Style & Genre
BLACKLIGHT is a fulfilling thriller that plays with the conventions of the genre itself. It's a dark, fun, genre-bending ride led by an incredible ensemble of character actors merging elements of crime, mystery, fantasy, horror, and tying it all together with a bow of dark humor.
Danny and Lucky are two childhood friends working as low-level muscle for an LA drug ring. After they have a falling out, Danny decides itʼs time for a life change. He moves to NYC and gets a stable job landscaping, but soon finds himself drawn back into crime.
He attempts to rob one of the houses he landscapes for and ends up forming an unusual partnership with Liam, the rich kid who lives there. Liam suggests robbing a mansion he is familiar with, however, unbeknownst to them, it is occupied by a man guarding an ancient ceremonial garment which makes the wearer completely impervious to death and pain.
With the help of another low life, Kit, they break into the mansion and end up with the garment in their possession. Once its powers are known, the fighting begins, and word quickly spreads among the crime world. Meanwhile, a shadowy cult is hunting for the garment and will stop at nothing to get it.
Worlds collide, characters clash, and alliances are formed. Competition is fierce... Who will be the last one standing?
DON HATTON - EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
NICK SNOW - DIRECTOR / WRITER / EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
ZENA WOOD - LINE PRODUCER / ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
BROOKS RUSSELL - CO-WRITER / ACTOR
COREY RUTLEDGE - PRODUCER / ACTOR
LUIS ALARCON - DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
GRANT LANCASTER - PRODUCER / ACTOR
Who's Steering The Ship?
Blacklight is a Dashford Media production that has Nick Snow (Director) and Don Hatton (Producer) at the helm. Over the last ten years they have cultivated their partnerships while building an extremely talented and efficient core team that possess the skills to produce high quality content with minimal resources.
What We Need & What You Get
Having great locations and production design adds an incredible amount of production value to a low budget film. They are the very look of the film itself, so it's essential that we get it right. To get this dialed in, and represented the way it should... adds cost. We've been very fortunate with the resources we have to shoot to this point, but we need to begin extending past those resources and hone in on the proper locations to maximize the integrity of this film. This is where most of the funds will go.
In a film that combines crime and fantasy elements, special effects are a must, both practical and digital. This is our second largest expense. Carefully planned stunt work, practical effects and digital elements create believable and exciting bursts of action. This story keeps you on the edge of your seat and we want to deliver it to you in a package that will blow you away.
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VICTOR VERHAEGHE - GIALLO
Victor Verhaeghe is a New York based actor. His recent film and TV work include: Steven Spielberg’s “Bridge of Spies”; recurring role in the HBO mini-series, The Night Of, starring John Turturro. Other recent work: The recurring role of Damien Fleming in the HBO series "Boardwalk Empire", starring Steve Buscemi, featured role on the NBC Pilot Allegiance; guest starring roles on Person of Interest, Blue Bloods, The Good Wife, Fringe, and several Law & Orders. OFF-BROADWAY: Magic Hands Freddy at Soho Rep with Ralph Macchio, Four Last Things with Royal Family Productions.
GRANT LANCASTER - DANNY
Grant Lancaster is a British-American actor, filmmaker, and comedian. He has received training at the London Academy of Film & TV, studied at the San Francisco Comedy College and Shelton Studios in California, then completed a Bachelors at Acting out in New York, graduating with honors and an academic minor in psychology, and then received a full scholarship to earn a Master’s Degree in Acting from UC Irvine. He is a core creative member of The Shorts Show. Recent Film & TV work include: TV series, Brown Nation; The role of Sam Boergadine in the feature film Boiling Pot; Director and lead as Miles in the feature film Wilt; The role of Dan in the feature film Beautiful Something.
MICHAEL DALE - HIRSH
Michael Dale is the third of four brothers. he was born in North London, but grew up in Hertfordshire. He was "discovered" doing his former job of Ski Instructor on the dry slopes in Welwyn Garden City. He then embarked upon his modeling career for several years before becoming interested in Acting. He decided to move to the big apple to try for his big break, and has now lived there for several years. He graces the covers of several romance novels with his former girlfriend. He loves filming documentaries.
C.S. RUTLEDGE - KIT
C.S. Rutledge is the creative mind and principle contributor behind the comedy sketch series, The Shorts Show. Recent acting roles include co-starring in Lifetime's "The Murder Pact" alongside Alexa Penavega; Lifetime's adaptation of Wally Lamb's Christmas novel "Wishin N' Hopin" alongside Molly Ringwald and Chevy Chase; Chiller TV's horror thriller "Chilling Villains" and NBC's "Disappearance" series. Recent producing credits primarily center around branded content and music video work for noted artists A$AP Rocky, Lady GaGa, and Siimba Liives Long. Villains is the second feature he's produced behind the film PRISM: Anthology 2017. He also wrote and directed the short film ‘Little Pink Houses’ that is featured in PRISM: Anthology.
BRAD STUART - GREGOR
Brad Stuart is an actor, writer, and improviser at the People's Improv Theater in New York since 2010. He currently performs with the long running weekly improv team, Hero Complex. He served as the nationwide voice for Checkers and Rally's restaurant TV and radio commercials in 136 spots from 2013-2015, and he appears in the upcoming feature, Prism Anthology, as the Star in Corey Rutledge's Little Pink Houses. He is also a member of the sketch team Scientists, which served as the house sketch team for the long running show Radical Vaudeville at the Celebration of Whimsy theater.
SAMANTHA ANESON - HANNAH
Samantha Aneson is an NYC-based actor. She is currently producing and starring in the upcoming webseries "ETA" and working on a few plays that are in development. She earned her Masters in Acting from UC Irvine and is currently a company member of The Flea Theatre in TriBeCa.
BROOKS RUSSELL - LIAM
Brooks Russell is an actor and writer and helped develop the story for Villains. He performs and writes with the sketch comedy group, The Shorts Show, appearing in many sketches with the group online, as well as co-directing and performing in their long running live show, Tourist Trap, at the People's Improv Theater. He is one of the feature actors in the film Little Pink houses and the short comedy film Pumpkins, both directed by Corey Scott Rutledge. He is currently studying and performing improv at the Upright Citizen's Brigade Theater.
RICHARD TEMPLETON - LUCKY
Richard Templeton is an actor and writer at The Peoples Improv Theater (PIT) in NYC. Rich has written and performed with SNL alum and PIT founder Ali Farahnakian on the live-sketch comedy show “Live from The PIT!” Rich was one of ten PIT performers selected to participate in a character showcase for NBC Universal. Rich’s work with the sketch group The Shorts Show has been featured on Good Morning America, Daily News, and Funny or Die. Rich also toured the country starring in the two-man, award-winning show Box Out Bullying. Rich's latest one-man show The Piece was described by Ed Larson (Netflix's The Characters; Comedy Central Roast Battle) as “changing the game".
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