About this project
"Tara may have been ripped tragically from the world and from us Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans, but Amber Benson is still acting in projects that recall the sweet, vulnerable witch who stole Willow’s, and our, hearts." - /Film
Amber Benson stars in The Nightmare Gallery as Professor Rand, an anthropology professor whose life is turned upside-down by the sudden, suspicious disappearance of a star pupil. But when a package of paranormal artifacts arrives on her doorstep three years later, the professor embarks on a nightmarish journey into mystery that will shake her and her wife to their cores. Through a terrifying, Lynchian lens, the film follows Professor Rand's horrifying loss of self in pursuit of an extra-dimensional truth that could doom the world.
Indie horror is made everyday, but we feel that it's the responsibility of film to serve as a progressive force in our lives in addition to being wildly entertaining. When we were considering projects that were important to us, we realized that there were very few horror movies that featured LGBTQ characters and treated them like normal people. With this in mind, we set out to craft a story that could be an outstanding horror film in its own right, but would also promote the idea that genre films can be about someone other than straight, white men and women.
We intend to begin principle photography in the Summer of 2017, filming entirely in Southern California with local crew. Upon completion of the film, we'll pursue distribution for a cinematic release while applying to film festivals around the world, followed by a VOD release on as many platforms as possible.
Amber Benson - Professor Samantha Rand
Amber Benson is a writer, director, actor, and maker of things. She wrote the five book CALLIOPE REAPER-JONES urban fantasy series and the middle grade book, AMONG THE GHOSTS. She co-directed the Slamdance feature, DRONES and (co-wrote) and directed the BBC animated series, THE GHOSTS OF ALBION. She also spent three years as Tara Maclay on the television series BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER.
You can find Amber on IMDb.
Kevin Chamberlin - Dr. Stockton
Kevin grew up in Moorestown, NJ. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from Rutgers University. In 1993, Kevin landed his first Broadway gigs at Lincoln Center Theater, playing small roles in My Favorite Year and Abe Lincoln in Illinois with Sam Waterson. In 2000, Kevin originated the role of Charlie in Claudia Shear’s Dirty Blonde which earned him his first Tony Nomination. The following year, he received his second Tony Nomination, Drama Desk and Grammy nomination for playing Horton the Elephant in Seussical. In 2010, he received his third Tony nomination for his portrayal of Uncle Fester in The Addams Family. Film credits include this summer’s The Emoji Movie, Taking Woodstock directed by Ang Lee, Lucky Number Slevin, The Road to Perdition directed by Sam Mendes, and Charlie, the bomb guy in DieHard: With A Vengeance. Kid audiences will recognize him as the butler Bertram on Disney Channel’s long running hit sitcom, Jessie.
You can find Kevin on IMDb.
Mat Devine - Colton
Mat Devine is an American singer, songwriter, musician, actor and author. He is most well known for creating and fronting the alternative rock band Kill Hannah. Devine played the role of teenage comic book addict Grim Hunter in the original cast of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. The production was directed by Julie Taymor, based on the book that she co-wrote with Glen Berger while music and lyrics were written Bono and The Edge of U2.
You can find Mat on IMDb.
Gene Blalock - Director
Gene has directed over a dozen short films, three web-series, and a documentary feature. Driven by a passion for heartfelt stories, Gene created Seraph Films in an effort to grow the indie filmmaking community and to entertain others. Gene's films have won dozens of awards, both domestically and internationally. You can watch countless examples of his work on the Seraph Films YouTube channel.
Jhan Harp - Writer/Producer
After spending years in the Hollywood development industry, Jhan, and his writing partner, Rob Stith, have spent the last few years developing content with AWOL Studios and Seraph Films. Since creating the web series, The Disappearance of Madison Bishop, Jhan has been producing the 5th season of Horror Haiku and several of Seraph's short films.
Charles Hilliard - Executive Producer
Charles' illustrious career in various financial sectors has provided with him a business acumen that's simply unparalleled. Through his guidance, generosity, and a partnership with AWOL Studios, this film became a possibility.
Phil Goldberg - Executive Producer
Lawyer by day, film producer by night, Phil has been Gene's creative partner for years. Since co-founding Seraph Films with Gene, Phil has been instrumental in the creation of each Seraph Films project.
Rob Stith - Writer
Rob Stith holds a degree in English Literature from Purdue University, and is the director and producer of The ORPHEUS Protocol podcast, which showcases the tabletop RPG he is in the process of developing.
Andria Chamberlin - Director of Photography
An absolute wizard behind the camera, Andria has been Gene's go-to DP since they met. Andria is committed to each frame of the film being a gorgeous work of art.
Michael O'Neill - Composer
Michael O’Neill is a music composer, producer, arranger, multi instrumentalist & vocalist with over 35 years of experience at the highest levels of music and media. Michael has supported numerous artists including Barbra Streisand, Stevie Wonder, George Benson, Natalie Cole, Al Jarreau, Michael McDonald, Rickie Lee Jones, Vince Gill, Brad Paisley, Boy George, Vince Neil and many others. Michael has composed music for more than 3 dozen TV series and many films. He was nominated for a Grammy as an Associate Producer on George Benson’s “Songs and Stories” CD (Monster Music Version). Michael has recorded 6 solo CD’s and produces many other artists.
Wendelyn Slipakoff - Production Designer
Wendelyn is a highly talented design artist who brings a unique and stylistic approach to the film industry from her background as a gallery owner and interior designer. After earning her BA from Pepperdine University, she interned under the world-renowned interior and textile designer, Marcie Bronkar, and now lends her expertise to Seraph Films.
Aly Wolff-Mills - Art Director
A woman of innumerable talents, Aly is responsible for building the world of The Nightmare Gallery. Her keen eye and artistic sense have been honed by everything from filmmaking to tattoo design.
Jill Warner - First Assistant Director
Hailing from Chicago, Jill has worked her way from an internship at Imagine Entertainment to the sets of major films like Tron: Legacy, Land of the Lost, and even TV shows such as Westworld, American Horror Story, The Knick and American Gods. Jill continues to excel on set as a 1st Assistant Director and Production Manager.
Tony Hudson - VFX Supervisor
Tony Hudson is a veteran filmmaker and visual effects entrepreneur with more than two decades of experience working at such companies as Industrial Light and Magic, Walt Disney Feature Animation and Lucasfilm Animation creating effects for gigantic films. Tony now finds satisfaction with his home-based visual effects studio and has worked with Seraph films since 2015.
Iram Withencroft - Prop Master
Iram Withencroft is a fabricator with fourteen years of experience creating props and costumes for private and professional use. His background is in 3D makeup and costume design for theater. His work has been showcased in numerous gallery shows, and will be featured several upcoming film projects.
The Nightmare Gallery is already making headlines! Check out our press coverage:
/Film: ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ Actress Amber Benson to Star in ‘The Nightmare Gallery’
Digital Spy: 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Amber Benson is back for horror film The Nightmare Gallery'
ComingSoon.Net: 'Buffy’s Amber Benson to Star in The Nightmare Gallery '
Dread Central: 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer Star Joins The Nightmare Gallery'
Daily Dead: 'Amber Benson to Star in Seraph Films’ THE NIGHTMARE GALLERY'
Flickering Myth: 'Buffy star Amber Benson joins horror The Nightmare Gallery'
Sciencefiction.com: 'Amber Benson Will Be Slaying It As Part Of The Cast For ‘The Nightmare Gallery’'
While filmmaking is enormously fun, and the results can be transformative, the process isn't cheap. Thankfully, through a co-production with AWOL Studios, Seraph Films was able to raise a large portion of the funding necessary to make The Nightmare Gallery. However, there's still some budget unaccounted for -- and that's where you come in. By choosing one of the awesome perks included in this Kickstarter campaign, you can help us to get across the finish line. But we want you to know exactly where your support is going. Check out this chart below to see a breakdown of the project's budget.
We know that there are a lot of indie horror crowdfunding campaigns out there. That's why we've pulled out the stops to provide you with the coolest perks possible. Check out some of the highlights below:
Backer-only Horror Haiku Episode(s)
By supporting at only the $5 level, you'll get access to a backer-only episode of Horror Haiku: The Museum! This is the only way to see the full 5th season of Horror Haiku! And, if we reach our stretch goals, that could become 2, or even 3 bonus episodes!
Seraph Films' Latest Short Film, Bereavement
The only way to watch Bereavement is to support this project at the $10 level or higher! And the best part is, the film is complete! You won't need to wait for The Nightmare Gallery to be finished. Backers at the $10 level or higher will get access to this project as soon as the Kickstarter campaign ends! This backer-only project is directed by Gene Blalock and written by Jhan Harp and Rob Stith, Bereavement tells the haunting, paranormal story of a husband and wife who were taken from each other unexpectedly. But a strange apparition after the funeral suggests that something horrifying and unearthly is at play.
Join us on Set, IMDb Credits, Props, and more!
Check out the exciting and varied perks offered by this Kickstarter campaign! Will you own a part of the film, hang out with us on set, or craft your own Horror Haiku? We look forward to you joining us on this journey!
Stretch and Social Goals
Every penny we raise past our funding goal will be put towards making The Nightmare Gallery into a better film, and not into the filmmakers' pockets. Additional support past $12,500 will go towards a larger visual effects budget, better equipment rentals, more crew on set, and so forth. And to thank you for your support, we've come up with some exciting stretch goals! For each stretch goal we achieve, we'll unveil another one, so please keep sharing!
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Please note that the estimated delivery date reflects the expected delivery of every perk in each reward level being fulfilled. Some perks will be delivered much sooner than this date (such as Horror Haiku or Bereavement-related perks). The estimated delivery date of perks related to the release of The Nightmare Gallery may be adjusted due to festival submissions/selections or distribution deals. We'll keep all backers updated as the project moves into production, post-production, and beyond.
Risks and challenges
Because our project is largely funded by private investment, the risk is lower than with most indie filmmaking projects. That said, your support is critical to having this film be a success. There are always risks associated with the production and distribution of indie films, but thanks to our years of filmmaking experience, fantastic locations, and talented crew, we're able to minimize the risks. A number of the perks are either completed (Bereavement) or in-progress (Horror Haiku: The Museum), so you won't even have to wait for the film to be completed before you get some of your perks! If you have any questions, please ask us!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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