“Absentia” – a Canon EOS 5D Mark II horror movie gets North American distribution contract

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Rustin Michael sends word that “Absentia“, the horror movie he DP'd has been sold for North American distribution. Congratulations! Look for it available on demand in July and on DVD later this year. Quite an accomplishment for an HDSLR flick.

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The Trailer

The News

from Fangoria

After winning all kinds of festival and on-line attention,
Mike Flanagan’s indie horror film ABSENTIA will now have a chance to impress the masses. Fango got the scoop that it has been picked up for North American distribution.

Flanagan tells us that Phase 4 Films will give ABSENTIA (which we previously reported on here, with an exclusive clip and photos) a video-on-demand premiere July 1, followed by a DVD release later in the year. Specs and art for that disc are
forthcoming, and we’ll keep you posted on ’em. ABSENTIA stars Katie Parker and Courtney Bell as sisters who discover a mysterious tunnel that might be responsible for the death of one’s husband and others; the HELLBOY films’ Doug Jones co-stars. Find out more at the movie’s official website and Facebook page.

The movie site

go to absentiamovie.com for more info on the movie.

The press release

Los Angeles, CA (May, 6 2011) – FallBack Plan Productions is pleased to announce that their first
feature, the critically-acclaimed horror film “Absentia” by writer/director Mike Flanagan, has been
picked up for North American distribution by Phase 4 Films.

Starring Katie Parker, Courtney Bell, Morgan Peter Brown, Dave Levine, Justin Gordon and Doug Jones (of “Pan’s Labyrinth” and “Hellboy” fame), “Absentia” is an intensely psychological horror film that tells the story of Tricia Riley (Bell) and her sister Callie (Parker), who begin to link an ominous tunnel to a series of strange disappearances in their neighborhood, including that of Tricia’s husband, Daniel (Brown).

Described by critics as “hauntingly beautiful,” (Arrow in the Head), “a tense, unnerving powder keg,” (Dread Central), “powerfully scary,” (Ain’t It Cool…) “one hell of a horror film,” (Fangoria), and “the best independent horror film since ‘Night of the Living Dead,’” (Apocalypse Later), “Absentia” continues to rock critics and garner festival laurels, including: “Best Narrative Feature” at the Sonoma International Film Festival, “Best Horror Film” at the Phoenix Film Festival, and “Director’s Choice: Best Feature” at the Night of Horror International Film Festival in Sydney, Australia.

Phase 4 will release “Absentia” on VOD on July 1st, 2011. Additional details, including the forthcoming DVD release, will be announced later in the year.

FallBack Plan was created in order to create thought-provoking and engaging films which champion up-and-coming artists. The company is managed by founders Morgan Peter Brown and Justin Gordon, and producer Joe Wicker.

(cover photo credit: snap from the site)

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