International Film Festival Dates For 'Starry Eyes'

Starry Eyes

Haven't gotten a chance to see Starry Eyes yet? Don't worry, you'll have plenty of opportunities. Starry Eyes is playing all over the world in the next few months. So here is a round-up of those cities and dates. And we'll be sure to add to this as more festivals get announced:

Fright Fest UK

Three screenings, all on Saturday, August 23rd at:

10:45am (@ The Film4 Screen)
1:45pm (@ Horror Channel Screen)
3:45pm (@ Arrow Video Screen)

All screens are in the Vue Cinema, West End, Leicester Square.

Tickets available here:  http://www.myvue.com/latest-movies/info/cinema/west-end-leicester-square/film/frightfest-2014-starry-eyes


The Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival
as part of Chicago Comic-Con

Screening some time between August 21-24th.  » Read more

STARRY EYES Teaser Trailer Premieres Online!

Deadline Hollywood premiered the teaser trailer for Starry Eyes this weekin anticipation of our world premiere at SXSW. Feast your eyes on 45 seconds of madness! 

And read the Deadline article here.

'Starry Eyes' To Have Its World Premiere At SXSW!

'Starry Eyes' will have its world premiere at SXSW!

Our feature film Starry Eyes will have its world premiere on March 8th at the Midnighters selection of the SXSW film festival! 

For all the details on screenings, keep an eye on our Facebook page as well as the official Starry Eyes website.

Also, follow us on Twitter @StarryEyesFilm.

Dark Sky Films Partners Up With 'Starry Eyes'

'Starry Eyes' promo shot, taken by Brennan Lashever

Woke up today to this news on Deadline:

Snowfort Pictures and MPI’s Dark Sky Films have started production on Starry Eyes, the Hollywood-set occult tale from Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch. Snowfort Pictures is producing, while MPI will handle international sales. Newcomer Alex Essoe stars in the horror movie that’s a contemporary take on pics like Rosemary’s Baby. Amanda Fuller, Fabianne Therese, Pat Healy, Shane Coffey, Marc Senter, Nick Simmons and Noah Segan star. Travis Stevens produces. Exec producers are John Jarzemensky, Aaron Koontz, Giles Daoust and Gena Wilbur. The initial round of financing was raised via Kickstarter.

Nice to be sharing screen space with Ryan Gosling.  We couldn't be more happy to be partnered with such an awesome company like Dark Sky Films.  

Read the full story on Deadline as well as Shock Till You Drop and Dread Central!


Who We Are

Parallactic Pictures - 2013 Director's Reel from Parallactic Pictures on Vimeo.

Parallactic Pictures is an independent production company comprised of award winning filmmakers Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kölsch.  Formed in 2003, Parallactic Pictures came out of the gate with the back-to-back production of two feature-length projects: a highly popular documentary on bestselling writer Chuck Palahniuk (author of Fight Club) and a dark kidnapping mystery entitled Absence.  The projects share a common bond in that Absence was shot on a shoestring budget (under $30,000) with revenue earned from sales of the documentary.  

Utilizing this fast and flexible DIY approach to filmmaking, Parallactic Pictures spent the next few years incessantly shooting short films, commercials, music videos and festival bumpers.  In 2011, as Absence played to VOD audiences across the country, their short film Curtain placed at a number of prestigious film festivals including Fantastic Fest, Cinequest and Telluride. 

Currently, the team is developing its second narrative feature, Starry Eyes.  The film just launched its Kickstarter which you can help support by visiting here!

Check Out Our New Video For The Goodbye Radio

While I've been traipsing around LA shooting bumpers and whatnot, Kevin has kept busy in Long Island.  Recently, he partnered up with some old friends-- a group of talented muscians who comprise The Goodbye Radio to write, direct and edit the latest single from their upcoming album. The song is called "Boiling River" and, as Kevin was given free reign with the storyline, he conceived of a video involving the most important issue of our time: zombie love!

Check out the video below.

The Goodbye Radio - Boiling River (Official Video) from Parallactic Pictures on Vimeo.

It features Damien Maffei and Amanda Donelan. It was shot by Kevin and Jamey Lord on the Canon 7D in Long Island, NY. Special FX make-up by Lisa Forst. Color Correction by Alex Durie.

The Goodbye Radio is:
Mike Denton - Drums and Percussion
Mike Harrison - Vocals and Lyrics
Lee Greenman - Bass Guitar
Jeff Walsh - Guitar, Keys, Arrangements

For more information on the band, as well as a free preview of their new album, check out: thegoodbyeradio.com.

'Not Daddy' - New 2012 Fantastic Fest Bumper

Watch it on the Filmmaking Frenzy website and please vote for it by clicking the Facebook Like button.

As you know, Kevin and I like to attend a badass genre festival in Austin, TX every year called Fantastic Fest.  And one of our favorite elements of this fest is their bumper competition, Filmmaking Frenzy. A 'bumper' is a 15-45 second commercial that plays before each film.  And every year, Fantastic Fest issues a new set of rules for said bumpers, and the best one wins an award. 

This year's main rule: the bumper has to involve time travel.

So with that in mind, we bring you 'Not Daddy,' the best excuse for time travel known to perverts. Watch it and vote for it by clicking the Facebook 'Like' option HD here.

Michaela Myers and Nik Shriner on the set of the 2012 Fantastic Fest bumper, 'Not Daddy' Michaela Myers and Nik Shriner on the set of the 2012 Fantastic Fest bumper, 'Not Daddy' Michaela Myers and Nik Shriner on the set of the 2012 Fantastic Fest bumper, 'Not Daddy'

With little promotion, the bumper is already getting a lot of Facebook Likes.  The bumper with the most likes in the end, will qualify to the finals where it will thereby be voted on by a jury at the awards ceremony of the festival.

I want to thank my lovely cast: Nik Shriner, Michaela Myers and Daniel Gregory. And also give a big shout-out to the Peña sibling. Marco Peña shot this thing and made it look nice and sleazy, and Luisa Peña ˜was our wonderful Production Assistant (and provided her vocal skills for the Willie Talk puppet!)  Also big thanks to Stephanie Daniels, our production designer, who dressed the room, giving it a realistic 'whorish' setting.

Watch and Vote for 'Not Daddy' here!

'Curtain' Is Now Online!

*Note: The above video is embedded and tiny. I prefer you watch it in HD here.

I'm really not sure why this took me so long. I think I got it in my head that, because Curtain is still playing random film festivals, I wasn't "allowed" to make it available online.  But a lot of people told me I was wrong about that.  Then I figured I should make its online premiere some sort of "event."  Maybe have a giveaway. Some sort of contest to promote it proper.  But screw all that.  Let's just watch the damn thing.

So here, at long last, is Curtain, my short horror film that I finished in Spring 2011. I'm very proud of this film. It runs 12 mins, has a lot of laughs (and scares) in it.  And I think you will all enjoy it.  

For more details on Curtain, such as images, a trailer link, credits and news, head over to its page. If you watch this, and you enjoy it, please leave a comment below.  Even better, go rate the film on its IMDB page.

That's it. Thanks for being patient. And remember... "DO NOT REMOVE THE SHOWER CURTAIN!"

Parallactic Pictures is the film company of writer/director/producers Kevin Kölsch & Dennis Widmyer.  Formed in 2003, PP is the banner for all of their independent film projects.  Parallactic Pictures latest project is Starry Eyes, a horror film they wrote and directed for Snowfort Pictures, in association with Dark Sky Films.