Actors Christian and Justin Long Bring Web-Series to Ringling College, Talk Mentorship, Kevin Smith and The Freedom of the Web

Thanks to the partnership between Ringling College of Art and Design and Semkhor Productions, Hollywood actors and brothers Christian and Justin Long are bringing their latest project to Ringling’s campus, where they will work in tandem with a team of select students to bring the show from page to screen. A now-untitled web-series that Justin describes as either “a comedy masquerading as a travel show, or a travel show masquerading as a comedy,” the initial goal is eight episodes, with a tentative goal of a summer release. David Shapiro, co-founder of Semkhor, will also be joining the endeavor in an executive producing role, as will iconic writer/director Kevin Smith, though in an unspecified capacity. Continue reading Actors Christian and Justin Long Bring Web-Series to Ringling College, Talk Mentorship, Kevin Smith and The Freedom of the Web

“Bullet of Madness” Wins Big at Florida Horror Film Festival

Bullet of Madness, the short film from Bradenton writer/director JB Whirtley swept the competition at last night’s Florida Horror Film Festival, winning the award for each of its four nominations in the short film category, including Best Short Film and Best Director for Whirtley. Actor and founder of ManaSota Films Mark Troy brought home the Best Actor award for his lead role in Bullet as the murderous surgeon, Dr. Mishlove, and local special effects maven Mark Angenola pulled down a Best Special F/X Award.

“It really was a shock considering that I don’t particularly consider Bullet of Madness a horror film. But winning all four categories we were nominated for definitely puts the cherry on the bloody sundae,” said Whirtley. “But the highlight of the evening for me was when an audience member told me that watching the movie was as if Pee-Wee Herman took hallucinogenics and directed The Wolf of Wall Street. That was the best part of the evening.”

View clips from Bullet of Madness, the weekend’s competition and other entrants into the Florida Horror Film Festival here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nm5Zwb8ohC8&feature=youtu.be

ManaSota Films Marches On, Searching For Venue

Allaying concerns raised by the sudden cancellation of October’s monthly ManaSota Films Meet-Up at Lakewood Ranch Cinemas, founder Mark Troy reported the organization is in fine shape, but will be looking for a new home. Continue reading ManaSota Films Marches On, Searching For Venue

“Bullet of Madness” To Premiere, Nets Nominations at Florida Horror Film Festival

Bullet of Madness, the short film from Bradenton writer/director JB Whirtley, premieres this weekend at the Florida Horror Film Festival in Tampa, where the short has landed three nominations, including a nod for Best Short Film and one for Best Director of a short film. Actor and founder of ManaSota Films Mark Troy, who stars in Bullet as the unhinged plastic surgeon protagonist, Dr. Mishlove, also landed a nomination for Best Actor in a short film.

The 2015 Florida Horror Film Festival runs this Sunday, October 18, at 4D Studios in Tampa, from 10am-10pm. Tickets are $10. Winners to be announced that evening.