Ellen Dubin guest of ‘Smartasses Magazine Radio’

Smartasses Magazine Radio‘ kicks off their second annual “Brianna Garcia Week” with actress Ellen Dubin (‘Dead before Dawn’) and the guest of honor herself, Brianna Garcia.

Smartasses Radio

Smartasses Magazine Radio is hosted by voice actor Johnny Video (Journey To Mt. Fuji – 2012, Cheery Point – 2012), and Smartasses CEO & owner Jackie. It streams live every Monday night from 7-9 PM ET as part of the Smart Mark Radio Network.

Canada’s Stars Of the Awards Season

Telefilm Canada, the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television and the Consulate General of Canada in Los Angeles, in collaboration with Bell Media and the Toronto International Film Festival, co-hosted a tribute celebrating Canadian excellence in the film and television industries. The event took place in Los Angeles on Thursday, February 27th at L’Ermitage Beverly Hills.

April Mullen & Tim Doiron @ Canada's Stars of the Awards Season LA 27.02.2014 (2)


The guests include Canadian Academy Awards nominees, select Canadian Screen Awards nominees, and other high-profile Canadian talent.

This year’s event in Los Angeles marks the first year in which the Academy Awards and Canadian Screen Awards nominees are brought together in a true partnership of Canadian talent. Canada’s key organizations and supporters are joining forces to elevate talent and filmmakers and placing them on a global stage.

Talent and filmmakers attending included : April Mullen, Tim Doiron, Kyle Schmid and Brittany Allen from “Dead before Dawn“.

Filmmakers April Mullen and Tim Doiron talk scares and laughs in “Dead before Dawn” !

Canadian Director April Mullen breaks new ground as the first female filmmaker to make an independent 3D film. She and screenwriter Tim Doiron decided to make the whole film with the 3D aspect in mind.

Get ready to laugh and scream along with a great cast of actors that includes the iconic Christopher Lloyd in this film described as “Shawn of the Dead meets Goonies”!

Source : Canadan Film Review

It’s coming : 88 the movie !

88 THE MOVIE is coming…!


Shot in October in the Niagara Falls area, the film starring Christopher Lloyd is currently in post-production. But you will have to be patient : the release date is planned for 2015.

Synopsis :

A young woman comes to in a roadside diner with no idea where she is or how she got there. Split between two timelines, she gets taken on a violent journey as she seeks out the person responsible for her lover’s death.

Full cast  :

Katharine Isabelle Katharine Isabelle
Christopher Lloyd Christopher Lloyd
Kyle Schmid Kyle Schmid
Jesse McCartney Jesse McCartney
Michael Ironside Michael Ironside
Sheriff Knowles
Tim Doiron Tim Doiron
April Mullen April Mullen
Anthony Ulc Anthony Ulc
Mickey Moon Mickey Moon
Alan C. Peterson Alan C. Peterson
John Tench John Tench
John White John White
Michael Xavier Michael Xavier
Dru Viergever Dru Viergever
Lynne Griffin Lynne Griffin
Jason Weinberg Jason Weinberg

On the set of… “Zemon sightings”

Last year, April Mullen and Tim Doiron were shooting some funny Zemon sightings with familiar faces in Niagara Falls. The short videos were used to promote the theatrical release of “Dead before Dawn” across USA and Canada.

Philip Marinucci @ shooting the DBD promo videos 23.04.13 (3)


Check out one of the many Zemon sightings videos !

“Dead before Dawn” available on VOD in Canada !

Zemons, it’s almost Christmas and here’s a little treat for you : “Dead before Dawn” is coming out on VOD in Canada today !


Green Award for “Dead before Dawn”

Behind that red blood spatter in ‘Dead Before Dawn 3D‘, there was plenty of green. And no, green isn’t a reference to the film’s budget. It’s about environmental practices put into play during the making of the film, shot entirely in Niagara. As a result, the film was rewarded with a “Green Screen Award” at the Planet in Focus Film Festival.

Melanie Mullen @ Green Award Planet in Focus 25.11.2013 (1)

Green Screen is a program that promotes environmentally friendly film production practices in the film and television industry. “Despite Dead Before Dawn’s (DBD) epic challenge of shooting a low budget 3D film in 20 days during a heat wave, the filmmakers committed to the added costs and responsibilities of a ‘green’ production,” the festival said in a news release.

Melanie Mullen, the environmental engineer for the film and sister of “Dead Before Dawn” director April Mullen, said it was important that a green process be initiated on the project right from the start. That meant achieving such goals as reducing carbon emissions and waste.

It takes real commitment from all individuals on and off set to green a production; with that kind of allegiance, the crew gets into a groove like no other, and boy does it feel good,” Melanie Mullen said.

Melanie Mullen @ Green Award Planet in Focus 25.11.2013 (3)

April, meanwhile, stressed the importance of filmmakers taking a more environmentally friendly approach to making their movies. “In the excitement of production, consumption usually takes the easiest and cheapest approach. It is our duty as filmmakers in the 21th century to be aware of the resources we are consuming and minimize waste,” she said.

The festival said that ‘Dead Before Dawn‘ “was unique in their zero waste catering system; where they would feed the cast and crew locally sourced healthy food every three hours in re-usable containers, which are usually disposable or even worse Styrofoam containers. There were zero water bottles on set; instead, each member of the production had their own refillable water/coffee bottles. The set design was almost entirely built using recycled materials, and when that wasn’t available, borrowed and rented goods were used.”

Melanie Mullen @ Green Award Planet in Focus 25.11.2013 (4)

The Mullens : Mum, Melanie, Stacey, Dad

Melanie Mullen said it was a challenge. “To make a feature film, one literally has to manufacture and then dispose of an entire world,” she said. “Transporting the right people together, building their environment and then throwing it all out. The environmental footprint, on even the smallest of films, is tremendous.

Source : Niagara this Week (26/11/2013)


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