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"Dead Weight" Interview with Adam Bartlett, John Pata, and Nicholas Elert: Part II

While covering the Milwaukee Film Festival I had the opportunity to sit down with the co-directors & co-writers of Dead Weight, Adam Barlett and John Pata, as well as the film's composer Nicholas Elert. What follows is the second half of my interview with the filmmakers as we discuss the music of Dead Weight and the state of Indie-horror filmmaking.

Andy_BGH: When you think about the horror genre in film one of the primary stylistic components that gets discussed is how sound influences your audience. Music can be incredibly important in a horror film as it keys us in to a scare or its more subdued to build an overall tone. It can also be aggressively cheesy or overbearing. Nicholas Elert did you find the balancing act of creating mood but not overextending in your score for Dead Weight challenging or did it come naturally for you?

Dead Weight Interview with Adam Bartlett, John Pata, and Nicholas Elert: Part I

While covering the Milwaukee Film Festival I had the opportunity to sit down with the co-directors & co-writers of "Dead Weight", Adam Barlett and John Pata, as well as the film's composer Nicholas Elert. What follows is the first half of my interview with the filmmakers as they discuss the trials of micro-budget, indie-horror filmmaking and the power of collaboration.

Andy_BGH: You guys have been running the festival/convention gauntlet for some time now. You were at Horror Hound Indianapolis a few weeks back. Bloody Good Horror did a review of “Dead Weight” along with Night of the Living Podcast. Then you just got back from CryptiCon in Minneapolis and now you’re here at the Milwaukee Film Festival. What’s next for you? Where is “Dead Weight" now?

Compliance (REVIEW)

Craig Zobel’s “Compliance” attempts to expressly address the objectification and subjugation of women. The film is so persuasive in this address—or maybe ignominious regarding its presumed message—that it has provoked some derisive, intense debate.

Dead Weight (REVIEW)

A group of haggard looking nomads shuffle across a half frozen field as grey snow spits out of the overcast sky. Makeshift winter clothes barely conceal the frigid exterior as their breath steams from their panting mouths. Their packs sag with wear and tear rather than from the dearth of survival gear. Each step proves more laborious than the next as they trek across what was once a vibrant, safe country. In the distance they spy an isolated, seemingly abandoned farmhouse and barn. Should they approach? Maybe there is food? Weapons? Supplies? Or worse?

"Red State" Comes to Video On Demand!

Kevin Smith's controversial horror film "Red State" has certainly had an unconventional release so far and the plans for further release are no different. The movie is currently on tour with Kevin Smith presenting the movie at theaters and holding a Q & A session after each screening and will officially open for a theatrical release the week of September 23, 2011. Less than a month later, on October 18, Lionsgate will be bringing the movie to Blu-ray and DVD chock full of special features. In the meantime, we can see it earlier courtesy of Video On Demand beginning September 1.

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