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We are very excited to launch our all new Indie Film column, The 5Ws & How, aimed at increasing awareness of completed independent films and how you can see them by getting the most basic info that journalists look for (hence our movie journalists and reporters on the column’s banner).

First up we talked to Evan Bass, who wrote, produced, and acted in the independent thriller, The Eve.

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Who?
The Eve stars Al Thompson (Scott), Miranda Noelle Wilson (Lacey), Maria DiDomenico (Jenn), Rick Estabrook (Joey), and is written by and also stars Evan Bass (Harry). It is deftly directed by Ritchie Steven Filippi in his directing feature film debut and released by Indie Rights.

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What?
The Eve is the story of a group of late-20-something friends who used to be close in college but have grown apart over the years since. They decide to reconnect by spending New Year’s Eve on Martha’s Vineyard at one of the group’s family’s house. Unfortunately, it is not as blissful a reunion as they would have liked and tensions take a turn and an unwanted presence turns celebrating the New Year into surviving the night. It is a mix of classic thriller with homages to past movies and small humorous nods to the genre throughout.

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Where?
The film takes place on Martha’s Vineyard, of course, down a secluded dirt road at a house by the water. The Eve was shot on location in Martha’s Vineyard, and one subtle horror nod within the film is a scene filmed in Menemsha on the same dock that one of the original Jaws scenes was filmed.

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When?
Like all indie filmmaking, The Eve took a while to go from initial filming to completion and distribution. Principal photography for the film was shot in January of 2011, with additional photography in April of that same year. The film was released on VOD in April of 2015.

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Why?
With indie filmmaking there is always a many-fold reason for a project. For The Eve, we wanted to make a film that was different than the normal gore porn and late teens/early 20s frolicking on the beach type films, and make one with a little more character development. With that, we tried to focus on grounding the film in a reality that the viewer could believe is credible and would allow an audience member to be with the characters every step of the action. We also just wanted to make a film and do it justice. A lot of the crew and behind-the-scenes members working on this project stepped up a level to work on this production. For many, this was either a larger role in a feature or a challenge they were taking on — and we did film an entire feature in the middle of winter on an island whose weather changed by the hour.

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How?
The Eve can be seen on iTunes, Vudu, xBox Live, Playstation Networks, Amazon, Google Play, and YouTube Rentals. The movie will be further shopped around for distribution at this year’s AFM and more in-depth information can always be found at TheEveMovie.com.

Check out these links to purchase The Eve:


Independent horror movie The Eve has released an all new scene online. A shower scene featuring Maria DiDomenico that pays homage to Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. The movie pays homage to a number of classic horror movies, including Jaws and Friday the 13th. The Eve is currently available on VOD though iTunes, VUDU, Playstation, and Xbox. The independent horror movie was produced by eBass Entertainment and distributed by Indie Rights Movies and Cinedigm.

Description: Friends head off to the remote island of Martha’s Vineyard to celebrate New Year’s Eve and reconnect. As tensions rise, an unforeseen presence halts celebrations and instead turns their holiday into a fight to live through to the new year. The movie stars Al Thompson (The Cleveland Show, A Walk to Remember), Evan Bass (We Need Girlfriends), María DiDomenico (Game Time), and Miranda Wilson (As the World Turns).

Will you be checking out The Eve? What is your favorite classic horror movie?

North by Northwest and Purple Rain Posters

This weekend the Cinespia Cemetery Screening series are showing two classic (and wildly different) films in Los Angeles over the weekend (for free!). First up, on Saturday May 29th is (my personal favorite film) Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest, then on Sunday they are screening Prince’s Purple Rain.

North by Northwest official description:

Hitchcock’s quintessential comedy-thriller is a roller coaster of suspense and humor. An advertising executive is mistaken for another man by foreign spies, and the ruthless killers chase him across the midwest as he tries to clear his name.The most memorable and iconic sequences in cinema abound in this film as Hitchcock directs incomparable performances by Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint and James Mason. One of the all time greats!!!

Purple Rain official description:

Prince stars in this tale of a misunderstood musician struggling to get his music accepted as he zooms around Minneapolis on a purple motorcycle. Prince and the Revolution are at their best in the electrifying concert scenes, where the rock god is captured on film at height of his powers. A sexy debut by Apollonia and the madcap villainy of Morris Day and the Time add to the fun.

For both days, the gates open at 7pm and the films begin at 8:30pm @ the Hollywood Forever Cemetery (6000 Santa Monica Boulevard at Gower).  While the screening is free, they do ask for a $10 donation at the gate.