There is a rock musical short film that has been making quite the splash–of blood, that is. Ever since its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this past September (trust me, it’s AWESOME), “The Legend of Beaver Dam” has been touring film fests around the globe, picking up awards and delighting horror and non-horror audiences alike. Now, this January, it arrives in Park City, Utah for the Sundance Film Festival 2011, screening ahead of the highly-anticipated Hobo with a Shotgun (starring Rutger Hauer) in the “Park City at Midnight” lineup. Details and trailer inside.
The film tells the story of Danny Zigwitz, a nerdy youngster who needs to save his fellow campers from a bloody massacre when a campfire ghost story comes to life. Little kids, an evil monster, a gory fight to the death in the woods–and it’s a rock musical.
It has already won several awards, including “Best Horror Short Film” at Fantastic Fest, and “Best Short Film” at both Screamfest LA and SITGES Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantàstic de Catalunya, the number one fantasy/horror fest in the world.
The Legend of Beaver Dam is the brainchild of Sable & Batalion, a musical theatre duo from Montreal, Canada comprised of writers-composers Jerome Sable and Eli Batalion, who have now made the transition to filmmaking with Sable at the helm directing. “We wanted to do something that both horror fans and musical geeks like us would like,” says Sable, who got his MFA in directing from USC film school. “So we hand-picked the cream of the crop musical theatre talent for the cast, and then assembled the best horror special effects filmmaking team for the crew. What comes out at the other end is, we hope, a scare and a laugh and a catchy tune.”
Premiere: Friday, January 21, 11:30 p.m. (Library Center Theatre, Park City)
Sat., Jan. 22, midnight (Broadway Centre Cinemas VI, SLC); Wed., Jan. 26, 11:30 a.m. (Egyptian Theatre, Park City);
Friday, January 28, midnight (Egyptian Theatre, Park City); Sat., Jan. 29, midnight (Tower Theatre, SLC)
story, music, and lyrics by Jerome Sable & Eli Batalion ~ directed by Jerome Sable
starring L.J. Benet, Seán Cullen, and Rick Miller