Thursday, December 07, 2006

The Horror Will Be Automated

From my friend James Felix McKenney. (This is how you do a press release for a screening. My notes will be in red)

Glass Eye Pix and MonsterPants Movies invite you to attend the two-week NYC theatrical run of the third film in Larry Fessenden's ScareFlix series: AUTOMATONS.

The film opens on December 13 at the Two Boots Pioneer Theater in New York's East Village.

Cast & crew members (both robot and human) will be present for several screenings, including PHANTASM's "Tall Man" himself, Angus Scrimm, who will be appearing on December 13th, 14th and 15th.

Star power...

Directed by James Felix McKenney, AUTOMATONS is the black & white, low-tech horror / sci-fi feature about the horrors of war and robots filmed entirely in super-8mm. The film stars newcomer Christine Spencer, Brenda Cooney (THE OFF SEASON) & Angus Scrimm (PHANTASM), with Don Wood (CANNIBALLISTIC!, COLONIAL HOUSE, IN A FIX), John Levene (DOCTOR WHO, PSYCHOMANIA) and Executive Producer Larry Fessenden (HABIT, SESSION 9).

"...this is one of the "must see" films you always hear about but never take the time to actually check out. Folks, check it out. AUTOMATONS is politically charged; a provocative and compelling Sci-Fi Thriller."-- Brian Harris, JOE HORROR.COM

All showings of AUTOMATONS from December 13 - 26 (no show Christmas Day) are at 9:00 pm. Audiences are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance at:

Quotes that speak to the well as all the info you need to purchase tickets for this promotion.

Two Boots Pioneer Theater
155 East 3rd Street, NYC (between Avenue A & B, closer to A)
December 13 - 26, 9:00 pm(no show Christmas Day)

Angus Scrimm will be present at the screenings on the 13th, 14th & 15th.

Sell, sell sell...

Various theme nights and special hosts will be peppered throughout the run, including door prizes and promotional giveaways. A full schedule of these nights will be posted opening week at:

See what Jim is doing here? He's making sure that the theatrical run of his Super 8mm movie will be an event - no matter when you go... and it will be an event.

For more details about the AUTOMATONS, visit the official site:

"The beautiful indie sci-fi film AUTOMATONS is a troubling vision of things to come. Enough to make you think, worry and pray."-- Louis Fowler, ROCKY MOUNTAIN CHRONICLE

"AUTOMATONS is a smart, thought-provoking tale equipped with the moody ambiance and intellectual integrity of a classic episode of THE OUTER LIMITS. That's high praise indeed."-- Steven Puchalski, SHOCK CINEMA

"AUTOMATONS does what all good sci fi stories should."-- Adam Barnick, ENTERTAINMENT INSIDERS

"The robot action is often much more riveting than similar scenes in movies with many times the budget and technical sophistication."-- Jay Seaver, UGO.COM

"AUTOMATONS is a wonderfully made, socially conscious low budget film and I cannot recommend it enough."-- Brian Harris, JOE HORROR.COM

All these quotes are saying, "Don't take my word for it that this movie is cool. The people you trust - the experts - are saying this is a cool movie." This type of promotion probably cost Jim around $200 bucks total for the screeners and postage, but it's already paying off. Lest you think Jim is a huge millionaire with a lot of people on staff - he isn't. He's one guy who's doing it himself, taking control and making sure his cool movie sells.

1 comment:

Christopher Sharpe said...

This looks brilliant. I can't wait to check it out.