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Arrow Video FrightFest 2019 interview: Jay Dahl opens up about bringing his excellent film Halloween Party to life

first_imgCanadian film-maker Jay Dahl will be bringing the World Premiere of his fantastic new film Halloween Party to Arrow Video FrightFest in August.Packed with plenty of scares and lots of laughs, Halloween Party is one of the films showing outside of the main screen that you should make sure you buy a ticket to. Smart, entertaining and well-made, the film is destined to be a hit at this year’s festival.I caught up with Jay recently to talk about the film, discuss the fantastic chemistry between the two leads and to find out the challenges of balancing horror and comedy.Hi Jay. How are you today and where does this email Q&A find you?Hi Pip, nice to e-meet you! I’m typing this from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada – a small, cold corner of the world. But a small, cold corner with wi-fi.Your film Halloween Party is screening at Arrow Video FrightFest. What’s it all about?Halloween Party follows a college student, Grace (Amy Groening), on a journey to find out who killed her best friend after the girls trigger a cheesy though disturbing Halloween-themed computer meme. To trace the meme, Grace enlists Spencer (T. Thomason), a talented I.T. student, and together they discover the college has a terrible secret – the dorm rooms were once used as a hospice to house dying children – including the Balloon Babies, a local disease cluster of disfigured teens who wore masks to cover their monstrous faces and were therefore coined The Halloween Party. Now, Grace and Spencer must scramble to stop the kids from escaping – before it’s too late exclamation point! Also there’s a demon in a toilet; and a thing called vagina spiders.Credit: Northeast FilmsHow did you come up with the idea for the film and what inspired it?I made a dark, apocalyptic horror in 2014 – There Are Monsters – and really wanted to do something more ‘fun’ – not quite comedy-horror, but something more reminiscent of those great date-movies of the 1990s. Halloween Party is that film – a loose homage to those ‘classic’ 90s college horrors – The Ring, Scream – that kind of thing.Your two lead actors – Amy Groening and T. Thomason – have such fantastic and believable chemistry. How did you get them involved with the project and what were they like to work with?I was lucky! Cast is always tough when you don’t have a lot of money. And they were great to work with. Amy Groening is the ultimate ‘adorkable’ college girl – she is smart, funny, nerdy, beautiful and takes absolutely no shit – all the things her character is. T. Thomason is another huge talent. Not just a gifted actor, T is a transgendered professional songwriter formerly known as Molly Thomason; he is a Canada-famous performer who recently won the top prize on The Launch (the Canadian version of Pop Idol).The film delivers some truly terrifying scares and there’s a good possibility it’ll make people terrified of going to the toilet. What challenges did you encounter when bringing those moments to life?The toilet challenge was tough – for about a thousand reasons. It was the one set-piece that most people weren’t sure we could pull off. It was risky. It was stupid. Could we really do it. It was a big question for all of us. I knew what I wanted but I wasn’t ever 100% sure it was going to work. Lots of questions. Do we put a little girl in a toilet? Do we build a rig? Is it practical or cgi or a mix? And will it have the intended effect, in other words, could I achieve the correct TONE? It had to be a perfect balance of Scary and Ridiculous – I knew if it was too ridic, I would lose the audience and it would be tough to get them back. It was a fine line.The idea itself came from going to the toilet in the Sinai desert in a tiny Bedouin camp (I used to teach English in Cairo). I remember the spiders seemed as big as dinner-plates, they clustered in the little toilet shacks, and the daily poop was a deeply terrifying act, albeit a necessary one – every bowel movement a balance of both The Scary and The Ridiculous. I can’t actually recall a more vulnerable moment in my life than when I had to dangle my personables over this dark, vacuous hole in the desert – teeming with spiders, centipedes and other horrific things. Scary yet Hilarious.You perfectly master the balance between tension and humour in the film, giving a little levity in the midst of some truly dark sequences. Why did you decide to do that rather than play it as a straight horror?Thanks for saying – I’m glad it works! I think that comedy and horror are closely related – both are built on surprise, tension and the unknown. I do explore both in film and TV – my comedy work bought the house I can’t afford. And comedy always feels great when we’re scared – we search for a break, some relief. So intertwining the two seems very natural to me – it’s a very human thing to do. But when it comes to really good horror I do like it very realistic and very dark. For both I still think the bar was set in the 70s – Friedkin, Ridley Scott, Polanski, those guys – they all pushed for vérité performances, making highly realistic set-pieces – which lent so much to the horror of their films.Credit: Northeast FilmsWhat other projects do you have in the pipeline at the moment?Financing a whole bunch of stuff. Some light, some dark – it’s all very exciting – I live in a constant state of “excited af” – though who knows which project will find its way.Which film-makers would you say have inspired you in your career so far?The toughest question. I think I might inspire too easily.What’s the one horror film you wish you’d made and why?Even tougher. I’m going to say Primer because I just saw it again and fell in love all over again, even after all these years. I know it’s more sci-fi than horror – but man, what a film. The only festival premiere I’ve been to where the whole audience stood up afterwards and started talking immediately, trying to come to grips with the experience.Why should people at Arrow Video FrightFest check out Halloween Party?Come for the scares. Stay for the gratuitous nudity.Halloween Party will have its World Premiere at Arrow Video FrightFest on Saturday 24th August at 8.50pm in the Cineworld Leicester Square Discovery Screen. 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Jamaican government announces by-election date

first_imgPrime Minister Andrew Holness has announced a by-election will be held in the constituency of St. Andrew Northwestern on March 5, to select a new member of parliament following the recent resignation of veteran politician Derrick Smith.Holness, addressing supporters of his ruling Jamaica Labor Party (JLP) last Sunday, also announced Nomination Day will be on February 12.Smith, a long standing JLP member, resigned last month after representing the constituency for 29 years.The by-election is expected to be a straight fight between the JLP’s Dr. Nigel Clarke and Keisha Hayle of the main opposition People’s National Party (PNP).Meanwhile, the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) says it started making preparations for the election.“The tradition would be that the electoral office will be consulted to find out if we were in a position to conduct the by election. I heard the announcement on television – we have not finalized the budget, but I’ll be seeking to do that and have it sent off to the Ministry of Finance,” said EOJ director, Orrette Fisher.The JLP enjoys a three-seat majority in the 63-seat Jamaican Parliament.last_img read more

Keysight & China Telecom to Jointly Accelerate Commercial Deployment of 5G Technology

first_imgKeysight has extended its collaboration with China Telecom to accelerate commercial deployment of 5G technology. The extended collaboration supports China Telecom’s 5G new radio (NR) device trials using Keysight’s 5G NR network emulation solutions, based on the company’s UXM 5G wireless test platform, for protocol and radio frequency (RF) performance validation. Keysight’s 5G test solutions enable China Telecom and its mobile device ecosystem ensure new 5G devices comply with the latest 3GPP 5G NR Release 15 specifications prior to market introduction.The introduction of 5G NR is leading to more complex and integrated designs, driving the need for scalable solutions that address the entire workflow, from early design to acceptance and manufacturing. Common tools shared across departments, workflows, and the ecosystem, significantly simplify and accelerate test case creation, execution and analysis. Early collaborations with industry leading chipset and device manufacturers has enabled Keysight to launch 5G solutions that support sub-6GHz and mmW frequencies for comprehensive protocol, RF, conformance and performance testing.Keysight’s industry-first 5G end-to-end design and test solutions enable the mobile industry to accelerate 5G product design development from the physical layer to the application layer and across the entire workflow from simulation, design and verification to manufacturing, deployment and optimization. Keysight offers common software and hardware platforms compliant to the latest 3GPP standards, enabling the ecosystem to quickly and accurately validate 5G chipsets, devices, base stations and networks, as well as emulate subscriber behavior scenarios. Click to know more.last_img read more

Australian leader threatens to fire ministers over koalas

first_imgPremier Gladys Berejiklian threatened to fire all the Nationals ministers unless the party withdrew by early Friday its threat to break the coalition agreement. The Nationals buckled. Berejiklian and Barilaro released a brief joint statement saying their coalition arrangement remained in place. Deputy Premier John Barilaro, who leads the rural-based Nationals, threatened to stop supporting government legislation, boycott government meetings and sit separately from Liberal lawmakers in Parliament over the policy difference. Thousands of koalas died during wildfires in the last South Hemisphere summer and much of their habitat in New South Wales was razed. BBC The Nationals party threatened to effectively split the government because they argue the koala habitat policy would restrict how landowners could manage their land.center_img Thousands of koalas died during wildfires in the last South Hemisphere summer and much of their habitat in New South Wales was razed. CANBERRA – An Australian state leader on Friday shut down a revolt in her coalition government over a policy to protect koala habitat by threatening to fire seven renegade ministers. Barilaro described the outcome as a political win because it elevated koalas on the government agenda.(AP)last_img read more

Ohio State falls in final seconds to Michigan State, 17-14

first_imgMichael Geiger kicked a 41-yard field goal as time expired, sending Michigan State to a surprising 17-14 win over Ohio State on Saturday.The win by the 9th-ranked Spartans wouldn’t have been a shock had it not been for the fact that they did it without their starting quarterback, Connor Cook.  Cook’s shoulder injury kept him out of the game and gave Tyler O’Connor his first start as a Spartan.The Buckeyes could not get their offense in gear, as they combined for… might want to look away for this stat….132 yards and five first downs on the day.  Ezekiel Elliott rushed for only 32 yards, snapping his streak of 15 consecutive games with 100+ yards.After the game, Elliott told reporters that he had played his final game in Ohio Stadium, essentially announcing his decision to turn pro following this season.Cardale Jones made a similar statement via Twitter from the locker room.  He Tweeted that he had walked into Ohio Stadium for the final time.  Jones still has one year of eligibility left.Ohio State falls to 10-1 on the season, snapping a 23-game win streak, and their chances for a return visit to the College Football Playoffs are in severe danger now.  They must defeat Michigan next week, hope Michigan State loses at home to Penn State in order to get to the Big Ten Championship.  A win against Iowa in that game might give the Buckeyes the push they need, but it’s all in doubt now.JT Barrett started the game, but only completed 9 of 16 passes in a rainy and windy Ohio Stadium.  He finished with 46 yards passing and 44 yards rushing.Braxton Miller only touched the ball three times in his final home game, accounting for 9 yards rushing and 3 yards receiving. Related Topics Jeff Seemanncenter_img Born and raised a Buckeye fan, Jeff Seemann has been covering sports in Ohio for 25 years. He attended The Ohio State University in 1987, where he went to more football games than classes. As a result, he is now (finally) finishing his degree at the University of Cincinnati. He claims to have been in attendance at Earle Bruce’s final game (a win over That Team Up North), the Browns’ double-OT win over the NY Jets, and the game known as “The Shot”. He is only fond of recalling the memories of two of those games. Feel free to annoy him on Twitter at @JeffFromOhiolast_img read more

High School Football Week Three Schedule and Standings: Southwestern Conference

first_img Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE. Related TopicsAmherstLakewoodSouthwestern ConferenceWestlake Matt Loedecenter_img The third week of the high school football season is upon us, and today we check out the schedule as well as the standings for the Southwestern Conference.Avon at Lakewood Midview at Amherst Olmsted Falls at WestlakeAvon Lake at Berea-Midpark North Olmsted at North Ridgeville StandingsAvon 2-0 (1-0) Amherst 2-0 (1-0) Olmsted Falls 2-0 (1-0) Midview 2-0 (1-0) North Olmsted 1-1 (1-0) Avon Lake 1-1 (0-1) Lakewood 0-2 (0-1) Berea-Midpark 0-2 (0-1) North Ridgeville 0-2 (0-1)Westlake 0-2 (0-1) Xlast_img read more

Kameda beats Munoz for historic third title

first_imgKoki pounded the Venezuelan in the final round, narrowly missing a knockout after sending Munoz to the canvas once as his opponent was literally saved by the bell at Saitama Super Arena.“I have no words. My father was against me fighting in this bout,” said Koki. “He said, ‘The bantamweight is too soon for you, Koki.’ But today I got this result. I’d like to just say one thing to him. ‘Pop, whadya think now!’,” he said.The belt became vacant when Anselmo Moreno of Panama was elevated to “super champion” status by the World Boxing Association two months ago. Neither Koki nor Munoz had any previous experience at bantamweight.Koki captured his first world title in August 2006 with a split decision over Juan Landaeta of Venezuela in the WBA light flyweight class.He claimed his second when he defeated then-WBC flyweight champion Daisuke Naito by unanimous decision in November 2009.Meanwhile, Daiki fought well early but ran out of steam in the second half of the bout, while Olteanu continued to throw punches until the finish.Two judges favored Daiki by scores of 116-112 and 115-113, with the other judge scoring 118-110 for Olteanu. SAITAMA – Koki Kameda won a unanimous decision over Alexander Munoz of Venezuela to claim the vacant WBA bantamweight title in a world championship doubleheader Sunday, making him the first Japanese boxer to win world titles in three weight divisions.The eldest of the three Kameda boxing brothers won the decision after Daiki Kameda, the second eldest, retained his WBA flyweight belt with a split decision over 14th-ranked Romanian Silvio Olteanu. History in the making: Koki Kameda raises his arms after knocking down Alexander Munoz during the final round on Sunday. | KYODO PHOTO GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMEScenter_img RELATED PHOTOS IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

Nascence case study: Santander’s community journey

first_imgThe Nascence Project is Bristol Sport Foundation’s business and community engagement programme, designed to bring business and community together through the life-changing impact of sport.Staff from Santander have taken on a huge role in a variety of community programmes and events, as well as entering teams into both the Nascence Corporate Tag Rugby and Corporate Basketball tournaments in the past 12 months.In the classroom, volunteers from the business have leant a helping hand on the Sums and Scrums programme – a rugby-themed numeracy scheme designed to engage pupils in the subject – and Reading Stars, a literacy programme aimed at improving young people’s reading skills.In March 2017, Bristol Sport Foundation welcomed Santander UK as an official charity partner and sponsor ahead of Break the Cycle, and that partnership has continued to flourish. As well as taking on a sponsorship role with the fundraising event, further volunteering has seen staff help out on the event’s feed zones at Ashton Gate Stadium. “Santander’s involvement in the Bristol Sport Foundation over the last few years has provided many of our team with the opportunity to get involved in a number of different areas to support a very worthwhile local charity.” Peter Abel, Santander Santander team at the Corporate Basketball Tournament (JMPUK). “Santander’s involvement in the Bristol Sport Foundation over the last few years has provided many of our team with the opportunity to get involved in a number of different areas to support a very worthwhile local charity,” said Santander director, Peter Abel.“The areas covered by the team range from organising our own fundraising events and supporting teaching through the Reading Stars and Sums for Scrums programme in schools in deprived areas of Bristol, to assisting in marshalling, administration and food station support, as well as taking part cycling on the Break the Cycle charity event.“We were looking for a CSR (corporate social responsibility) programme to engage our team across a number of skills and disciplines, and the opportunity for staff to give their time, rather than just asked to donate money has been very well received and supported.” Paul Glanville, corporate partnerships manager at Bristol Sport Foundation, added: “We are proud to partner with such a well-known brand as Santander and excited to extend our partnership into 2019.“We are very grateful for Santander’s continued support and the genuine engagement of the Bristol team in our work.“The support of our partners enables us to develop and grow our community programmes, helping to change lives in Bristol through the combined power of sport and education.”If you’re interested in adopting BSF as your nominated charity, would like to create a partnership, or just find out more about Bristol Sport Foundation, please contact Paul Glanville at read more

Past Encounters: Leahy’s Radnor Road hat-trick

first_imgBristol 26-0 Weston-super-Mare | Saturday, November 22nd, 1919 | Radnor RoadMark Hoskins looks back to a Bristol game played almost exactly 100 years agoWith Bristol’s games with Zebre being of such recent vintage, I have decided today to go back 100 years and look at a game from the club’s first official season after the Great War. Students of Bristol’s history will know that an interim side known as Bristol United operated during the curtailed 1918-19 season, providing rugby for returning servicemen, and the players from this team formed the basis of the Bristol club when it was relaunched the following season. Bristol United had played its home games on a field at Radnor Road, and since the County Ground, Bristol’s pre-war home, was no longer available for rugby, Bristol themselves followed suit in 1919.Under new captain Reg Pickles, a fine centre three-quarter who would eventually win England caps as a full back, Bristol enjoyed a promising season in which victories outnumbered defeats by four. This was a vast improvement on some of the seasons in the run up to the First World War, and there was ample evidence during that first post-war campaign that some golden seasons lay ahead. Pickles was joined in the back line by the likes of Len Corbett, destined to become the club’s first England captain, and Somerset’s Reg Quick, who was a prolific try scorer. In the pack Sam Tucker, another future England captain, was beginning to make his mark, and there were plenty more talented players both in the forwards and behind the scrum.When Bristol ran out to face Weston-super-Mare on Saturday November 22nd they had already played nine games, of which six had been won. Only Gloucester had beaten the side at home, and the most notable victory had been a more than impressive 21-3 win over Cardiff. Later in the season Harlequins would be defeated for the first time in Bristol’s history, and there were also good victories over Swansea and Leicester. There were also four games with Bath in 1919-20, and Bristol won three of them.The Weston match clashed with a Somerset trial at Bridgwater, thus depriving the team of Reg Quick, along with first choice outside half Stanley Budd. This meant that Tom Spoors, the youngest of five brothers to play for the club and normally a threequarter, featured as scrum half Billy Wring’s halfback partner. Meanwhile, Quick’s place was taken by H Scott, an Avonmouth winger who had played just once for Bristol before the war. In the pack, Tucker was supported by regulars such as Mervyn Shaw, Frank Feltham and Charlie Allen, and they were joined for the first time that season by Jim Leahy, the captain of St Mary’s Old Boys. He, like Scott, had played briefly pre-war. Harold Feltham, Bristol’s other winger in this game, was Frank Feltham’s younger brother. He was destined to finish the season as leading try scorer with 23 in just 27 games.Weston were not expected to provide too great a threat to Bristol, and so it proved. The home side scored eight tries in all, and but for some wayward goalkicking the final score would have been higher. The Western Daily Press report of the game tells us that the wind was a problem, but apparently the various kickers tried by Bristol were guilty of “not allowing sufficiently for the vagaries” of the elements. Pickles, Shaw, Wring and Leahy all failed to hit the target, with only Harold Feltham, with the final conversion of the day, landing the extra two points. In fairness to Pickles though, it should be noted that one of his attempts went over, only to be disallowed as it was touched in flight by a Weston player.The Press described Weston as “a bustling side forward,” but “weak behind.” They kicked for touch too much, but they did treat the crowd to “the well-known Weston rushes.” This was a time in rugby’s history when it was still common to see forward packs indulging in foot rushes as the ball was worked downfield, and Weston were apparently good at this. Be that as it may, Bristol were superior in all departments, with Tucker playing “the game of his life.” The Press goes on to say that “he was the best man on the field, and his display was easily the best forward play seen for the Bristol club this season. Always in the thick of it, he played brainy football, and the way he opened out the game was very clever.”Tucker crowned his day with an excellent individual try. Corbett scored twice, displaying his “inimitable method of running,” while Harold Feltham and Pickles also touched down for scores. Sadly, H Scott was not among the scorers – indeed he never played for Bristol’s first team again, and the Press stated that “he is not likely to get his place without improvement.” In contrast, the hero as far as try scoring was concerned was Leahy, who marked his return to first class rugby with a hat trick. His dribbling was a feature of the game, and he scored his three tries in quick succession.All told, this was an enjoyable afternoon of rugby at Radnor Road, although the ground itself was never that pleasant either for players or spectators. There was a pronounced dip in one corner, and the pitch itself was small. The spectators had to brave the elements, and a rudimentary stand was only added the following season. As for changing facilities, they were non-existent, and an agreement had been reached with George’s Brewery, allowing teams to change at the nearby Old Fox inn on Gloucester Road. It was small wonder that Bristol would occasionally move their more prestigious home fixtures to the local football grounds at Ashton Gate and Eastville. Fortunately though, it was already known that much better facilities would belong to the club soon enough, as the site for the Memorial Ground had recently been secured. Within a few years of the new ground being completed the pitch at Radnor Road had vanished forever beneath a new housing development.Funnily enough, when Bristol and Weston played the return fixture later in the season, the score was again 26-0. Once again eight tries were scored, and once again only one was converted. Jim Leahy did not score on this occasion, although he was still in the side. Sadly, this potential star was soon lost to rugby union, and before the end of the season he had switched to rugby league.    Bristol:Tries: Leahy (3), Corbett (2), H Feltham, Pickles, TuckerCon: H FelthamBristol: T J Bateman, H Scott, L J Corbett, R C W Pickles (captain), H L Feltham, T G Spoors, W J Wring, F V Feltham, O M V Shaw, J S Tucker, H Pyrke, J H Leahy, H J Willis, T J O’Connor,  W C Allen  Weston-super-Mare: H Dommett, E Sparkes, P Bewley, A E Newsome, J Coffin, R Amesbury, A Banwell, S Bateman, C Perkins, J Poulson, J Webb, D Stocker, D Evans, C C Gibbs, B TrapnellReferee: Mr R A Roberts (Gloucestershire)last_img read more

Replay: Ole Miss Football Live Chat

first_imgOle Miss beat writer Daniel Paulling chatted about Ole Miss athletics live on Periscope. You can find highlights of the chat below and join in next Wednesday at noon.<!–iframe–>Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUND Session ID: 2020-09-18:7037ac29fb64b3c8e13dcfc Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-884910-4620180981001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Chat about Ole Miss with beat writer Daniel Paulling at noon Wednesday on Periscope.Chat about Ole Miss with beat writer Daniel Paulling at noon Wednesday on Periscope.last_img read more