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Sitges 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 SITGES – International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia taking place October 7-16 in Sitges, Spain. Winners of the prestigious fantasy film festival qualify for Academy consideration for the Oscars.
“I am honored that The Cleansing Hour will be showcased at such a prestigious festival and that we will be able show off the culmination of over a year’s worth of work in such a beautiful city,” said LeVeck, who has focused his directing career on telling unique and compelling stories with a message in the horror genre. “The Cleansing Hour is a fresh take on the exorcism genre that is sure to fit in well at the largest and most anticipated horror/fantasy film festival In Europe.”
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 Hour was also an official selection of the HollyShorts film festival in Hollywood and will screen at the Napa Valley Film Festival in November.
The film’s stars, Jaeger and Morris echoed LeVeck’s excitement about being accepted to Sitges. “Because we’re all fans of horror, Stitges is like our Oscars,” Jaeger said. “Many thanks for including this unique film and its singular director, Damien LeVeck.”
Morris continued saying, “Getting into this festival is really an honor. So many prestige films have been here and it’s amazing to be such a big part of film history.” In previous years, noteworthy filmmakers such as Oliver Stone, Guillermo del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Roland Emmerich, Eli Roth and many others have attended the yearly film festival.
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.
Shirit Bradley, who worked on the 2014 summer blockbuster Godzilla and the comedy-horror film Krampus produced The Cleansing Hour alongside entertainment attorney, 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 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 the Sitges Film Festival, including when The Cleansing Hour will be screened, visit http://sitgesfilmfestival.com/eng/. 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.