PRESS KIT: THE FEAR OF LOOKING UP

The Book of Birdie

 

THE FEAR OF LOOKING UP

TECHNICAL SPECS
Running Time: 90 mins
Language: English
Country of Production: UK, BR
Filming Location: Wisconsin, USA
Aspect Ratio: 2.39
Shooting Format: 4K Digital, Color
Screening Format: 2K, DCP, Blu-ray
Sound: Stereo
Genre: Fantasy/Horror/Weird Tales/Noir
Status: Completion 2019

THEMES
Dreams, death, monsters, police, revenge, female leads, LGBTQ+, Lovecraft

LOGLINE
A grieving cop in a small town is chasing vengeance when the barrier between dreams and reality dissolves, and monstrous visions loom in the sky.

SYNOPSIS
While chasing a serial killer inspired by the god of sleep, a cop’s life is overturned by the death of her lover. Looming monsters and the need for revenge cloud the border between her nightmares and reality.

CAST
JAMIE Friday Chamberlain
ANNIE Suzan Crowley
FATHER William Kalinak
STEPHANIE Kathryn Haynes
BETH Kitty Fenn
JOE Hans Fleischman
MOTHER Kim Emer
HYPNOS Tom Galassi
BEETLE BOY Kaeden Saunder
YOUNG JAMIE Ella Kohlmeier

PRODUCTION TEAM

Director
Konstantinos Koutsoliotas

Original Screenplay
Konstantinos Koutsoliotas with Theo Albanis & Elizabeth E. Schuch

Producers
Elizabeth E. Schuch
Joao Pedro Fleck
Nicholas Tonsho
Iakovos Vroutsis

Associate Producer
Andy Thompson

Executive Producers
Janice Ferri Esser
Anami Tara Shucart

Cinematography/VFX: Konstantinos Koutsoliotas
Composer: David Kemp
Production Designer: Elizabeth E. Schuch
Costume Designer: Anami Tara Shucart
Sound: Sen Na
Sound Recordist: Jacob Johnson
Makeup/FX Makeup: Carly Knight
SFX: Kapel Furman

Visual Effects & Post-Production
Melancholy Star [gb]

Production Company
Melancholy Star [gb]

In Association with
Fantaspoa Produçoés [br]

CONTACT
Elizabeth E. Schuch
MELANCHOLY STAR LTD
+44 753 213 6112
www.melancholystar.com
info[at]melancholystar.com

SOCIALS

IMDB https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6112986/
Twitter @melancholystar
Instagram #melancholystarstudio
Facebook www.facebook.com/melancholystar

PRODUCTION NOTES
Filmed on location in Kenosha, Wisconsin, post-production work took place in the UK, with crew and creatives from the USA, Greece, Brazil, and the UK. 

The film is the second feature for Greek director Konstantinos Koutsoliotas, his first film in English language and his first time directing in the USA.

THE FEAR OF LOOKING UP is the third feature film for London-based production company Melancholy Star, following two award-winning indie festival favorites THE BOOK OF BIRDIE and THE WINTER (O ΧΕΙΜΩΝΑΣ).

DIRECTOR’S NOTES

“THE FEAR OF LOOKING UP” is a study in reality, dreams and imagination told through the prism of a genre film: part police thriller, part fantasy and very much a weird tale. We follow a character who is put through a set of difficult and tragic circumstances, the result of which is a slow unravelling of the mind - in which they catch glimpses of the greater universe beyond their narrow worldview. Starting with the familiar cliche of the detective stalking a serial killer - we abandon that familiar world to plunge into a story of grief and madness with cosmic horror echoes. 

DIRECTOR BIO

Award-winning director and cinematographer Konstantinos has over 15 years of experience as a VFX artist and supervisor. Based in London and now Montreal, he has worked on dozens of high-end visuals for projects like XMEN: DARK PHOENIX, ARTEMIS FOWL, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY and 300, as well as commercials for clients Saatchi & Saatchi, Burberry, and Versace and more. 

DIRECTOR PORTFOLIO/SHOWREEL 
http://konstantinoskoutsoliotas.com/ 
VFX REEL: http://www.konstantinoskoutsoliotas.com/vfx 

ACTOR BIOS

FRIDAY CHAMBERLAIN (JAMIE) An actress and writer with extensive gun experience, Friday has also worked in fashion and costumes. Known for THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE (2017) and SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING (2017). THE FEAR OF LOOKING UP is Friday’s first time in a leading role. 

SUZAN CROWLEY (ANNIE) An extremely experienced actress, award-winning voice talent and youth mentor, Suzan trained at The National Youth Theatre Great Britain and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Her credits include London’s West End (UNDER THE GREENWOOD TREE, SUGAR DOLLIES, THE HEIDI CHRONICLES) and LA theatre (ISC’s DOCTOR FAUSTUS, LATC’s HAMLET, MACBETH and PHAEDRA, as well as a one-woman show. As well as being a TV series regular (LA LAW, THE KNOCK), Suzan appreared in THE DRAUGHTSMAN’S CONTRACT, LIZ & DICK, and THE DEVIL INSIDE.

WILLIAM KALINAK (FATHER) William is an experienced character actor for film, theatre and television. As a former criminal prosecutor/assistant state’s attorney, his area of expertise is also in criminal law and procedure, as well as a police trainer and firefighter. William served in Afghanistan as a justice advisor to the current Afghan government.

FESTIVALS/AWARDS

Fantaspoa International Fantastic Film Festival 2019 (Closing Night) Brazil

PRESS
Backstage.com - Casting Announcement

Screen Anarchy - Fantaspoa Announcement

Rue Morgue - Fantaspoa Announcement

Birth Movies Death - Fantaspoa Announcement

 

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