A Tricky Treat, the new horror-comedy directed by award-winning Canadian filmmaker Patricia Chica and executive produced by Tara Kurtz will launch at the Short Film Corner of the 68th Cannes Film Festival. The director and producers will be on-hand for screenings at the festivals Film Market.
Vividly gory and uncomfortably playful, the film revels in the shocking fate of a man kidnapped by a very strange family and offered as a plaything to two children.
A Tricky Treat director Patricia Chica notes, “I wanted to create an interesting metaphor, using role reversal, about how humans become voraciously consumptive for the sake of ceremonial tradition—slaughtering masses of turkeys for Thanksgiving, leveling vast acres of trees for Christmas, and harvesting fields of pumpkins for Halloween."
The cast includes Leonard Waldner, as the captive, and the sinister family members are played by Steve Brewster, Andrea Fletcher, Keira McCarthy and newcomer Marco Reilly. The short's script was written by Kamal John Iskander (Jesus Comes to Town, The Gospel according to Charlie).
Patricia Chica (director-producer), Grace Santos (producer), Byron A. Martin (producer) and Tara Kurtz (executive producer) will participate in the exhibition at Cannes. The team will also take meetings at the Film Market regarding their next feature film projects: Montréal Girls (a coming-of-age dark comedy, written by Kamal John Iskander) and Wolverine Hotel (an edgy, dark thriller written by Canadian Andrew Lynch), both directed by Patricia Chica.
“Deliciously vile.” —Fangoria Magazine
“A dainty little treat.” —Horror Movies Uncut
“Gorey, disturbing, and the payoff is perfect!” —Film Classics Virgin
“It does more in the short time given it than some movies do in 90 minutes. It’s visceral, bloody, creepy and has a certain delicious ending.” —Horror Cabin
“You’re gonna love the TWILIGHT ZONE-esque ending!” —Zombie Prank
A Tricky Treat is a Canadian-American production that was executive produced by Tara Kurtz (Blue Weekend, Something About Her), written by award winning filmmaker-screenwriter Kamal John Iskander (Jesus Comes to Town, Montréal Girls), produced by Patricia Chica, Grace Santos(Odessa, Election Night), and veteran Byron A. Martin (Serpent's Lullaby, Wolverine Hotel). Co-executive producers include Adonai Interiano of HNI Productions, and Australian artist Morris Umali. The special effects supervisor is Danny McCarthy of 800 lb Guerilla. The VFX were created in the Ukraine by Fame Cube Production (Henry Lipatov, VFX supervisor) and the post-production was executed in Toronto by RedLab Digital. Imad Rhayem did the direction of photography, Gabrielle Giraud did the production design and Valentina Badaracco did the makeup.
PATRICIA CHICA is a Canadian/Salvadorian multi award-winning director-producer who has built a loyal audience and cult following internationally. Dread Central put her on the list of the “Rising Female Filmmakers” to watch. She specializes in high-quality and highly-profitable author driven genre films that have great commercial appeal and that uplifts the audiences. One of Patricia’s principles is to always depict strong characters, with mood and tone, and exhibit visual ingenuity while delivering an engaging, thought-provoking and entertaining story. This is the third year in a row that Patricia Chica has a film at the Cannes’ Short Film Corner. Last year, her acclaimed fantasy tale Serpent’s Lullaby was part of the “Coup de Coeur” selection.
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Web site: www.PatriciaChica.com
Originally from the West Coast, TARA KURTZ has worked in all facets of film development including production, location management, casting, and distribution. In addition to producing, Tara has extensive experience in talent management as one of the partners of Hummel Entertainment in Los Angeles. Her feature credits include Something About Her and Blue Weekend for Cineville Productions. A Tricky Treat is Tara’s first collaboration with Patricia Chica, one of many to come.
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