EXCLUSIVE: Robert Rodriguez’ El Rey Network has announced the launch of The People’s Network Showcase, a new series of specials featuring short films from emerging independent filmmakers all over the world. The series, set to air quarterly with new two-hour episodes curated by genre or central story theme, marks the first time El Rey will feature select filmmakers and their work.
Legendary horror mastermind John Carpenter will kick things off, hosting the premiere episode, The People’s Network Showcase: Horror Edition, on October 30 at 8:00 PM EST. The Halloween and Escape From New York director will present 10 shorts, including the Eli Roth-produced Chainsaw, as part of El Rey’s month-long “Blood, Sweat and Fears” horror programming.
“When I started El Rey I wanted the network to provide a new pipeline for creators. My roots are in independent filmmaking and I believe in providing opportunities to people working outside of the studio system,” said Rodriguez. “We’ve discovered these terrific short films by very talented makers and with this on-air special hosted by my friend John Carpenter, we can help get them noticed.”
“Whether for digital or linear, programming is no longer dictated from the top down. Audiences today know what they want, and in many cases are able to make it themselves,” said El Rey Network President and G.M. Daniel Tibbets. “The People’s Network is our disruptive tool to demolish the wall between Professional and User Generated Content.”
In addition to featured shorts, The People’s Network Showcase will include interviews with the filmmakers as well as vignettes of current industry professionals sharing behind the scenes secrets of their craft. Read on for the complete slate of films to be shown on October 30.
ELI ROTH PRESENTS: CHAINSAW
Directed by David Dinetz and Dylan Trussell
A bickering couple enters a haunted house with a mad man on the loose. They’re splitting apart tonight.
Directed by Nick Peterson
A mother protects her children from a demon inside their home.
Directed by Kheireddine El-Helou
What was supposed to be a romantic night in for a young couple, quickly turns into a terrifying encounter with Drudge.
THE SMILING MAN
Directed by AJ Briones
A little girl home alone finds herself face-to- face with pure evil.
Directed by Joe Price
When Miguel takes out his contacts to get ready for bed, through his blurred vision, he realizes there is something horrendous within his apartment. The biggest problem is, without his contacts, Miguel is truly helpless.
LOVE AND DATING IN L.A.
Directed by Alex Russell
A vicious serial killer looks for love in the City of Angels… and finds rich pickings.
JACK THE RIPPER
Directed by Nick and Lexie Trivundza
As we follow the infamous killer Jack the Ripper on one of his evenings out in the city, we enter a world somewhere between Sin City and the Opening Titles of Mad Men.
COME OUT AND PLAY and LEAVES
Directed by Pablo Olmos Arrayales
Come Out and Play
Brenda is alone at her house. All her friends have left and she is about to clean her house but she sees on the table the game board they were playing a minutes ago: Ouija. She doesnt believe in any paranormal activity. So, as a joke, she sits down and ask the ouija if she is really home alone…
Leaves tells the story of a couple that get deep into the forest. Once there, the girl finds a beautiful unicorn figure on the ground. Maybe somebody lost it or maybe somebody left it there…
ALL YOU CAN EAT
Directed by Tommy Groth
Did you have nightmares about clowns when you were a child? Do you still have nightmares? All You Can Eat will confirm your fear because in a small town lives an ordinary clown with extraordinary secrets.
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