28 Oct 2007: "2" movie premiere afterthoughts

Hey Everyone,
Thanks so much for coming out tonight to check out the movie. It was an awesome experience to finally hear people react to it after working 6 months on it. We were pleasantly surprised at the audience reaction. A lot of you also helped make the film/support it/were in it etc and man, we cannot thank you enough for all the hard work everyone put into this thing. From the sounds of it, you guys really liked the film. It would be a big help if you could all write little mini reviews and send them to me, post them all around etc. I have posted a few premiere pics in my photos, we should have a bunch more pouring in soon, so if you have pics, please email them to me or send them to me on a cd.

I hope you all had as much fun as I did throughout the process and especially tonight. Major props to Jim and Molly for taking us all on a great little adventure, to all you zombies for giving them something to fear, to the Bees for giving us solid material to work with and to the rest of the cast and crew for braving all the challenges of making an independent film and all the sacrifices that come with it.

Thank you all for helping to make one of my lifelong dreams of making a zombie movie come to life.

Blood, guts and cheap candy.

Andy


andy

25 Oct 2007: "2" movie review

Deuces are wild- and bloodthirsty
Zombies of “2” will infect Biddeford Sunday night.

Review by Joseph Mauro- Entertainment Writer

BIDDEFORD- Director Andy Davis, 31 is an articulate, creative film artist who enjoys talking about his work. But on Saturday evening at City Theater, during the reception after the premiere of his movie “2,” he will have an opportunity to listen, as audience members tell him their impressions, interpretations and reactions.

“2” is most immediately a terrifying, mystifying story of a town, a world suddenly conquered and occupied by zombie-like creatures, who pursue a young couple to make their victory, or their own survival, complete, by forcibly absorbing the couple into their primordial, wounded carnivorous species.

The film is complex, a visual and auditory cinematic experience that is capable of exegesis on several levels, and from several perspectives.

But “2” is obviously much more than a horror story-“2” is about both death and the simultaneous possibility of death, the ghastly ordeal of existence on a bestial, cannibalistic level, the futility of theory and purposelessness of explanation for life’s suffering.

Numerous visual and auditory effects, symbols and references in the concise script impart clues to the various levels of interpretation, which allow the movie to be experienced and understood, or at least approached, on all these levels.

And 2 is also a social, political commentary, a statement of an artist’s creative response to his contemporary national and international world.

The film begins with abrupt violence and mystery; David (C. James Roberts) is driving his car when a sudden lurch and thump stop the vehicle. He looks in his back seat to a horrible discovery and then escapes from the car, running down the street.

He passes zombies in bio-suits, their faces bloody, indicating that they have suffered through the trauma that has befallen the world just moments before we witness the action. The bio-suits are a visual clue to the disaster, which is never explicitly confirmed; later dialogue includes the terms: plague, epidemic, disease as words of explanation, but no known disease has anything like the grotesque, scarred, bloody, disfigured symptoms we see on the 200 plus zombies in the film.

Molly W.B. Roberts plays Sara, David’s wife. The couple attempts to hide, but zombies find them, forcing them to flee. They find refuge in the Riverdam Mills, in an apartment, where they talk. Whatever the cause of the disaster, amnesia is a result. “I’m just blank,” says Sara.

“2” has very effective sound and visual effects: Music is by Portland band “Covered in Bees,” which provides dramatic, insistent chords of suspense and dissonance. Director Davis, does the sound effects, which include percussive heartbeats, labored breathing, and pounding feet during chase scenes.

Camera work is done by Davis and Producer Olin Smith; facial close-ups make us feel the actor’s emotions as if they are our own. Both James and Molly Roberts are excellent actors, conveying their sorrow, suffering, anger and horror throughout the ordeal.

“2” is full of visuals that create a level of allegory, with the intent of treating one subject under the guise of another; we see the cupola of Biddeford’s City Hall, cracked and leaning (Davis achieved this effect with photoshop); in the mills, we see cross-beams which look very much like a cross, and we see another cross in the apartment. The spiritual implication is there to be pondered.

Most of the action takes place in Winter, with snow drifts everywhere. The final few scenes are in Summer and the contrast is striking. The action and future are traumatic, bleak and depressing even with sunshine and flowers, and leaves in full color.

Death as we know it seems not to be a possibility in the world of “2”. The title implies that David and Sara are the two survivors of the apocalypse, but the zombies are not really dead.

As originally conceived in Haiti’s legends and folklore, and as they appeared in movies from the 40’s, the zombies are known as the living dead. And the zombies in “2” are not of superhuman strength. Both David and Sara are able to repulse their attacks with fists, shoves and sticks.

The tragedy and futility of their lives are further explored and deepened when Sara announces she is pregnant, and at the same time she is afflicted with the unnamed physical-physic ailment rampant in the world. David finds his own mother- she is now a zombie, crouched, snarling, rasping, threatening. He picks her up over his shoulders and carries her to help in the child’s birth. The outcome of that effort is violent and bloody, and also horrific proof of David’s deteriorating condition. No one is exempt.

A scene of somewhat curious, direct exposition occurs when David and Sara have a meeting with mother (Diane Dupris) and King Zombie (Al Lamanda). They talk about fighting enemies, the need for a guide, and yet they betray their confusion by the numerous repetitions of Yes and No in their dialogue. Shortly after, David points a plastic gun at his temple, pulls the trigger, but nothing happens. Still, David’s ordeals are not over and much blood and gore ensure.





andy

25 Oct 2007: MONSTER IN THE WOODS TEASER TRAILER IS UP



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10 Oct 2007: "2" World Premiere

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
10/11/2007

“Zombies to take over Biddeford City Theater at the world premiere of the zombie film 2”

On Saturday, October 27th from 6:30 pm- 10:00 pm, the zombie film “2” will have it’s world premiere at the City Theater in Biddeford, Maine. The event is open to the general public. Admission is $15/Adults $10/Students and Senior Citizens.

“2” was filmed earlier this year at various Biddeford locations, including the Riverdam Millyard, Main Street, and the 3-D’s Variety Store. Over 200 zombie extras helped create the eerie atmosphere of the film. “We were really surprised how many people from all walks of life came out to be zombies in our film, all the community support we received was amazing. We’re very thankful”, said Executive Producer John Lane.

On October 27th, the film will be shown in its entirety. The filmmakers will speak before and after the film. Those attending are asked to come dressed as “Zombies” for the pre-movie “Zombie Fashion Show”. Prizes will be given for a variety of themes including “Best Zombie” “Best Zombie Couple” and more. “You don’t have to come as a zombie, but when are you going to get another chance to come to a film’s premiere as a zombie? We really want to make a night of it”, said Producer Olin Smith.

“2” stars C. James Roberts and Molly W.B. Roberts as two survivors of a bio-terrorist attack that has turned everyone around them into Zombies. “We really can’t wait for the general public to see the film that we have been working on for six months, to see the effort of a horror community coming together in New England and what we can produce.”, said Co-Writer/Director Andy Davis.

“2” is a feature-length film produced by Olin Smith of Motion Media, Executive Produced by John Lane of John Lane Films, and co-written and Directed by Andy Davis of Emptyhouse Film. Music for the film was created by Portland band COVERED IN BEES. The film contains strong graphic content, adult themes and discretion is advised.

For ticket information, please call the Biddeford City Theater at: (207) 282-0849

A commercial for the event can be viewed at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llVKm6WTpPo

For information on “2” check out: www.emptyhousefilm.com

For information on COVERED IN BEES, visit: www.coveredinbees.net

For information on the Biddeford City Theater, visit: www.citytheater.org

Email any questions to: emptyhousefilm@gmail.com

A limited number of press tickets are available for the screening. Footage and stills are also available to the press. The film’s stars and crew are available for interviews. Please contact emptyhousefilm@gmail.com for more information.

NOTE TO ZOMBIES: DUE TO THE POTENTIAL STAINING OF FABRIC, PLEASE DO NOT COVER YOURSELF IN FAKE BLOOD FOR THE EVENT.


SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Doors open at 6:30 pm

Zombie Contest begins at 7:00 pm

Filmmakers speak at 7:45 pm

Film starts at 8:00 pm

Filmmakers speak at 9:30 pm




andy

10 Oct 2007: "2" World Premiere

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
10/11/2007

“Zombies to take over Biddeford City Theater at the world premiere of the zombie film 2”

On Saturday, October 27th from 6:30 pm- 10:00 pm, the zombie film “2” will have it’s world premiere at the City Theater in Biddeford, Maine. The event is open to the general public. Admission is $15/Adults $10/Students and Senior Citizens.

“2” was filmed earlier this year at various Biddeford locations, including the Riverdam Millyard, Main Street, and the 3-D’s Variety Store. Over 200 zombie extras helped create the eerie atmosphere of the film. “We were really surprised how many people from all walks of life came out to be zombies in our film, all the community support we received was amazing. We’re very thankful”, said Executive Producer John Lane.

On October 27th, the film will be shown in its entirety. The filmmakers will speak before and after the film. Those attending are asked to come dressed as “Zombies” for the pre-movie “Zombie Fashion Show”. Prizes will be given for a variety of themes including “Best Zombie” “Best Zombie Couple” and more. “You don’t have to come as a zombie, but when are you going to get another chance to come to a film’s premiere as a zombie? We really want to make a night of it”, said Producer Olin Smith.

“2” stars C. James Roberts and Molly W.B. Roberts as two survivors of a bio-terrorist attack that has turned everyone around them into Zombies. “We really can’t wait for the general public to see the film that we have been working on for six months, to see the effort of a horror community coming together in New England and what we can produce.”, said Co-Writer/Director Andy Davis.

“2” is a feature-length film produced by Olin Smith of Motion Media, Executive Produced by John Lane of John Lane Films, and co-written and Directed by Andy Davis of Emptyhouse Film. Music for the film was created by Portland band COVERED IN BEES. The film contains strong graphic content, adult themes and discretion is advised.

For ticket information, please call the Biddeford City Theater at: (207) 282-0849

A commercial for the event can be viewed at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llVKm6WTpPo

For information on “2” check out: www.emptyhousefilm.com

For information on COVERED IN BEES, visit: www.coveredinbees.net

For information on the Biddeford City Theater, visit: www.citytheater.org

Email any questions to: emptyhousefilm@gmail.com

A limited number of press tickets are available for the screening. Footage and stills are also available to the press. The film’s stars and crew are available for interviews. Please contact emptyhousefilm@gmail.com for more information.

NOTE TO ZOMBIES: DUE TO THE POTENTIAL STAINING OF FABRIC, PLEASE DO NOT COVER YOURSELF IN FAKE BLOOD FOR THE EVENT.


SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Doors open at 6:30 pm

Zombie Contest begins at 7:00 pm

Filmmakers speak at 7:45 pm

Film starts at 8:00 pm

Filmmakers speak at 9:30 pm




andy





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