PollyGrind Film Festival Founder and Director Chad Clinton Freeman recently announced the official lineup for PollyGrind IV: A New Hope, which will be held from October 9-13 at Theatre7 located at 1406 S. 3rd St. in Las Vegas. Founded in 2010 the international film festival quickly became recognized for its celebration of artistic freedom, individuality and creativity and for showcasing the work of and empowering filmmakers who have decidedly independent visions. It also enjoys paying homage to the spirit of highly respected innovative early indie film pioneers such as Herschell Gordon Lewis, Ted V. Mikels and Doris Wishman. Following the receipt of a record-breaking 777 entries over 100 films submitted by filmmakers ranging in age from 11 to 67 years old and from 13 countries have been selected for screening at this year’s event.
Among these are 18 features having world premieres including Adam Rehmeier’s “Jonas.” His earlier production “The Bunny Game” won PollyGrind’s top award in 2011. Another PollyGrind alumnus Greg Lamberson, who won the festival’s top prize in 2010 for “Slime City Massacre”, will give his latest project “Dry Bones” its west coast and festival premiere on October 11. Lamberson admitted that when he submitted his first film to PollyGrind it was a start-up and he didn’t know what to expect, but after seeing the first schedule he realized that Freeman had a real vision for the programming.
Other world premieres scheduled for this year include: “To Jennifer,” “13/13/13,” “Slaughterhouse Bride,” “House of Forbidden Secrets,” “Buried In Flesh,” “Darkest Days,” “American Girls,” “Sweet Leaf,” “Diet of Sex,” “The Minstrel Killer,” “The Synthetic Man,” “The Yellow Bellies,” “Sacrifice: In the Name of Goddess Gadhimai,” “Tricks,” “Eye of the Bennu” and “Legend of the Hillbilly Butcher.” Freeman is proud and pleased by the number of world premieres he’s added each year despite the fact it’s not a situation PollyGrind strives for. In 2010 the event hosted five world premieres; in 2011 it had seven and last year 13.
Chad believes that PollyGrind’s goals has been to bring arthouse and grindhouse together and is very pleased with the mix that has been achieved this year with genres such as drama, dramedy, horror, thriller, true crime, fantasy, experimental, sci-fi and documentary. Rounding out the list of this year’s feature films are: “Benny Loves Killing, “A Measure of the Sin,” “Nightmare Box,” “Desolate,” “I Am Death,” “Little F’er” “The Cohasset Snuff Film,” “Leave It on the Track,” “What I Love About Concrete,” “Boys Cry,” “Blood Soaked,” “Truth or Dare,” “The Commune,” “Billy Club,” “Barbazul,” “China White Serpentine,” “Beast: A Monster Among Men,” “Savage Witches,” “Locomotive,” “Purgatorium,” “Cheeseballs” and “Coyote.”
Aside from Rehmeier and Lamberson there are eight other repeat filmmakers in the lineup this year: James Cullen Brassack, Rob Grant, Julian Grant, Mitchel A. Jones, John R. Hand, Eric Stanze and Tom Martino. Bressack’s Special Asylum Showcase of “13/13/13” kicks off the festival on October 9th followed by his found footage film “To Jennifer”, the first feature shot and edited on the iPhone. An interesting fact worth noting is that the screening of Gordon Bressack’s short film “Keeper” will make the Bressacks the first father and son team to have screenings at PollyGrind. The event’s youngest filmmaker Ashley Lonardo was 11 when she directed “Madio Show,” a comedic variety webseries while first time filmmaker 67 year old Opal Dockery is the festival’s oldest. Her short documentary examines discrimination and the injustice of women’s rights to be topless in public. In fact, over 25 percent of the projects being shown this year were helmed by women.
Named one of 2012's “25 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” by MovieMaker Magazine, PollyGrind has seen its official selections earn distribution deals from LionsGate, Alternative Cinema, Showtime, IFC Midnight, Wild Eye Releasing, Chemical Burn, Hannover House, Troma, Synapse Films, Cult Epics, Autonomy Pictures, along with a number of other outlets. This year the festival will also be giving away more than $30,000 in prizes and swag.