Jake Mulliken could have just hosted a normal premiere for his feature film Meltdown. Instead, he collaborated with Somerset County to create the first annual Roof Garden Independent Film Festival, which focuses specifically on suspense and horror films produced by independent Pennsylvania filmmakers. On August 16th, Mulliken and others will screen their films at various Somerset locations. See film descriptions and schedule below:
Somerset Quality Inn
Captain Z and the Terror of Leviathan (2014)
In 1714, Captain Zachariah Zicari stops a group of possessed townsfolk from using a powerful amulet that would released the ultimate evil, the Leviathan. It’s 2014 and the amulet is again in the wrong hands, bringing back the demons and even Captain Z! Can this pirate save the earth again? Directed and co-written by Steve Rudzinski. Captain Z will screen in the Somerset Quality Inn Conference Center Ballroom.
Scream Park (2012)
Directed by Cary Hill, and shot in Conneaut Lake Park, Scream Park is a retro 80s-style slasher film about an amusement park closing for the last time. The owner (Doug Bradley of Hellraiser), devises a scheme to have a pair of killers commit gruesome murders in the park as a publicity stunt to sell tickets. The victims are a group of employees partying in the park after hours. Scream Park will screen in the Somerset Quality Inn Conference Center Ballroom.
Dark of Winter (2012)
Presented by HWIC Filmworks, writer/director David C. Snyder‘s psychological horror movie stars actor/musician Kyle Jason as a man who gambles with indulging his most personal desires in an attempt to save his soul. The story follows professional assassin John French, who, while in the middle of a complicated new job, finds out about the parole of Gary Kliest, the man responsible for what happened to his daughter ten years prior. When his daughter’s old friend Sarah shows up unannounced, John’s simple existence becomes a complex puzzle. He must deal with strange, otherworldly events that are throwing his life into a chaotic mystery that he must solve before it is too late. Dark of Winter will screen in the Somerset Quality Inn Conference Center Ballroom.
Mel’s Restaurant and Bar
Meet Detective Chuckles, the only sad clown in the city. A clown on the edge, he is on the hunt for a deranged killer who paints his face in flesh tones. Aided by his over-enthusiastic partner, Noofles, Chuckles descends into the seedy underbelly of the city, dealing swift justice to any who get between him and the murderer. But what he doesn’t know is that he is not the hunter. He is the prey. Written and directed by Jackson Birnbaum. Punchline will screen at Mel’s Restaurant and Bar.
Writer/director Zane Hershberger‘s horror short follows a group of women happily perform a séance for fun one night. But what they conjure changes the game. Devilution will screen at Mel’s Restaurant and Bar.
Kultur Shock! (2013)
Director Eric Paul Chapman‘s tribute to Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone. The film follows two men and a woman who wake up injured in a windowless room with no memory of who they are or how they got there. A German-accented voice transmitted through a creepy Uncle Sam doll is their only source of (mis)information. He refers to them by their armband colors – Red, White, and Blue. Led by the rebellious Blue, the prisoners plot to outsmart Uncle Sam, escape the room and discover the shocking truth of who and where they really are. Kultur Shock will screen at Mel’s Restaurant and Bar.
Filmmaker Jake Mulliken‘s zombie comedy follows Zeke (Robert McMurray), Callie (Alicia Marie Marcucci), Les (Seth Gontkovic) and Hunter (Mulliken) on the eve of Hunter’s 29th birthday as they share in a few drinks on a seemingly dull day in their hometown of Somerset. The day takes a turn for the worse as everyone they have ever known are suddenly transformed into aggressively murderous flesh eating freaks. The four comrades are forced to hack and slash their way through the reanimated corpses of their closest friends and loved ones, only to find themselves on the precipice of a post apocalyptic wasteland littered with monsters and the looming threat of their fellow survivors. The film is an extension of his award-winning short. The Meltdown world premiere will take place at Tailgatez.
The Roof Garden Independent Film Festival will begin on August 15th at 9 p.m. with a kickoff party at Mel’s Restaurant and Bar. Screenings are free and open to the public.