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Six Years Gone from writer and director Warren Dudley is a powerful indie drama that focuses on a single mom whose 11 year old daughter goes missing and how her world comes apart in the aftermath. The cast is led by Veronica Jean Trickettt and features Sarah Priddy, Russell Shaw, Anna Griffiths, and Glenn Salvage. You can learn more about the movie in our spotlight interview with Dudley and you can watch the movie for free on Tubi TV.

Official Description: “Six years after the case of her daughter’s abduction has gone cold, Carrie Dawson is about to put everything on the line to end her nightmare.

Six Years Gone is distributed by Indie Rights Movies.

Ariya Kai The Secret of Colony LIFE

What is Ariya Kai The Secret of Colony L.I.F.E. about?  
I think the best way to answer that question is with the book’s blurb itself: The colony was under attack from within. The rebels not only grew in number, but boldness as well. Ariya Kai, a young security officer with psychic gifts and abilities was recruited to join a secret organization to fight for ‘The Colony and its People’. Ariya always wanted to make a difference, and it was an honor no one in their right mind would pass up. Seeing the horrors from the front line, she quickly realized things were worse than she had imagined. When her psychic gifts reached another level, her newly gained ability was the turning point some in the organization had been hoping for. Ariya never thought it would bring her face to face with her destiny…

What inspired this story?
The story, or idea, had been floating around in my head for a while and it was time to put it to paper. I wanted to create an action packed sci-fi story with themes that I thought were interesting to explore. And having worked on other creative people’s projects for a long time, it was time to work on my own.

Tell us a little about you.
I am F. Z. Zach, author of Ariya Kai The Secret of Colony L.I.F.E., and I am a veteran of the Hollywood movie industry specializing in visual effects. I have always loved story telling and I have been coming up with ideas for stories for as long as I can remember. First, I started writing Screenplays, but realized early on that my original vision would be compromised. While in Hollywood I worked to bring other people’s vision to the big screen, but it was time to work on my own creations. Becoming an Author and writing books, I realized this medium offers me the best platform to express my authentic vision.

How can we read Ariya Kai The Secret of Colony L.I.F.E.?
I [F.Z. Zach] can be found on Twitter and Ariya Kai The Secret of Colony L.I.F.E. is available for purchase on Amazon and my website.

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Posted on April 3rd, 2023 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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We are super excited to present our latest indie film spotlight for the crime drama Solid Rock Trust, from director, writer, producer, and editor Rick Ives (IMDb). Last month we took a look at the movie’s trailer and we are so happy to take a deeper dive into the indie.

Who?
This film is written and directed by me, Rick Ives. My directorial debut comes on the heels of working alongside top editorial staff, bringing household stories to life such as Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 3(2023), Ms. Marvel (2022), and Loki (2021). I’ve also been editing low budget features for about 6 years, but it’s my experience on large productions is really what paved the way to the creation of Solid Rock Trust. The stars are Koko Marshall (A Perfect Host, The One You’re With) and Alexander Hearth, along with a deep supporting cast of voice actors. Koko really steals the show as a hacker with a library of languages and accents she uses to misdirect everyone she’s interacting with. The film is worth a watch just for the performance alone. Seeing her switch in and out of accents, characters, and emotions right before your eyes is a magic trick.

What?
Armed with only a laptop, a collection of cell phones and her own wits, hacker Maddie orchestrates a bank heist from an abandoned building. Guiding a team of strangers, she uses her repertoire of accents and personas to conceal her true identity. Inevitably, as things begin to spin out of her control, Maddie must fight to overcome an avalanche of double crossings and obstacles that escalate in complexity as time runs out! Set in an old condemned warehouse, audiences remain on Maddie’s end of the phone call, leaving them asking who they can trust, if not themselves? Part of the game I wanted to play with the audience was to meet every expectation someone will have for a bank heist film and show it to them in a way they’ve never seen before. We have everything in here, but in a way that feels fresh and plays with the tropes.

Where?
I’m in love with abandoned buildings and urban photography, so this film was set right in the middle of one. I also wanted something visually interesting enough to hold our attention for the length of the film but still represented the type of background our main character came from as well as how she felt inside. We searched all over the Atlanta area for properties that were film friendly and matched the tone we wanted, but ultimately found a location only 2 miles away from home. Many people have commented that it must have been a custom built set for the film, but the abandoned auto shop is completely authentic. The desk and computer monitor props were the only things that were not already there.

When?
This film was shot in 2021 and is rolling out now to various platforms. The time period it’s set in is another story. I wanted to keep it purposefully ambiguous, although based on the technology, it would be set some time between 2005 and 2023. I was tired of seeing so many hackers in movies with top of the line, futuristic technology and software. What would it be like to watch someone work who had to patch something together with second hand materials and low tech items that would be harder to trace?

Why?
This film was made as proof that a low budget independent feature can look and feel just as intense and professional as a studio release if the filmmakers have an exciting character driven script, and are smart about what to show and how to film it. We have an amazing lead performance that shows a talented, smart, confident woman who is also deeply flawed and pushed to her limits. Sit back and watch a plot unfold as it begs you to try and keep up with a twist and turn every 10-15 minutes from start to finish.

How?
Solid Rock Trust is available wherever Tubi plays for free as well as Amazon, Youtube Movies, and Google Play for rental. As of June 2023 it will be available worldwide on youtube with more platforms becoming available all the time.

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Detours was written and produced by Mara Lesemann and directed by Robert McCaskill. The movie is a drama about a recently single woman and her widowed father as they drive from New York City to Saint Petersburg, Florida. You can check out our full spotlight on Detours here and you can watch the movie for free on Tubi.

Detours stars Tara Westwood, Carlo Fiorletta, Paul Sorvino, Michael Cerveris, Deirdre O’Connell, Debargo Sanyal, Vanessa Aspilla, and Richard Kind.

Last February we interviewed producer/actor Jeff Kirkendall about his movie Return to Splatter Farm, an independent horror movie that he made with his long time collaborator Mark Polonia at Polonia Brothers Entertainment. Known as PBE for short, the production company has impressively produced & released dozens of movies, including last year’s viral hit Amityville in Space. We asked Jeff to recommend five movies from Polonia Brothers Entertainment that every indie film fan should check out.

Here are his recommendations (from oldest to newest, with watch links & more details):

Hallucinations (1986)
Director: Todd Michael Smith, Mark Polonia, John Polonia
Starring: Todd Michael Smith, Mark Polonia, John Polonia
Description: When three brothers are home alone one day they encounter a series of violent hallucinations and nightmares with seemingly no escape. (Source: Tubi)
Click here to watch on Tubi TV

Feeders (1996)
Directors: Jon McBride & John Polonia
Starring: Todd Carpenter, Jon McBride, John Polonia, Melissa Torpy
Description: A town that’s been taken on as a feeding ground and outpost of death by human-eating aliens gets discovered by two buddies on a road trip. (Source: Tubi)
Click here to watch on Tubi TV

HalloweeNight (2009)
Director: Mark Polonia
Starring: Todd Carpenter, Cindy Wheeler, Danielle Donahue
Description: A bullied student exacts his revenge on those who wronged him during a college party on Halloween Night. (Source: Amazon)
Available to Rent on Amazon

An image from the independent film Jurassic Prey.

Jurassic Prey (2015)
Director: Mark Polonia
Starring: Steve Diasparra, Danielle Donahue, Ken Van Sant, Jeff Kirkendall
Description: After a botched bank robbery, a group of thieves and the ensuing police must band together to fight an unearthed T-Rex at a remote lake cabin. (Source: Tubi)
Click here to watch on Tubi TV

House Squatch (2022)
Director: Anthony Polonia, Mark Polonia
Starring: Ken Van Sant, Jeff Kirkendall, Tim Hatch, Titus Himmelberger, Yolie Canales
Description: The small town of Shadyville finds itself plagued by a hairy creature and pressures its local sheriff to deal with this sasquatch. (Source: Tubi)
Click here to watch on Tubi TV

Are you a fan of Polonia Brothers Entertainment? What are your favorite PBE movies?

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Today lets take a look at the trailer for the indie heist thriller Solid Rock Trust from writer/director Rick Ives. The movie stars Koko Marshall as Maddie, a hacker who is “armed with only a collection of cell phones and a unique talent” that “orchestrates an elaborate bank heist from an abandoned building.” As these things go, the situation spins out of control. Will she be able to keep things together? The indie film co-stars Alexander Hearth, Willie Davis IV, Tay Jones, and Mikaela Moore, and was released by Indie Rights Movies.

Solid Rock Trust is available to watch on Tubi here.

Posted on February 18th, 2023 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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The MCU has been very popular for a number of reasons, but one of the things that really worked in Phase One was a handful of characters that appeared in multiple movies in smaller roles at first and helped to bring the bigger world together. Marvel owes a lot to Phil Coulson and Nick Fury. With James Gunn and Peter Safran leading the new (and hopefully improved) DCU, what characters should they bring in to tie the various movies together? We have a few ideas.

JIMMY OLSEN

Who would be better than Superman’s pal Jimmy Olsen? He is a beloved character that has been around for more than 80 years. He could give the audience a very human perspective to this larger than life world of superheroes, over the top villains, and fictional cities. His job as a photojournalist could let him travel city to city photographing superheroes for the Daily Planet- and it gives him a unique chance to network with the various heroes (he is Superman’s best friend if you have not heard). I can also picture a docu series with Jimmy talking about different cities, the superheroes in them, and the already established rogues. The DCEU wasted Olsen’s potential, lets hope the DCU doesn’t repeat this mistake!

PHANTOM STRANGER

Okay, maybe a human is not strong enough to hold the DCU together through various movies, how about an omniscience being who already ties together DC Comic’s supernatural, cosmic, and earthbound heroes together? Heck, he even helped usher DC’s crossover with Marvel in the nineties. The Phantom Stranger is the perfect character to lurk in the background, moving heroes and villains around like chess pieces, and preparing for something big and multiverse shattering. And look at that fedora, is there a more stylist immortal character for James Gunn to choose?

VANDAL SAVAGE

Who says we need a good guy to tie together the various movies of the DCU? Thanos became the connective tissue of the MCU movies after Coulson/Fury and the first Avengers movie. And we keep sitting at thej edge of our seats for the mad titan’s next appearance. While I love Lex Luthor and the Joker, both have been kinda overused in past movies and TV shows. Enter Vandal Savage, a 50 thousand year old villain who has faced off with both the Justice Society and the Justice League. He is a master manipulator who can also hold his own against most of the heroes of the DCU. He can tie different time periods of the DCU together (Jonah Hex, Golden Age Heroes, Swamp Thing, Icon),and just maybe, his plan has been boiling for thousands of years…

What characters would you love to see tie the DCU together? Do you want to see movies tie together right away, or wait a while to crossover?