Fears for Queers film fest scramble to complete lineup of LGBT-horror films for June event

With its humble grassroots origins, the Fears for Queers film festival has pulled off some impressive events the past couple of years. But this year is looking tough for organizers Shawn Ewert and Andrew Rose as content for this year’s FFQ is looking rather scarce. And they only have 17 days before the festival is scheduled to go on — or not. Rose posted this today on Facebook.

—  Rich Lopez

Blood Bath 3 film fest at the Texas Theatre

Not too late for some frights

We don’t Halloween is ever over for the guys at DOA Blood Bath Entertainment. As if to perpetuate the freaks and frights of last week, they feature two days worth of independent horror films in its Blood Bath 3 film festival. Local queer filmmaker Shawn Ewert even has an entry with his short Parallel Lines, but that’s no suprise. It’s Ewert and Andrew Rose of DOA who also put on Fears for Queers in the summer.

DEETS: Texas Theatre, 231 W. Jefferson Blvd. Through Sunday. $. DOABloodbath.com

—  Rich Lopez

WATCH: Local filmmaker Shawn Ewert previews his new feature film ‘Sacrament’ with teaser

Dallas queer filmmaker Shawn Ewert, who co-founded the Fears For Queers film festival, is in the process of working on his newest horror flick, Sacrament. He previewed the movie with this teaser at the festival. At the same time, he and his company Right Left Turn Productions are also inviting people to contribute to the making of the film with donations. Basically, offer them some scratch and you could have a credit in a movie. How often does that happen?

They are about to release an extended clip after so many views of the one below. I wouldn’t say this is NSFW, but if you’re not that much into blood and cannibalism at the dinner table, well, maybe watch at home. Sacrament is the first feature-length film by Ewert and his company.

Oh yeah, what’s the movie about? Well, here’s the synopsis from RLTP:

Leaving work and school behind them for a weekend of hedonism, seven friends take a trip down to South Padre, Texas to relax and party it up. A breakdown lands them square in the rhinestone jewel of the bible-belt, Middle Spring during a tent revival. Middle Spring is known for their famous barbecue, and for their fervent preacher Isaac Renneker.

Our friends soon find themselves trapped in this town of food and faith. Every second that ticks by blurs the line between the two. With Renneker’s fire and brimstone whipping the town into a righteous whirlwind, the friends have to stick together to keep from winding up at the altar, or on the menu.

Watch the teaser below.

—  Rich Lopez

GIVEAWAY: Tix to Fears for Queers 2 this Saturday at the Texas Theatre

You can read all about the upcoming Fears for Queers GLBT Horror Film Fest in this week’s issue, but festival co-founder Shawn Ewert wanted to invite a couple of Dallas Voice readers to check out the day’s events on the house. He’s given us two pairs of tickets to the kinda all-day festival on Saturday.

The films screen from 2 –7 p.m. at the Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff.

Wanna check it out? Email us here with “Scare my pants off” in the subject line to win a pair.

UPDATE: Congrats to Pam and Kenneth. They were randomly selected to win a pair each for tomorrow’s fest.

—  Rich Lopez

Horror film fest Fears for Queers 2 — benefiting Youth First Texas — announces 2011 lineup

DOA Bloodbath and out filmmaker Shawn Ewert‘s Right Left Turn Productions have announced the films for this year’s Fears For Queers 2. Last year, Fears for Queers was held at the Studio Movie Grill in Addison, but this year, the one-day LGBT horror fest takes place June 25 at the Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff. And now we know what movies will be screening.

But first, if you’re not familiar with Fears for Queers, the fest says its mission is to “showcase a selection of independent feature and short horror films that have been written and/or directed by LBGT filmmakers and/or of gay interest.” Bloodbath has also produced other fests highlighting horror filmmakers that may not get attention elsewhere, including Pretty Scary, a festival featuring all-female directors, and Texas Blood Bath.

The films for this year’s Fears for Queers 2 are …

—  Rich Lopez

Fears for Queers coming to Dallas

fearsforqueersnewsAs controversy continues over Israel Luna’s new movie, “Ticked-Off Trannies With Knives,” I was fascinated to find out that another gay filmmaker is playing an instrumental role in  launching a new film festival this summer in Dallas.

The fest is called “Fears for Queers,” and it is an LGBT-themed horror film festival.

Straight man Andrew Rose and gay independent filmmaker Shawn Ewert — “the folks who brought you the Texas Bloodbath Film Festival,” according to Fangoria.com — are now looking for LGBT horror films to be part of Fears for Queers, which starts June 19 at Studio Movie Grill in Addison. The deadline for submitting films for the fest is May 1. (Hmmm. I don’t think that gives me enough time to write a script, film a movie and edit it.)

I love B-movie “creature features” and ghosty movies and all those giant mutant man-eating gopher movies you see on the SyFy channel on weekends. But slasher/horror flicks have never really been my cup of tea.

But considering that Rose and Ewert intend to use this fest to raise money and awareness for Youth First Texas, I think I will go and watch some blood and gore come June 19.

Go to Fangoria.com to read their story about Fears for Queers, and then go to DOABloodbath.com or RightLeftTurnProductions.com to find out more about how to submit your movie (full-length or short) and other info.

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