Film Maudit 2.0 – LAKE MICHIGAN MONSTER
November 16 @ 9:30 pm - 10:52 pm PST$10
The eccentric Captain Seafield hires a crew of specialists to help him plot revenge against the creature that killed his father. After several failed attempts, Seafield is forced to take matters into his own drunken hands. What began as a simple case of man versus beast soon plunges down a rabbit hole of mysterious unknowns and Lovecraftian hijinks. Lake Michigan Monster – banned in four lakes! (USA, 78 min., dir. Ryland Tews)
Winner of the Best International Film Award at the 2019 Fantasia Film Festival. Los Angeles Premiere (World Premiere: Fantasia)
Screened with short film: The Video Store Commercial (Canada, 4:15, dir. Cody Kennedy & Tim Rutherford)
A desperate video store owner hires a crew to shoot a commercial in his shop. But when they accidentally destroy a cursed VHS, all their lives are suddenly in danger. Even worse, their commercial may never get finished… Los Angeles Premiere (World Premiere: SXSW)
Filmmaker Bios (LAKE MICHIGAN MONSTER)
Ryland Tews (Writer/Director/Captain Seafield) – Milwaukee native and graduate of UW-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts, Ryland’s first feature is the self-funded microbudget Lake Michigan Monster.
Mike Cheslik (Producer/Editor/VFX) – Editor at Fox Sports, lead animator on Baz Luhrman’s The Get Down, and former promo editor at Nickelodeon, Mike has been making shorts with Ryland since high school.
Director Bios (THE VIDEO STORE COMMERCIAL)
Cody Kennedy is a filmmaker and cinematic artist from Edmonton, Alberta. A steady diet of ’80s and ’90s b-movies along with a healthy dose of asian cinema served as the kindling that lit Cody’s filmmaking fire. Always on a constant search for the most boundary-pushing and wacky films from all over the globe has given Cody the inspiration to piece together his own cinematic renderings of the strange, fun and fast-paced moving pictures of tomorrow. His previous shorts have played at Fantasia Fest, Fantastic Fest and a number of film festivals from around the world. He co-directed the AMPIA winning web series Straight to Video: The B-Movie Odyssey (2015). During the day he works as a cinematic artist for video game company BioWare and has worked on trailers for Mass Effect : Andromeda and the upcoming science fantasy AAA game Anthem.
Passionate about movies for as long as he can remember, Tim Rutherford, has a unique approach to storytelling, inspired by Canadian greats like David Cronenberg and independent legends of the direct-to-video era. Nightmarish and captivating practical effects moulded his approach to films, and with movies like The Thing and The Fly as inspiration, Tim began experimenting with latex and sculpture in his teens. His previous shorts played at Fantasia Fest, Fantastic Fest and a number of film festivals from around the world. He co-wrote and directed the AMPIA winning web series Straight to Video: The B-Movie Odyssey (2015). Since then, he’s worked as Production Designer on independent films such as Extremity (2018), Harpoon (2019) and in the art department on the television show Fargo.