Press Release


Sept. 20, 2012


Short Films Finalists and Line up of Stars announced for
Carnival of Darkness Horror/Sci-Fi Short Film Festival  

Wed., Oct. 24, 2012 Doors open at 6:30 P.M.

Festival confirms Veronica Cartwright, Tara Cardinal and Drew Daywalt

            Los Angeles, CA — Carnival of Darkness Horror/Sci-Fi Short Film Festival 3 announced today (Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012) its star line-up and top short-films finalists to be showcased at this years’ event to be held at the LA Film School, Oct. 24, 2012.

          “When I watched these submissions, some of my big parameters are - am I being physically affected (by the film), is my heart racing, is the hair standing up on the back of my neck and am I having an actual physical reaction?”, Bram said on the Movie Geeks United Blog Radio show live last night in announcing the Festival finalists.

The following are the Official Film Selections for Carnival of Darkness 3:



Things Fall Apart                               
Feed A

How to Kill Your Clone


The Hike
The Gift  
Many Doors of Albert Whale

Captured Bird  
Blue Hole
Behind You
The Guest  
Immersive Cocoon  


Rob Chiu
Clarke Mayer
Jack McWilliams
Samuel Lemberg
Walter Michael Bost

Carl Rinsch
Marichelle Daywalt
Jovanka Vuckovic
Eric Gardener
Benjamin Freiburger
Bryan Ryan
Oliver Zeller

         The finalists were announced live on the radio Online. Filmmakers will be notified by
Friday, Sept. 21, 2012 by

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          Movie Geeks United! is the most popular movie-themed podcast on the internet and iTunes, featuring informative and passionate discussions with filmmakers James Cameron, Francis Ford Coppola, Robert Duvall, Brian De Palma, Paul Schrader, and John Sayles.

          Confirmed this year as panelists and joining other celebrities on the red carpet for the third annual film festival event on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, includes: Veronica Cartwright, Tara Cardinal and Drew Daywalt. This celebration of creepy and original films culminates in a panel discussion featuring top names in the horror field. Previous panels have included such notables as Juliet Landau, Jeffrey Reddick, Paul Solet, Trent Haaga and Del Howison.      

Director/Writer/Producer Alex Bram, a multi-award-winning filmmaker is the creator of this short horror, sci-fi festival. His psychological thriller, BODY OF WORK honors the tradition of Alfred Hitchcock, while at the same time, using modern technology to bring about a new wave of suspenseful filmmaking.


          Carnival of Darkness champions outstanding new work only and is very selective in films screened. Selection is an award in itself and recognition of excellence. The top short film award is the “Thrill Ride”. “The award spotlights one film which truly provides the most suspenseful experience, while also striving to be the best of cinema.  The Thrill Ride Award is announced and a trophy is presented live onstage at the conclusion of the event,” explained Bram.

          “Carnival of Darkness ( is a showcase of the very best horror and sci-fi shorts from filmmakers across the world,” said Festival Director Bram. “This 3rd annual gathering of genre enthusiasts and industry professionals will be more than just a screening of films; it’s going to be the most thrilling theater-going experience of the year.”


          This film festival is committed to presenting the idea that craft quality can be an essential part of both horror and science fiction filmmaking.  “Carnival of Darkness” spotlights those films which demonstrate that. 


          Selected filmmakers and casts will get to walk the “blood red carpet” along with industry heavyweights and notables from the horror/sci-fi communities. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the red carpet affair starts at 8:00 p.m.

          The theater lobby will be set up like a twisted art gallery and horror related collectibles, graphic novels, DVD’s and T-Shirts will be available.  Attendees will enter a funhouse of mysterious events and surprises, freaks, performers and artists.


Panel for Carnival of Darkness 3

          “Carnival of Darkness is extremely proud to be able to welcome true master actor Veronica Cartwright to this year’s festivities,” said Bram. “Alternating between television and big screen movies, Veronica has appeared in such films as the remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) and the horror classic Alien (1979).


           Tara Cardinal is the daughter of a psychic and a musician,” said Bram.  “She frequently appears in horror and fantasy films and likes to perform her own stunts. Look for her film Legend of the Red Reaper, (2012) coming soon. Cardinal is currently filming, Spreading Darkness, (2013) and has several projects in the works.


          Drew Daywalt’s first Online horror short film Bedfellows earned a million viewers with a week of its launch. Later, the world’s leading short horror film creator, enjoyed millions of hits to his 2010 horror web series Camera Obscura.  Most recently Daywalt directed three episodes of MTV’s new horror comedy TV series Death Valley, and wrote the screenplay for the remake of Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things for George Romero, now set up at

Anchor Bay.

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[Editors note: Talent must RSVP for the red carpet. Editors: For media interviews contact Aida Mayo or George McQuade 818-340-5300,]