2016 Macabre Faire Film Festival proves to be a stunner

According to Google, the definition of the word “Macabre” is: disturbing and horrifying because of involvement with or depiction of death and injury. So, it came as a surprise to us when we discovered “Bottomstock” was accepted into the 2016 Macabre Faire Film Festival. What exactly was our film if it fit well among swaths of disturbing horror movies? From our perspective, Bottomstock is a fun romp through an investigation with a lovably flawed protagonist. In retrospect, through a “Macabre lens,” Bottomstock does play with death very lightly. A rotting corpse figures centrally to the story, though it’s never treated with any seriousness, and perhaps that’s what landed us in the macabre ranks. Regardless, we excitedly took the short trip to Long Island for the festival, a sprawling broth of disturbing shorts and features. The scale of the festival, combined with an incredible red carpet experience and gala, immediately legitimized the experience. The community surrounding the fest is extraordinary and its attendees/filmmakers are something of a family. The red carpet gala featured endless acts from ventriloquists to belly dancers to a character named Father Evil (pictured below) giving a harrowing monologue. After the gala, we departed the festival hardly believing what we had just experienced. The Macabre Faire Film Festival is far and way the most unique screening experience we’ve ever had. The crowd was primed for Bottomstock’s off-beat style and it played as strongly as ever. Whether you make films or not, you have to see this event to believe it, so mark the 2017 go-round on your calendars!

“Washed Up” Screens in New York City

Tonight we had a great screening of Washed Up at the magnificent Anthology Film Archives in New York City. No city screening is complete without sirens blaring over your dialogue! Our film was featured in a panel of comedies organized by NewFilmmakers NY, who have previously featured Fraternale Films shorts Socks & Robbers and Off Script. We represented in full force and particularly enjoyed The Desk, a hilarious short written and directed by George Gaffney.

Ben Appears In Forbes

I was recently quoted in a Forbes article about James Franco’s new venture to provide online film classes for $25. Check out the article here! Ben Fraternale, 22, is a writer and producer who believes that taking a class from a seasoned actor like Franco couldn’t possibly be a bad thing. “If even one morsel of wisdom makes its way through to someone, it’s probably worth that small fee,” he said. But there are some drawbacks. “By taking an online film class, you lose the human element of interacting, networking and building relationships with fellow students and faculty. But for someone just wanting to learn some fundamentals, $25 is a hard price to beat,” said Fraternale.

Fraternale Films Featured in Psych Fan-Episode

When USA Network announced they would be creating a fan-episode for the cult television show, Psych, I immediately got to filming. USA split the classic episode “Heeeeere’s Lassie” into many tiny chunks and fans could claim those scenes to remake. The best of those remade scenes were then edited by producers to create one Frankenstein episode. Thankfully, we were chosen, and the episode premiered on Hulu! Our clips starred Laura Pavlo, Dan Appenfeller as Lassiter, and me, Ben Fraternale, as Gus (easily our biggest stretch) I made a side-by-side comparison so you can see how faithful we were to the original:

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