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Video: Bloody Violet teases, twists

Sarasota director Sean Haitz has released the new teaser for Bloody Violet, the film concept he is entering into the new Project Greenlight competition this year. We must admit we want to see where this goes and hope Ben Affleck and Matt Damon do as well. The teaser starts with one character strung out and seeking dope, then shows another in psychotic fit kill her roommate before the characters’ paths cross. The killer grows increasingly paranoid as she sees the witness seemingly stalking her around every corner, but it’s the last few seconds when everything we we seen until that point gets tossed on its ear that has us confused and titillated. Watch the video below the fold.  Continue reading Video: Bloody Violet teases, twists

Slasher filmmaker Haitz turns eyes toward Project Greenlight

Could a local filmmaker best known for low-budget slashers get the attention of Oscar-winners Ben Affleck and Matt Damon? Sean Haitz, the filmmaker behind Mangrove Slasher 2, hopes so.

Bloody VioletThe duo of superstars, who jointly won an Academy Award for Best Writing for the 1997 independent hit Good Will Hunting, is launching a new season of Project Greenlight. The television show aired for three seasons in the early 2000s, and will return with a fourth season on HBO, and last week started accepting three-minute video submissions from young directors looking to get feature concepts turned into full-length films. Continue reading Slasher filmmaker Haitz turns eyes toward Project Greenlight

Lounging with the Filmmakers: Friday Edition

"Mangrove Slasher 2" Director Sean Haitz. Photo by Cat Pennenga
Director Alex Ross Perry of "The Color Wheel." Photo by Cat Pennenga
"Fake It So Real" Director Robert Greene. Photo by Cat Pennenga
"How It Ended" Director Gabriel Nussabaum. Photo by Cat Pennenga

Erica Dunton, producer of "To.Get.Her" Photo by Cat Pennenga
Feeling a bit shy, producer Erica Dunton hides behind her flyers for "To.Get.Her" Photo by Cat Pennenga
Director Kim Snyder of "Welcome to Shelbyville." Photo by Cat Pennenga
Amy Wendel, director of "Benevides Born." Photo by Cat Pennenga

Last Night to See Slashers

Sean Haitz and Chris Potter, the Sarasota filmmakers who boasted to SRQ Mag Backlot early on about their horror flick Mangrove Slashers 2, came early to the Cinema Tropicale event. That way they can get in and out before the final Festival screening of their film at 9:45.

The film comes in at just under an hour of kitsch horror power. “For anyone who loves the slasher films of the ’80s, this is perfect,” says Haitz.

In fact, the filmmakers tell us the film has already been accepted for Gorefest, another Sarasota festival on April 23 which will focus only on the bloodiest cinema. Following its premier here, the film has also been submitted to other festivals for consideration.

“Our intention really from the start was to get it to the Sarasota Film Festival first,” Potter says.

The two note the film has been edited a little bit since it was first accepted to the Sarasota Film Festival. There is not more blood and more boob. Let that tell you everything you need to know about whether this is the right movie for you.