Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Press Release: Indie Horror Short "Microcinema" Official Selection of Jersey Gore and Shockfest Film Festival

From the Garden State to the Golden State, “Microcinema”  
Goes Coast to Coast in November!

Indie Horror Short “Microcinema” Official Selection of Jersey Gore
and Shockfest Film Festivals

MASSACHUSETTS (Oct. 9, 2012) – The hits keep coming for Massachusetts-based Harvest Tide Productions first online and internationally self-distributed horror short independent film “Microcinema,” written and directed by Harvest Tide co-founder Skip Shea. “Microcinema” will be screened at the brand new Jersey Gore Film Festival,, Nov. 3, at the Darress Theater in Boonton, NJ; and as part of the official line up of the popular Shockfest Film Festival of Hollywood, http://www.shockfilmfest.comNovember 16 and 17, at the Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, CA.

“It’s exciting to see our short film continue to get such notice from both the new and underground as well as the established film festivals,” said Shea. “And I’m especially pleased that horror fans on both coasts will have the chance next month to experience our six little minutes of  big entertainment.”

“Microcinema” won the 2012 Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Honorable Mention Award for Best Horror Short. And within a few short months of its release in 2011, “Microcinema” wowed critics and audiences last year at numerous horror film festivals and screenings including in 2011 the 1st Annual Danish Horror Film Festival: THE TURBINE at Spinderihallerne, Vejle, Denmark; All Things Horror Shudder Fest at the Somerville Theater in Somerville, MA; Short Horror Films at AS220 in Providence, RI; the Massachusetts Independent Film Festival; and before Canadian horror film fans at Fright Night Theater presents: ABSENTIA & Microcinema at the Staircase Cafe Theater in Hamilton, Ontario; and at the 2012 Shock Stock Convention at Centennial Hall in London, Ontario.

Starring Alex Lewis and Aurora Grabill, “Microcinema” ( is the story of Peter Martell, a highly educated, well-to-do young man with too much free time on his hands. He spends it watching snuff films. One day he makes the bold decision to cross the line from observer to participant, aspiring to bring a philosophical element to his own kind of snuff films. Ready to go to work, he tracks his first victim into a haunted New England wood, where the boundary between participant and observer takes a different turn.

In 2011, “Microcinema” scored on several best-of lists and gained momentum as a cult favorite and a hit with horror reviewers. Chris Conduit of The Conduit Speaks, put “Microcinema” as the best horror short of the year giving it his Conduit Award. Danielle Holman writing for Truly Disturbing Horror, www.trulydisturbing.comlisted “Microcinema” as one of the five best horror films saying, “Skip Shea’s seven-minute short film is deserving in the ranks of the big films as it’s able to accomplish more in less than ten minutes than an hour and a half feature length film.” In her Bleeding Dead, she has called “Microcinema” “…one of the most important horror films of our time.”

Shea has accumulated a long list of awards and accolades for his films and screenplays. His comedic short film “Choices” won Best New England Film at the 2012 Massachusetts Independent Film Festival. A feature-length script for “Microcinema” was a semi-finalist in this year’s Shriekfest in Los Angeles and his comedic short screenplay “The Bar” took runner-up in the Comedy Short Script category at the 19th Annual Woods Hole Film Festival.

“Microcinema” was originally a storyline for one of the episodes of Harvest Tide’s new horror web series “Longreach,” written by William DeCoff. “Longreach” follows the demise of Daniel Jedrek, the sergeant at arms for the Longreach Association, an ancient global charitable organization that takes charity to extremes. The Harvest Tide production team – Shea, DeCoff, Will Smyth and Emily King – agreed that “Microcinema” stood on its own in the burgeoning new online entertainment and media arena and delivers a brutal and gruesome tale to horror film fans. 

“Microcinema” is now available on the film’s website for 99 cents. The best horror for under a dollar.  


What the critics are saying about “Microcinema”

“In what stands out as a giddy teenager spitting in the face of authority, Harvest Tide Productions and Uxbridge, MA’s own Skip Shea have crafted a short film that solidly runs all the lines of horror while establishing its own unique and disturbing storyline that scares (pun intended) away from the genre’s usual archaic tropes.” - Josh Lyford, Pulse Magazine.

“This is a 6 minute experience genre fans owe themselves. It’s rare these days to find full length Hollywood feature films that feel fresh, let alone 6 minute shorts made on tiny budgets.” - Life After Undeath Blog.

“The film is brave and unrelenting. It is a breath of fresh air to a lot of the common horror tricks that are being trotted out time and again." -Alexandra West, Scare Tactics Blog.

“Skip Shea is an adept director with equal ability to write, his short film gets more across than most full length films.  4 out of 5 Stars” - The Bleeding Dead Film Reviews. 

“You will not be expecting to see the events that unfold in this shocking short film.” - The Horror Spot

“The script itself deserves kudos for completely drawing your attention to the one aspect we would expect every horror film to contain and then suddenly shocks you with an element you rarely see in this genre.”  - The Scariest Movies Online 

“I figured I was in for one of three things:  a really solid work, a bite size film that left me feeling nothing, or one of those that makes me want to substitute rat poison for the salt on my dinner table.  Those are the three categories all art falls into for me, always. Yet, when it was all said and done, Shea’s vignette carved a whole new icky slot out just for itself. 9 out of 10 Stars” - The Conduit Speaks

“Brilliant. 8.5 out of 10 Stars” - The Gruesome Hurtzogg Horror Movie Review Podcast.

“4 out of 5 Stars” - Char Hardin

“What I find particularly interesting about Microcinema is its plot and how it seems to blend together torture, voyeurism, and a lot of other really weird horrific topics like snuff films.” - Horror Society 

“Microcinema Doesn't Disappoint” - Victor Infante, Worcester Telegram & Gazette

“The new indie horror romp Microcinema and it is a doozy.” - Truly Disturbing Horror

“Interesting short that starts as your usual slasher/serial killer fare before taking a wicked little turn.”  -Shaun Sjolin Cenobiteme Blog

“Unicornsblud Horror Review Stamp of Majestic Approval”  - Unicronsblud's Horror Reviews

“Twisted and sick but with a new vision.” - The Dr. Chris Radio of Horror

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