Writer/Director John Fallon talks The Shelter with AICN!

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Writer/Director John Fallon was recently interviewed by AIN’T IT COOL NEWS aka AICN. Here is an excerpt:

CO: Was there anything else that changed between the script and what was shot?

JF: The religious imagery. There was a statue of Christ and I do little ‘push ins’ on it. When I walked into the house location, the man who owned it was a hardcore Christian and it was filled with religious imagery everywhere. Everywhere. EVERYWHERE. It was a shrine to Christ. And I was like, okay, we’re in the right house. – You can read the whole interview here!

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THE SHELTER will be screening at the SITGES FILM FESTIVAL on October 9th at 8:00PM at the Retiro as part of the Panorama Fantastic section! Writer/Director John Fallon will be on hand to present the screening.

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A chat with The Shelter actress Amy Wickenheiser!

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(Actress – Maggie)

Tell us a bit about your acting background!

The first film I did was John Fallon’s short film The Red Hours. It was a fun set, great atmosphere, I got to work with people I now consider family, play with blood, and shoot a shotgun bigger than me. I decided I loved it and started actor training and taking it seriously. Since then I’ve been in multiple films and have some really exciting stuff lined up. So when the opportunity arose to work with him again I jumped at it. I always have so much fun with our group!

What was it about the role of Maggie that appealed to you?

What I loved about Maggie is that she is the exact opposite of me. That allowed me to really explore with her. It’s fun when you can put your personality aside for a little while and become somebody totally different.

What would say was the most challenging aspects of playing your role?

The character of Maggie is so different from me. She’s guarded but vulnerable which was a challenge. I think the main thing with Maggie, though, is that she was pretty close to Michael Pare’s character, Thomas, before he disappeared. He’s back now, but he’s different. He’s a different person. I feel like she noticed that almost immediately, but tries at first to act like things are the same. They aren’t which really hurts her. Her walls immediately go back up, but I think the damage is done.

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How would you describe your chemistry with star Michael Pare?

He eats live spiders, all the time. I’m kidding. He’s great. What a nice guy. We clicked pretty quickly. I felt comfortable with him almost immediately. I would LOVE to work with him again.

What’s next for you in the film industry? Anything lined up?

I just landed a role in Joshua Hull’s new feature film shooting in November. I’ve also started my own company with The Shelter’s producer Donny Broussard, production manager Erin Bennett, and a SPFX artist Patrick Irwin called Mallow Entertainment (www.mallowentertainment.com). We’re working to start creating our own slate of feature films and just shot a short film, “Caffeinated”, which we’ll be submitting to festivals soon!

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The film will be screening at the SITGES FILM FESTIVAL on October 9th at 8:00PM at the Retiro as part of the Panorama Fantastic section! Writer/Director John Fallon will be on hand to present the screening.

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A chat with The Shelter DP Bobby Holbrook & director John Fallon!

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THE SHELTER DOP Bobby Holbrook and director John Fallon were recently interviewed by WE CAME FROM THE BASEMENT. Give the candid and insightful talk a listen HERE!

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The film will be screening at the SITGES FILM FESTIVAL on October 9th at 8:00PM at the Retiro as part of the Panorama Fantastic section! Writer/Director John Fallon will be on hand to present the screening.

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Horrornews.net reviews The Shelter!

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Horrornews.net recently reviewed THE SHELTER. Here is an excerpt.

“It reminded me a lot of the films of David Lynch and Roman Polanski and is just a very strong, intelligent character-driven piece that is sure to satisfy viewers.”

 ” Pare does an excellent job bringing him (his character) to life. As a matter of fact I really couldn’t see anyone else playing the part as well as Pare did and he really shows just how talented of an actor he truly is with this performance. “

You can read the whole review here!

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The film will be screening at the SITGES FILM FESTIVAL on October 9th at 8:00PM at the Retiro as part of the Panorama Fantastic section! Writer/Director John Fallon will be on hand to present the screening.

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A talk with The Shelter actress Rachel Whittle!

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What was it about the role of Annie that appealed to you?  

I was very drawn to the role of Annie.  To this day, she is one of my favorites.  I am drawn to broken characters with a strong sense of survival.  Annie has such fight in her.  She is heroic in her own right.  We all do low and degraded things when we walk through the low places.

How did you go about preparing for the part?

Annie had to get to a very intense place.  I invested in the truth of Annie’s circumstances and how important these things were to her.   I spent a lot of time internalizing that need and connecting with her brokenness.

Michael Pare and you had a tense chemistry onscreen, how were you guys in between takes?  

Well, he is handsome that’s for sure!  I think we really connected as actors.  I wish I had had more time to spend with Michael outside of filming…it was hard to connect personally between takes, because I was still Annie between takes. But he was wonderful, and it would be a dream to work with him again.  He was very gracious, and there is much I could learn from him!

What’s next for you? Anything in the works?  

I have been getting into production work, and I love it.  I recently joined a non-profit organization dedicated to mentoring a younger generation in film-making.  It’s called bckstry.org and I am excited for the doors it will open to be involved in films from start to finish.

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The film will be screening at the SITGES FILM FESTIVAL on October 9th at 8:00PM at the Retiro as part of the Panorama Fantastic section! Writer/Director John Fallon will be on hand to present the screening.

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This Is Horror reviews John Fallon’s The Shelter!

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The UK genre site THIS IS HORROR just reviewed THE SHELTER. Here is an excerpt:

“The Shelter is pretty much a one man vehicle for Michael Pare who is never anything but captivating as he owns the screen. It’s not easy to hold an audience’s attention for an entire movie, but the combinations of Pare’s experience as an actor and Fallon’s energy, vision and storytelling style  is both entrancing and intoxicating.” 

“For those who are prepared to engage with it The Shelter will run deep and resonate within for a long time after the credits have rolled.”

Read the entire review here!

The film will be screening at the SITGES FILM FESTIVAL on October 9th at 8:00PM at the Retiro as part of the Panorama Fantastic section! Writer/Director John Fallon will be on hand to present the screening.

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Starburst Magazine talks spirituality and The Shelter with John Fallon!

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Famous UK magazine Starburst recently talked about The Shelter and its spiritual side with writer/director John Fallon. Here is an excerpt:

Do you want people to have their own interpretations or is there a hidden thing for them to find if they want to?

JF: There’s one interpretation that’s very popular. There’s another layer to the film that people are not getting so far. I took a nod from one of my favorite directors, David Lynch as I got obsessed with his film Lost Highway. When I set out to make The Shelter I wanted to make something in that same spirit. People have to find the meaning for themselves.

You can read the entire interview here!

The film will be screening at the SITGES FILM FESTIVAL on October 9th at 8:00PM at the Retiro as part of the Panorama Fantastic section! Writer/Director John Fallon will be on hand to present the screening.

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A talk with The Shelter producer Donny Broussard!

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(Producer)
 How did you wind up coming onboard as Producer on The Shelter?John Fallon and I have been close friends for years, and he had told me his idea for The Shelter one beer infused night. I thought the idea was great and would make for a fantastic low-budget first feature for him. At that time both of us had a lot going on and the idea got pushed to the bottom of the pile, but it was always in the back of our minds. So, after a year or so we started talking about it again, and John and I both agreed that we should move it to the top of the work pile and move on it right away. That’s it. We both loved the idea of making the most non-mainstream film we could make on our own terms, and because of John’s passion and script I was able to pull together the right crew and elements to make The Shelter a reality.
How thrilled were you to have Michael Pare be cast?
I was beyond thrilled when Mike came on board. We initially had another actor in mind because we weren’t sure we could get Mike, but I kept pushing John to try and in the end it all worked out. Mike brought the magic with him and owned every second he spent on set.
What would you say was the biggest challenge of the pre-production process?
The biggest challenge of the pre-production process for me was lining up the schedule and trying to get all the necessary elements needed for production into place within a very small time-frame. On a small movie like this you don’t have a lot of time for pre-production, so I’d say time was the biggest hurdle.
How would you describe the shoot from your perspective? Arduous, smooth sailing, somewhere in between? Please expand!
It’s an indie shoot, so it was definitely arduous, but in my opinion those are the best types of sets. Sure, The Shelter set was tough, but it was a hotbed of creativity. Everyone came together to help John make his dream a reality. I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything. If I’m going to go to war, then there’s no crew I’d rather go to war with than the one that made The Shelter.
The most fun day of shooting for you was…? And why?
The most fun I had on set was this day we shot out on a lake in the middle of nowhere. It was a beautiful day, the crew was in high spirits, Mike was chewing up the scenes, and after we wrapped the day we all relaxed with a few beers. By that point we were like family and no one was in a rush to head home. We just enjoyed our time filming and our time together. Good times.
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What would say was the most valuable thing that you learned via this experience?
Don’t try to do everything yourself. It’s impossible to handle it all on your own. Thankfully I had a wonderful crew that supported me throughout the process of getting the film made.
What’s next for you in the film industry? Anything in the works?
I have a few things going on. I just shot a short film, and I’m producing a documentary called Finding Metropolis, and prepping another narrative feature for production in the middle of 2016. And of course I’m always waiting for John to call me with another idea. If you’re interested in what I’m up to you can always check out my company site mallowentertainment.com

The film will be screening at the SITGES FILM FESTIVAL on October 9th at 8:00PM at the Retiro as part of the Panorama Fantastic section! Writer/Director John Fallon will be on hand to present the screening.

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Horrornews.net talk The Shelter with star Michael Pare!

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Veteran actor and star of THE SHELTER was recently interviewed about the film by Horrornews.net. Here is an excerpt:

TM: What has been your hardest role?

MP: I would have to say Thomas from The Shelter. My character is alone for most of the movie and has to deal with a lot of guilt and depression as well as his inner demons throughout the film. Overall it was a great experience and I enjoyed working with John Fallon. The guy’s got a big future ahead of him.

You can read the whole interview here! The Shelter will be playing at the Sitges Film Festival on October 9 (Which is ironically enough also Michael Pare’s birthday).

NOTE: Michael Pare’s genre career was dissected HERE! Check it out!

The film will be screening at the SITGES FILM FESTIVAL on October 9th at 8:00PM at the Retiro as part of the Panorama Fantastic section! Writer/Director John Fallon will be on hand to present the screening.

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The Shelter Sitges Film Festival screening date and time revealed!

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As announced here, THE SHELTER will be playing at the awesome SITGES FILM FESTIVAL. And we now have the date and time!

The film will be screening on October 9th at 8:00PM at the Retiro as part of the Panorama Fantastic section! Writer/Director John Fallon will be on hand to present the screening and potentially do a QNA afterwards.

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