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On AUGUST 14th, 2003, NYC WENT Dark


 

 

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On AUGUST 14th, 2003, NYC WENT Dark


 

 

ABOUT THE FILM

Set in NYC during the blackout of 2003, Kate, a struggling 30-something model with a troubled past, has just moved into her girlfriend Leah's Brooklyn loft, but already doubts about their relationship have begun to loom. When Leah leaves for the weekend, Kate unexpectedly finds herself alone in the apartment in the midst of the worst blackout in North American history. As darkness falls over the city, Kate's  paranoia grows and she begins to believe someone in the building is stalking her. With no one to help her and escape out of reach, Kate is forced to confront her deepest fears as she fights to survive through the night.

A story with a raw, gritty, neo-realistic feel that evolves into a suspenseful nightmare, DARK thematically is about isolation and plays on the fear of entrapment.  In the tradition of moody and methodical thrillers that explore character psychosis such as Polanski’s Repulsion, or more recently Black Swan and Martha Marcy May Marlene, DARK is a journey into the depths of one’s own mortal fears, weaknesses, and the desperate struggle for sanity in a world engulfed in shadow.

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Cast


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WHITNEY ABLE

WHITNEY ABLE

WHITNEY ABLE (Kate) With her undeniable talent and her incandescent beauty, Whitney Able is one to watch. Upcoming projects include starring in the psychological thriller Dark, followed by a supporting role in Ava’s Possession. She will also be seen as part of the ensemble cast of the upcoming sci-fi film Fluidic, from SXSW favorite director Jeremiah Jones.  Recently, she appeared in the Liam Neeson drama A Walk Among the Tombstones. Past film credits include the Toronto Film Festival and SXSW cult sci-fi fllm Monsters, from award winning breakout director Gareth Edwards (Godzilla, Untitled Star Wars Project). Able also co-starred in the film fest favorite  All The Boys Love Mandy Lane. Her versatility as an actor has led her to featured roles on series such as "Nikita," "Criminal Minds," "CSI: NY" and "Cold Case," as well as the Jenji Kohan and T-Bone Burnett produced pilot "Tough Trade" alongside Sam Shepard. A native of Houston, Texas, Able has always carried that special quality that manifested itself when she began her training as a performer in early childhood. Starting in local theater, Able later moved on to hone her skills at The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and even after continued to work on her craft with numerous respected coaches. It is this dedication to her work, combined with her raw talent, that translates into every character she plays.

ALEXANDRA BRECKENRIDGE

ALEXANDRA BRECKENRIDGE

ALEXANDRA BRECKENRIDGE (Leah) Connecticut born Alexandra Breckenridge can next be seen in AMC’s ratings juggernaut THE WALKING DEAD, joining as a new series regular in its 5th season in early 2015.  Breckenridge is both a comedic and dramatic actress who gained a cult following for her portrayal of “Moira” on FX’s hit series AMERICAN HORROR STORY and "Kaylee" on AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN.  She also starred in the NBC comedy Save Me opposite Anne Heche. Alexandra will next be seen on screens in the feature ZIPPER from director Mora Stephens and producer Darren Aronofsky. She stars alongside Richard Dreyfuss, Lena Headey, Dianna Agron and Patrick Wilson in the film about a family man who has it all until he risks losing everything due to his inability to fight off his obsessive temptation for other woman. The film will premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Breckenridge was also seen on Season 4 of HBO’s monster-hit True Blood.  She played Katerina, a spy sent by Bill Compton, the newly appointed Vampire King of Louisiana, to infiltrate a pesky witch coven that is causing trouble for the vampires. Breckenridge is also well known for lending her voice to Fox’s Family Guy and American Dad. For the past 6 years, she has portrayed numerous different characters on the animated comedies, with a knack for impersonating some of Hollywood’s most well known celebrities.  Breckenridge was also a series regular on the much loved and deliciously scandalous FX drama series Dirt, opposite Courtney Cox. Breckenridge began her acting career in local theatre outside of San Francisco at the young age of 12. Within a short time, she landed her breakout role in ABC’s children’s series R.L. Stine’s Ghost of Fear Street. Breckenridge has built an impressive list of film credits including SHE’S THE MAN opposite Amanda Bynes, the independent feature BRIDGE TO NOWHERE, the comedy short D.E.B.S. and the video RINGS, which served as a bridge between the two horror films THE RING and THE RING 2.   On television, she has guest starred on a variety of series including Psych, Franklin and Bash, C.S.I., Medium, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Freaks and Geeks, and Sons of Tucson, to name a few.

BRENDAN SEXTON III

BRENDAN SEXTON III

MICHAEL EKLUND

MICHAEL EKLUND

BRENDAN SEXTON III (John) Brendan Sexton III acted in his first professional play at the age of 13. Within a year he was acting in his first feature film as Brandon McCarthy in the 1996 Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner, Welcome To The Dollhouse, a role that earned him an Independent Spirit Award nomination.  Other film credits include Empire Records, Hurricane Streets (winner of three prizes at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival), Boys Don't Cry with Hilary Swank, Chloe Sevigny and Peter Sarsgaard, Session 9, Winter Solstice, Footsteps, Everybody's Fine, The Messenger, The Runaways, Yellow and Seven Psychopaths.  Brendan also played "Belko" in the AMC dramatic series, THE KILLING.

 

 

 

MICHAEL EKLUND (Benoit) Michael Eklund is known for disappearing into every role and radically transforming his look for each new character. Last year Michael terrified audiences with his performance in The Call which he stared opposite Halle Berry and Abigail Breslin. Directed by Brad Anderson The Call is a thriller in which a 911 operator has to confront a killer (Eklund) from her past. Also recently in theatres Michael starred in Errors of the Human Body, a psychological thriller/drama set and shot in Dresden Germany, written and directed by Eron Sheean Michael was awarded the best actor award a the LEOS and at the SXSW festival in Texas for his amazing performance. Past notable roles for Michael include the role of Bobby in The Divide directed by Xavier Gens with a brilliant cast including Michael Biehn and Rosanna Arquette. Michael also starred in The Day, an apocalyptic siege warfare film spanning 24 hrs during which a small group of survivors are pit against insurmountable odds. Doug Aarniokoski directs . Another recent release is Ferocious in which he is reunited with Director/Writer Robert Cuffley. Michael's films have had international acclaim The Making of Plus One debuted at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. Eklund garnered a 2008 Leo award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role for his work on Walk All Over Me, written and directed by Robert Cuffley, which had is premiere at the 2007 Toronto Film Festival. Other feature credits include 88 Minutes with Al Pacino, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassu, Gunless and The Entrance. Upcoming releases include the title role in the Untitled Eadweard Muybridge movie and the thriller Poker Nightr this one directed by Greg Francis and also starring Ron Perlman, Titius Welliver an Giancarlo Esposito. Michael has shot a myriad of films this past year including Mr. Right with Sam Rockwell and Anna Kendrick, Into The Forest with Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood and The Confirmation with Clive Owen. Television appearances include guest starring or recurring roles on Gotham, Bates Motel Season 2, Almost Human, Alcatraz, Fringe, Intelligence, The Bridge, Caprica, Flashpoint, Battlestar Galactica, and Movie Television’s critically acclaimed Terminal City.

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Filmmakers


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NICK BASILE (Director/Producer/Story) Nick has produced and directed a series of independent films including Festival Award winners Rendez-vous,  Slasher Flick (closer at the NYC Horror Film Festival), Beyond Dreams, and The Man Who Knew Belle Starr (Best Director for short subject Atlantic City Film  Festival). In 2009 he directed the Original Off-Broadway Sci-Fi Rock Opera Fertility at the Players Theatre. Basile most recently directed the feature documentary American Carny: True Tales From The Circus  Sideshow (in wide release through Koch Entertainment) which the Film Institute of Lincoln Center named among its prestigious Top 10 Documentaries of the Year. In 2010 the Documentary Channel listed the film as one of “The Top 5 Most Popular Programs”.

ALIKI PARASCHIS (Line Producer) As an award-winning producer, Aliki is committed to creating projects with strong stories. Many of these are developed through the production company she founded in 2010, Adiuvo Productions. Under her guidance, Adiuvo Productions has garnered many awards for films and commercials in Los Angeles, New York, Berlin, Cannes, and in her hometown of Athens, Greece.  Adiuvo Productions’ award-winning films have screened at dozens of festivals around the world. Aliki most recently completed producing the pilot of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, a new MMPR fan web series, which Adiuvo Productions produces along with Codebreaker, as well as the feature film Kensho At The Bedfellow starring Law and Order's Kathryn Erbe, Psych's James Roday, Army Wives' Kaley Ronayne, and Fela! Tony Award nominee Sahr Ngaujah, currently in post production.  Aliki has also produced commercials for clients like IMAX 3D CINEMAS, REVLON with Jennifer Connelly, and The American Museum Of Natural History. AdiuvoProductions.com

ELIAS (Writer/Producer) Elias studied film at the School of Visual Arts, in New York City. His award-winning 2012 feature Gut was an official selection of the Transylvania International Film Festival as well as more than a dozen other film  festivals worldwide, and is now in wide release in the US and Canada. Other projects include the upcoming horror feature Alone, which he co-produced, and the horror anthology Lovecracked! The Movie, for which he wrote, produced, and directed several segments.

DAVID BOULTON (Producer)  David has produced several award-winning projects  including the short film entitled Pishadoo, winner of the Princess Grace Award. His next film, Hyper A.K.A. Ace Bivone’s Time-Saving Tips premiered at the NYFF and won Best Film at the Aspen Short Film Festival.  Next David produced Nick Basile’s  documentary American Carny: True Tales From the Circus Sideshow. Other films include The Wedding Bros and most recently the feature Don Peyote  starring Dan Fogler and Anne Hathaway, to be  released later this year.    

KATHRYN BELLI (Producer) Kathryn Belli is head of distribution for Interactor Media; a Los Angeles based film marketing and  distribution company. Her experience spans theatrical, VOD, DVD, and digital film releases, as well as foreign sales. She was a sales assistant at VMI Worldwide, as well as serving as a producer on short films A Meisner Murder, Drift, and Before the Ball & Chain.

JOE DANTE (Executive Producer)  Born and raised in New Jersey, Joe Dante was a garrulous, semi-obsessed "movie nut." As a teenager, Dante wrote articles and criticism for "Castle of Frankenstein," a popular "fanzine" for horror-film aficionados. A graduate of the Philadelphia College of Art, he began his filmmaking apprenticeship in 1974 as trailer editor for Roger Corman's New World Pictures. He made his directorial debut in 1976 with Hollywood Boulevard (co-directed with Allan Arkush). His films—notably Gremlins (1984)—often mix fantastical storylines with comedic elements. Dante's films include Piranha (1978) and The Howling (1981) (both from scripts by John Sayles), Gremlins (1984) and its sequel (1990), Explorers (1985), Innerspace (1987), The 'Burbs (1989), Matinee (1993), Small Soldiers (1998), and Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003). His work for television and cable includes immigration satire The Second Civil War (1997) and episodes of anthology series Masters of Horror (Homecoming) and Amazing Stories, plus the remake of Hawaii Five-O. His latest film The Hole 3D premiered at the 2009 Venice Film Festival and won its inaugural Best 3D Film Award.

LAUREN RAYNER (Associate Producer) Features: Sugar! starring Tony-winner Alice Ripley, Saint Janet starring Tony-winner Kelly Bishop (dir. Habib Azar, two-time Emmy winner); Episodic: Co-operation; Documentary: A Transformative Moment (exec. producer Bruce Cohen); Shorts: Hotel Room, Moving Forward (Newport Beach Film Festival, Manhattan Film Festival), Becoming Mim, Shortest Distance, Beautiful Garbage, The Days God Slept (Coney Island Film Festival, HorrorHound, CultureShock), The Minions (VisionFest, Long Island Int'l Film Festival, Rainier Indie Film Festival, Motor City Nightmares, Milledgeville Film Festival, and 15 more...).

 

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The Blackout


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AUGUST 14TH, 2003

 

The Northeast blackout of 2003 was a widespread power outage that occurred throughout parts of the Northeastern and Midwestern United States and the Canadian province of Ontario on Thursday, August 14, 2003, just after 4:10 p.m. EST. Some power was restored by 11 p.m. Many others did not get their power back until two days later. In more remote areas it took nearly a week to restore power. At the time, it was the world's second most widespread blackout in history, after the 1999 Southern Brazil blackout. The outage, which was much more widespread than the Northeast Blackout of 1965, affected an estimated 10 million people in Ontario and 45 million people in eight U.S. states.