FEATURE-LENGTH DOCUMENTARY “PHANTOM OF WINNIPEG” To make U.S. PREMIERE at SLEEPY HOLLOW INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OCTOBER 2019
Sleepy Hollow International Film Festival (SHIFF) proudly announces the U.S. premiere of directors Malcolm Ingram and Sean Stanleyâs PHANTOM OF WINNIPEG, a rollicking, deeply-felt love letter to the 1974 Brian De Palma cult classic PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE.
Hilarious and heartwarming,Â PHANTOM OF WINNIPEGÂ is the spirited chronicle of the unique obsession the locals of Winnipeg, Canada, have had with the cult film, PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE, since it opened in 1974. Upon release, PARADISE came-and-went without fanfare, but not in the closely-knit city of Winnipegâthe film was an instant box-office smash that has inspired generations. Entertaining residents open their PHANTOM-loving hearts alongside other engaging interview subjects, including writer/director Kevin Smith, original PHANTOM cast members, star/songwriter Paul Williams, Gerrit Graham, producer Edward R. Pressman, and many more. Directors Malcolm Ingram and Sean Stanley and Edward R. Pressman are scheduled to be in attendance.
But the nightâs fun wonât end there, because after WINNIPEGâ¦
The original cult classic itself, PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE, rocks the Tarrytown Music Hall to its core! Director Brian De Palmaâs 1974 odyssey of a hopeful singer/songwriter (William Finley) who sells his soul to a Faustian record label owner (Paul Williams), and the silky-voiced muse both men are both obsessed with (Jessica Harper), will haunt your soul while it brings you to your feet. Legendary PHANTOM producer, Edward R. Pressman (THE CROW, AMERICAN PSYCHO, WALL STREET) is scheduled to attend for a live discussion, with additional special guests to be announced.
âSHIFF is so excited to have both the U.S. premiere of PHANTOM OF WINNIPEG and the original PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE at the fest this October,â says SHIFF co-founder Matt Verboys. âThe historic Tarrytown Music Hall is such the perfect venue to celebrate The Phantom, Swan, Phoenix and Beef, along with the devoted fans who love themâyou really can imagine The Phantom himself haunting this theater as his Paradise.â
Directors Malcolm Ingram and Sean Stanley agree, ready to unleashÂ PHANTOM OF WINNIPEGÂ at SHIFF. âWe are honored and thrilled to share our opus at such a storied location,â says Ingram. âMakes perfect sense. We are grateful to the Sleepy Hollow Film Festival for the opportunity.â
âWe feel privilegedÂ PHANTOM OF WINNIPEGÂ will have its U.S.premiere at Sleepy Hollow Film Festival,â claims Stanley. âAnd ecstatic that Ed Pressman will be in attendance.â Quoting from one of the filmâs great Paul Williams songs, âThe Hell of It,â Stanley adds, âRoll on thunder, shine on lightning!â
Check outÂ PHANTOM OF WINNIPEGâsÂ trailer here:
Both films will be featured at the festival, which takes place October 10-13, 2019. CheckÂ www.sleepyhollowfilmfest.comÂ and the Tarrytown Music Hall for forthcoming information on schedules and ticketÂ availability.
SHIFF, a celebration of outstanding genre cinema in the cradle of the American supernatural, takes place in Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown, NY,October 10-13, 2019, and features an exciting lineup of film premieres, special screenings and live events. The festival is currently accepting film and script submissions, which can be entered viawww.sleepyhollowfilmfest.com.
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