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Austin Film Festival to Feature Horror Short Film “The Cleansing Hour”
LOS ANGELES, CA | The short horror film directed by Damien LeVeck, The Cleansing Hour, starring Sam Jaeger (Parenthood, American Sniper), Heather Morris (Glee, Spring Breakers), and Neil Grayston (Daredevil, Eureka) will be featured at the 23rd Annual Austin Film Festival, to take place October 13-20th in Austin, TX. The festival will be attended by awardees Nancy Meyers, Paul Feig and Marta Kauffman as well as panelists including Craig Mazin, Jose Rivera and Alan Wang.
“I’m proud to have the opportunity to share The Cleansing Hour at such a renowned film festival in one of my favorite cities,” said LeVeck, who has focused his directing career on telling unique and compelling stories with a message in the horror genre. “The Cleansing Houris a fresh take on the exorcism genre that is sure to scare and thrill everyone who’s brave enough to watch.”
The Cleansing Hour follows Lance (Jaeger) and Drew (Grayston) who run a popular webcast that streams exorcisms staged to look real. When Lance, who plays a priest, unknowingly hires an actress who is actually possessed (Morris), he is forced to reckon with his online charade in front of 20 million viewers worldwide. The Cleansing Hourwas also an official selection of the HollyShorts film festival in Hollywood and will also screen at SITGES – International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia and Napa Valley Film Festival.
Shirit Bradley, who worked on the 2014 summer blockbuster Godzilla and the comedy-horror filmKrampusproduced The Cleansing Hour alongside entertainment attorney and Texas native, Natalie LeVeck. “From the moment Damien pitched this project to me, I was in. He has such a fun and clear vision and I was thrilled to be a part of his team and produce something that has a larger message,” Bradley said.
The Cleansing Hour was written by Aaron Horwitz (Roommate Wanted) and also features guitarist Jonny Radtke (Filter, Kill Hannah), YouTube star Teala Dunn (Enchanted, Expelled), John Griffin (Priest, Jersey Boys), and Catherine Marin (The Tequila Sisters, Chimera) in supporting roles. Jesse M. Feldman (American Horror Story, Homeland) is the director of photography and Marylou Lim (Godzilla, Looper) is the costume designer.
“I’ve been a massive fan of the horror genre since first watching The Exorcist at [a way-too-young] 7 years old, and I’ve spent the better part of the last decade working in unscripted TV,” says Horwitz, a USC film school alum who currently works as a cable TV network executive. “The Cleansing Hourfelt like the most natural and fun way to merge my passion with my current profession. As a writer, it is really a dream come true to have the opportunity to bring The Cleansing Hour to the Austin Film Festival.” Austin Film Festival focuses on writers’ creative contributions to film and its yearly Screenplay Competition receives more entries than any other competition in the world.
The Cleansing Hour is currently being developed into a feature film. LeVeck is repped by Peter Dodd at UTA and Zac Frognowski at Grandview management.
For more information about Austin Film Festival, including when The Cleansing Hour will be screened, visit https://austinfilmfestival.com/. To watch the teaser trailer and read more information about the film, see: www.cleansinghourmovie.com. Daily updates about the project can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/cleansinghourmovie, https://instagram.com/cleansinghourmovie, https://twitter.com/cleansinghour and on Snapchat @CleansingHour.