‘Dark Awakening’ Premieres at the Cannes Film Market

Horror Film ‘Dark Awakening’ From Executive Producer of ‘The Ring’ Premieres at the Cannes Film Market This Month

MIAMI, FL–(Marketwired – May 13, 2014) –  Café Oscuro Films, in collaboration with Atlantic & Pacific Pictures, are pleased to announce the premiere of their most ambitious project to date, “Dark Awakening” (previously titled Nevermore) at the Cannes Film Market next May 18.

From the executive producer of “The Ring” (Michele Weisler), “Dark Awakening is a horror-thriller film that takes place in Cedar Rock Falls, a small fictional town in North Carolina where a man (James), his wife (Jennifer) and 7 year-old son (Danny) decide to move temporarily after the death of James’ mother. Soon, the family begins to experience strange episodes of frightening apparitions in the house, including those of dead children.

The film is co-written and directed by renowned director and special effects’ artist Dean C. Jones. Emmy Award winner, Mr. Jones has been actively involved in productions such as “Poltergeist,” “Poltergeist II,” “Star Trek,” “X-Men First Class” and “Pirates of theCaribbean,” among several others.

Legend of the genre and three-time Golden Globe nominee actor, Lance Henriksen, acts in the film as Father Donovan. Best known for his roles in ‘Alien’ and FOX’s “Millennium,” Mr. Henriksen is the perfect complement to a talented cast that includes Jason Cook (Days of our Lives and General Hospital) and Valerie Azlynn (Sullivan & Son and The Big Bang Theory), as well as model and Olympic medalist Lauren Sesselmann and little actor William Pifer in the role of Danny; both making their feature-film acting debut.

Filming of “Dark Awakening” took place in the Alamance County in the State of North Carolina for an entire month, giving the opportunity to many local residents to be cast in supporting roles throughout the movie.

Recently, the marketing team released the film’s official trailer and teaser, as well as the first promotional posters with amazing feedback from fans all around the world on the film’s social channels.

With Cannes just around the corner, Colombian-born Executive Producer for “Dark Awakening” Liliana Kligman (Café Oscuro Films) said:

“Filming Dark Awakening was one of the most rewarding experiences of my entire career. I had a lifetime dream that started at College, became a great idea a couple of years ago in Bogota, Colombia and then materialized as a production company in the US. Being able to work on such large and ambitious project as ‘Dark Awakening’ and then see it come to Cannes is just phenomenal. Hand in hand with our partners and co-producers, and the entire collaborative team, keeping our focus and working very hard every day, today, we are very proud of the final product and very confident Cannes will open a lot of doors not only for the film but for other projects in the pipeline.”

Hand in hand with Hollywood producer Robbie Little and his company The Little Film Company (Dark Awakening’s official sales agent), Café Oscuro Films and Atlantic & Pacific Pictures hope to secure a larger distribution deal as the movie shows at the Cannes Film Market, held in conjunction with the Cannes Film Festival, one of the highest profile film showcases in the world.

After closing a distribution deal, hopefully for as many territories as possible, “Dark Awakening” is expected to come to theaters for audiences to enjoy a world-class independent horror film that will leave viewers wanting more.

To follow all that goes with Dark Awakening” from today to its theatrical release, follow the film’s official social channels:

Facebook Like Page – Dark Awakening

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From the American Film Market!

Cafe Oscuro Films will be part of the American Film Market!
From October 31st to November 7th, we’ll be presenting our latest project of a feature film  in development called “Valley of The Muses”

See what this event in the film industry is all about:
From AmericanFilmMarket.com

More Than 10% Increase in Buyers Expected, Including 120 New Buying Companies

Industry Conversations FeaturingDirectors Sacha Gervasi and Victor Levin, “Harry Potter” Franchise Executive Producer Michael Barnathan, Producer Bonnie Curtis, Jonathan Silverman, Pamela Adlon and Many More Also Announced

Santa Monica, CA

The 2012 American Film Market (AFM®) will kick-off tomorrow with more than 120 new buying companies and a 10% increase in buyers, according to AFM Managing Director Jonathan Wolf.  Additionally, a significant number of high profile projects with top talent attached will also be unveiled for pre-sales at the market.

Wolf commented, “Independents – the industry’s true entrepreneurs – are bringing the world a diverse and exciting array of films for 2013.  The 2,000 plus projects at AFM include films in every genre and budget, all destined for theaters and screens of every size around the world.  AFM is a marketplace for all – there is no gatekeeper.”

AFM will screen 442 motion pictures, including 82 world premieres and 327 market premieres for thousands of film buyers and industry professionals from more than 70 countries over the eight-day event. Films premiering include the works of Annette Bening, Helena Bonham Carter, Chow Yun-Fat, Jennifer Connelly, Roman Coppola, Elle Fanning, James Franco, Christina Hendricks, Dustin Hoffman, Kate Hudson, Julianne Moore, Bill Murray, Gwyneth Paltrow, Mark Ruffalo, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Alexander Skarsgård, Juno Temple, Kristen Wiig and Elijah Wood, among many others. A complete list of films and the screening schedule is available at www.TheFilmCatalogue.com.

The 2012 Market also opens with national organizations exhibiting from Australia, Dominican Republic, Panama, Russia and Thailand making their AFM debut.

The American Film Market’s Industry Conversations program will take place at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel in the AFM Studio. The sessions present intimate, interactive and exclusive conversations spotlighting many of the film industry’s prominent players, giving AFM attendees an opportunity to hear directly from key Hollywood and global players. This year’s speakers include:

Friday, November 2, 2012:

·         BAFTA: A Conversation with Sacha Gervasi  

Director of Hitchcock – starring Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren and Scarlett JohanssonHosted by John Simon (BAFTA)

Time:        2:30-3:30PM


Saturday, November 3, 3012:

·         5 to 7– A Conversation with Bonnie Curtis and Victor Levin

In New York, an aspiring novelist has a cinq-a-sept affair with the beautiful wife of a French diplomat. Cultures, world views, personal ethics and dietary preferences clash as love deepens, with remarkable results. (The Solution Entertainment Group)

Time:        4:00-5:00PM


Sunday, November 4, 2012:

·         Conception– A Conversation with Josh Stolberg, Jonathan Silverman and Pamela Adlon

Conception is a clever, romantic comedy that proves it takes more than sex to make a baby. From a couple fighting the odds of fertility to young teenagers losing their virginity, the film follows nine very different couples on the night they conceive, showing that sex can sometimes be more neurotic than erotic. (Double Dutch International)

Time:        2:30-3:30PM

·         Doc Talk: One-on-One with Participant Media’s Courtney Sexton and Filmmaker Eddie Schmidt(This Film is Not Yet Rated, Twist of Faith)

Time:        4:00-5:00PM


Monday, November 5, 2012:

·         Working with the U.S. Guilds with SAGIndie/DGA/WGAW

Hosted by Kevin Iwashina, Managing Partner, Preferred Content

Time:        2:30-3:30PM

·         IDA: The Doc Remake…A Conversation with Michael Barnathan and Sue Turley.  Hosted by Matt Holzman (KCRW’s The Business).

Time:        4:00-5:00PM

For the full schedule, please visit www.AmericanFilmMarket.com/industry-conversations.

As previously announced, the AFM Conference Series gives attendees tremendous knowledge, insight, access, and a rare opportunity to hear from the industry’s global thought leaders, prominent filmmakers, financiers and industry executives. The AFM Conference Series consists of a range of timely and valuable topics including a Finance Conference, Pitch Conference, Marketing Conference, Video-on-Demand Conference and Micro-Budget Conference. Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and Entertainment Partners Financial Solutions will serve as the presenting sponsors.

The scheduled speakers include: Nigel Sinclair, Co-Chairman and CEO, Exclusive Media,  Tom Ortenberg, CEO, Open Road Films, Bahman Naraghi, Independent Film Producer and former COO of GK FilmsCassian Elwes, Independent Producer/ Agent, Alison Thompson, Co-President, Focus Features International, Charlotte Mickie, EVP, International Sales, Entertainment One, Bruce Eisen, Vice President, Online Content Development & Strategy,Dish Network, Jason Janego, Co-President, RADiUS-TWC, Todd Green, General Manger, Tribeca Film, Paul Hertzberg, President, CineTel Films, Roger Corman, President, New Horizon Picture Corp., Lloyd Kaufman, President, Troma Entertainment, Jonathan Schwartz, Producer, Super Crispy Entertainment, Nobody Walks, Like Crazy, Douchebag, Liza Foreman, Film Reporter, The Wrap, Tatiana Kelly, Producer, Sunset Stories, The Words, Wristcutters: A Love Story  and Ry Russo-Young, Writer/Director, Nobody Walks, You Won’t Miss Me. For more information about conferences, please visit www.AmericanFilmMarket.com/conferences.

Download the 2012 AFM poster art athttp://www.americanfilmmarket.com/sites/www.americanfilmmarket.com/files/AFM2012_Poster.jpg.

About the AFM

The business of independent motion picture production and distribution reaches its peak every year at the American Film Market, Oct. 31 – Nov. 7, 2012.  The global film industry converges in Santa Monica for eight days of deal-making on films in every stage of development and production, as well as screenings, conferences, networking and parties.

With 8,000 industry leaders from more than 70 countries, 700 screenings and the industry’s largest Conference Series, AFM is the pivotal destination for independent filmmakers, directors, distributors, financiers, industry executives, producers, talent, writers, the international media and all those who provide services to the worldwide motion picture industry.

The AFM is produced by the Independent Film & Television Alliance®, the global trade association of the independent motion picture and television industry and the voice and advocate for the Independents worldwide.  Visitwww.AmericanFilmMarket.comand www.IFTA-online.orgfor more information.

About The Film Catalogue
Available in nine languages, The Film Catalogue lists more than 6,000 recent motion pictures and projects, making it the world’s most extensive online resource for producers, distributors and buyers. The Film Catalogue’s advanced search tools allow users to browse or search for films by language, production status, year of completion, budget, director, cast, company, title and genre. Users can also track changes to the catalogue by searching new updates within the past day, week, month or quarter. The site operates year-round and includes market line-ups at AFM, EFM, Filmart and Cannes.