Hell’s Half Mile 2018 – Day 1 – “Funny Story” – Reel Review

Hello, Slicers! Mark Kelly here reporting from the 13th annual Hells Half Mile Film and Music Festival in Bay City, MI. Throughout the weekend I’ll be giving you many, many reviews of the films that I will be watching during the festival. “Funny Story”, a comedy directed by Micheal Gallagher, was the film chosen to kick off the fest on opening night and what a fantastic choice it was.

Funny Story” has a few amazing plot twists so I feel a very vague synopsis is in order. We meet Walter (Matthew Glave) who is driving Kim (Emily Bett Richards) to a retreat to meet a friend, Walters own daughter Nic (Jana Winternitz). Before I get to what I personally thought of the movie I need to stress that although my synopsis may seem very unexciting it is because YOU DO NOT WANT THIS FILM SPOILED FOR YOU!

Funny Story” was an amazing movie on all fronts. The writers (Micheal Gallagher, Steve Greene) work together in such a way that you get a comedy that not only has great laughs but laughs that are meaningful in developing the characters. This character development, along with the great acting, make the plot twists and heavy emotional moments later on in the film feel that much more impactful.

I give this film 6 out 6 reels.

The Hells Half Mile Film Fest rolls on and I will continue to provide coverage of the event throughout the weekend. So if you live close by, and want to experience some awesome independent music and cinema, come on over and experience one of the greatest festivals Bay City, MI has to offer.

A SLICE OF FRIGHT FILM FEST – Official Selections

CinemaSlice presents: A Slice of Fright Festival Film Festival.

WHAT: A showcase of 13 short horror films (from US and beyond), 7 short films by CinemaSlice and friends-of-the-Slicers, and the world premiere of a Michigan Made feature-length thriller, The Monster with 21 Faces (CinemaSlice.com/21Faces).

WHERE: The event will be held at the Historical State Theatre in Bay City, MI.

WHEN: The event will be held on Saturday, October 13th, from 5pm-9pm, and the award ceremony/afterparty to follow immediately.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

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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

A Slice of Fright – Early Bird Deadline

A SLICE OF FRIGHT FILM FESTIVAL invites you to submit your short horror films and scripts to FilmFreeway.com/SliceFest

Submit your film before 9/1/2018 to take advantage of the Early Bird Submission discount

The jury members from A Slice of Fright Film Festival invite you to submit your short films and scripts.

Submit your short horror film or script at FilmFreeway.com/SliceFest

#SliceThePlanet #SupportIndependentCinema #ASliceofFright

RiverScene 2018

The weather will sometimes trick you into thinking the day will remain grey, but just then the sun comes out to play. It wasn’t any different at RiverScene June 1-3 Featuring over 60+ bands, local art, eats, and brews in 2018 at Wenonah park in Bay City, Mi.

The inspiration that is conjured at events in the area is IMPERATIVE to the growth of the scene. I attended as a fam, an artist, journalist, and a contributor.
Why? Showing up for the scene is number one, and contributing is number 2, together they create a natural flow of networking and relativity. People support such events for the opportunities to experience their local culture, with one another, in the open air.

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A Slice of Fright – Film Fest – Announcement

Sup Slicers!?

CinemaSlice is holding our first official film festival! And submission are open NOW!!

A Slice of Fright Film Fest is a showcase of short horror films– developed to support independent cinema!

A Slice of Fright is a horror anthology series produced by CinemaSlice We are scouring US to find the creepiest, most twisted and terrifying short films that are out there!

We’re selecting the best of the best and awarding laurels for select films and screenplays in a variety of categories. The top four entries will play at the Slice of Fright Film Festival on Oct 13, 2018 in Bay City, MI. One lucky film will be featured in our short horror anthology series, A Slice of Fright! Even better, the #1 Screenplay will be produced as a new episode for A Slice of Fright!

Stay tuned as more information is released!


Do you have a short horror film? CLICK TO SUBMIT YOUR FILM NOW!


CinemaSlice in Tromaville!

Troma has officially selected the CinemaSlice film Terminal B as an official selection at TromaDance Detroit 2018!

Freaks and Geeks from the metro Detroit area and beyond will gather to worship world-class slime cinema at it’s finest!

If you are in the Detroit area on Sat, June 16th, swing out to Ant Hall  for this awesome FREE one-of-a-kind film festival!

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.