tradition • Jackpot • Confession • Stranded • Soothing • Sirens • Love Sick • Chivalry’s Dead • America’s next top serial killer model • Passing Through • AM/FM/H • O Tidings of Joy
Bailiwick is the story of John, a lonely and quiet man, who is ignored by his co-workers, and bullied by his boss. One night he is given a magical gift that changes his life and the lives of everyone he encounters…
See the CinemaSlice Reel Review of Bailiwick HERE.
CinemaSlice is proud to present the first ever SUDS & CINEMA – HOLIDAY PARTY in Memphis, TN! CinemaSlice is heading back to WiseAcre Brewing Co to celebrate short films and craft beer this holiday season (12/7/19)! We’ll not only be celebrating short films and craft beer, we’ll also be holding a ornament decorating contest, ugly sweater contest, and other holiday fun!
We’re looking for short films and micro films from all genres– as long they’re themed for the holiday season!
Submit your films NOW at FilmFreeway.com/Suds-Memphis
Sup Slicers!? Today it’s my pleasure to introduce one of our contributors: Tonia L. Carrier. Tonia is a filmmaker from MI that has supported CinemaSlice for years– most noteably, Tonia took on the role of Gloria in the short horror anthology film, BLOOD ON THE LENS. Tonia also stared in the 2018 Holiday episode of the short horror film, O TIDINGS OF JOY. In addition, Tonia is working on a short horror film for a top secret CinemaSlice project! Needless to say, Tonia has solidified her spot with the Slice as a valuable contributor, and a multi-talented filmmaker!
Tonia started her film work in 2009 on an indie film called College Debts in Peoria, IL doing hair, makeup, and wardrobe. Right after that she started acting and making her own short films. In 2012, working alongside director of photography Rick Moreau she created her first short film Technobabble. Since then she has done another short film Bye Felicia, which won a spot in ihorror’s compilation film of the same title and 2 feature films called Selling Stupid (co-written, starring and edited by Roni Jonah) and the film Bailiwick — both available on Amazon and youtube!
Currently she is finishing up editing a comedy she produced and directed called That Wasn’t Supposed To Happen, written by Isiah Barnes as well as a couple of shorts produced for CinemaSlice.
Her full time job is as a hairstylist but she loves being on set as often as possible either as an actor or behind the camera.
The ‘Slicer August Aguilar from Strange Films is hosting SUDS & CINEMA film festival in Knoxville, TN this September at Brickyard Bar and BBQ. In staying with the formula that makes SUDS & CINEMA awesome, CinemaSlice will be showcasing short independent films from multiple genres, while drinking craft beer!
The twist on this particular event is the inclusion of LIVE MUSIC! That’s right, Slicers! After all of the short films have shown on the big screen, you can kick back, grab a cold one, and enjoy the original musical arrangements from live bands!
If you’re an indy filmmaker with a short film that goes well beside a cold one, click the link below to submit your film for consideration.
– June 11, 2019 – Opening Submission Date – July 1, 2019 – Earlybird Deadline – July 21, 2019 – Regular Deadline – August 18, 2019 – Late Deadline – August 24, 2019 – Notification Date – September 21, 2019 – Event Date
As always, this SUDS & CINEMA event is FREE to attend– But space is limited.
August Aguilar is a talented CinemaSlice contributor living in Knoxville, TN. CinemaSlice and August first crossed paths when he and his team submitted the short film, CENTER CITY, for the Indy Film Spotlight series. Since then, August has gone on to produce an episode of the horror anthology series, A SLICE OF FRIGHT, and is now hosting a SUDS & CINEMA event in Knoxville!
August is an incredibly talented filmmaker and aueteur, and we’re thrilled to introduce August, in his own words:
My name is August Aguilar and I am a Writer, Producer, and Filmmaker, currently residing in Knoxville, Tennessee. I was born in Philadelphia but raised mostly in Tennessee, always with a passion and love for filmmaking and the creative arts. In college I studied Mass Communications and Broadcasting, focusing on Radio/TV/Film where I learned a majority of my skills as a filmmaker. It wasn’t until 2016 however, when I really embraced these ideas and decided to start a new path pursuing them. It is then when I created by two companies, Strange Films and El Burrito Blog.
El Burrito Blog serves as a platform for independent creatives, mainly in the music, art, and film sides of things, but not limited to anything that isn’t creative or interesting. We produce short films, music videos, documentaries, as well as a digital publication where I have published over 300+ articles collaborating with creators from all around the country and outside the U.S.. We try to also host events locally celebrating the arts, and most recently began distributing physical magazines that incorporate these elements as well. Overall, it’s about connecting, showcasing, and collaborating with different creators and helping each other out.
Strange Films is our film production company that aims to create entertaining and unique films that are heavily influenced by independent cinema, 70’s and 80’s horror, and overall good storytelling. Going back to my roots in Philadelphia, we have an entire film series set and shot in Philly itself, with other films I produce locally in Knoxville. We have competed in numerous film festivals around the country, but all of our films are available online on YouTube for your viewing pleasure. Most recently, Strange Films has also created it’s very first comic book, the first of one-shot tales portraying lovable horror stories.
My overall ambition and goals is to Create and Collaborate with other independents while producing my own work. You can catch me at comic conventions or online on our social media platforms between Strange Films and El Burrito Blog. For more information about what we do, you can also check out our website, www.elburittoblog.com/about/
In case you don’t know Izaiah Hernandez, allow me to introduce him to you!
Izaiah helped CinemaSlice to document/shoot the SUNSHINE DAYDREAM 2018 festival, and plans on doing it again this year! Izaiah has always been self-motivated, eager to collaborate, and easy to work with! And his great work speaks for itself!
Fav. Film(s): 1. Sherlock Holmes- It’s my #1, because I love deduction & reasoning that comes with the territory of a detective. Crime and mystery has always been a favorite of mine and I also love the slow-mo fight scenes that are incorporated by using a ghost camera
2. Saving Private Ryan- The movie the sparked my love for History and showing how deep the roots go for the brotherhood that is our military. D-Day is the most prolific event, IMO, in world history that forever changed the course of the 2nd great war. I have an ultimate appreciation for the sacrifices made by so many young men and this movie helped re- imagine the horror that is war.
3. Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)- The horror movie that started it all. Robert Englund is my favorite horror movie actor that went on to do many installments with the series. But seeing Freddy for the first when I was 7, left an imprint in my mind to this day of what most horror movies today only hope to achieve.
My history with film: From a very young age, I have witnessed my father take pride in how he was able to capture priceless family moments with photography and he inspired me the most. At my old elementary school, I was given the chance to be a camera operator for our weekly ‘News Cast” held on Fridays. It went on for the whole year and forever sparked my love for technology as a whole. I then continued on to middle school where they did the same thing with a weekly show or news cast where i was both a CO and a host. Fast forward a bit and I began to pursue a degree in Communication Arts at Adrian College where I did obtain a Bachelor’s. My skill set and interests have widened to primarily be the guy “behind the scenes”. I love photography the most, because of what you can capture in any given moment that others may not see, which is great because it just shows how I view the world. Which is through my art. After college, I had the chance to become a wedding videographer for a small business in Michigan Center and have dabbled with freelance and personal projects since then. In 2018, I was then recruited by Nic White of CinemaSlice, to be the videographer of the 1st Annual Sunshine Film & Arts Fest, which is by the far the best experience that I have had with video and I only hope to do this for years to come. As for this years festival, I can’t wait to bring my love for video to the event and evolve my skills to bring a wholesome experience for others to see.
Future goals: I am currently investing in myself to be a streamer and content creator. I love the freedom of using my own ideas without bars and showing off how my mind works. I would love to someday work for a major Network like Comedy Central or even be part of a crew for the next Netflix movie. I am a huge gaming nerd and I want to combine my world and figure out a way to “shake” the streaming industry that is YouTube & Twitch. So many possibilities and it’s impossible to choose a single route for myself, but I will go wherever life takes me.
My top 3 inspirations to date as I mentioned before was in fact my father, mainly for his love of photography. As for a couple more that follow: 1. My Dad 2. Dr. Disrespect- The Doc is a Twitch phenomena and a great top competitor in the online gaming community. His personality or pseudonym is exactly how it sounds…disrespectful. His motto is Violence. Speed. Momentum. And in his own words, the combination of those 3 bring domination. Whenever he goes live, he puts on a show that no one can rival…yet. I recommend to all to look him up on YouTube, if you want to get an idea of what he is like. 3. Logic- World renowned Hip-Hop artist that went beyond my expectations for music. I have listened to everything this man has ever put out and he is a fantastic lyricist, producer, singer, and just overall icon. His music is my drive to achieve something greater and his music was a big part of life going through college.
You always have a place with the ‘Slice, Izaiah! Thank you for all that you do!
What in the actual hell!? James Gunn is making a wicked super hero film, and I think I’ve fallen in love…
I want to be careful not to over-hype this film for myself too much… but what can I say? It’s the first film I’ve been really excited about in a LONG TIME!
Marvel fan-boys know James Gunn for his world on the insanely successful Hollywood blockbuster, Gaurdians of the Galaxy. Although these Marvel Cinematic Universe contributions are hilarious space-fueled romps and great popcorn movies, to me, James Gunn is held in high regard because of his earlier work. From his work with TROMA in the 90’s, to SLITHER in 2000’s, to THE BELKO EXPERIMENT in 2010’s — I’ve been a fan of his work before I ever realized it was the same filmmaker putting these schlocky, gorey, amazing cinematic experiences together for my twisted amusement!
Sidebar, Tomeo & Juliet (1996) both scarred me and opened my eyes to truly independent cinema as a 13-year old (wanna be) filmmaker. If you have never watched this film, go to TROMA NOW and stream this Tromasterpiece!
The official BRIGHTBURN website describes the film’s synopsis as follows:
What if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister? With Brightburn, the visionary filmmaker of Guardians of the Galaxy and Slither presents a startling, subversive take on a radical new genre: superhero horror.
The fact that a writter who’s seen so much big-budget success can return to their roots and dabble in horror stories (as never before expressed on screen), is amazing! It reminds me of other filmmakers who have started in horror, and went on to make huge block-buster films (Sam Raimi, Peter Jackson, etc).
I’ll be a at the theatre on opening night for this one… do the same!