Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Jeremiah Kipp's CRESTFALLEN with Deneen Melody playing at 2nd Annual Stiletto Film Festival - Feb 25, 2012

Deneen Melody stars in CRESTFALLEN (2011)
 (more below)
Poster for CONTACT (2009)
CONTACT (2009)
Director: Jeremiah Kipp
Running time: 10 min (b/w)
Producers: Alan Rowe KellyBart Mastronardi 
Genre: Short /Horror
Cinematographer: Dominick Sivilli
Editor: Dominick Sivilli
Music: Tom Burns
Special FX by: Daniel J. Mazikowski
Cast: Zoe Daelman Chlanda, Robb Leigh Davis, Katherine O'Sullivan, Tom Reid, Danny Lopes and Alan Rowe Kelly.
Story: There's a horror film screening series in downtown New York called Sinister Six that runs new short films every Halloween, and 2009 was the final incarnation of that festival "Sinister Six Must Be Destroyed!" Twelve directors were commissioned to make genre films, and our only mandate was that we include nudity and gore and try to push the envelope in some way. I was haunted by the image of Edvard Munch's "The Kiss" where two lovers faces seem to be fusing together, and built a narrative leading up to that horrific image. This also gave me a chance to remake a short I made in 2006 called The Pod (written by my friend Carl Kelsch), stripping it of all dialogue, character, even color. "By stripping away the constitutive elements of the film, we were trying to return to the notion of pure cinema, motion pictures that are visually daring & sincere" - Jeremiah Kipp
Quotes by some of
the Top People in The Horror Industry:
“The structure and progression of images in CONTACT, the storytelling, the imagery – all very strong!“ - Larry Fessenden, director of THE LAST WINTER and HABIT

"It's a beautifully made little film. Loved the mouth tunnel. In fact, I think I did that drug once upon a time. Excellent. Keep makin' 'em." 
- Frank Henenlotter, director of BASKET CASE and BAD BIOLOGY

“Gorgeous and grim… CONTACT oozes sinister style. The direction by Jeremiah Kipp and cinematography by Dominick Sivilli is stunning. Kipp creates a claustrophobic, paranoid atmosphere... Zoe Daelman Chlanda gives an absolutely amazing performance, filled with horror and vulnerability.”  – Fatally Yours

"While it has a running time of only 11 minutes, CONTACT feels more substantial because of its message and depth... absolutely intense! Amazing on all levels: sound design, camera, lighting, acting - this one is going to win a ton of awards."
- Marla Newborn, Fangoria

"Felt like a chapter out of my own dating history. I love the mouth-to-mouth connection
and the face tear. Kipp, you are one sick fucker!" - Paul Solet, director of GRACE

"A jolting, intriguing work that is blessed with great style and original substance--one of
the most satisfying shorts to come around in a long time. 5 stars out of 5!" 
- Phil Hall, Film Threat

“Like all good horror films, CONTACT goes much deeper than graphic imagery or psychological mind games… Kipp knows how to play with the audiences wits, presenting the narrative in a manner that doesn’t feed the story to the viewer, but rather employs the viewers senses. “  – Barry Meyer, PopCereal

“The black and white look made the FX work seem even more gruesome… cinematography and editing [by Dominick Sivilli] blew me away… I’m bummed someone’s not paying Jeremiah Kipp loads of money to make features. He’s clearly talented enough to do it.” – Mike Bracken, The Horror Geek

“A very evocative and effectively grotesque mood piece, one which makes very striking use of black-and-white and widescreen -- and a suitably dread-inducing drone soundscape. Technically, this is among the most accomplished short films I've seen in quite some time, easily on par with equivalent features.” – Travis Crawford, Programmer, Philadelphia Cinema Alliance/Philadelphia CineFest & noted horror journalist

 “CONTACT is an emotionally charged short film/poem…with its rumbling, ethereal sound design and constant barrage of visual metaphor, this trancelike film speaks in dream language. There are themes of trust and desire and family betrayal bubbling under the surface. CONTACT powerfully illuminates the dangers of hardcore drug abuse and reveals, almost subliminally, how once tainted, it’s nearly impossible to escape its savage clutches.” – Dante Tomaselli, director of SATAN’S PLAYGROUND and HORROR 

“I enjoyed it as much as [Kipp’s previous film] THE POD, and this one has a loopy, early-John Carpenter feel to it!” – Michael Almereyda, director of HAMLET starring Ethan Hawke and NADJA starring Peter Fonda 

 “This short is designed to highlight the director’s skills—the best part dives into horror when the woman trips and her face and her lover’s mouth melt together. When they pull back, it’s like something from BEETLEJUICE! A powerful moment… and doesn’t exactly make drugs look like fun!” – Ryan Doom, Arrow in the Head

Jeremiah Kipp's writing has appeared in: 
and other well-known publications.

Scenes from CONTACT (2009)
Kipp knows how to draw emotion from his actors, and how to create tension and feelings 
of dread by purposefully manipulating what is shown on screen, and what is not. 
His black & white movie Contact is about a young woman who breaks free of her 
parent's tight reign. In her rebellion she takes a walk down a dangerous path of experimenting with sex & drugs. 

The movie's minimalist dialogue creates suspense and mimics the main character's 
parent's need for control. The woman's parents demonstrates this clearly in the simplest 
of tasks; setting the dining table while waiting for their daughter to return home to 
them. The movie starts out with her parents, and makes you wonder just what is 
going on that could make them so nervous. 
The scene changes to the daughter, and you get to watch her slow descent into 
madness as she takes a powerful drug with her partner that makes her hallucinate!
I especially found the drug trip scene to be reminiscent of David Cronenberg's works 
and his themes of body horror. In Cronenberg's movies the most horrific things that
 can happen to you are the unpredictable things that can happen to your body. 
The same can be said of Contact (2009). Once the drugs really start to take effect, and she begins to kiss her boyfriend, their lips meld together. In a panic, she tries to pull back, and their flesh forms a tube between their heads. It's great imagery, and quite shocking to
watch as they rip away their faces in an effort to break free.
With the "Drone Zone" like electronic ambiance permeating the score, and the 
imagery of the dark beaten up path she takes to the condemned drug house, the
 scene is set for a very intense ride.
 Contact (2009) is about the horrors of a bad drug trip, and how even if you go home to the safety of your father's arms, you can't ever truly escape it. The terror will always find you.You can watch Contact (2009) for free here

What does it mean to connect with another human being? 
- How fragile is one's grasp on sanity, and self? 
- Is it our families who give us our core identity, or do we find that elsewhere?
- What is the price that must be paid in even looking for answers to these questions? 
Director Jeremiah Kipp's latest film, the 10 minute long Contact (2009) lives in the disturbing & nightmarish atmosphere of these realities, the space between knowledge and wisdom, the abyss between making a youthful mistake and tragedy. Produced by Alan Rowe Kelly and Bart Mastronardi, and shot by Dominick Sivilli in beautiful black and white, Contact (2009) is a compressed journey of horror and revelation, with a core of emptiness, the echoing aloneness of Self, that jolts the audience at the finish, reverberating!


Crestfallen (2011)
Director: Jeremiah Kipp
Producer: Jeremiah Kipp
Writers: Jeremiah Kipp,
Muscle Wolf Productions
Marv Blauvelt
Running Time: 6 min, color
Music by: Harry Friday the 13th (1980) Manfredini 
Plot Line: After Contact (2009) screened at Sinister Six, we took an alternate route to sending it along the festival circuit. We put it online so everyone could see it, and it caught on with critics and the blog-o-sphere. One reviewer, Russ Penning, enjoyed the movie so much he sent me the script for Crestfallen. It's a project about suicide, and was based on Russ's personal experience. It felt honest and nightmarish, and we knew it was our next project. The lead actress, Deneen Melody, was also drawing from something very personal; one of her close friends committed suicide. We all wanted to make a film that, by the end, was an affirmation of the value of life, no matter how difficult or painful it can be!
Visually Stunning Images 
starring the gorgeous red head  Deneen Melody
CLICK HERE to find out more about Deneen Melody
Deneen Melody stars in Crestfallen (2011)

This silent short film the story is a beautiful tragedy told by actions; the brilliant music gives the main character her voice. The melancholic soundtrack is punctuated by a small musical idea of a loud strumming guitar accompanied by a snare drum. The way it breaks through the sad soft sound in the background mimics the deep thoughts that are rushing through the main character's head as she attempts to commit suicide. At the end, as her life's blood leaves her, the punctuating beat begins to sound like a rapid heartbeat that is slowly dying.
The lovely Deneen Melody 
What I really loved about this short film is that the music tells the story and gives 
the character her voice as she attempts to take her life. There is no dialogue; it is 
like watching a silent movie, albeit in color instead of black and white. 
However the emotional impact is not lost, but enhanced by the silence, the same way that the soundtrack enhances the overall feeling of grief that the main character feels.
The movie shows us what flashes through the suicidal woman's head as she gets ready to take her life. She married, had a child, then caught her husband cheating on her with her best friend. After an ugly confrontation, he takes her child away from her.
Deneen Melody
Crestfallen (2011) is a serious look at what can drive a person to suicide, and treats the topic 
with maturity and respect. I absolutely loved this deep study of heartbreak and pain. 
It is a great example of how music can enhance a film and provide emotional impact. 
 Devastated and heartbroken, she decides to take her life. At the very end, the thoughts of her child brings her to her senses and she doesn't wish to die any more.
Deneen Melody blowing a kiss
    Jeremiah Kipp on: Deneen Melody ..."I was frank with her about the content of the film, and she was brave in her willingness to go there. Deneen reminds me a little of Kate Winslet. She has a natural grace about her; she projects sensitivity and of wheels turning inside." - Jeremiah Kipp (Director of the dramatic short, Crestfallen 2011)
Did you know that...
For Nerd Remix's Best of 2011, out of 54 films reviewed, Crestfallen was awarded Best Cinematography, Best Actress, Best Director, and Best Short! 
Deneen Melody in Crestfallen (2011)
Deneen Melody  CLICK HERE


Jeremiah Kipp on  the set
DROOL (2011)
Director: Jeremiah Kipp &
Mandragoras Art Space
Running time: 4 min / B&W
- My friends at the Mandragoras Art Space wanted to make an experimental short film with me, and I had become interested in making low-tech horror movies with special effects made from household objects, in this case condiments
- It's an incredibly simple narrative, meant to provoke something in the viewer. The drool in the movie can stand in for whatever you want: addiction, amniotic fluid, something sexualsomething demonic. When you complete a film, it no longer belongs to you; it belongs to the audience.
About the Director: Jeremiah Kipp
Tom Savini chokes Jeremiah Kipp in THE SADIST
Jeremiah Kipp's directing credits include THE SADIST starring Tom Savini, THE POD starring Larry Fessenden, CONTACT (commissioned by Sinister Six annual screening series), CRESTFALLEN, THE CHRISTMAS PARTY (Cannes and Clermont-Ferrand), EASY PREY (commissioned by NYC's
annual VisionFest), DROOL (commissioned by
Mandragoras Art Space),
Snapshot and The Apartment (commissioned by Canon to premiere their XL2 at DV Expo 2004). Producing credits include the feature films SATAN HATES YOU (created by Glass Eye Pix, starring Angus ScrimmMichael Berryman and Reggie Bannister), GOD'S LAND, LET'S PLAY, IN MONTAUK, THE JONESTOWN DEFENSE and THE BED-THING (directed by Pulitzer Prize-nominated Matt Zoller Seitz). Assistant director credits include I SELL THE DEAD starring Dominic Monaghan, SOMEWHERE TONIGHT starring John Turturro, ONE NIGHT starring Melissa Leo, and the Sundance Award-winning MAN (director: Myna Joseph).
Jeremiah Kipp in a scene from The Sadist
The Legendary
Jeremiah Kipp... 
His 1st feature starring Tom Savini called The Sadist is now out, with spectacular camera work from Dominick Sivilli (who I personally think is one of the best in the business, not just indie work). It stars the insanely talented scream queen Deneen Melody along with Michael Partipilo, Kitsie Duncan, Nikki Watson, Austin Dossey, Marv Blauvelt, and more! 
The Pod directed by Jeremiah Kipp

Jeremiah Kipp is a journalist that works for Fangoria and Shock Cinema Magazine. He
 has directed seven short films, including 
"The Christmas Party," "The Pod," "Contact" and Crestfallen. His first feature length film "The Sadist" starring Tom Savini is currently in post-production. The final verdict is that he is a fantastic director with a fine eye for detail that allows his works to conjure up strong, deep emotions in the viewer. Not very many directors are able to do that, especially when working with minimalist dialogue, or in the case of Crestfallen,  no dialogue at all.

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