Team Brewer ready to meet the fans
April Mullen has come a long way from the days of performing plays with her cousins in the living room of her Niagara Falls home.
The actor-director has had parts in several TV series including Howie Mandel’s Howie Do It and most recently Scare Tactics, which airs locally on Much. She also has been at the helm for two full-length movies and has just recently completed work on a third — Dead Before Dawn 3D — with producer Tim Dorion.
“My parents will tell you I was putting on plays with my cousins at age five,” Mullen said.
The filmmaking duo will take part in the second annual Niagara Falls Comic-Con Saturday, June 9, at the Scotiabank Convention Centre. They join former wrestlers “The Genius” Lanny Poffo, Greg “The Hammer” Valentine” and Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake as the first celebrity guests lined up for the event.
Early bird tickets cost $10 and go on sale Feb. 10 at 10 a.m. After April 7, tickets will cost $15. Children ages 8 and under are free.
Mullen has relocated to Los Angeles but keeps being drawn back to her hometown for work. Niagara Falls has been used as a setting in all three of the films she and Dorion have completed. Those films, in addition to Dead Before Dawn, include Rock Paper Scissors: The Way of the Tosser and GravyTrain. All were produced by the pair’s film company Wango Films (www.wangofilms.com).
“There’s lots of great places that are accessible,” Doiron said. “We like to support the community as well.”
In the latest movie, Mullen plays Becky Fords, one of a group of soon-to-be college graduates who accidentally unleashes an evil curse. “The curse causes people to kill themselves and they are resurrected as zombie demons — we call them zemons,” Mullen said. “They have 24 hours to reverse the curse. It’s a horror-comedy so it’s really fun.”
The film is shot entirely in sterophonic 3D, a decision that lends well to the genre, Mullen said.
“When we (Mullen and Dorion) were thinking of doing a 3D film we thought about what kind of content would work best, what went well with 3D,” Mullen said. “We decided to do a horror-comedy.”
Once the decision was made, the duo did their homework, researching the genre. Mullen, a fan of Canadian director David Cronenberg (A Dangerous Method, Crash, Scanners), also studied works by George Romero (Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead).
The film were get its first public airing at the Berlin Fim Festival later this month.
While at Comic-Con, Mullen and Dorion will screen both Rock Paper Scissors: The Way of the Tosser and GravyTrain. The duo will also answer audience questions after the screenings and will talk about the challenges of filming in 3D.
But before then, Mullen and Dorion are headed to Germany to screen the film at a Berlin International Film Festival. “It (3D) is really popular internationally, Mullen said. “It has really taken off.”
She said she sees more and more independent filmmakers such as herself and Dorion turning to the technique as the cost of equipment comes down. “It’s going to grow as costs continue to go down,” Mullen said. It’s a format she has enjoyed working in.
“When you put those glasses on it takes you to a whole new level.”
Tickets for the Niagara Falls Comic-Con can be picked up at the Niagara Falls Comic-Con box office on the day of the event or in advance at Pulp Comics, 4413 Queen St., Niagara Falls. Hours are Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 905-356-0666 or visit the Comic-Con website for more information.