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Saturday, 29 November 2014 01:23

Be Thankful for this Poster Debut for The Night Visitor 2: Heather’s Story

Blanc/Biehn Productions wants to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving, and to add a bit of spookiness to your holiday, they’ve just released the poster art for Brianne (“True Blood,” Among Friends) Davis’ directorial debut, The Night Visitor 2: Heather’s Story.

The Night Visitor 2: Heather’s Story was written by Kevin and Bradley Marcus and Mark Gantt. Caitlin Carmichael, Mark Gantt, Chip Coffey, Jennifer Blanc, and Michael Biehn star. Frequent Blanc/Biehn collaborator Lony Ruhmann is executive producer.

The Night Visitor 2: Heather’s Story is a sci-fi thriller that runs parallel to the original The Night Visitor, telling the story of Heather (Carmichael), a special young girl who must protect her family and the planet from the same other-earthly being. The sequel delves deeper into the mysteries that plagued the Stevens family and their son, Ricky, with the help of psychic and medium Daniel (Coffey).


Last Updated on Saturday, 29 November 2014 01:33
Horror Movies - Fear The Second Reign of Night

We have here an interesting low-budget film based on the ancient occult practices originating out of Egypt. Currently in post-production, The Second Reign of Night comes our way as one of many films that base their story around Egyptian theology and spiritual practices. This is Antoni Sole’s first project as director, but he has produced such indie titles as Zone of the Dead and Night of the Sinner.

Fear The Second Reign of Night

This movie is brought to us by Odin’s Eye Entertainment and explores the history of the Khufu tablet which is an artifact associated with the pharaoh with the same name who has been accredited for building the Great Pyramid of Giza. You know, one of the Seven Wonder of the Ancient World. Although the stills and trailer don’t show any hint of the pharaoh making an “undead” appearance in this movie (like the Mummy franchise), it looks like it should be due out to DVD and VOD soon. No word on a release date yet, but when we know, you’ll know.

Boston professor Johan Meyer, an eminent anthropologist and lecturer is highly regarded for his translations of Egyptian pre-Khufu tablets. Approached to evaluate an ancient text, his mysterious client requires urgency so Johan works around the clock. As the hours pass, strange occurrences take place as Johan’s dreams become drenched in bizarre visions. It all seems a strange coincidence until the translation is almost at an end. It is only then, when Johan realizes the parchment contains a ritual that brings to life Ereshkigal thus awakening the dead and plunging the world into eternal darkness.

Backstage Article on Streamys

L.A. Actor Got Boost From Streamys Win

L.A. Actor Got Boost From Streamys Win

The Web is meant to be a bastion for indie TV producers and actors but even the Streamy Awards, which were created to honor the best of Internet entertainment, have some prominent mainstream performers among its honorees.

Ken Marino won for his performance on “Burning Love” last year. Weird Al Yankovic won in 2010 for his guest appearance on “Know Your Meme” and Neil Patrick Harris took home a statue in 2009 for his turn on “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.” And this year Zach Galifianakis, a past winner, is nominated for his “Between Two Ferns” interview with President Obama. These are hardly performers who were on the brink of stardom before receiving a Streamy.

Still, the awards can give a boost to actors who are struggling for recognition beyond the Web, according to Mark Gantt, a Los Angeles-based performer who won Streamys for his acting and producing on “The Bannen Way” in 2010.

“It opened a lot of doors,” he told Backstage. “For me as an actor, it’s still not an Emmy. The Streamys hasn’t hit that place in the mainstream consciousness, but with agents, managers, and casting people who are aware of the space, having won those awards has helped me.”

“The Bannen Way,” which Gantt co-created with Jesse Warren, is an action-adventure series that was produced for Sony’s Crackle as a feature-formatted as a Web series. Gantt believes it was able to stand out because the medium wasn’t as saturated. “Four years ago there wasn’t a lot of mainstream talent out there doing [online series],” he said. “The reality now is digital studios and multi-channel networks are basically cable companies, and they’re looking to do half-hour and hour long series.”

That makes it more difficult for indie TV producers and actors to find an audience online. “In terms of you having $250 and a camera to go shoot something, you’re one of thousands—how do you stand out and create something different? It’s much more a challenge now,” said Gantt, who’s set to direct his first feature, titled "A Place Apart," later this year.

Gantt said he understands the tension between honoring YouTubers and established talent for Internet-based awards like the Streamys. Still, he said, “they can’t ignore somebody with a name that is out there doing stuff in the space. It is tougher for an indie person who's unknown to create a show and get known.”

Actors should still try their hands at producing their own content, he adds. “You have to keep going 'next' all the time. Something will pop.”

His advice to aspiring Streamy winners? Have passion and don’t go it alone. “We surrounded ourselves with professionals who could do this in their sleep,” he said of his 2010 production.

The 4th Streamy Awards are set to air here Sept. 7 at 7:30 p.m. PT.


Blanc Biehn Productions Article

How Mark Gantt Has Changed The Way Things Are Done In Horror

Mark Gantt is a multi-talented film industry professional who has done it all at one time or another. He is well known for being an actor, director, producer, and writer. However, when new filmmakers look at his work, they are often drawn to the amazing way he has used the internet.

Mark Gantt didn’t actually get his start in horror, but probably made the greatest early impact in his role as Neal Bannen and executive producer of “The Bannen Way.” This crime drama series helped him to draw on his own experiences as a member of a law enforcement family.

“The Bannen Way” was carried as a completely exclusive online experience, and won a Streamy Award for its outstanding writing, acting, direction and production. During this time, Mark had to fight for the production to be recognized, since it was “geoblocked” and not available to the entire World Wide Web.

The quality of “The Bannen Way” helped to change the Streamys, leading to a ruling that geoblocked content was eligible for the award. Besides this, Gantt was able to demonstrate that a web-only focus could build up a dedicated following while reducing production costs.

At The BB Basement, we respect everything Mark has done so far — so it’s important to direct some attention to his latest achievement, the successful crowd funding of “The Night Visitor.”

“The Night Visitor” Achieved Production Faster Thanks To Mark Gantt’s Savvy

Following his success with “The Bannen Way,” Mark was looking for innovative ways to bring his vision to life and he found it in the form of Kickstarter. Kickstarter was the perfect platform to fund “The Night Visitor,” and he used it expertly.

“The Night Visitor” was a horror/sci-fi tale about a family in turmoil. A couple must struggle to save their marriage while protecting their son from an invisible “Night Visitor” with terrible powers.

With the success of “The Night Visitor,” the path was open to “The Night Visitor 2: Heather’s Story,” which will continue the tale. Naturally, the collaboration between Mark Gantt and Jennifer Blanc-Biehn will continue as well!

Wondering how to get your creative ambitions realized? It’s important to carry the same spirit of creativity and innovation into your funding and marketing that you do in your acting and directing. Mark Gantt has definitely shown how to do it — and we foresee great things for him in the future!

How Mark Gantt Has Changed The Way Things Are Done In Horror


Selected Clips from The Bannen Way

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Directing Awards & Nominations

(short Film)
Currently being distributed on SnagFilms

Winner "Best Director - Short Film"

FirstGlance Philadelphia Film Fest 2012

Winner "Best of the Fest"
Indie Cinema Series Festival 2012

Official Selection
Beverly Hills Shorts Festival 2012

Official Selection
Unofficial Google+ Film Festival 2012

Winner Best Actress - Alexis Boozer
Unofficial Google+ Film Festival 2012

(Digital Series)
Currently distributed on LIFETIME.COM

Shannen Doherty - Best Individual Performance
Webby Awards 2012

Best Dramatic Series
BANFF Rockies Award 2011

(Short Film)

Winner Best Horror/Suspence Short Film
New Orleans Media Festival 2004
Official Selection
Newport Beach Film Festival 2004

Official Selection
New York Short Film Festival 2004

Official Selection
Los Angeles International Short Film Festival 2004

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