Short, Horror (15 min., USA)
A traumatic event forces a recovering addict to face her demons, without her worried fiancé uncovering the truth.
Over the course of one rough night, Devi, seven years sober, must make a difficult choice between who she loves and what she loves.
A native of Los Angeles, Rakefet Abergel is an award-winning American/Israeli actress, writer/producer/director, and outspoken stand up comedian. One month after taking a stand up class, Rakefet won Best Comic and Best Overall Talent on the Tyra Banks Show. She appeared in the movie Superbad with Jonah Hill, and as Adam Sandler's sister in Just Go with It . She can also be seen in the films My Best Friend's Girl opposite Dane Cook, with Halle Berry in The Call, and alongside Eddie Murphy & Kerry Washington in the film, A Thousand Words. Rakefet regularly guest stars on TV shows including Showtime's Shameless, New Girl, My Name is Earl, Bella and the Bulldogs, and iCarly.
Recently, Rakefet wrote and starred in a horror/thriller short film called Jax in Love, which she co-produced with executive producer & casting director Jory Weitz (Napoleon Dynamite). The film, directed by Oscar-nominated director Colin Campbell had an extremely successful film festival run and garnered Abergel nine Best Actress awards from a variety of festivals including Nightmares Film Festival, Hollywood Horrorfest, GenreBlast Film Festival and Oregon Scream Week. The film also won Best Horror Short at Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival, Best Featurette, and Best Original Screenplay. Her new short screenplay, “BOO”, is a finalist at Women in Horror Film Festival in Georgia and Nightmares Film Festival in Columbus, Ohio.
Rakefet also originated the role of "Brooke" in the hilarious and touching play, The Furniture, written by Marc Warren (Even Stevens, Full House) and directed by industry veteran Joel Zwick (Full House, My Big Fat Greek Wedding), that premiered at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts.
You probably know him as Jeremy Caner on the Lifetime show UnREAL. Or maybe from his role as Walker Chisum on the NBC show Midnight, Texas. You've also seen him in the Transformers movies and the TV shows FlashForward, True Blood, and as Cutter Wentworth on One Life to Live.
Parisa Fitz-Henley is a Jamaican-American actress best known for her role as Reva Connors in Jessica Jones and Luke Cage. Since 2017, Fitz-Henley has starred in the NBC drama Midnight, Texas. Parisa also recently played Meghan Markle in the television movie "Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance".
As his diverse list of credits attests, Michael Villar has always been drawn to the unconventional, showing depth and range in every role he plays. Villar was born in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania to his mother Susan McMillen Villar and his father, Spanish native, Luis Alberto Villar. His talents with situational improv landed him the role of Grumpy, in contemporary artist Paul McCarthy's piece "White Snow". A character actor, Villar enjoys playing roles in both drama and comedy.
Michael Villar had two movies in the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. "Carnage Park", directed by Mickey Keating, and "Sleight", directed by J.D. Dillard. His most recent films “Skin” (currently nominated for an Academy Award) and “Amy’s in the Closet” both had an extremely successful film festival run. Currently shooting "The Soviet Sleep Experiment" with Chris Kattan.
Happenstance Horror Fest
Women of Horror / Best Director
Happenstance Horror Fest
Audience Award for Best Film
Queen Palm International Film Festival
Annual Queen Supreme Award for Best Dialogue in a Short
Genreblast Film Festival
Best Actress in a Short
Austin Revolution Film Festival
Best Female Filmmaker, Best Genre Filmmaker, Best Actor/Director, Best U.S. Genre Short, Best Women in Horror
Press & Interviews
Horror-on-Sea/Southend-on-Sea, Essex England- January 10, 2020 - 12:30pm
Horrible Imaginings/Santa Ana, CA - Tentatively February 8, 2020 - TBD
Dam Short Film Festival/Boulder City, NV - February 13, 2020 - 10pm
The Santa Fe Film Festival/Santa Fe, NM - February 12-16, 2020 - TBD
Love Your Shorts Film Festival/Sanford, FL - February 15, 2020 - 10pm
Ocean City Film Festival/Ocean City, MD - March 5-8, 2020
Les Femmes Underground Film Festival/Los Angeles, CA - tentatively March 21, 2020
AND ONE MORE SELECTION - Announced January 17th!
Happenstance Horror Fest - Haverhill, MA - June 15, 2019
Reels of the Dead - Indianapolis, IN - July 6, 2019
Queen Palm Film Festival - Palm Springs - July 14, 2019
NewFilmmakers LA - Los Angeles, CA - July 27
Scares That Care - Williamsburg, VA - August 2, 2019
Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival/ Buffalo, NY - August 27, 2019
Cindependent Film Festival/Cincinnati, OH - August 30, 2019
GenreBlast Film Festival - Winchester, VA - August 31, 2019
Reels of the Dead: DotD Red Track - Louisville, KY - August 30, 2019
DragonCon Film Festival - Atlanta, GA - September 1, 2019
HorrorHound Weekend Film Festival - Indianapolis, IN - September 6, 2019
Dancing Spider Film Festival -Luverne, MN - September 6, 2019
Austin Revolution Film Festival - Austin, TX - September 7, 2019
FilmQuest - Provo, UT - September 12, 2019
Detroit SheTown Film Festival - Detroit, MI - September 13, 2019
Sin City Horror Fest - Las Vegas, NV - Sept 15, 2019
Austin After Dark Film Fest - Austin, TX- Sept 14, 2019
Wreak Havoc Horror Film Festival - Greensboro, NC - September 20, 2019
NOLA Horror Film Festival - New Orleans, LA - September 26, 2019
Hot Springs Horror Film Festival - Hot Springs, AR - September 27, 2019
Rendezvous Film Festival - Amelia Island, FL - September 27, 2019
Lady Filmmakers Film Festival -Beverly Hills, CA - September 27, 2019
Grimmfest - Manchester, England - October 4, 2019
iHorror Film Festival - Tampa, FL - October 5, 2019
MonsterFest X Fangoria - Melbourne, Australia - October 12, 2019
Soundwave Comic Con - Charleston, SC - October 12, 2019
Sick Chick Flicks - Cary, NC - October 13, 2019
Buffalo International Film Festival - Buffalo, NY - October 13, 2019
Idaho Horror Film Festival/Boise, ID - October 18, 2019
Terror in the Bay Film Festival/Thunder Bay, ON - October 18, 2019
Northern Frights Festival/Sudbury, ON- October 19, 2019
Show Low Film Festival/Show Low, AZ - October 18th & October 20th
Marina Del Rey Film Fest/LA, CA - October 21, 2019
Crescent City Spook Show/New Orleans, LA - October 23, 2019
Nightmares Film Festival/Columbus, OH - October 25, 2019
Horror Films in Hotlanta/Atlanta, GA - October 25, 2019
Vancouver Horror Show/Vancouver, Canada - October 25, 2019
Horrorigins/Atlanta, GA - October 26, 2019
HorrorHaus Film Festival/Santa Clarita, CA - October 26, 2019
FANtastic Horror Film Festival/San Diego, CA - October 26, 2019
American Horrors Film Festival/Lake Geneva, WI - October 26-27, 2019
San Sebastián Horror and Fantasy Film Fest/San Sebastian, Spain - October 30, 2019
Unrestricted View Horror Film Festival/London, England- November 2, 2019
PA Indie Shorts /East Stroudsburg, PA - November 2, 2019
YoFiFest/Yonkers, NY - Nov 10, 2019
Stuff MX/Mexico City, MX - October 31-November 15, 2019
CineUnderground- Nov 16 th Piacenza Italy, and Nov 17th Busto Arsizio, Italy 2019
AtomACon Film Festival/Charleston, SC - November 23, 2019
Oregon Scream Week/Portland, OR - December 7, 2019