One night shortly before Halloween, a ragtag group of strangers descends on a spooky old farmhouse for a "psychic party" to test whether or not they have a hidden sixth sense. Donna, a shy but intuitive school teacher, is reluctant to participate but doesn't want to disappoint her date Clemmie, an alpha male businessman who hopes to score brownie points for thinking up such a fun and unusual outing. They soon meet Jeanette, an overeager self-proclaimed psychic medium; Abby and Magnus, shrewd reporters working for a local magazine; and Candace, Gina, and Mackenzie, thrill-seeking students from a local university who round out the group. The host of the party, Sam Allison, leads them all in a series of psychic games that become more and more unsettling as the night goes on, until at last, things reach a fever pitch and Donna makes contact with the spirit of a little girl who was murdered in the house many years ago. The guests soon learn that the prime suspect in the murder was their enigmatic host Sam, and suddenly there are more questions than answers. Why has this dark and secretive stranger gathered them together? Is Sam trying to play some twisted game and relive his gruesome crime; or is he trying to solve an age-old mystery and find the true killer once and for all? As more secrets are revealed, what began as a night of fun and games quickly turns into a dangerous exploration of past evil... hidden away for far too long inside THE DARK ROOM.
"As a child, I loved scary movies and dreamed of one day making my own horror films. Now, it seems I may finally get the chance. In 1948, my grandfather Andrew Nemchick built the farmhouse at 629 Bettis Road for our family to live in while he worked at a nearby steel mill. The house remained in our family until this year, when my parents found out that the government is forcing them out due to Eminent Domain and a highway coming through the area. But there is a small silver lining. You see, THE DARK ROOM is set almost entirely in an old empty house, and my parents have the keys to the family home until July 1, when the bulldozer will come to raze the property forever. My parents have graciously offered to let us shoot on location in Pittsburgh before July 1, 2019.
THE DARK ROOM would be the ultimate tribute to the house that my grandfather built with his own two hands — a place was so deeply special to me and my family for over 70 years — and allow its memory to live on forever. Additionally, making the film would realize the dreams of a young boy from Pittsburgh in the very place where those dreams first began." - John Rice, Screenwriter of The Dark Room
John Rice is a New York City-based actor, writer, and filmmaker. He studied Theater and Creative Writing at Fordham College at Lincoln Center, where his focus was scriptwriting and dramatic analysis. John is the founder of Man of the Crowd Productions, a multimedia production company dedicated to promoting diversity in entertainment. He acted as Script Editor for WHEN I'M WITH YOU (World Premiere, Cinequest Film Festival; Winner, Best Feature Film, Sacramento Film & Music Festival), and his personal writing credits include the short suspense thriller HIDDEN DAYLIGHT (Winner "Best Short Film", Freak Show Horror Film Festival), and the Blood List horror/thriller feature THE DARK ROOM (Winner, Search For New Blood). John has two more feature films and a TV series currently in development.
John's acting work ranges from stage to screen. Most recently, John appeared in the Paramount/Netflix show MANIAC, directed by Cary Fukunaga (True Detective) and featuring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill. He has also portrayed Daniel Day Lewis' iconic character Bill the Butcher for a GANGS OF NEW YORK series for the American Heroes Channel, and he stars in the award-winning dark drama feature film WHEN I'M WITH YOU, which made its debut at Cinequest and is now available on Amazon Prime. Formore info, please visit www.John-Rice.net.
Adrienne Lovette is an award winning filmmaker, director, actor, and writer based in New York City. She was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and grew up in Orlando, Florida. Through out her career, Adrienne recognized that there is a lack of diversity and inclusiveness in film and created her own indie company called The Garage Productions, which focuses on people who are underrepresented. Since then, The Garage Productions has created several short films, a feature film, and an Instagram web series, all of which have told stories of social change and showcased diversity, the LGBT community, and differently-abled people.
Adrienne directed the short horror thriller film HIDDEN DAYLIGHT, which won "Best Film" at Phoenix Comicon, "Best Short Film" at Freak Show Horror Film Festival, and earned her the title of "Women in Horror Honoree" at FEARnyc. Adrienne also wrote, produced, and starred in the award-winning feature drama WHEN I'M WITH YOU, which premiered at Cinequest, won “Best Feature Film” at the Sacramento Film and Music Festival, and is now on Amazon Prime. She also directed, co-wrote, and starred in a short romantic comedy called BLIND DATE, which was nominated for "Best Screenplay" and "Best Short Film" at the New Classic Cinema Film Festival, and nominated for "Best Short Film" at the Kashish Mumbai International Queer Festival. Both HIDDEN DAYLIGHT and BLIND DATE are now on DirecTV! Most recently, Adrienne directed a female-driven comedic web series called YOU’RE THE PEST, which won "Best Web Series" at Glowfest and is currently screening at festivals. She co-wrote, produced, and starred in an Instagram web series called #INSOCIAL.
As an actor, Adrienne is known for her roles in SUNLIGHT JR. (Tribeca Film Festival 2013) playing opposite Naomi Watts. Most recently she will be seen in the new JOKER film playing opposite Joaquin Phoneix and the new FX show FOSSE/VERDON playing opposite Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams. She was also the lead role in the award winning short film THICK HEART (Montclair Film Festival) where she won Best Actress at the Top Shorts Film Festival. Adrienne’s other favorite TV roles include THE DEUCE (HBO), THE SINNER (USA), MASTER OF NONE (NETFLIX), MR. ROBOT (USA), and GOTHAM (FOX). For more information, visit her on IMDB and www.TheGarageProductions.com.
Elaine Del Valle, has been featured alongside Michelle Obama in the 2018 PBS Documentary, aptly titled, "Beating The Odds". She was born and bred in the crime capital of New York City--Brownsville Brooklyn. In her autobiographical, off Broadway, one-woman stage play, "Brownsville Bred", Elaine chronicled her own coming-of-age; The New York Times calling it "From Girlhood Trials to Onstage Triumph". Elaine developed the play while studying acting under the tutelage of Wynn Handman at Carnegie Hall. Elaine won the 2011 HOLA award for excellence in play writing, and was named "Trendsetter" at the Annual Multi-Cultural Media Forum. In 2013, with a desire to make her work more accessible, Del Valle turned her attention to writing for screen. Elaine co-wrote, produced, and directed a comedy web series, "Reasons Y I'm Single" (Amazon Prime). Elaine has since cast and produced over 50 shorts, and in 2015 Elaine became the first person to license an interstitial series (her co-production of Gran'pa Knows Best) to the HBO Latino Network. In 2016, Del Valle received the Telly award for her co-production of "The Smallest Step" (a PBS/World Channel short film series). Her directorial debut in a short film, "Final Decision" (Amazon Prime) (which she also wrote and produced) screened at over a dozen film festivals, winning several awards, including a 2017 Best Narrative Director award. In 2017, using only a mobile device, Elaine produced and directed a short documentary "Tagged" which explored a NYC street mural, revealing the life of deceased Puerto Rican, Poet and Spoken Word Pioneer, Pedro Pietri. The five minute investigative journey was filmed in 24 hours and premiered at the 55th Annual NY Film festival. It received a 2017 Audience Award at Miami FilmGate Festival and was featured in, Industry Trade Magazine, "Ad Age" for its innovative use of film on a mobile phone. In 2018, while directing her second short film, Elaine was selected as one of 9 directors to partake in the Sundance Short Narrative Film Lab (Miami). Her film-ME 3.769 is inspired by true events, and recounts a #MeToo moment in the life of a pubescent girl--This project was supported by a grant from Sundance Institute with additional support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Elaine owns and operates Del Valle Productions and Casting--a full service production and casting company. Elaine's company has a lucrative casting business. When she is not making her own films, Del Valle is casting and/or producing commercials, television, short and feature films for others. While her accomplishments are many Elaine continues to pursue her acting career, represented by Headline Talent Agency. Her recent roles include The Sinner (USA Network), Malabar, Lullaby, I Love You But I Lied (Lifetime), Blue Bloods, Dora the Explorer, etc.
Josh Vasquez has had an extensive, multi-faceted theatre career as an actor, producer, director, and proud Local ONE IATSE member, currently working on Broadway. As an actor, he attended The Juilliard School (Group 33) and is a member of the Storm Theatre Company; highlights include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Puck), Twelfth Night (Sebastian), The Time of Your Life (Willie). His directing highlights include Love is Like Mud (Produced under OFF Theater Company at the 45th street theater), Herbie (Staged Reading, William Inge Center), and Cancer Tales (Storm Theatre). He has also worked with the prestigious Labyrinth Theatre Company in New York City. Josh was the first Assistant Director on the pilot “For Real” (dir. Jeremy Merrifield) which starred Broadway talent, and was a production manager for Songs for a New World (NYC dir. Jeff Calhoun, FL dir. Daniel Goldstein), Dance Dance Revolution the Musical (dir. Alex Timbers) as well as Ross (Storm Theatre Company). He also served as technical director for Ross and Fat Camp (NYMF, 2009) Off Broadway and is the co-founder of the OFF Theater Company.
THE MARKETING PLAN
The producers want to bring onboard a PR company to launch a traditional publicity campaign for the film. The publicity campaign utilizes a dedicated publicist and primarily focuses on traditional media placement; increased visibility; securing interviews, features, and reviews; and social media exposure. See below for a complete breakdown of services rendered:
Full PR Campaign
Project Strategy & Timeline
Digital One Sheet/Media Kit
Up to 3 Media Releases/month
Press Release Distribution
Social Media Consulting
Additional tools include an official website; Maximized online presence via genrespecific groups and sites; Social media campaign; Film festival buzz and publicity; Additional publicity campaigns dependent upon name attachments. The film may also be marketed as a Thriller in the style of Daphne Du Maurier (Rebecca; Don't Look Now; The Birds). Because Thrillers are more viable internationally and on certain VOD platforms, this can be a great asset in any overseas and VOD marketing campaigns.