NEW YORK PREMIERE
After reuniting to sell off their missing father’s video store, two estranged brothers (Chase Williamson, Graham Skipper) discover the store’s darkest product: an old VHS board game that might hold secrets about their dad’s disappearance. Unfortunately, the game is also ready to subject them to unimaginable and brutal supernatural terrors. Wearing its proud ’80s influences like badges of honor, first-time director Jackson Stewart’s BEYOND THE GATES impressively captures that kitschy decade’s horror eccentricities and manic energy. The result is one hell of a vibrant and gruesome roller-coaster ride. Beyond The Gates is the winner of the LA Film Festival Nightfall Jury Prize.
Cast: Chase Williamson, Graham Skipper, Brea Grant, Barbara Crampton, Matt Mercer, Jesse Merlin
Director/Screenwriter: Jackson Stewart
Producers: Jackson Stewart, Stephen Scarlata, Amanda Mortimer, Barbara Crampton, Ian Keiser, Jon Kondelik
Cinematography: Brian Sowell
Length: 83 Minutes
About the Director
In 2008, having left Vientiane 30 years earlier when the communist government took power, Mat- tie’s father emigrated from the United States back to his homeland and invited his children to join him. A year later, Mattie and her husband gave their whippet a bunch of shots for tropical diseases and boarded a plane. Trained as a makeup artist, Mattie had spent time on set for various independent productions both in Europe and America, and within a few months of arriving, she’d found a home at Laos’ oldest production company, Lao Art Media. Within three months, she was producing a reality TV program. A year later, she began production on her first feature film, Chan-thaly, which went on to become the first Lao film to screen in international film festivals in North America and Europe. In 2013, Mattie became the first Lao filmmaker to represent Lao film at the Cannes FIlm Market as part of the Institut Français’ La Fabrique des Cinemas du Monde. Later that year, Mattie was one of ten international filmmakers selected to participate in the Toronto International Film Festival Talent Lab.