I remember a relative telling me about his tonsillectomy as a small child in the second decade of the last century. He had no idea of what was happening as he was just taken to the hospital and the operation performed. Over time, the medical profession, so sure of itself, has realized that the perfunctory removal of the supposedly vestigial organ might not be well advised. As in Alessandro's case, it's part of what George Orwell called the tyranny of adults over children. At a very young age, his life would be changed by others without his understanding or consent. Is there an adult who thinks to themselves they would have changed places?
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Local Horror Filmmaker and Clergy Abuse Survivor Brings His Art to the Church’s Doorstep
Indie Horror Short “Ave Maria” Screens Where It All Began – Rome
MASSACHUSETTS (Oct. 21, 2013) –The new Skip Shea short horror film “Ave Maria,” a sequel to his 2011 award-winning cult horror hit short film “Microcinema,” is making the international film festival rounds and will have its Italian premiere at the Interiora Film Festival in Rome which runs Oct. 31 through Nov. 2, 2013.
Spinning off from the story of the last famous castrato Alessandro Moreschi, who recorded the song of the same name in 1902, Shea again takes horror fans into the haunted woods of New England this time to witness a twisted reenactment of an ancient Catholic ritual to the strains Moreschi's "Ave Maria" playing on an old Victrola.
“I have walked the path of a person who was sexually abused as a child by priests and to take this movie to Rome and have it screened in the seat of the Catholic Church is a statement that I'm honored I'm able to do and with much gratitude to the folks at the Interiora Film Festival in Rome,” said Shea.
Written and directed by Shea and produced by Harvest Tide, “Ave Maria” stars Aurora Grabill and David Graziano, with Izzy Lee, Diana Porter and Jami Tennille and director of photography Nolan Yee.
“Ave Maria” is also screening at the Leamington Underground Cinema Festival, Leamington, UK; Pawtucket Film Festival, Pawtucket, RI; Germany After Dark Film Festival, Gronau, Germany; Horrible Imaginings Film Festival, San Diego, CA; and Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival, Buffalo, NY; and this past weekend at Rock and Shock in Worcester.
Dealing with the notion of predators, both “Ave Maria” and “Microcinema” have been so successful that Shea has a feature length film, also called “Microcinema” in the works with a cast that includes horror icon Kip Weeks (“The Strangers”) and Suzan Crowley (“The Devil Inside”). Shea is also featured in an upcoming documentary “Something Wicked This Way Comes” as he develops this project. The documentary is produced by Wicked Bird Media and is a first-ever exploration into the connection between New England and contemporary horror culture.
About Skip Shea
Skip Shea is a filmmaker, performer, artist, actor, performer, poet and writer from Uxbridge, Massachusetts who has written, directed and produced 10 short films: Ave Maria, Out of the Night, Choices, Microcinema, Mail, Video Diary: Last Entry, They Serve Breakfast Here All Day Long, Putting On Its Shoes, Children of the Asylum, and Nostalgia.
Choices won the Best New England Film at the 2012 Massachusetts Independent Film Festival. Microcinema won the Best Horror Short at the 2012 Jersey Gore Film Featival and the Rondo Hatton Honorable Mention Award for Best Short. Children of the Asylum won the Audience Award for Best Regional Short at the 2013 SENE Film and Art Festival And Out of the Night won the Best Horror/Thriller Short at the 2013 Worcester Film Festival.
Shea also produced, wrote and performed the successful one-man theatrical show “Catholic (Surviving Abuse & Other Dead End Roads)” which debuted in New York City in 2005. The show went on to have a successful run at the Jimmy Tingle's Off Broadway Theater and toured the East Coast. Shea is also a published poet whose piece “Songs of Mourning,” a memorial to those killed in the September 11 attacks in New York as well as to his late daughter Shawna Shea, was selected by New York City jazz musician Jon Faddis to be performed at the 9/11 10th Anniversary Commemorative Concert performed at Symphony Space by the New York Chamber Music Festival.