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Neal Bannen wants to get out of the criminal lifestyle forever… but he owes $150,000 to the notorious prison gangster Sonny Carr. After failing to triple his money and losing all his money in a poker game, Bannen’s forced to do one more job.
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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.
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.
Crackle announced eight new original programs today during its NewFronts upfront presentation in New York as well as the return of the Jerry Seinfeld series Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee, one of three series on the free digital network to get a second season. The Sony-owned Crackle’s first foray into feature-length movies will kick off with the martial arts pic Extraction starring Danny Glover coming in September and a sequel to Joe Dirt starring David Spade. Here are the full descriptions of the original programming:
THE BANNEN WAY – SEASON 2 2013 Action/Comedy/Thriller Series, 6 Half-Hour Episodes The second season to the 2010 Streamy-winning slick, sexy, action-packed series continues the adventures of Neal Bannen, a charming con-man with a police chief for a father, a mob boss for an uncle, and a weakness for beautiful women, who wants to turn his life around and leave the criminal lifestyle forever. Can he resist an opportunity to get back in to his Uncle’s “business”?
It’s true; I hate waiting for shit to happen. I’ve sort of made a name for myself for being the guy that doesn’t wait for things to happen and creating my own career. I was fortunate enough to have some success with a unique (at the time) web series/feature film called The Bannen Way, which I co-created and starred in for Sony’s Crackle.com. I developed the project with Jesse Warren, writing every day for six months and producing two five-minute episodes. Three years later we had produced and launched the show on Crackle and it was distributed worldwide via VOD, Amazon, iTunes and DVD. So far… so good right?
THE BANNEN WAY: (Center) Mark Gantt as Neal Bannen
But the journey has only just begun really. That project took up three years of my life, we worked tirelessly, 24/7 and put our hearts and souls into it. When we were finished, the age-old question kept popping up from everyone, “What’s next?” – What’s next??? We just finished this insane project, under budget, on time and with pretty good success. Wasn’t that enough? I was really thinking that, I was taking it so personal that people wanted to know what I was doing next. I was burnt out and excited at the same time.
What happened – What happened is I slipped back into the old thinking. The idea that someday, someone with some clout in Tinsel Town would ‘discover me.’ I really thought that with the success of Bannen I’d have no problem getting that lead role in a TV series or great role in an indie feature that goes to Sundance or Tribeca. I completely forgot why I was creating the show in the first place – I HATE WAITING.
Luckily my friend and producer on Bannen, Bailey Williams was there to wake me up. We went back to the grind, developing our own ideas, optioning others, putting together pitch documents and began the pitching process. We were so close on several projects but, for one reason or another just didn’t happen. During that time, amazing collaborations came my way. I hooked up with web series creators like Wilson Cleveland (LEAP YEAR, THE TEMP LIFE), Yuri Baranovsky (BREAK A LEG, LEAP YEAR) and Taryn O’Neill (AFTER JUDGEMENT, BLACK BOX TV). I also hooked up with indie feature team of Steve Peros (FOOTPRINTS, THE UNDYING) and Sybil Temtchine (AUDREY, THE CAVERN) on a comedy series called ANNIE TAKES OFF and Scott Richter on another called WHOA! – we’re in post on sizzle reels for both of these projects.
I currently have eight projects “at Various Stages of Development,” as Dov S-S Simens would say, yes I’ve taken his two day course and he’s a character. I’ve got projects in all phases from idea stage, script, pre-production and three in post-production. I’m currently pitching a TV series, THE PROGRAM, created by Matt Lutz. We shot a ten minute pilot presentation and now we’re producing it with Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner (GRIMM, HOT IN CLEVELAND) and showrunner David Simkins (WAREHOUSE 13, GRIMM) It’s been a huge learning experience and I love all the guys on this project.
So here I am, hustling to get one of these projects made, when yet another opportunity to collaborate has come my way. On March 25th, my girlfriend, actress Brianne Davis (JARHEAD, PROM NIGHT), got a call from a friend of ours, actress/producer Jennifer Blanc-Biehn (DARK ANGEL, THE VICTIM). Jennifer was excited to tell her that she had an amazing opportunity; a chance to direct her first feature, a sci-fi/horror film, THE NIGHT VISITOR. She had a little money, a great story, six-day window to shoot and wanted Brianne to play the lead. Jen also said, “There’s a part for Mark too, hey maybe he’d want to produce it?” Oh and she wanted to start shooting April 4th, which was in thirteen days.
Now most people, most sane people, would find a million reasons not to do this project, the sheer idea of shooting a feature in six days, with less than two weeks to prep and not one role cast or one crew person hired, is cause for pause. But the thing about Jen is, she’s a force of nature. She has an amazing heart and a passion to take a film from production to distribution like nobody I’ve ever met. Within two weeks of that initial call, we were shooting. We assembled an incredibly talented crew who were willing to work for very little upfront and deferred payment on the back-end. Brianne jumped on as a Co-Executive Producer with Jen and they superbly cast the most awesome actors; Gary Cairns (BLACK BUTTERFLIES, JUSTIFIED, HERO WANTED), Vedette Lim (TRUE BLOOD, NO STRINGS ATTACHED, HALO 4), and Tara Buck (TRUE BLOOD, JUSTIFIED, TOMORROW YOU’RE GONE). The script, was written by The Marcus Brothers (HIDDEN IN THE WOODS – Remake, THE FARM), with the story by Executive Producer, Lony Ruhmann.
We completed shooting a day early and we’re so proud of this project. One of the challenges was going to be post-production costs. We had the money to get the film in the can, but knew we’d have to raise the rest. We’ve turned towards Kickstarter to do so. I love to support other projects and have probably backed more than twenty campaigns. The main factor always seems to come down to a couple of things for me, does the project excite me, are the capable of executing it and are they passionate and thorough with their campaign. There have been several projects that I was only an actor in that have tried the crowdsourcing route, some have faired better than others.. Last year I launched my own campaign to raise money to produce a sizzle reel for the comedy, ANNIE TAKES OFF. We were so fortunate to have reached our goal, even exceeding it by almost $3500.
On set of THE NIGHT VISITOR: Gary Cairns, Kit Bower, Brianne Davis, Brand Bristwhistle, Mark Gantt & Steve Romano
I definitely don’t feel that I’ve figure out the Kickstarter game. This time around on The Night Visitor, we’re going for $12,500, which isn’t anything to sneeze about. There’s definitely some trepidation on my part. I’ve never liked waiting but what I’ve hated more… ASKING FOR HELP. I know from experience though, that people, who ask for help, get it. We’ve worked hard to create a campaign that is compelling and full of cool perks and rewards as well as a game plan to get eyeballs and ultimately backers to help us reach our goal.
I personally think it’s a great tool for filmmakers and actually excited for projects like VERONICA MARS and recently Zack Braff’s WISH I WAS HERE campaign. Eventually, when the FCC allows ‘backers’ to become actual ‘investors’ in the films, I think we’ll be in a very interesting time.
Jennifer Blanc-Biehn (Among Friends, The Divide) is making her directorial debut with the sci-fi/horror film The Night Visitor which is currently shooting. Lony Ruhmann scripted this tale which will combine “found footage” with a traditionally-told narrative. The film is being geared for a straight-to-VOD release and we have a look at the poster – you can check out a larger version inside.
Brianne Davis plays the role of Jen, a mother of six-year old Ricky, who’s being tormented by a demented Alien. Gary Cairns, Blanc-Biehn, Mark Gantt and Tara Buck co-star.
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.