Blanc/Biehn Productions (BBP) and executive producer Lony Ruhmann, will begin production onFETISH FACTORY, written and directed by Staci Layne Wilson. Wilson is an award-winning filmmaker, recognized for her shorts and music videos, and FETISH FACTORY marks her feature debut.
BBP has also begun pre-production on MINDLESS, casting Ben Kurland (Deadly Retreat), from the Academy Award-winning film THE ARTIST. Rising star Hallie Jordan (To The Bridge, Altered Perception) plays a young woman with amnesia who pieces together her past with deadly consequences in this mind-bending thriller.
The cast of MINDLESS also includes Alyssa Lobit (Among Friends, The Victim, The Things We Carry), Jennifer Blanc-Biehn (Everly, Wrong Cops, Dark Angel, Deadly Retreat), Scream Queen Tiffany Shepis (Bundy, Cyrus), J.Michael Trautmann (Shameless, A Resurrection), Heather DeVan (The Girl), Cassius DeVan (The Girl), Lorraine Ziff (Among Friends, Treachery), and more to be announced.
Helmer Jason DeVan makes his feature debut, directing from a script by award-winning scribe Alyssa Lobit, with Vance Crofoot (editor of Biehns’ directorial debut The Victim) set to DP and edit the project. The film is exec-produced by TERMINATOR star Michael Biehn and his wife, DARK ANGEL star, Jennifer Blanc-Biehn via their company Blanc/Biehn Productions in association with Small Red Star Productions. Other producers include Heather DeVan, Lorraine Ziff, Hallie Jordan, Dylan Matlock, Kate Rees Davies and Devon Biehn who worked closely with his dads’ company on many productions – keeping it in the family. With composition designed by Jennifer Blanc Biehns’ step father Randy Chance, formerly of The Loving Spoonful, who provided music for many BBP films.
“We needed a versatile young actor with a wide range to pull this role off, and I feel we found exactly that in Ben Kurland,” said executive producer Michael Biehn.
“I have acted with Ben before and I am confident he will bring so much to this role that the fans and audience will be left guessing,” added Jennifer Blanc Biehn.
Jason DeVan is the perfect choice to make this Memento/Side Effects-like thriller come alive, and Hallie Jordan will make us all feel her pain. For more information about BBP feature MINDLESS, please visit www.thebbbasement.com.
On the other side of the spectrum, FETISH FACTORY combines a wickedly saucy, invitation-only, stage show, and posh private peeps in which every fantasy can come true – fulfilled by the likes of luscious ladies imitating vintage sex goddesses like Bettie Page, Jayne Mansfield, and Suzie Wong. Along with classic burlesque strip-teases and curio acts – a ventriloquist, a magician, and a whip-dancer – guests are in for the night of their life at the FETISH FACTORY. That is until the apocalypse strikes! Once mild-mannered men become bloodthirsty zombies and it’s up to the girls to defend themselves by any means – even if that means turning their bullet bras, garter belts, and spike-heels into deadly weapons.
“The story centers on pin-up vixens vs. bloodthirsty zombies, and is set in post-apocalyptic Hollywood,” FETISH FACTORY director Staci Layne Wilson said, “which is perfect for me, since my mom was a celebrated ‘nudie cutie’ model, I was born and raised in L.A., and I’m a lifelong horror movie fan.”
While the film is in the final casting stages, Chase Williamson (John Dies at the End)are set for leading roles. “Love the script, this movie’s going to be a total blast!” said Williamson.
Also starring Jennifer Blanc-Biehn (The Victim), Tiffany Shepis (Night of the Demons), Diane Ayala Goldner (The Collector), Emma Julia Jacobs (Hitchcock), Jesse Merlin (Re-Animator: The Musical), Ruben Pla (Big Ass Spider), and Morgan Peter Brown (Absentia). Montreal-based alternative model and fetish superstar The Richard, and gorgeous go-go icon Jenimay Walker round out the cast. More announcements coming soon!
Producer/actress Jennifer Blanc-Biehn has known Wilson for years, but this is their first collaboration. “I am so excited to finally be working so closely with Staci. This is something we have been trying to make happen for quite some time now.”
Executive producer Ruhmann, who came up with the idea for the story and tapped Wilson to flesh it out (so to speak) with an original screenplay, said, “When I was a kid, these grainy, cleavage obsessed pin-up photos used to put me in another world. I want to see these mysterious, unattainable, naughty women of my adolescence come to life. I anticipate our film’s vibe being fun, humorous, ironic, visually pleasing and lusty in a happy way.”
“After I read the script, I just couldn’t stop smiling. There is so much love created here in ‘Fetish Factory’ for all… That is the best of beauty and horror,” said The Richard, who will be working with Wilson for the first time. Goldner, on the other hand is a veteran, having appeared in most-all of the director’s short films. “Having worked with Staci several times I consider her a master of imagery. Her script integrates her favorite things: pin-ups and monsters! My character is bawdy, sexy and in charge – I can sink my teeth into that!”
Jesse Merlin, who plays a makeup-mad character named Lipstick, said, “Super-thrilled and delighted to fight zombies as a suave, gentlemanly pervert. Facing down a ravenous horde in immaculate ladies’ makeup marks a new personal high in badassery. Having been decapitated as Dr. Hill in ‘Re-Animator: The Musical’ 170 times, I’ve always been on the other side of the zombie barricade – until now.” Pla, who plays a character called Whipping Boy, added, “I am so looking forward to being ‘whipped’ into shape.”
Steve Romano, whose credits include Blanc-Biehn Productions She Rises, The Night Visitor, and Altered Perception. He’s also shot sexy music videos for Beyonce (“Rocket”), Vassy (“Beautiful”), and many more. “Steve appreciates female beauty, and his work shows that in every frame. I can’t wait to work with him on bringing our lovely ladies to life… and our zombies to their grisly deaths,” said Wilson.
Mars Homeworld will be doing the original score. “As a musician who often feels completely uninterested with whatever the cinema music d’jour is,” he said, “I am truly excited by this opportunity to delve into those retro-racy, superphonic, swinging musical influences of yesteryear to bring the ‘Fetish Factory’ score alive. A little old, a little new; I get to pull out the vintage gear, and pretend I’m Les Baxter as re-sampled by Trent Reznor. Too cool.”
FETISH FACTORY is a thrilling and sensual horror suspense film, with a heaping helping of vintage burlesque bawdiness. Production begins this May. To learn more and follow BBP, go to www.thebbbasement.com.
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