April 26, 2012

News update about The Profane Exhibit

Quite some time back I wrote a short piece about the upcoming anthology, The Profane Exhibit, which features short movies from a whole slew of cool directors; including Ryan Nicholson, Richard Stanley and Yoshihiro Nishimura. To that list you can now include Jose Mojica Marins, as well as contributions from Chris Vrenna. Full details are below in the official press release.

Grammy Award Winner, Academy Award Nominee and more added to Profane Exhibit’s Legendary Lineup of Lunatics
April 25, 2012
Harbinger International is pleased to announce that Jose Mojica Marins (aka “Coffin Joe”), Ignacio “Nacho” Vigalondo, Chris Vrenna and Steven Severin have joined the PROFANE EXHIBIT team.  The legendary Brazilian king of blasphemy and terror, Jose Mojica Marins will be directing the segment “Viral”. Academy Award nominee and film festival favorite Nacho Vigalondo will be directing “Sins of the Father”. Grammy Award Winner Chris Vrenna will score the segment "Viral", and Steven Severin will also be scoring the film, as well as performing in the film as an actor. 

Chris Vrenna and Steven Severin join “Goodwife's” cEvin key (Skinny Puppy); “Mors in Tableau’s” Rune Erikson (death metal legends Mayhem); “Tophet Quorum's” Maurizio Guarini (Goblin- yes that Goblin!); “Jigoku's” Sven Erik Fuzz-Krisatiansen(Mayhem) and Eri Isaka Fuzz-Krisatiansen (Gallhamer); “Tochka's” Scott Putesky (Marilyn Manson); “Manna's” Seb Komor (Icon of Coil); and the great movie score composer Simon Boswell for “Coltan”. Boswell has received two BAFTA nominations, and has scored films for such directors as Clive Barker, Dario Argento, Jodorowsky, Danny Boyle, and Richard Stanley. Most surprisingly, he has recorded two albums commissioned by the Vatican, and he has put the current Pope to music. Will The Vatican regret its decision in light of Boswell’s decision to score a segment of The Profane Exhibit?
These are the current announced composers for the soundtrack for The Profane Exhibit.

Chris Vrenna has worked as a musician, producer, and/or engineer and re-mixer for many bands. His collaborators include Rob Zombie, Megadeth, Metallica, Lords of Acid, David Bowie, Slipknot, Green Day, Pigface, KMFDM and more (including, briefly, Guns ‘N’ Roses). However, he is best known for his work in Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson. He produced and played drums on the upcoming Marilyn Manson record. Since 2004 he has been drummer and keyboardist with Marilyn Manson. In 1995, as a member of Nine Inch Nails, he received a Grammy for Best Metal Performance for the NIN performance at Woodstock 1994.

He has also scored many popular video games, such as Doom 3, American McGee’s Alice, and Quake, and recently left Marilyn Manson to focus on scoring films like Profane Exhibit.

Also scoring the film is Siouxsie and the Banshees founder Steven Severin. The name “Severin” comes from the Leopold von Sacher-Masoch character in Venus in Furs, which inspired the Velvet Underground song. He has had a lengthy solo career as well, and besides creating his own music, he maintains his recording label, RE. Severin is also well known for his work in the band The Glove, which he fronted with Robert Smith of the Cure. He has worked on the Visions of Ecstasy soundtrack- a film that has not been released because the British Board of Film Classification refused to issue a certificate because of the film’s Blasphemy. Will the same thing happen to Profane Exhibit? He has also written other soundtracks and tracks for a Brazilian theatre company. He has written and released a book of erotica. He scored Delphinium, a film that has been made a part of the British Film Institute’s National Film Archive, in its ‘Beautiful Things’ archive. Interestingly, he has also composed scores to older films such as Theodore Dreyer’s Vampyr and Jean Cocteau’s silent classic, Blood of A Poet. Steven Severin has been making horror music for decades.

In 1963, Jose Mojica Marins created the legendary character Coffin Joe (Zé do Caixão) when he starred in and directed the now legendary cult classic “At Midnight I’ll Take Your Soul.” The film’s blasphemous nature led to a storm of controversy and criticism in his home country of Brazil. This film, the first in the ‘Coffin Joe Trilogy’ is considered Brazil’s first horror movie. “Coffin Joe” was soon appearing in many films, television shows, videos, and more. He was known for his outrageously morbid personal appearance- long, curled fingernails and a midnight black top hat. The bands White Zombie and Necrophagia both sample Coffin Joe films, and the Brazilian band Sepultura sings a song that refers to him on their Roots album. He performed an infamous live ‘blessing’ of Sepultura during one of their performances. Due to half a century working in the horror genre, Coffin Joe is considered a living legend and a walking symbol of sacrilege, perversion, evil, and violence, and his sinister persona has made him into a cult icon with an international following. Because Coffin Joe’s films were so sacrilegious, he is a living profane exhibit and we are extremely happy that he will be adding his skills to Profane Exhibit.

Nacho Vigalondo received an Academy Award nomination and a Best Short Film Award nomination at the European Film Awards, as well as several nominations at various festivals for his short film 7:35 de la Manana. Among the films he has directed are Time Crimes, and the upcoming Extraterrestrial (an alien invasion film generating much buzz among independent film circles). Vigalondo was recently chosen to direct a film adaption of Mark Millar’s videogame Supercrooks. A list of his many awards can be found at http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1443023/awards
Time Crimes was one of six films chosen by Magnet to form its Six Shooter Film Series. All of the films were picked because they represented the best vanguard film-makers from around the world. Influenced by the writings of Philip K Dick, Vigalondo makes films that deliberately confront the viewer’s sense of reality. Dick’s writing is the basis for films such as Blade Runner, Minority Report, A Scanner Darkly, Total Recall, Screamers, and The Terminator. Vigalondo is the director of a segment from the horror anthology the ABCs of Death and he is considered a director to watch.

“Coffin Joe” and “Nacho” Vigalondo join the following as directors of segments of PROFANE EXHIBIT:
Ryan Nicholson (Hanger, Gutterballs)
Andrey Iskanov (Philosophy of a Knife, Visions of Suffering)
Michael Todd Schneider (August Underground’s MORDUM, I Never Left The White Room; New York International Film Fest- Winner for Best Cinematography for A Tribute to Sanity),
Sergio Stivaletti (he did special effects for most of Dario Argento’s films, as well as many other giallo classics; when he began directing his first film was written by the team of Dario Argento and Lucio Fulci; did the video game Dead Space),
Marian Dora (director of Cannibal; and New York International Independent Film & Video Festival – Winner, Best International Feature - Arthouse for Melancholie der Engel)
Yoshihiro Nishimura (Tokyo Gore Police, Helldriver, Meatball Machine; Fant-Asia Film Festival- Winner Best Asian Film for Tokyo Gore Police, and several more festival awards)
Richard Stanley (Hardware, Dust Devil; called “the future of horror” by Dario Argento; IAC Gold Seal Award – Winner for Incidents in an Expanding Universe; has directed videos for P.I.L. and Fields of the Nephilim)
and Uwe Boll (Rampage, Stoic, Attack on Darfur, Seed, Auschwitz)
More directors will be announced.

The Profane Exhibit is an extreme international horror anthology film that was conceived, written, and produced by David Bond and Manda Manuel. Legendary horror writer Ray Garton (Live Girls, Bestial, Scissors) wrote the wraparound segment, and Scott Swan (Showtime’s Masters of Horror, Maskhead) wrote the screenplay. Jeremy Kasten, director of such films as the recent Wizard of Gore remake and The Attic Expeditions serves as the film’s editor. Writer / Actor David L Tamarin (Prison of the Psychotic Damned, The Gateway Meat, Nun of That, BEG) is Associate Producer, media relations and General Counsel for the film.

Makeup effects by Autumn Cook. Featuring Clint Howard, Tina Krause, Monique Parent, Tina Cardinal, Caroline Williams, Eihi Shiina, Dan Ellis, AmberLynn Walker, more

All distribution to be handled by Boll Worldsales.

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