by Jim StrzalkowskiAugust 15, 2012
Film Stars Wendy Charles and Mel England To Attend PERSONA AU GRATIN Premiere at INDIE FEST USA Independent Psycho-thriller PERSONA AU GRATIN Explores Cannibalism with Dark Comedy Sensibility
MEDIA GIANTS –West Hollywood, Calif. (August 15, 2012) *** Doesn’t every family have a dark little secret? Red Monkey Film’s PERSONA AU GRATIN, starring Wendy Charles and Mel England, is feeding horror fans’ obsession with the cannibalism sub-genre by serving up a delectable menu featuring twisted bites of black comedy. In PERSONA AU GRATIN, which premieres this Friday at INDIE FEST, Rowan Vittles is an average American Teenager with a problem: his family is hooked on eating people! With the help of best friend Seth, and girlfriend Rellie, Rowan tries to detox off his Mom's (Mrs. Vittles) high protein diet and escape the family 'business', but falls prey to the town mortician, Mr. Ghoulden, who has other plans for Rowan.
PERSONA AU GRATIN stars veteran actors Wendy Charles (THE REAL BABYSITTERS OF NEW YORK) playing Mrs. Vittles and Mel England (LITTLE BIG TOP) playing Mr. Ghoulden. The film is directed by Rebecca Heck and written by Andy Cannistra. PERSONA AU GRATIN is set to premiere 9:00 PM, Friday, August 17 at INDIE FEST USA International Film Festival in the Colony Venue - 12962 Main Street, Garden Grove, California 92840.
Watch the PERSONA AU GRATIN trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05_0K7B-UWA
“When I first read the script I thought, the family eats people and I’m the town mortician who provides the goods? I was like, this is insane!” explains Mel England. “What makes this film most compelling are the metaphors to real life family traditions, quirks and skeletons in the closet. Scenes stayed with me and continued haunting me long after I first saw the completed film.”
Growing up in a household where feasting on human flesh as a nightly meal is grim enough. For the American teenager who yearns to break free of this family tradition, doing so becomes outrageously dreadful. Joining the list of films such as SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, THE HILLS HAVE EYES, THE ROAD, and EATING RAOUL, PERSONA AU GRATIN stands apart from the others for its metaphoric theology.
“The PERSONA AU GRATIN script is completely disturbing, yet the writing was laced with many dark comedic undertones,” remembers Wendy Charles. “It's shocking to play a character who eats human flesh, especially with the horrifying crimes involving cannibalism in the recent news, yet we are telling a story about a family with a secret, and the dynamics of family life have to ring true, no matter what we serve for dinner."
PERSONA AU GRATIN stars, Wendy Charles and Mel England, will be attending the Festival’s Friday, August 17 red carpet event at 7:00 PM and be available for photos and press interviews. The red carpet is staged on Garden Grove’s Historic Main Street at The Globe, 12926 Main Street, Garden Grove, CA 92840. For red carpet coverage inquiries please contact Indie Fest directly: 714-251-6296.
For more PERSONAL AU GRATIN information: http://www.personaaugratin.com/
ABOUT RED MONKEY FILMS
Red Monkey Films, Inc., an independent production company based in New York, sets itself apart by taking chances on projects with fresh talent, unique stories and teamwork. Red Monkey Films engages in all stages of production and brings a unique perspective while creating quality, fun and profitable entertainment. Red Monkey Films was started by two talented filmmakers & screenwriters who met at NYU and fell in love with the movies (and each other). Together they strive to make the world a better place for those who want to be entertained.
ABOUT WENDY CHARLES
Wendy Charles (Mrs. Vittles) has worked as an actor on stage and screen for 25 years. On screen she's worked most notably on Jonathan Demme's The Manchurian Candidate and on TV's Sex and the City. On stage she’s appeared Off Broadway at the Pearl Theatre and Theatre for the New City, and in more than 30 New York and regional productions. Favorite roles include Maria in Twelfth Night, Mistress Quickly in Henry IV, and Evelyn Jackson in The Rimers of Eldritch. She just filmed a comedic webseries this spring called "The Real Babysitters of NY." www.wendycharles.com
ABOUT MEL ENGLAND
MEL ENGLAND has acted in Film, Television and Theatre over a lifetime across the US, starring in several feature films, including RON AND LAURA TAKE BACK AMERICA opposite Golden Globe Nominee Irene Bedard, LITTLE BIG TOP, opposite Sid Haig, HIGHLIGHTS, nominated for Best Drama in the Moviefone Film Festival, and ARCHAEOLOGY OF A WOMAN, winner of the Golden Remi at the WorldFest Houston International Film Festival. England recently signed to co-star in LOVE ANONYMOUS with Academy Award Best Actress Nominee and Golden Globe Winner Sally Kirkland.
On stage, England has appeared Off Broadway and across the US and Europe. He's the recipient of the NY Fringe Festival's "Best Acting Ensemble Award" for LUCKY MAN, and "Best Play of the Year" in Denver for the Regional Premiere of A SHAYNA MAIDEL. He's been a proud part of several original New York productions, including director Chris Sanderson's Washington Square MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM, SEA MONKEYS by Tony Nominee Chad Beguelin, Harold Slazer's HONEYSUCKLES developed for television by FOX, and KING OF CONNECTICUT with Phillip Seymour Hoffman. www.melengland.com
ABOUT INDIE FEST USA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
New for 2012 is the exciting and unique Short & Feature Film Showcase Venues right on the Historic Main Street of Garden Grove. Come enjoy the experience of our unique style of presentation. Each day of the festival audiences and filmmakers will converge on The Historic Main Street to not only watch great films from the US and around the world, but also an atmosphere where they can relax and enjoy great food and drinks right at their tables before, during and after the screenings all day long! http://www.indiefestusa.com
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