L.A.-based Strand Releasing shared with Bloody Disgusting the opening scene from Michael O’Shea’s atmospheric New York tale The Transfiguration, which world-premiered at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard and just screened at the SXSW Film Festival to a string of positive reviews.
Dealing with love, loss and vampires, The Transfiguration stars Eric Ruffin as a 14-year-old misfit who gets bullied at school and immerses himself in the world of vampires to escape his solitude when he returns home. The opening scene sets the tone, immediately reminding me of the George A. Romero classic Martin; is this kid a real vampire or does he just think he is? The footage also has a bit of dark humor that should make you chuckle…
The Transfiguration marks the feature debut of writer-director Michael O’Shea, and stars Eric Ruffin along with Chloe Levine (Savage Youth). It was produced by Susan Leber, whose credits include Debra Granik’s Sundance prize winner, Down To The Bone, and Ti West’s feature debut, The Roost.
The film’s key crew includes cinematographer Sung Rae Cho (Graceland) and sound designer Coll Anderson (The Host, Martha Marcy May Marlene).
Those hyped out of SXSW won’t have to wait long as The Transfiguration opens in New York on Friday, April 7th at the Angelika Film Center, and Los Angeles on Friday, April 21st at The Nuart Theatre.