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Celebrities, Press, Filmmakers, Guests And Gouls Gather at the 2017 Macabre Faire Film Festival

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Angie Hanson best music video poses for a photo-op at the Macabre Faire Film Festival


































Gail Wisun-Gooch poses for a photo-op holding her award for Best Costume Designer at the Macabre Film Festival














































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Special Guest Actor Eugene Clark and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at the Macabre Faire Film Festival














































Actor Zach Abramowitz and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a  photo-op at The Macabre Faire Film Festival














































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Macabre Founder Elsie Ginsberg and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op on the red carpet at the Macabre Faire Film Festival














































Jasson Finney and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at the Macabre Faire Film Festival














































Actor Marc Abbott and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at the Macabre Faire Film Festival















































Filmmaker Rebekah Fieschi poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at the Macabre Faire Film Festival






























































































TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at the Macabre Faire Film Festival 







For starters the word "Macabre" is pronounced: Ma-Cob.
The "re" is hardly ever heard. What does it mean? 
 
Although it is an adjective meaning: disturbing and horrifying because of involvement with or depiction of death and injury but to horror afienados, the Macabre Faire Film Festival portrays a lighter touch in the sense that, not all of the films screened have been a gore fest. Of course, there isn't anything wrong with adding some gore to your film but, when we all hear the word "Macabre" we remember those hauntingly fascinating films that starred legendary greats such as: Vincent Price & Peter Cushing. Or those fantastic Gothic horrors like those from "Hammer" films. These names in themselves represent what "macabre" means to all of us. The Macabre Faire Film Festival DOES NOT only accept HORROR films but instead they welcome those films that can tap into our fears through what you don't see or hear. Films that fall in the "Dark Drama, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller and Dark Comedy" can also touch upon some elements of fear/horror and so they embrace those as well. Of course, let's not forget those fantasy films or comedies with their horror twists. Truth be told that those exist too and yes, they welcome them. How they could not? Would you have turned down something like "The Evil Dead's: Army of Darkness" which is both a fantasy, a comedy and a horror wrapped into a tight burrito? Well The Macabre Faire Film Festival wouldn't either. So folks, this is what many of the films selected for the Macabre Faire Film Festival offer. 

About the only thing they may have to say "No Thanks" to would be a romantic comedy/drama... unless, there's a monster under the bed during love making or other dark element ingredient that can take the viewer to the other side would they then consider. All submitted films are pre-screened by select judges to ensure the films have followed guidelines and are an overall fit for the festival. Then the films are passed on to another set of judges consisting of filmmakers, film critics and or seasoned actors to identify the Official Selections.

I was happy to attend the award ceremony and red carpet.

Below are some of the filmmakers and actors that I was happy to interview:

Alex Salazar – Danger, Dames, and Dangerous Games – Director “World Premiere”
Film Nominated for: Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director, Best Feature

Bobby Sansivero – Wild Men – Director 
Attending with: Zach Abramowitz – Nominated for Best Actor
Attending with: Alexander Stine – Nominated for Best Supporting Actor Film Nominated for: Best Director, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Sound, Best Editing, Best SPFX, Best Costumes


Debra Markowitz – The Last Taxi Driver – Director 
Film Nominated for: Best Comedy Horror Short and Best Actor

Edward X. Young – 2 Guys 1 Box – Director
Attending with: Vanessa Romanelli – Nominated for Best Supporting Actress
Film Nominated for:Best Supporting Actress

Eileen Dietz – Special Guest & Festival Ambassador
Films: The Exorcist

Eugene Clark – Actor – Special Guest
Films: Land of the Dead “role of Big Daddy” directed by: George A. Romero


Jasson Finney – Actor – Special Guest
Films include: Gotham TV Series, Daredevil TV Series, Imperium and more


Jeff Frumess – Romeo’s Distress – Director “World Premiere”
Film Nominated for: Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Feature

Keith McMahon – The Ruins of Villastrigo – Director     “World Premiere”


Larry Carroll – She Rises – Director 
Film Nominated for: Best Cinematography, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress


Luigi Abanto Varese – Astrid – Director (Visiting from Spain) 
Film Nominated for: Best Foreign Short and Best Actor

Matthan Harris(Director)– Sudden Reality 
Attending with: Jason McGregor - Nominated for Best Supporting Actor
Film Nominated for: Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor 

Maureen Pollock – KILD TV – Producer 
Attending with: Nicholas Gati – Music Composer
Film Nominated for: Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Costumes, Best Editing, Best Soundtrack, Best Sound, Best Director,  andBest Feature

Mauricio “Mo” Zapata – Ay Que Susto! (What a Fright!) – Director 
Attending with: Andres Rodriguez – Nominated for: Best Actor
Attending with YeceniaCoto – Nominated for: Best Supporting Actress Attending with: Alexandria DeFabiis (SPFX artist in the film)
Film Nominated for: Best Comedy Horror Short, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress

Patrick Devaney – Impervia – Director “World Premiere”
Attending with: Deana Demko  - Actress
Attending with: Marc Abbott – Nominated for: Best Actor
Attending with: Kelly Rae LeGault – Nominated for: Best Supporting Actress Attending with: Lauren Loizidis – Producer
Attending with: Gail Wisun-Gooch – Nominated for Best Costumer
Film Nominated for: Best Screenplay, Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Best Costumes, Best Soundtrack, Best Sound, Best Director, Best Short, Best Cinematography, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress
Patrick Devaney – Slingspeare – Director 
Film Nominated for: Best Super Short

Paul Cenzoprano – Appetence – Screenplay Writer 
Script Nominated for: Best Written Works in a Screenplay

Rebekah Fieschi – MauvaisesTetes (Bad Heads) – Director 
Film Nominated for: Best Screenplay, Best Short, Best Costumes, Best Cinematography, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor

Rick Anthony – Patient 62 – Director 
Film Nominated for: Best Supporting Actor and Best Soundtrack

Ross Morin – A Wheel Out of Kilter – Director 
Film Nominated for: Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Sound, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Feature

PLEASE VIEW THE VIDEOS ABOVE FOR ACTORS AND FILMMAKER INTERVIEWS.

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL WINNERS BELOW:

Best Animation Short
Night Shadows – Director:  Ivan Viaranchyk and Bat-Ami Rivlin


Best Student Film Short
Chateau Sauvignon: Terroir – Director: David E. Munz-Maire

Best Foreign Short
Kitchen – Director: Steve Duchesne

Best Comedy Horror Short
Ay Que Susto (What a Fright!) – Director: Mauricio Zapata

Best Sci-Fi / Fantasy Short
Impervia – Director: Patrick Devaney

Best Thriller Short
Jet Set L.A. – Director: Colin Lawrence

Best Music Video
River – Director: Caleb Allen

Best Super Short
Time to Eat – Director: Luke Asa Guidici

Best Costumes in a Short
Impervia – Gail Wisun-Gooch

Best SPFX in a Short
Madre de Dios (Mother of God) – Director: Gigi Saul Guerrero

Best Editing in a Short
Mayday – Director: Sebastien Vanicek

Best Soundtrack in a Short
"Night Shadows" – Michael Markowski

Best Cinematography in a Short
Impervia – Mark Boutros

Best Sound in a Short
Impervia – Director: Patrick Devaney

Best Screenplay in a Short
Mauvaises Tetes (Bad Heads) – Director: Rebekah Fieschi

Best Actor in a Short
Xavi Siles – “Astrid”

Best Supporting Actor in a Short
Jacob McGregor – “Sudden Reality”

Best Actress in a Short
Mary Jane Hansen – “The Outage”

Best Supporting Actress in a Short
Marlyn Mason – “Penitence”

Best Director in a Short
Carol Conley – “Penitence”

Best Short
A Gift - Director: Yiqiong Li 


Best Cinematography in a Feature
Virtual Revolution – Cinematographer:  Cyril Bron

Best Costumes in a Feature
Virtual Revolution – Costumer:  Mathilda Cats

Best SPFX in a Feature
Peelers – Director: Seve Schelenz

Best Soundtrack in a Feature
Theta-States – Ramon Inoa and David Catalano

Best Editing in a Feature
KILD TV – Director: William Collins

Best Sound in a Feature
Theta-States – Christian Jude Grillo and Manny Serrano

Best Screenplay in a Feature
Romeo’s Distress – Director: Jeff Frumess

Best Actor in a Feature
Zack Abramowitz – “Wild Men”

Best Supporting Actor in a Feature
Alexander Stine – “Wild Men”

Best Actress in a Feature
Daisy McCrackin – “She Rises”

Best Supporting Actress in a Feature
Robin Lee Canode – “Danger, Dames, & Dangerous Games”

Best Foreign Feature
Wekufe: Origin of Evil – Director: Javier Attridge

Best Director in a Feature
Cati Gonzalez – “EKAJ”

Best Feature
A Wheel Out of Kilter – Director: Ross Morin

Screenplays
Appetence - Short Written by: Paul Cenzoprano

Escape - Feature Written by: Gabriel DeCoute 
(Honorable Mention)


Also more info can be found on the website:  http://www.macabrefairefilmfest.com/nominees-2017.html

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