Everything You Need to Know About Crimson Screen Horror Film Festival



The fourth annual Crimson Screen Horror Film Fest will be returning to N. Charleston on Friday, May 19th through Sunday May 21th at South of Broadway Theater. The film festival will feature 46 of the best independent horror films from all over the globe, including some made locally by South Carolina filmmakers. Included in this year’s lineup will be 7 feature films and 39 short films.

South of Broadway Theater, located in the heart of Park Circle, is a sponsor of this years event and is the perfect venue for such a film festival. “We love being in Park Circle and the attendees and filmmakers love being within walking distance to all the restaurants and bars in the area.” Festival founder Tommy Faircloth says. “Many of our attendees come year after year and do not want to miss even one film, so being so close to local eateries help them schedule out their days during our 3 day event.”

A big addition to Crimson Screen this year is partnering with ShortsTV, the world’s largest distributor or short films. All short films selected for this year’s festival have a chance for a worldwide cable television broadcast deal on their cable channel ShortsTV and the winner of the “Best Short” award has a chance for a distribution deal as well. ShortsTV broadcast Oscar winning short films as well as distribute them on iTunes, so getting to play along side of such films will be quite an accomplishment for a new filmmaker.

Filmmakers from all over the world submitted their films and scripts for a chance to win a “Crimmy”, Crimson Screen’s answer to a Grammy. “Our awards were sculpted and created by special effects artist Tony Rosen.” Faircloth explains. You may not know the name Tony Rosen, but you defiantly know his work. He created the world famous “Annabelle” doll that was used in the motion pictures “The Conjuring” and “Annabelle”.

Appearing as a special guest this year is Joe Bob Briggs. Joe Bob Briggs began his television career on The Movie Channel, hosting Joe Bob’s Drive-In Theater for nine years. During this time, it became TMC’s highest-rated show, earning two ACE award nominations. He appeared on some 50 talk shows, including The Tonight Show (twice) and Larry King Live. He was also a commentator for a Fox TV news magazine for two seasons.

Joe Bob’s Drive-In Theater ended when TMC changed its format in early 1996. He was off the air for only four months before joining the TNT network, where he hosted MonsterVision for four years. Under his given name, John Bloom, he also co-wrote the nonfiction book Evidence of Love: The Candy Montgomery Story. The book recounts the 1980 Wylie, Texas, murder case in which Montgomery killed her ex-lover’s wife, Betty Gore, by striking her a total of 41 times with an ax and whose highly publicized trial ended in an unexpected “not guilty” verdict. In 1990 the book was made into the CBS television movie A Killing in a Small Town starring Barbara Hershey.

Joe Bob will be presented with the 2017 Crimson Screen Horror Film Fest “Horror Icon Award” on Saturday, May 20th during his panel. He will also be hosting the “Crimmy Awards” on Sunday, May 21st.

Also appearing at this year’s event is W. Scott Poole. Poole is a professor of history at the College of Charleston and the author of “Vampira” and the award winning “Monsters in America”. Poole will be offering a workshop on Friday, May 19th on “Horror Fiction Adaptations” and it will be free to anyone attending the fest.

Many of the filmmakers and cast members will be in attendance to host Q&As after the film screenings and will be attending the after parties each night after the fest. Free popcorn will be available all weekend for attendees and you are encouraged to get your tickets in advance. Last year tickets and passes sold out a month before the event.

“Sunday is a very popular day because it is when we play all of our South Carolina films”, explains Faircloth. “The best way to guarantee your seat for all screenings is to get a 3 day VIP pass, but we are almost half sold out of them now.” he finishes.

Attendees are encouraged to come dressed in costume to walk the “dREaD Carpet” during the weekend event. Those who want to attend all 3 days can purchase a 3-day VIP pass or you can purchase daily passes online now at www.crimsonscreenfilmfest.com.

The awards ceremony will be hosted by Joe Bob Briggs on Sunday, May 21st. Awards will be presented for the following: Best Feature, Best Short, Best Director (short and feature), Best Actor (short and feature), Best Actress (short and feature), Best Cinematography (short and feature), Best Special Effects (short and feature), Best Screenplay (short and feature) presented by Final Draft, Best un-produced screenplay (short and feature) presented by InkTip, Audience Choice Award, Jury Award, and the Homegrown Horror Award for best project produced in South Carolina or by a South Carolina filmmaker.

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2017 Official Selections

Feature Films:
The Bodies in #223
Dolly Deadly
Edgar Allan Poe’s The Lighthouse Keeper The Gatehouse

Party Night
The Phoenix Incident

Short Films: 106 White Lake Arrhythmia
As I Prey

Bad Little Beth
Born Again
The Corner
Curse of the Fur Beast Death Metal

Devil’s Advocate
Evil Rising
First Like
Game of Chess
H.P. Lovecraft’s The Beast in the Cave Incubation Period

Lake Moultrie Massacre The Leaving
Menacing Proposal Monsters

Murky Water
Off the Beaten Path
Prepare To Die
Room 701
Secret Admirer
The Room
Table 51
Tales of Gluttonous Revenge Three Way Cut
Through The Night
Turn Left
What’s For Dinner?
White Drift
Withdrawn in Trepidation Yolk
Your Date in Here

Festival Founder Tommy Faircloth:

Tommy Faircloth is a writer and director from Columbia, South Carolina. He began working in film as an actor, landing small roles of such television programs as “In The Heat of The Night” but he really wanted to work behind the camera. After graduation from high school, he attended film school at University of South Carolina in Columbia and worked on many feature films such as Renaissance Man, The Program, and Die Hard With a Vengeance. His directorial debut was the horror/comedy “CRINOLINE HEAD” which was received with positive reviews from such publications as Fangoria magazine. A few years later he followed up “CRINOLINE HEAD” with his second feature film, “GENERATION AX”. “AX” received great reviews from publications such as Rue Morgue, Fangoria, and was praised by horror legend Joe Bob Briggs where he gave it 4 stars. After “Ax” Faircloth took a break from horror and worked on many of his own theme park and roller coaster documentary projects for such channels as Discovery and The Travel Channel. In 2013 Tommy began his quest to get back into the horror scene with his first short film “THE CABIN” which has won awards for “Best Short Film” at the 2013 San Antonio Horrific Film Fest, 2013 Freak Show Film Festival, 2013 Scared Stiff Halloween Film Fest, 2013 Fear Fete Film Festival, and has been chosen as an official selection for over 25 festivals in 2013 and 2014. It was also picked up for cable broadcast on the cable channel ShortsTV. He recently completed a sequel to his fist feature “Crinoline Head” called “DOLLFACE” that has been released worldwide on VOD and DVD. His latest film “FAMILY POSSESSIONS” is currently touring film festivals all over the globe.

Contact: Tommy Faircloth FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tel. 803-240-5099
Email: tommy.faircloth@crimsonscreenfilmfest.com