TABLE OF CONTENTS 06
Fear Fete’s Derek Morris Talks About The Gulf Coast Invasion
The History of Film: Mississippi
Fear Fete 2013: Official Program Guide
Get The Led Out At Zeppelin’s
A Discussion with Fear Fete Host, Lar Park Lincoln
The Exorcist Turns 40
Capone’s Italian Ristorante FearFete.com
BY JARED TOWNSEND
SHOW ON THE ROAD
Fear Fete’s Derek Morris Talks About The Gulf Coast Invasion
ow in its third year, the Fear Fete Horror Film Festival is bringing back chills, scares, thrills and horror, albeit with one significant change. For 2013, Executive Director Derek Morris has moved the indie horror event away from Baton Rouge, Louisiana and to a new home: the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Morris says there’s not a better area on the entire Gulf Coast to hold the festival. The Mississippi Gulf Coast is renowned for its beaches, casinos and entertainment events. “There’s always been a sense of community and support for the arts here,” Morris notes. “When you combine that with being sort of a central hub along the coast, where fans from Baton Rouge or even the Florida panhandle are not too far away, we now feel we have found the perfect location to call this event home.” Content at this year’s Fear Fete is of a high variety and represents the best of the best from over 200 film submissions from 19 different countries. Six blocks include Fantasy Frights, Psychoville, Spook Show, Die Laughing, Terror Time and of course, Zombie Invasion – categories that are arranged based on the types of films submitted to run. “Every year, we have to take what we are given to create our genre blocks. We break down scores and decide which films are the best and create the categories from there,” Morris explains.
In addition to the new location, there’s also a sense of growing the festival even larger than years past – something that’s expected to help indie horror filmmakers showcase their work to an even larger audience. Film distributors have screened each of the festival’s indie flicks for possible deals. “ShortsHD has been a fantastic partner. The fact that they have chosen several of our films to be featured throughout the year on their television channel is great. They’re also working to qualify several others for The Academy,” notes Morris. On the opposite side of covering shorts is Midnight Releasing. The company is examining Fear Fete’s featured films for distribution consideration. “As a distributor we’re always seeking quality films to release, and with this arrangement we get to see the best of the best from indie filmmakers who might not otherwise know about us or how to get their film distributed,” states Midnight Releasing Media & Technology Director Reese Lester. For Fear Fete Part Three, Morris has lined up an all-star list of guests including Lar Park Lincoln (Friday The 13th Part VII), Addy Miller (The Walking Dead), J. LaRose (Insidious and Saw) and RJ Haddy (SyFy’s Face Off). Meanwhile, viewing the indie horror flicks isn’t the only thing going on at the festival. There’s also a Zombie pub crawl, a Midnight Mashup Party and a Midnight Metal Night Party featuring the band Down The Phoenix – the latter two of which will be held at Zeppelin’s Pizzeria. Providing scares and fun isn’t the only thing going on with Fear Fete, though. Despite all the horror, there’s also a very human element to the event. For another year, Fear Fete has partnered with the nonprofit Scares That Care – an organization that donates money, toys and other useful items to sick children in need. “The partnership just makes sense for us. We’ll be donating part of the proceeds from events such as the Zombie Pub Crawl to the charity. It’s a wonderful organization that we trust fully to fulfill the promises they make to help children,” Morris states enthusiastically.
T H E
H I S T O RY
F I L M
BY WARD EMLING
The Mississippi Film Commission was created on January 17, 1973, by Governor Bill Waller. Now called the Mississippi Film Office, we are celebrating not just our 40th anniversary, but also almost 100 years of on location filming and the contributions of the people of Mississippi who have nurtured and supported this great film industry. Beginning with THIEVES LIKE US in 1973, more than 50 films, 21 television movies, 26 documentaries, two television series, dozens of episodes of television programs, countless short films, and hundreds of commercials and music videos have been filmed in Mississippi. Mississippi film and television production have presented to the world the work of such Mississippians as Larry Brown, William Faulkner, John Grisham, Beth Henley, Willie Morris, Eudora Welty, Tennessee Williams, and Kathryn Stockett. Films produced in Mississippi have highlighted contributions of notable Mississippians and documented our contributions to the fields of music, civil rights, literature, science, history, and medicine. On location film production has brought to Mississippi many celebrities and some of the world’s greatest directors. The industry has filmed in every corner of Mississippi…we believe film production has touched all of our 82 counties…in cities from Bay St. Louis to Senatobia, from Natchez to Jacinto, from Tunica to Pascagoula, from Vicksburg to Meridian, from Woodville to Walls in the last 40 years. We know these films create opportunity not just for communities to see stars in their neighborhoods, but for their neighborhoods to become stars: Holly Springs in COOKIE’S FORTUNE, Canton in A TIME TO KILL, Natchez in HUCK FINN, Yazoo City in MISS FIRECRACKER, Edwards in O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU?, Greenwood in THE HELP. The Mississippi Development Authority recognizes the value and the potential of the film industry as an engine of economic and community development. The impact of film production on location has broad reach: hotels, restaurants, grocery stores, car dealerships, department stores, construction companies, office supply companies, etc. Film production in Mississippi has accounted for more than $200 million in direct expenditure since the creation of the Film Office, and it has generated hundreds of thousands of paychecks for Mississippians. The work of the Mississippi Film Office across the state and around the world has created jobs and opportunity, enhanced tourism and community, and provided public relations impact and global awareness. Over the last several years we have worked with other state agencies to create greater efficiency in our support of the film industry and continue to search for ways to create a more attractive environment for film production. Since 2004, we have successfully worked with the state legislature to create a competitive film incentive program. Presently, Mississippi provides cash rebates of 25-35% on in-state production spend and both in-state and out of state cast and crew payroll; with a low minimum spend of $50,000 and a quick rebate payout within 60 days of the completion of production. And we continue to work every day clarify and streamline the program, and to keep our incentive vibrant, responsive, and globally attractive. The Mississippi Film Office believes in the power of film to change lives, to create opportunity, to enlighten, and to enjoin. Our endeavor is to add the incredible force that is filmmaking today, in all its forms, to the great heritage of Mississippi storytelling.
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The 2013 Fear Fete Horror Film Festival invades the Mississippi Gulf Coast October 17th - 20th. Fear Fete features 26 indie horror films from around the globe, including films from right here on the Gulf Coast. Fear Fete is more than just a film festival, with several events planned throughout the weekend, which include a Zombie Pub Crawl, world premiere, and more. We look forward to terrifying you this October!
Dead Carpet Gala/Awards 6:00pm | Mary C. O’Keefe Center 1600 Government St, Ocean Springs, MS
Red Rose Premiere
8:00pm | Mary C. O’Keefe Center 1600 Government St, Ocean Springs, MS
friday october 18
Zombie Pub Crawl
8:00pm | Crooked Letter Brewery 1805 Government St, Ocean Springs, MS
hosted by $5
TBA | Courtyard by Marriott D’Iberville 11471 Cinema Drive, D’Iberville, MS
Midnight Mashup Party 11:00pm | Zeppelin’s Pizzeria & bar 709 Howard Ave, Biloxi, MS
lar park lincoln
saturday october 19 $10
TBA | Courtyard by Marriott D’Iberville 11471 Cinema Drive, D’Iberville, MS
Midnight Metal (Live)
11:00pm | Zeppelin’s Pizzeria & bar 709 Howard Ave, Biloxi, MS
Lar Park Lincoln is perhaps best known for her roles in the 1987 film House II: The Second Story as Kate, and in the 1988 horror film Friday The 13th Part VII: The New Blood as Tina Shepard. Lar is featured in Fearless Women Fearless Wisdom by Mary Ann Halpin, a photographic essay about 40 women touched by life’s trials. Each woman has a story with a bit of wisdom they share in hope that it will help all of humanity. Lar decided to return to her native state of Texas to raise her children. Her daughter Piper, has graduated from college and her son Trevor, begins college in the fall. Since the move, she has rapidly become Texas’ most elite career coach for actors and pageantry.
friday october 18
(sci-fi horror) 6:00pm
(slasher horror) 8:45pm
the cabin NO
j. larose J grew up in Chicago. He was very young when he was born, and although only a newborn baby, he immediately had a sense for the dramatic. In his first scene, “birth”, he performed all of his own stunts and even cried on queue. Exhausted from that all consuming role, he decided to take the next 30 years off to start a family. Upon his return to “the business”, he immersed himself in training and took to smaller projects to help re-sharpen his skills. Although his “comeback” has been long and challenging, he continues to push forward in the pursuit living out his dreams as a professional pretender.
pieces of talent
saturday october 19
(paranormal horror) 6:00pm NO
addy miller Addy Miller started her career as a child model at the age of four, but didn’t get her first big break until the age eight when she won the role of Young Dakota Fanning in The Secret Life of Bees. After setting foot on that set, she knew this was what she was meant to do with her life. Addy’s most recognized work is on AMC’s 2010 new original series The Walking Dead, cast as the “Little Girl Zombie” in the pivotal opening scene that set the tone for the entire show. Fans of the show have raved her scene as “Best Kill”, “Shock of the Week”, “Zombie of the Week”, and declared Addy as an “Instant Horror Legend”.
(comedy horror) 8:45pm
the house that cried blood
night of the pumpkin NO
quite a conundrum
thing in the shed NO
fist of jesus
silent agony NO
Unheard of in any other High School in the State. He was living a content life as a teacher but yearned to get back into the professional circuit. Then FACE OFF premiered and it became an event to watch season one with the students at lunch (and during some classes) At the end of season one, pressured by a few of his upper class men, he decided …”EH , what the heck ?” and submitted his audition packet. To his surprise he was called to LA for an audition. From there he was part of the San Diego Comic Con 2011 Face off Challenge where he competed for the final spot on the show with two other would be contestants…. and the rest at this point is history.
fear eats the seoul
BY JARED TOWNSEND
ituated in downtown Biloxi, Mississippi, Zeppelin’s Pizzeria is located at the heart of the Gulf Coast region – offering customers a variety of specialty pizzas. If a hint from the restaurant’s name isn’t enough, take a look at the menu and you’ll see that this pizza joint definitely has a rock n’ roll theme based off of the legendary band Led Zeppelin (just some of the pizza names include “Whole Lotta Love,” “The Zeppelin,” “Black Dog,” “Stairway to Heaven,” and “ScRamble ON”).
GET THE LED OUT!
At Zeppelin’s, you’ll find interesting takes on the pizza world with sauces such as spicy buffalo, Caribbean Jerk, pesto and olive, BBQ, creamy Alfredo and of course, that traditional tomato-based red sauce everyone loves. That’s not to mention great sandwiches, appetizers, salads and pasta. “We offer a very relaxed, casual dining experience and feature lots of Italian favorites but with a Gulf Coast twist!” states Zeppelin’s owner and manager Erin Valencia. The relaxed atmosphere also hosts a pool table, BuzzTime Trivia, TVs (great for sports) and serves full menu items until last call. As for Valencia’s recommendations as what you should try? “Some of my personal favorites are the Seafood Bread, Jerk Wings and Exodus Pizza just to name a few...” The Seafood Bread includes fresh shrimp, crawfish and onions in a savory cream sauce, topped with jalapenos and mozzarella all baked together – an appetizer item that the restaurant describes as a “Gulf coast favorite.” Aside from jerk sauce, Zeppelin’s wings come in flavors including sweet BBQ, Teriyaki and Buffalo. As for the Exodus Pizza, it includes a traditional red sauce with jerk-spice chicken breast, grilled pineapple, jalapenos, dried cranberries and mozzarella cheese topped with Caribbean Jerk sauce. At Zeppelin’s, you can also get creative and design your own pizza.
Zeppelin’s unique take on Gulf Coast eats made the restaurant perfect for a starring role in the Fear Fete Horror Film Festival. “Zeppelin's loves to partner with all sorts of local organizations, groups and entertainers to provide a fun, exciting and of course, profitable events for everyone that is involved. And the fact that we LOVE Halloween only sweetened the deal!” comments Valencia. The pizzeria will specifically host Fear Fete’s Midnight Mashup Party on Oct 18th at 11PM. During the event, those attending will get a taste of horror genre dance music (get ready to dance to some spooky tunes) from the hottest DJ on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, DJ General Jay ($5.00 door fee/21+). In addition to the above, Zeppelin’s will also host Midnight Metal the following day on October 19th at 11PM. Midnight Metal will feature a live performance by the local band Down The Phoenix. Aside from Zeppelin’s pizza, there will also be some great drink specials ($10.00 door fee/21+). If you happen to be in the Gulf Coast area attending Fear Fete, the two special events, however, aren’t the only great times to visit the pizzeria during Fear Fete’s run Oct 1720th. Zeppelin’s will also be offering 15% off checks for those who show their Fear Fete ticket stubs to servers. So what makes Zeppelin’s relaxed atmosphere ideal for Fear Fete? There’s
one chilling fact: The restaurant itself is located on the grounds of a historical Masonic Temple. Being a horror film festival, we had to ask: Is it haunted? “We do hear weird noises at night and most of the staff generally prefers NOT to be alone here after dark. We welcome any ghost hunters!” explains Valencia, laughing. Another great factor is that the staff at Zeppelin’s also happens to be horror fans themselves. “We are definitely into horror movies, especially the classics. The Shining still gets me to this day!” Valencia goes on to say. Zeppelin’s stays open from 11AM to 2AM (sometimes later). Aside from Fear Fete festivities, the pizzeria and bar is renowned for holding “Kickin Karaoke” every Tuesday 10PM-2AM. The pizzeria’s location is 709 Howard Ave. Biloxi, Mississippi. More information at www. zeppelins.mobi.
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A Discussion with Fear Fete Host,
Lar Park Lincoln
hen Fear Fete began to think of what kind of host it would need to pull off the Gulf Coast area’s biggest horror film festival, it truly believed it had to bring in someone who was not only a horror fan themselves, but an industry veteran who held insight as to what it’s actually like to be on the set of a chilling horror film experience. This year, Fear Fete was pleased to agree to terms with horror industry veteran actress Lar Park Lincoln. If the name doesn’t ring a bell, let these film titles do the talking: Lincoln has had leading roles in Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood, House II: The Second Story and the anthology series known as Freddy’s Nightmares: A Nightmare on Elm Street. We recently caught up with the actress to discuss her horror past, what she’s been up to lately, her plans for Fear Fete and what she’s looking forward to in the future: Lincoln has fond memories of her horror past as playing the role of Tina Shepard in 1988’s Friday the 13th Part VII. “My favorite part of shooting the movie was being able to immerse myself in a character that had many emotional levels and her fight to retain her sanity and the threat of bad news crews manipulating her. I didn't necessarily think of it as a "slasher" film but more of a terrifying ordeal for this girl with mental complications,” she explains. Meanwhile, Lincoln hasn’t necessarily ruled out revisiting the Friday the 13th. We asked her about the possibility of returning to the series in some capacity. “I would be just thrilled! I was offered part 8 but there wasn't a script and I didn't want to chance ruining the cool story of "Tina" by signing on to a film with no story line.” Instead of participating in part 8, Lincoln opted for another film role. However, her resume as an actress hasn’t been her only involvement with the franchise. She’s also come up with a creative concept herself. “I also wrote an episode and would be so excited to bring Tina back!!” In the recent past, Lar Park Lincoln has also worked to share her acting expertise with others looking to make their own
marks on the film industry. In Dallas, she operates a film, TV and on-camera acting studio – something she’ll be bringing with her to Fear Fete. “One class is about getting started as a professional actor and the other concerns auditioning for horror films! It’s really fun, however, not as easy as it looks!! We’ll have a great class and this is special to me because I’ll be able to teach those who may not ever be able to come to my Dallas studio.” And while Lar Park Lincoln’s veteran status as an actress in the horror industry is pretty untouchable, we also had to gauge her to see what she likes as a horror fan. She cites Hitchcock and The Twilight Zone as being among her favorites. “I’m impartial to Rear Window and Jimmy Stewart! I also of course am mad for Karen Black’s trilogy of Terror! Someone please cast me in a remake of that show!! Of course it would have to be different because I can’t be Karen Black! God rest her soul, what a fun actress to watch!! Playing the cool blond heroine in Hitch’s movies has been a dream since childhood! The Twilight Zone shows play on my home TV all day during Thanksgiving!! My poor children didn't appreciate it while they were younger but they sure do now. Much better than a football game in the background!” she says, laughing. She also enjoys Freddy’s Nightmares - a show she says is kind of reminiscent of The Twilight Zone. Lincoln’s life has been touched with adversity. She’s currently in the fifth year of treatment for stage 3 breast cancer and she describes herself as very lucky to be alive. “I am in remission and doing very well but it has not been an easy road at all,” she says. However, she uses her experience to help inspire others. “I look forward to offering some sage advice and some heartfelt hope to anyone dealing with cancer or a severe diagnosis and to bring them some fun and joy!!!!” she says of her plans for Fear Fete. Lar Park Lincoln will be holding Acting Workshops during Fear Fete at the Courtyard by Marriot. For more information on her, visit her website at: larparklincoln.com
BY JARED TOWNSEND
ans of the genre could easily argue that The Exorcist, released in 1973, remains the most influential horror film of all time. In spite of the recent successes of ghost tales like Paranormal Activity and slasher flicks like Scream, this classic tale of pre-teen possession still stands out as a different breed of horror film - and was even nominated for a Best Picture Oscar when it was released. When the film was released in the 1973, this type of story had never been done before and viewers were shocked. The explicit images of a pubescent girl vomiting and using vulgar language and gestures were controversial enough to get the film banned in several countries. Some moviegoers fainted and even vomited themselves at the sight of some of the intense special effects, an outcome that many filmmakers still try to achieve today with films like Paranormal Activity and Cloverfield. The Catholic overtones of the film were unique in that while many viewers believed the film to be blasphemous, the content represented religion in a positive light. In The Exorcist, evil forces are responsible for possessing the victim, while only the “lightness” of the priests is able to draw it out. In spite of its dark content, the film is actually affirmative in its display of faith and religion. In fact, the mother of the ailing child is actually an atheist who does not want to acknowledge that her child is possessed by a satanic force. It is only through the Catholic Church that the girl is cured.
BY ALEX SMITH
In spite of the supernatural content of The Exorcist, the complex relationships and events create a realistic backdrop for the film that grounds it in real experiences people can releate to. In this way, The Exorcist helped to establish horror films with morals, as it demonstrates the importance of believing in both positive and negative forces. In a way, it could be argued that the horror aspects simply provide a veil for the film’s moral narrative. In 1979 The Amityville Horror was released, clearly inspired by the realism of the The Exorcist. Moviegoers were intrigued by the claim that The Amityville Horror was based on true paranormal occurrences. Even comedies, like Beetlejuice and Repossessed have been inspired by the film. Japanese horror films like Ju-On, which have become increasingly popular with American audiences, are also based on the same concepts of building a strong atmosphere and possessed/demonic children. It may seem that such a classic film would be dated, and some aspects of it are. Many of the so-called “shocking” scenes are relatively tame by today’s standards (that pea soup doesn’t hold up so well unfortunately); however, that is not to say that the film does not stand the test of time. While many horror films, like The Devil Within Her, Insidious and The Exorcist II and III tried to recapture the ambience, message and thrill of this film, no other has made such an impact on the filmmaking community or horror fans. To old and new viewers alike, The Exorcist remains one of the scariest movies in existence.
Capone’s Italian Ristorante
f you think of the Gulf Coast area in terms of the food it offers, you’re likely to imagine barbecue, seafood and anything spicy – after all, that is what this part of the country is known for. And despite the success of such food types, that hasn’t stopped another category of cuisine from taking off in southern Mississippi: Italian. Whether you’re a Biloxi native or just in town for the Fear Fete Horror Film Festival (October 17-20), you may want to consider visiting Capone’s Italian Ristorante. The location promises to provide the “freshest Italian food on the coast.” Capone’s offers a wide variety of dishes including Chicken Parmesan, Pesto Shrimp, Big Al’s Meatball (with spaghetti, of course), Steak Gorgonzola, Veal Parmesan, Shrimp Pomodoro, Manicotti and plenty of other selections. Concerning the passion that goes into the dishes at Capone’s, it can all be summed up by the hard work put in by head chef and restaurant owner Chef Danie. “Capone's will take you away from the every day norm and put you straight into a little piece of Sicily. We have live jazz entertainment on the weekends to accompany your dining experience. With everything being prepared by hand as you order, you can taste the authenticity. Our menu is a variation of eclectic dishes ranging from seafood to steaks, pasta dishes and salads,” Chef Danie explains.
Over the past few years, Chef Danie has also shared some of her best recipes online (chefdaniecooks. blogspot.com) – showcasing what goes into cooking recipes such as Pasta Rosamarino, Shimp alla Roma, Bolognese Lasagna, Bolognese and even Shrimp and Grits. However, if such recipes aren’t enough to get you into the Italian cooking spirit, Capone’s isn’t just your basic Italian restaurant; it also acts as a culinary institute of sorts. In the recent past, Chef Danie and the restaurant have coordinated classes on how to make dishes such as Gnocchi, Chocolate Lava Cake and Shrimp Tortellini. She keeps a busy schedule, also serving Culinary Arts Director at the Mary C. O’Keefe Center where she helps with catering events and culinary classes. Chef Danie shares her own excitement regarding the horror genre, something that makes her restaurant a perfect partner for Fear Fete. “I am a huge fan of the
horror genre. I grew up watching Friday the 13th and Amityville Horror but my favorites would probably be Psycho. Other favorites include the Saw movies, Seven and Silence of the Lambs. As for TV, I love American Horror Story and Hannibal,” she explains. “Fear Fete is exciting to me because I am a huge fan of the horror genre and the idea of bringing a great film festival to the Gulf Coast is definitely something I can get excited about. Fear Fete is going to establish the Gulf Coast as a place for premiere film festivals and that will bring lots of business to the local area. I look forward to seeing what else they have in store.” So if you’re in town for Fear Fete and you’ve got Italian on the mind, head to Capone’s. In fact, if you’re in a horror-loving mood, you may want to consider getting your food to go, sitting around the television and making it an Italian horror night. And while it’s not too commonly known, Italy does have a pretty strong link to the classic horror film industry. Titles like The Beyond (1981), Inferno (1980), Deep Red (1975), Beyond the Darkness (1979), The House of the Laughing Windows (1976), Black Sabbath (1963) and Suspiria (1977) are all included on a list of the greatest Italian horror movies from IMBD.com (imdb.com/list/WNeNTquo-Po/). You can find Capone’s at 3516 Sangani Blvd D'Iberville, MS 39540. Capone’s is open Mon-Thurs (11AM – 9PM), Fri – Sat (11AM – 10PM) and on Sun (11AM – 9PM).