Buffalo , New York – The Buffalo Screams Horror Film Festival, which runs October 17th – 21st at the Market Arcade Film and Arts Center in downtown Buffalo , announced it will honor Rochester filmmaker Chris Seaver with its Genre Spirit Award at the awards banquet which will conclude the festival. The award, which celebrates artists who represent the spirit of genre filmmaking, was previously awarded to Canadian filmmaker Brett Kelly and Western New York movie poster and book cover artist Tony Mauro. Buffalo Screams will screen Seaver’s latest film, the horror comedy Sexquatch.
Seaver has been making micro-budget films for twenty-one years, since founding Low Budget Pictures in 1991, and has made an astounding forty-five features and over one hundred shorts. Eighteen of his films are in worldwide circulation in stores and online, including Netflix. SRS Cinema, Tempe Entertainment and Troma Entertainment have all released his work, which has been profiled in Fangoria, Rue Morgue, Horrorhound and Ultra Violent. He was also featured in three of Lloyd Kaufman’s filmmaking books and appeared on the national television show Movie Up on the Reels Channel. In 2011, he launched Warlock Home Video, a label devoted to bringing back the glory days of 80’s shot-on-VHS horror.
“Chris Seaver is a true independent filmmaker,” says Buffalo Screams co-director Gregory Lamberson. “He’s played by his own rules for two decades, making the films he’s wanted to make. There’s a specific audience for films like Mulva 2: Kill Teen Ape!, I Spit Chew on Your Grave, and Geek War, and that’s what cult filmmaking is all about. Chris represents the maverick spirit we celebrate with our Genre Spirit Award.”
Buffalo Screams brings the best independent horror films from around the world to Buffalo , and celebrates the local genre filmmaking community. This year’s honorary chairperson is actress Debbie Rochon, who just completed principal photography on Model Hunger, her directorial debut, in the Queen City . Buffalo Screams has also established a relationship with the charity organization Scares that Care, which will have a presence at the festival.
Submissions for film and screenplay competitions are open until September 1st. This year, Buffalo Screams will award a $500 cash prize for the best Faux Grindhouse Trailer. For details, visit www.buffaloscreams.com.