Local horor, sci-fi film series to show in Everett

Strange people. Zombies. Unexplained phenomena.

If you like horror films, indie thrillers and science fiction, you might dig the Short10Cinema WebFest 2014 Friday night and Saturday night at the Historic Everett Theatre.

Jonathan Holbrook is the organizer of the film festival and the creator of “STILL”, a web series produced in Snohomish County and filmed in Lake Stevens, Arlington and Everett.

The story line involves an unknown infection that takes over the small community of Sloughtown, while a group of citizens attempt to escape to safety.

“It’s sort of a cross between ‘Night of the Living Dead’ and ‘Body Snatchers,’?” Holbrook said. “We’re all volunteers in this nonprofit effort. So far, we have spent less than $2,000 for our series.”

The web series will be shown in its entirety at the film festival. Episodes run about 10 minutes long. Most are online now, but Episode 8, the final episode, will premiere at the festival, Holbrook said. Other features are scheduled.

Actors involved in the “STILL” web series are from the greater Seattle pool of stage, film and television actors, including many from Snohomish County. Some have been seen on the NBC TV show “Grimm,” Holbrook said, and the web series’ makeup artist also has worked on the show.

Friday night, the festival will screen six short films beginning at 6:30 p.m., along with behind-the-scenes interviews and the trailer for “STILL.”

The audience members will be able to vote for their favorite film.

Local comedienne Michelle Westford will host the evening.

On Saturday at 7 p.m., Clayton Ballard will perform the music from the “STILL” soundtrack. All eight episodes of the series will be shown, followed by a question-and-answer session with the cast and crew.

Door prizes are planned, along with the chance to get your photo taken with a zombie. The evening will be hosted by Westford and Seattle TV personality Pat Cashman, who has a cameo in the series.

Holbrook, 44, of Lake Stevens, has been making movies for about 10 years. He also runs a commercial film operation, Tall Taurus Media.

“We started on ‘STILL’ last spring and we want to take a few more for the complete first season,” Holbrook said. “Web films are turning into a real trend and we are getting excellent reviews for our work.”

The ‘STILL’ crew has been invited to attend the LAWebFest at the end of March in Los Angeles and also plans to be on hand for a screening of the series at the Emerald City Comicon on March 29 and 30 in Seattle.

Tickets for each night of Short10Cinema WebFest 2014 are $15, available from the Historic Everett Theatre box office, 2911 Colby Ave., or by calling 425-258-6766.

Gale Fiege: 425-339-3427; gfiege@heraldnet.com.

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