01 June 2015

A Tricky Treat to Premiere at Fantasia International Film Festival

Los Angeles (CA), June 1st, 2015 – The horror-comedy short that Fangoria Magazine calls “Deliciously Vile,” A TRICKY TREAT (directed by award-winning filmmaker Patricia Chica) will have its World Premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, Canada. The director and her team will be in attendance.

“Fantasia is one of my favorite film festivals, and now that I live in Los Angeles, it is a great honour for me to return to my hometown Montreal to premiere A Tricky Treat,” says director Patricia Chica.

“We’re thrilled to screen our little film amidst the giants in contemporary genre movie making,” states the writer Kamal John Iskander.

This shocking tale of the unexpected tells the story of a man (Leonard Waldner), held hostage by a very strange family whose fate rests in the hands of two kids. The family is played by Steve Brewster, Andrea Fletcher, Keira McCarthy, and newcomer Marco Reilly.

After a successful market screening at the Short Film Corner in Cannes, A Tricky Treat will go on to play at Scream Queen Film Fest in Tokyo, RIP Horror Film Festival in Hollywood, and the 21st San Giò Verona Video Festival in Italy. More festival screenings will be announced soon.

A Tricky Treat is the first collaboration of creative duo Patricia Chica (director) and Kamal John Iskander (writer) who have been called the “Gruesome Twosome” by popular online cinema blog, The Movie Guys. Shot in Los Angeles earlier this year, the film is executive produced by Tara Kurtz (Los Angeles), and produced by Patricia Chica (Montreal), Grace Santos (Los Angeles), as well as Byron A. Martin (Toronto). Co-Executive producers are Adonai Interiano of HNI Productions (Los Angeles) and Morris Umali (Australia).

Originally from Montreal, Patricia Chica (@PatriciaChica) is a multiple award-winning director-producer who has built a loyal audience and cult following internationally. Dread Central put her on the list of “Rising Female Filmmakers” to watch. She specializes in auteur driven films that have won critics over world-wide and depict strong characters with striking visuals. This is the third year in a row Patricia Chica premieres her work at the Fantasia Film Festival. (www.PatriciaChica.com)

After traveling the world with his multiple award winning dark comedy short, Jesus Comes To Town, writer/director Kamal John Iskander has gone on to win Best International Screenplay at the Oaxaca Film Festival in 2014 for his feature script, The Gospel According to Charlie. His work has been called “a delight to behold” by Film Threat. His short script, A Tricky Treat, has been reviewed in indieWIRE, Film Classics Virgins, Fangoria, and Starburst Magazine. His feature screenplay, Montréal Girls, is going into production in 2015 with award winning director, Patricia Chica at the helm. (www.JesusComesToTown.com)

Originally from the West Coast, Tara Kurtz (@Kurtz_Tara) 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.

Grace Santos (@Grace_S_Feeney) is an award winning producer and actress known for Spun (Honorable Mention - Producers Guild of America’s Weekend Shorts Challenge) and Silk (starring Oscar nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo of House of Sand and Fog). This year, she had three short films at the Short Film Corner at Cannes: Odessa (directed by Sean Michael Turrell), A Tricky Treat (directed by Patricia Chica) and Election Night (directed by Tessa Blake). The latter was screened at the American Pavilion. (www.gracefeeney.com)

Byron A. Martin (@ByronAMartin) is an award-winning Canadian producer that develops independent film, television and documentary projects. To date he has produced over 70 hours of television, filming projects in over twelve countries. He has produced projects for Disney, Sony, Universal and managed productions for some of Hollywood’s leading producers. Byron A. Martin is the producer of Wolverine Hotel, an edgy dark thriller that recently won the Gold Remi Award for Best Screenplay at the Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival. (www.ByronMartin.com)

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