return to nuke 'em high

(October 9th, 2013) An exclusive sneak-preview of 40 year-old Troma Entertainment’s Return to Nuke ‘Em High Volume 1, directed by legendary auteur Lloyd Kaufman, will be held at Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival in Buffalo, New York on Saturday, November 9th at 9:30 pm at Dispon’s Amherst Theatre, 3500 Main Street. Kaufman will be present for a Q&A following the event. Return to Nuke ‘Em High Volume 1 will begin U.S. theater distribution in January 2014. Kaufman will be honored with the festival’s Dedication to Excellence in Independent Filmmaking Award on Sunday, November 10th. Previous recipients of the award include Debbie Rochon and Roy Frumkes.  Admission is only $8.00.

At Kaufman’s request, all proceeds from this exclusive preview will be donated to the Niagara Arts & Cultural Center (NACC), a 501(C)(3) non-for-profit organization in Niagara Falls, where much of Return to Nuke ‘Em High Volume 1 was shot. Kaufman says “I am delighted to express my appreciation to the NACC and to return the generosity of the loving Niagara/Buffalo citizens that do so much to support independent art and Troma.”

Return to Nuke Em High Poster“This is
a coup for our festival,” says Buffalo Dreams co-director Gregory Lamberson.  “Lloyd created The Toxic Avenger, a seminal film which has influenced a whole generation of mainstream filmmakers from Tarantino to Eli Roth to James Gunn. Genre fans are now waiting to see Return to Nuke ‘Em High Volume 1 in order to discover what happens next in Tromaville.  We get to preview the film and honor Lloyd Kaufman the same weekend.”

Return to Nuke ‘Em High: Volume 1
is a hilarious, thoughtful sci-fi Event Film with themes ripped straight from today’s headlines: the contamination and degradation of the world’s food supply, rampant bullying, LGBTQ love triumphing over prejudice and violence. The film is a revisiting of Troma’s 1986 cult Class of Nuke ‘Em High. Troma Entertainment is one of the longest-running independent movie studios in United States history and Kaufman’s body of work has been cited as influence by Peter Jackson, Quentin Tarantino, Takashi Miike, Eli Roth, and James Gunn just to name a few. 

Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival will show over 80 movies from around the world Friday, November 8th – Thursday, November 14th

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Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival has announced an ambitious slate of 85 films which will screen between Friday, November 8th and Thursday, November 14th at the Dipson Amherst Theatre in Buffalo, New York.  Several distinguished genre filmmakers are scheduled to attend: Lloyd Kaufman, who will receive the Dedication to Filmmaking  Excellence award, is screening Return to Nuke ‘Em High Vol. 1, billed as a Sneak Preview, as a fundraiser for the Niagara Arts & Culture Center (NACC) in Niagara Falls; Roy Frumkes will screen Animosity, which he executive produced for writer-director Brendan Steere; and Brett Kelly will screen the horror comedy musical My Fair Zombie.  Albert Pyunn receives the Indie Genre Spirit Award in absentia; Road to Hell, his homage to Walter Hill’s Streets of Fire, will screen.

Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival will show 26 features and 59 short films over seven days.  According to festival co-director Chris Scioli, 45 of those films were produced in the United States, including 13 filmed in Western New York; 13 were submitted by Canadian filmmakers; and 27 entries are international or international/US co-productions.

“We wanted to create an international film festival unlike any other in Buffalo or Western New York,” says festival co-founder Gregory Lamberson.  “Part of that plan involved expanding the scope of our programming to include science fiction, fantasy, horror, action, thrillers, animation, cult and fan films.  I’m happy to say we’ll be screening quality films in every one of those categories from all over the world.  Chris and I are thrilled by how many filmmakers from outside Buffalo – outside the country! – will be joining us.”

The awards ceremony will be held in the theater on Sunday, November 10th.  Advance tickets will go on sale at Dipson Theatres’ website this week.

Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival is sponsored by Off Beat Cinema, Alternative Cinema, Seeley and Kane’s Books and Comics, and Western New York Grip & Electric.  The Festival will be preceded by Buffalo Film Expo, a one day event comprised of film discussion panels, to be held on Sunday, November 3rd, at Holiday Inn Buffalo Airport.

2013 Film Selections:

Non-Competition Features

  • Return to Nuke ‘Em High Vol. 1 (USA/Western New York)
  • Blood Marsh Krackoon (USA)
  • Dry Bones (Western New York)
  • The Legend of Six Fingers (Western New York)

Official Feature Film Selections

  • Atlantis: The Last Days of Kaptara (USA)
  • Animosity (USA)
  • Buffalo Boys (Western New York)
  • Constant Angel (Western New York)
  • Dust of War (USA)
  • Echo Dr.  (USA)
  • Empire Gypsy (USA)
  • Found in Time (USA)
  • Imago (USA)
  • Motivational Growth (USA)
  • My Fair Zombie (Canada)
  • Nightmare Box (USA/UK)
  • Pinup Dolls on Ice (Canada)
  • Project London (USA)
  • Road to Hell (USA)
  • Sick: Survive the Night (Canada)
  • Squid Man (USA)

Official International Feature Film Selections

  • Judas Ghost (UK)
  • The Squad (“Zveno,” Federation of Russia)
  • On Air (Germany)
  • The Tiger Mask (Japan)
  • Wrath of the Crows  (Italy)

Official Short Film Selections

  • Agophobia (Canada)
  • Attack of the Killer Bees (USA)
  • Ave Maria (USA)
  • Bloody Mary – A Tale of Revenge (Canada)
  • Broken Wings (Western New York)
  • Brothers in Arms (USA)
  • Burn Brightly (USA)
  • Depths (USA
  • Desert Road Kill (USA)
  • The El Chupugcabra (USA)
  • The Family Business (USA)
  • The Final Five (USA)
  • Five Points (USA)
  • Follow the Leader (USA)
  • The Girl in the Road (Canada)
  • He’s Not Looking So Great (USA)
  • His Name is Clown Face (Western New York)
  • The Horizon Project (Canada)
  • Kin (Canada)
  • Kiva (Western New York)
  • The Liberator (USA)
  • Little Man of Steel (USA)
  • Merinthophobia: Fear of Being Bound or Tied Up (USA)
  • Mirror Lake (Western New York)
  • Motel Charlie (Canada)
  • One More for the Road (Canada)
  • The Outlaw 3: Vengeance is Mine (Western New York)
  • Retention (USA)
  • Rhythm (Western New York)
  • Somnium (Canada)
  • The Summoners (USA)
  • Tasha and Friends (Canada)
  • The Trouble I Got (Canada)
  • Ugliest Man in Cartoons (USA)
  • Undead Playground (Western New York)
  • Wormchild 2: Fresh Flesh (Western New York)
  • Wunderland (USA)

Official International Short Film Selections

  • The Adventures of Sheriff Kid McLain (USA/Brazil)
  • Apartment 15 (Italy)
  • Belly of the Wolf (UK)
  • The Birth of a Family (South Korea)
  • The Blow-Ins (Ireland)
  • Division Azul (Spain)
  • Environmental Pressure and Species Adaptation (South Korea)
  • Eugenia (Israel)
  • Heat (South Korea)
  • In(B)etween (Spain)
  • Kendrick: A Grim Tale of Hatred and Revenge (Austria)
  • Lapsus (France)
  • The Last Piper (Norway)
  • Maid of Horror (Australia)
  • Memory Sculptor (Japan/USA)
  • Micro-Time (Israel)
  • Model 15 (New Zealand)
  • One Night at the Aristo (UK)
  • Refugio 115 (Spain)
  • Tokyo Halloween Night (Japan)
  • Ugry Night (South Korea)
  • The Wild Diaries (France/USA)

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