October 17, 2016
“I’m working on directing now. I’ve been acting since I was little and now I’ve ventured into the whole directing world. It’s exciting! It’s a lot of work, but it’s exciting.” – Mika Boorem
Nearly every year there are new horror films released in October to ensure you can have a very scary Halloween. This year is no exception with the premiere of Minutes Past Midnight, the first release of a promised series of anthology feature films. In Minutes Past Midnight, as midnight falls, all manner of terror invades the Earth. Demons, cannibals, killers, ghosts and monsters swarm the world in these tales of the supernatural, the fantastic, and the just plain horrific.
Minutes Past Midnight is nine short horror films curated from Toronto’s long-running, very popular, monthly short film festival known as Little Terrors which promises “Two full hours of the craziest, goriest, most-disturbing and off-the-wall short films the genre has to offer” and warns “We are not responsible for your mental state upon leaving the theatre.”
October 17, 2016
“Brimming with authenticity and humor, First Girl I Loved offers a delightful, contemporary perspective on the jitters of new romance and the age-old heartbreak of love.” – SlashFilm.com
Shortly after IMTA alum Brianna Hildebrand completed filming her scene-stealing, breakout role as Negasonic Teenage Warhead for the hit Deadpool, she quietly filmed a role in a small independent movie titled First Girl I Loved alongside fellow alum Mateo Arias. And while Deadpool catapulted Hildebrand’s star into the X-Men universe, it was the premiere of First Girl I Loved at last January’s Sundance Film Festival—nearly a month prior to Deadpool’s release—that made audiences and Hollywood take notice of Hildebrand, particularly when the film was the winner of the Festival’s Best of NEXT Audience Award. Arias, already an established actor, has appeared in several films and TV shows, including starring for four seasons on Disney’s “Kickin’ It” as the quirky, loveable Jerry Martinez.
In First Girl I Loved, an awkward love triangle forms when Anne (Dylan Gelula) realizes she is in love with Sasha (Hildebrand), the most popular girl at her high school. She confesses this to her friend Clifton (Arias), who has a thing for her. He becomes jealous and, predictably, it gets awkward.
“They might seem different, but there are similarities,” Hildebrand said about her roles in her first films. “In Deadpool, Negasonic Teenage Warhead is a goth mutant with a very tough exterior, but deep down she feels misunderstood, so she’s built this hard, apathetic outer shell. In First Girl I Loved, my character is not yet sure who she is. Both teenage girls are struggling with their identities and figuring out what they want.”
October 06, 2016
“Movies are really hard to make. You put a lot of work into them, and you want people to see them. If anything, I’m just very grateful I’m getting to work on these big movies that everyone can go see.” – Haley Bennett
Fresh on the heels of the release of The Magnificent Seven comes the next feature film on IMTA alum Haley Bennet’s list of 2016 releases. In The Girl on the Train, Rachel Watson (played by Emily Blunt) takes the train in to work in New York, and every day the train passes by her old house. The house she lived in with her now ex-husband (Justin Theroux), who still lives there, with his new wife (Rebecca Ferguson) and child. As she attempts to not focus on her pain, she starts watching a couple who live a few houses down – Megan and Scott Hipwell (Bennett and Luke Evans). She creates a wonderful dream life for them in her head, about how they are a perfect happy family. And then one day, as the train passes, she sees something shocking, filling her with rage. The next day, she wakes up with a horrible hangover, various wounds and bruises, and no memory of the night before. She has only a feeling: something bad happened. Then come the TV reports: Megan Hipwell is missing. Rachel becomes invested in the case and trying to find out what happened to Megan, where she is, and what exactly she herself was up to that same night Megan went missing.
October 05, 2016
“I’m really excited about it. It’s a story about an ordinary father and his daughter, and they’re bound together in extraordinary circumstances nobody knows about but them. Through the season you’ll see them reconcile and work together over this 20-year time period to stop a horrible event that was triggered by their reconnection. At the heart of it, it’s a show about second chances. It’s a cool story and it’s got a lot of layers to it. I couldn’t be more proud of it, the way it turned out.” –Riley Smith
The CW’s new series “Frequency” is a re-imagining of the 2000 sci-fi thriller of the same name in which a police detective in 2016 discovers that she is able to speak via a ham radio with her estranged father, a supposedly corrupt NYPD Officer who went deep undercover and died in 1996. The two work together to change the history of tragic events, deal with the consequences of attempting to alter the present, and take advantage of the opportunity to heal their complicated relationship. The series stars IMTA alum Riley Smith, Peyton List, Mekhi Phifer, Anthony Ruivivar, Lenny Jacobson, Devin Kelley and Daniel Bonjour.