Review: "The Smiling Man is a Piece of Amazing Horror Art"

Big thanks to the folks at We Are Indie Horror for a fantastically favorable review of The Smiling Man. We are humbled by their response to our film, it's all one could ask for as a filmmaker. I mean, damn, check out these quotes

"...some of the scariest and most intense moments in a short film."

"...each and every shot can be made a painting"

"The Smiling Man is a piece of amazing horror art that will end as a timeless classic and will outshine any modern horror feature length film. "

Check out their full review here:

Huge thanks to the entire crew who brought their A games to make this film possible, from Abbi and Strange Dave in front of the camera, David Holechek and his team behind the lens and Melanie Leandro and her team behind the makeup to Vivien Villani for his haunting score and Jamey Scott for his fantastic mix and sound design. Of course, we're nothing without the rest of the Defiant Images guys and gals.

Super stoked for SXSW coming in a couple of weeks' time!

Official Selection - SXSW Film Festival 2016

I cannot stress to you how amazing it feels to be able to announce that The Smiling Man is an Official Selection of the 2016 SXSW Film Festival. This is, without a doubt, our biggest festival acceptance so far. With 3 screenings over 10 days and attended by 85,000 people, we are humbled at the opportunity to share our little film with the people of Austin.

We know the odds: with over 5,000 short films submitted for 110 coveted slots, we understand how incredibly fortunate we are and we look forward to making the most of this opportunity to spread the word about our little film. Huge thanks to our cast and crew, and to every film festival, big and small, that screened and believed in our film.

We will let you know as soon as screening dates and times are finalized, and we look forward to meeting some of you in Austin!

About the SXSW Film Festival

For nine days in March, creatives of all stripes gather at the SXSW Film Conference and Festival to celebrate raw innovation and emerging talent both behind and in front of the camera.

Featuring a high caliber and diverse film lineup, conversations with today’s most talented creators, one-on-one mentor sessions and more, SXSW Film brings together visionaries from all corners of the entertainment and media industry to share the stories and ideas that will shape the future of filmmaking.

The 2016 SXSW Film Conference and Festival will take place March 11-19, 2016.

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