ECHOES’ first film festival was a huge success! We took home three awards and 11 nominations from the Action on Film Megafest 2018 in Las Vegas! A big congratulations to Campbell Crates for her Best Actress win in addition to ECHOES’ Best Visual Effects and Best Artwork win!
We spent the week viewing independent films and getting to know filmmakers from around the world. Some of our cast and crew were able to make it to the World Premiere Screening:
Pictured: Kari Koeper (Makeup Department Head), Angela Crates, Campbell Crates (Amber), Cameron Crates (Abby), Kenneth Mader (Filmmaker), and Ashely Melendez (Makeup Department). Not pictured Lily Thaisz (Officer Lane & Second Assistant Director).
Award Nominations & Wins
Action on Film International Film Festival
- WON – Best Visual Effects – Short – Kenneth Mader
- WON – Best Artwork (One Sheet / Poster) – ECHOES / Kenneth Mader
- Best Drama – Short – ECHOES
- Best Actress – Short – Cameron Crates
- Best Supporting Actress – Short – Julia Bauer
Hollywood Dreamz International Film Festival
- WON – Best Actress – Short – Campbell Crates
- RUNNER UP – Best Score – Short – Bruce Chianese
- Best Young Performer Female – Feature or Short – Cameron Crates
- Best Sound Design – Short – Bruce Chianese
- Best Dialogue – Short – Kenneth Mader
- Best Visual Effects – Short – Kenneth Mader
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Hot on the heels of the North American theatrical and VOD release of its multi-award-winning sci-fi thriller Displacement, Maderfilm Productions has announced that Deep Focus will be the next feature film on its slate to go into production in 2018, with the recent attachment of legendary actor Malcolm McDowell and returning Displacement star Bruce Davison.
A sophisticated dystopian supernatural thriller and cautionary tale that explores the dangers of deforestation and emerging diseases, Deep Focus follows the story of a Pulitzer Prize winning photo journalist who begins seeing images of death in her lens, which she believes may be precognitive visions of a coming biological holocaust… the same disease that killed her young daughter. Or did it? Kenneth Mader will once again helm from his original script that won Best Screenplay honors at the AOF Written Word Awards. McDowell is attached to play enigmatic scientist Dr. Reichfeltz, while Davison will take on the role of an Anglican Priest, Father Oren.
Mader was recently named one of the “Top 100 Indie Filmmakers in the World” in the book by Action On Film’s Del Weston. Displacement took home Best Science Fiction Film honors at both the Downtown L.A. Film Festival and the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival, along with a Best Supporting Actor Award for Bruce Davison, a Chrononaut Award for Outstanding Time Travel Film in the Boston Science Fiction Festival, and was an Official Selection in the Phoenix Film Festival and USA Film Festival. It was acquired by A+E Networks for a World Broadcast Premiere, was curated by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for their Margaret Herrick Library, and is being hailed by critics as “A clever masterpeice” and “A Brilliant Mind-Bender That Will Keep You Guessing”.
Packaging and financing for Deep Focus is currently underway, with other prominent talent, sales agents and distributors circling. More news coming soon as the project moves forward.