Monday, December 19, 2005

More Maine Movie News

I just blogged at All Things Maine about a new website, New England Indies, that allows local indie filmmakers to post short films, trailers, music videos, etc. Clips are offered as Quicktime movies, and as free video podcasts.

Here's a synopsis of the first movie posted:
They Came to Attack Us
Maine : 7:19 min : Newborn Pictures

A woman from the future delivers the ultimate weapon — to a hapless video store clerk. Can he figure out the weapon, fight off the alien horde and get the cute girl’s phone number before the earth is destroyed?

Filmed in Portland, Maine.

Directors: Efram Potelle, Kyle Rankin
Writers: Efram Potelle, Kyle Rankin [Link]
According to the Newborn Pictures website, Potelle and Rankin had only a $50 budget for They Came to Attack Us, but the short was picked up for broadcast by the Sci-Fi Channel two weeks after premiering in Portland. They went on to greater fame when they won the second Project Greenlight contest and were allowed to direct The Battle of Shaker Heights — a film noted for its lack of alien hordes.

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