Hello again Brothers and Sisters of the Psychotronic Video World! Your old pal Bill here again. Now maybe you remember, a little over a year ago I reported here on the production of a little creature-feature called SNOW SHARK: ANCIENT SNOW BEAST. Filmed locally, with a cast and crew of predominantly local talent, SNOW SHARK is a symbol of everything good that Buffalo has to offer. Philadelphia may be the City of Brotherly Love, but Buffalo’s film-making community really pulled together and made SNOW SHARK happen.
I’m happy to report that not only has SNOW SHARK: ANCIENT SNOW BEAST been completed, it has been picked up for world-wide distribution by Alternative Cinema, and the DVD should be hitting shelves sometime this coming winter, as is thematically appropriate. Between now and then, SNOW SHARK will be hitting the film festival circuit.
Last night (April 10th, 2012) the Premiere screening of SNOW SHARK: ANCIENT SNOW BEAST was held at the Dipson Theater in Amherst, New York. It was something of a gala event — it’s not every day a Buffalonian makes a full length feature film and gets it into distribution!
Prior to the start of the film, I spent some time catching up with people I hadn’t seen in months, if not longer — I’m essentially a Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dweller, so socialization is not something I do well.
The film itself was great — perfectly fulfilling what it set out to be: a fun little creature-feature, and an exercise in feature film-making for writer-director Sam Qualiana. There were a couple moments where the sound seemed a little fuzzy, but I have no doubt that this will be corrected for the DVD release.
I won’t go into excruciating detail summarizing the plot, but let’s see here:
In 1999, a team of biologists disappear in the lonely woods near a small town. In 2004, a local resident killed a shark in the snow, only for the mayor to have the entire incident hushed up. Now, in 2011, something is eating the locals again, while the mayor tries to keep a lid on everything. Mike, the man who killed the shark in 2004, is convinced it’s another Snow Shark, and sets out to finish what he began seven years earlier. Aiding him is a mysterious scientist in an eyepatch…
A couple notes:
- Sam Qualiana’s father, C.J. Qualiana, stole the show as the vengeance-and-grief-driven Sheriff. Audience response was at its highest when he was on screen.
- The shark roars. This pleases me.
- While Greg Lamberson felt like the audience didn’t laugh as much as they should, and maybe were too polite to laugh, I felt like audience reaction was just right.
- You can really see the dedication Sam was able to inspire in his actors — not only where people willing to lay in the snow while being blasted with methyl cellulose blood, but he got two women to take their tops off outdoors in Buffalo in February. For reference, it’s not *that* unusual for Buffalo to be colder than Murmansk, Siberia in winter, this past one notwithstanding.
If you’re in the western New York area and missed the premiere, never fear, there is another screening, tomorrow night (Thursday, April 12th, 2012) at 7:30 PM EST at the Screening Room in Amherst, the home of the Buffalo Screams Horror Film Festival.
And in case you’re wondering…I can be seen briefly in the finished product.
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