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Past Events 2011
Dexter episode airs on Showtime
New series Once Upon by YouTube genius Myster Guitar Man launches. New episode every Tuesday.
Award-winning actor Mark Gantt accepts lead role in new feature film
On Aug. 31, 2013, a Mark Gantt representative contacted Examiner.com saying that Gantt has been selected for the lead role in the feature film "The Second Region of Night." Gantt leaves Monday for the film shoot that begins Sept. 5. He will be on location in Barcelona, Spain!
Gantt, out of Los Angeles, is an award-winning actor, writer and director. He is also a film producer.
More on Mark Gantt's background includes the fact that he is the co-creator and star of the multiple award-winning digital series and feature film, "The Bannen Way." The film is on Sony's Crackle which was just renewed for a 2nd season.
"Gantt is currently working on five projects in pre-post and filming including the sci-fi horror film, by BlancBiehn Productions, 'The Night Visitor.'" - PRLog
In addition, Gantt is in pre-production on the sequel of "The Night Visitor 2" (2014). This film is directed by Brianne Davis, produced by Gantt, and he stars opposite Jennifer Blanc.
Blanc Biehn Productions has hired Taylor & Dodge to represent international sales on Jennifer Blanc-Biehn’s directorial debut.
The Night Visitor follows a suburban couple who hire a new age spiritualist to help their troubled marriage. When she advises them to record their lives 24/7 to help the family, they discover their son is having conversations with an unseen entity calling itself the Night Visitor.
Brianne Davis stars alongside Tara Buck, Gary Cairns Blanc-Biehn, Mark Gantt, Vedette Lim, newcomer Hudson Pischer and a special appearance by Michael Biehn.
Blanc-Biehn and Biehn most recently collaborated on The Victim and recently filmed the remake of Chilean director Patricio Valladares’ Hidden In The Woods.
Blanc Biehn Production’s attorney Richard Blank negotiated the representation deal with Konney.
Michael directed me in his first feature and I got the opportunity to direct him in mine,” said Blanc-Biehn. “Michael and I as well as our producers Mark Gantt, Brianne Davis and Lony Ruhmann are so excited to have Taylor & Dodge on board. They totally get our vision and are the perfect match to us bringing The Night Visitor to the foreign market.”
More Details and Directors Announced for Blanc/Biehn Productions' Upcoming Projects
Blanc/Biehn Productions recently announced a multi-picture deal with executive producer Lony Ruhmann (read about that here), and we now have more details, including the directors who will be helming all of their upcoming projects.
From the Press Release: Jennifer Blanc-Biehn (Wrong Cops, "Dark Angel," The Victim, Among Friends) will direct her husband, Michael Biehn, along with Evie Louise Tompson (The Call, Hidden in the Woods) in the sci-fi tinged thriller The Girl.
Brianne Davis (Among Friends, Jarhead, Prom Night) will direct The Night Visitor 2: Heather's Story. “We are so excited since she understands the vision, having starred as the lead in The Night Visitor,” exclaims Blanc-Biehn. The story is based on Ruhmann's characters in The Night Visitor (now in post-production) with a screenplay by twin brothers Bradley and Kevin Marcus, who also penned the script for The Night Visitor. In The Night Visitor 2: Heather's Story, the sci-fi horror that plagued the Stevens family and their son, Ricky, in The Night Visitor was only the beginning. The family across the street discovers that their daughter, Heather, is having close encounters of her own kind, which leads to even more frightening revelations.
Actor Richard Gunn ("Dark Angel," "Granite Flats") will make his directorial debut with Night Maire. In the film a female director’s romance with her troubled leading man gets put to the test when they’re stranded in the middle of nowhere and stumble upon a seemingly innocent girl’s bed-and-breakfast and must deal with a supernatural secret beyond their wildest nightmares.
Barbara Stepansky (Final Recourse, Fugue, Hurt) will direct both Calls from Dead People and The Night Visitor 3. Stepansky’s work has been shortlisted for the Academy Awards, garnered the DGA Diversity Award and the Student Emmy, and won the USA Film Festival Award.
In Calls from Dead People, after the mysterious death of her husband, a woman receives a strange phone message from him from the beyond. She dives into solving his murder, thereby discovering a secret life he led outside of their marriage and putting herself in mortal danger.
In The Night Visitor 3, the "Phoenix Lights" sighting in the night sky over Phoenix, Arizona, transforms the life of a teenage girl, who starts to receive messages from extraterrestrial beings that give her hope to escape her abusive home environment. But will she really find a new existence, or is it just a hoax by a potential killer?
Patrick Rea (Nailbiter) will direct Get Back Joe. In the not-so distant future, a new technology allows its users to travel back in time using astral projection. Joe McCormick must attempt to travel to specific dates that have been blocked by the government in order to save his family.
Mark Gantt (The Bannen Way, Oceans Eleven, The Night Visitor) will direct Skipping Time. A man wakes up one day to discover he's three years in the future with no memory of past events, only to find out that his wife and son have just been killed. The next morning he awakes one day earlier with only 12 hours to save their lives.
Lastly, The Night Visitor 4 should film in the spring of 2015 with more details to be announced soon.
"Lony was so moved by the collaboration with us on his story The Night Visitor," says Blanc-Biehn, "he came up with more unique stories and is funding the deal into 2015. We couldn’t be more pleased by this awesome partnership."
The business model of Blanc/Biehn Productions and Ruhmann focuses on blending together the horror and sci-fi genres with the creative empowerment of directors, writers, cast, and crew. Their goal is to provide an opportunity for filmmakers and creative talent alike… people who have a strong vision and stand strong. "Making supernatural films that have a backbone in reality is our intent," says Ruhmann.
and join the conversation on Twitter with @jenniferblancb, @michaelbiehn, and @blancbiehnfilms.
Mark Gantt to Produce and Star in THE NIGHT VISITOR 2: Heather's Story
Actress/producer/director Jennifer Blanc-Biehn has signed a multi-picture deal with executive producer Lony Ruhmann that includes two sequels to her directorial debut, The Night Visitor, and another spooky sounding project titled Calls from Dead People with an eye toward developing all three films in 2014.
The Night Visitor is a found footage style mix of sci-fi and horror, and currently its follow-ups are known as The Night Visitor 2: Heather’s Story directed by Brianne Davis and The Night Visitor 3.
“Lony was so moved collaborating with us on his story The Night Visitor,” says Blanc-Biehn, “he came up with more stories and is funding this deal into next year. We couldn’t be more pleased. Michael [Biehn] loved what the team was doing with The Night Visitor so much he added this to the Blanc/Biehn roster, which sparked Lony to offer the multi-picture deal and future collaborations.”
The business model of Blanc/Biehn Productions focuses on science fiction, horror, and the empowerment of women, giving them key positions in the production. “Making horror films that have a backbone in reality,” says Ruhmann.
and join the conversation on Twitter with @jenniferblancb, @michaelbiehn, and @blancbiehnfilms.
Synopsis When a suburban couple hires a new age spiritualist to help with their troubled marriage, her advice to video their lives 24/7 to help reunite the family turns out to reveal their son is having conversations with an unseen entity, calling itself the Night Visitor. Beware of those that come at night.
The cast is led by Brianne Davis (Prom Night, Among Friends, Jarhead), Vedette Lim (Halo 4, “True Blood”), Gary Cairns (Hero Wanted, “Justified”), Jennifer Blanc-Biehn (“Dark Angel”, Wrong Cops, The Victim), Mark Gantt (The Bannen Way, Ocean’s 11), and Tara Buck (“True Blood”, “Justified”, Tomorrow You’re Gone)
FUNDED!! The Night Visitor - Kickstarter Campaign over 100%
PROMOTE HORROR: The Night Visitor fast track to completion.
Jennifer Blanc-Bien’s directorial debut The Night Visitor, successfully completed their Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to complete post production and exceeded their goal with just over $17,000 raised through the popular crowd-funding site.
The 30-day campaign offered unique perks including swag from Michael Biehn’s personal collection and autographed photos from cast and crew including True Blood’s Tara Buck, Vedette Lim, and Brianne Davis, who recently shot an episode for season six of the HBO series.
An amazing outpouring of support resulted in over 157 backers and 80+ articles in the Sci Fi and Horror genres supporting Blanc-Biehn’s directorial debut.
Blanc-Biehn sent a video update from Cannes where she was closing deals for the current slate of Blanc Biehn Productions’ that include The Night Visitor, Treachery, The Victim and secured sales agent WTF and financier Hackybox Pictures for their upcoming english remake, Hidden In The Woods, which begins shooting July in Texas.
TheTerminatorFans.com website also participated toward the end of the campaign offering two special rewards courtesy of Michael Biehn, exclusively for fans of the website, who pledged to the Kickstarter campaign.
The Night Visitor is produced by Mark Gantt, Executive Produced by Lony Ruhmann with Jennifer Blanc-Biehn and Brianne Davis, who also stars in the film alongside Gary Cairns.
We have officially launched our Kickstarter Campaign to help fund the post-production and completion of The Night Visitor. Timing is everything they say. Well what the ‘timing’ was telling us was this; we had an investor with a great story, a small budget to shoot the feature in six days, an awesome location and actors and a director who had a window of time to do this in. So we did it, we went for it. We took the risk to shoot the feature, knowing we’d have to raise the funds to complete it.
The decision to do so was risky but the trade off was huge, we had creative freedom to make the movie we wanted to make and a better chance to get paid when we distribute the film. But in order to that, we need to complete post-production, finish and deliver it to sales agents and distributors.
We’ve got a committed and talented team already working on editing, coloring, doing visual effects and cutting a teaser trailer for the film. We’re confident that the finished product will be above and beyond our expectations and excited to have created something with so much love and passion.
This is where you come in – we need your support. If you can’t support financially, spreading the word via your friends and family would be much appreciated.
Shooting Top-Of-Show Guest-star on TNT's MAJOR CRIMES
Shooting begins on LIFELINE opposite Kathleen Gati(General Hospital)
Begin filming THE NIGHT VISITOR 2: HEATHER'S STORY starring Mark Gantt, Jennifer Blanc, Caitlin Carmichael, Brianne Davis, Gary Cairns, Hudson Pischer and Chip Coffey. The film will be directed by Brianne Davis.
THE NIGHT VISITOR screens as part of the ANOTHER HOLE IN THE HEAD FESTIVAL in San Francisco.
Shooting Los Angeles portion of THE SECOND REIGN OF NIGHT
Mark begins shooting lead role in THE SECOND REIGN OF NIGHT, written and directed by Antoni Sole. Shooting in Barcelona, Spain.
Attending AMONG FRIENDS screening at Universal City
Shannen Doherty honored for Best Individual Performance from the 2012 Webby Awards in the SUITE 7 episode "Company" that Mark directed. Episode was written by Yuri Baranovsky and stars Shannen and Wilson Cleveland.