A SLICE OF FRIGHT FILM FEST – Submissions end 9/21 at MIDNIGHT!

That’s right, Slicers! Friday Sept 21st is the FINAL DAY to submit your short horror script or film to the inaugural CinemaSlice film festival, A SLICE OF FRIGHT FILM FESTIVAL!

We would like to send a HUGE THANK YOU to all of the talented filmmakers who submitted their art for consideration! We were literally overwhelmed with the amount of submissions we received for this event– and we CAN’T WAIT to announce our official selections next week.

A great short horror film begins with a great script. Add a creepy concept, some blood & guts, and a terrifying twist– and you have A SLICE OF FRIGHT!

A SLICE OF FRIGHT is CinemaSlice’s horror anthology series (think Tales from the Crypt or Black Mirror, but in short film format). A SLICE OF FRIGHT FILM FESTIVAL is an attempt to showcase talented filmmakers doing exactly what we’re doing– all around the world. The idea is to support independent cinema by curating content that make us cringe with joy.

We’re working with Slicers in OH, MI, TN, PA, and TX to select the 13 best film submissions to highlight on the big screen– And the most outstanding films and scripts will be awarded with laurels and custom trophies! In addition to these awards, we’re also offering the coveted Slicer Awards, and Audience Choice awards for those in attendance.

If you submitted a film, give your name at the door for a free admission ticket to the event!
In closing– If you can make it to Bay City, MI for the festival, DO IT. Bring your current out-of-state Driver’s License to get in for free!

SLICE THE PLANET

Sunshine Daydream Festival

Enjoy the Sunshine and Daydreams!

CinemaSlice is honored to sponsor this amazing festival of creativity, collaboration, live music and art installations. Just to have the CinemaSlice name listed beside so many talented, creative people is truly humbling!

There’s no doubt that this event will be a the sort of thing you DO NOT want to miss!

Crowded Couch presents: Sunshine Daydream, a music and arts canopy in Omer, MI on July 7th 2pm-July 8th 6pm. This secluded location is PERFECT for an outdoor summer festival of music, art, and good vibes!

Taking full advantage of the lush 21 acres of land along the Rifle RiverSunshine Daydream will feature:

  • 2 Stages for Live Music
  • Live painting
  • Colobarative painting for the whole fest
  • Food vendors
  • Giant bubbles
  • Fire Dancers
  • Make and take art station
  • Walk-through art labrynth
  • Mama bears cub care (daycare)
  • And MORE!

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Indy Cinema Sunday – Review

Sunday, Feb 25th, Cinemaslice.com presented its first independent movie event at the State Theatre in Bay City, MI. “Buy. Sell. Trade.”, “Hell to Pay”, and “DARKLING” were on the bill.

It was a great chance to watch these locally made films in the bona fide theatrical venue that they deserve.

With genres spanning from comedy to psychological thriller, there was a little bit of everything for everyone.


The afternoon started off with an homage to Kevin Smith’s “Clerks” with the film “Buy. Sell. Trade.” directed by Brandon Guiles and Cory Hearns.

This slice of life comedy tells of Carl, a young video game business owner, who finds out he has until the end of the day to come up with 5000 dollars to pay of loans or he will be forced to close. With the help(?) of his coworkers, family, and friends, will he be able to save his dream.

I feel that the heart of this film lies in the hilarious interactions between Carl and his coworker/best friend, Jeff. These two come off as very genuine and I was invested in what was going to happen to them up to the very end. I feel that maybe a bit more of a deeper dive into Carl and, in particular, Jeff’s history with the store could have explained a bit better why they were so passionate about their job. This is a minor grip, however, considering that Carls drive to want to succeed is evident through the interactions with his family.

Overall very enjoyable movie. 5 out of 6 reels.

After a short intermission, a short film by Nic White was shown.

Hell to Pay” is a horror/comedy about a man who appears to have sold his soul to the devil, with hilarious results. It was a nice transition from the more comedic “Buy. Sell. Trade.” to the more disturbing “DARKLING”, which was to follow.

Short and sweet. 5 out of 6 reels.

DARKLING”, directed by Michael Welborn, is a psychological thriller about a man whose life slowly spirals out of control when a traumatic event happens, an event that he feels he could have prevented.

The sound design in this film is phenomenal. Everything from the songs to the sound effects have the feeling that they were really chosen and crafted with great care.

It’s John Carpenters “Halloween” good.

The other elements of the movie, such as the acting and directing, are also really solid throughout. There are scenes in the first 2/3rds of the movie that will have you questioning if you’re actually watching a local, low budget film. The only criticism I have is a scene change near the end of the film, introducing two detectives, that is a bit jarring and threw off the pacing of the film for me.

Very well crafted and frightening. 6 out of 6 reels.

I am an avid moviegoer. I usually see at least two films a week at the theater and it’s really great to see these events put on where smaller, lower budget, independent films get a chance to be shown on the big screen. Don’t get me wrong I love watching a movie at my house. In fact my first viewing of “DARKLING” was on an iPad on my couch, but watching it at The State Theatre for me was a vastly different experience altogether.

The event was enjoyable and I look forward to more in the future.

I give the first ever CinemaSlice Convention (CSX) a 6 out of 6 reels)

CSX – Announcement

This SUNDAY (2/25/2018) we’re releasing DARKLING on the big screen in Bay City, MI, and we’re considering this the inaugural event for our CSX series!

CSX (CinemaSlice Convention) is a convening of Slicers— a gathering of collaborators and fans of CinemaSlice— to celebrate the artistic efforts of which we dedicate our lives.

Join us on February 25th, 2018 at the State Theatre in Bay City Michigan for CSX:I, the first ever CinemaSlice Convention!

Check out the MLive.com article about the DARKLING Theatrical release at the link below:

http://www.mlive.com/news/bay-city/index.ssf/2018/02/bay_city-filmed_psychological.html

Interested in attending the ever CSX?? Tickets are $7 and can be purchased at the door or online here.

Theatrical Release: DARKLING

CinemaSlice.com is proud to present another first for us: the theatrical release of an original film!

  • What: Theatrical Premiere of the psychological thriller, DARKLING by Michael Welborn
  • When: Sunday, Feb 25th, 2018
  • Where: State Theatre in Bay City, MI
  • Why: To bring independent film fans and supporters together to celebrate the first feature-length film by CinemaSlice

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3rd Annual CinemaSlice Black Friday Shoot!

Being a part of the annual CinemaSlice Black Friday film shoot is becoming a tradition for me! I’ve only been involved in two of them so far, but plan to be a part of as many as I can be in the future. However Nic and Michael come up with these ideas is working for them: each year has its own style and factor of cheesiness that I love.

This year’s trailer is for a zombie baseball film.

I met up with my fellow slicers at a baseball field in Bay City’s south end. Stepping out of my car two things immediately became clear: there were a lot of new faces this year, and none of us had a great understanding of the rules of baseball. That didn’t stop us from having fun though.

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