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INK looks like an epic fantasy with a smidgen of horror. Just the way DARK SIDE likes it…

Posted on January 28th, 2009
Posted on January 28th, 2009


Another independent “came out of left field” release at this past weekend’s Santa Barbara Film Festival has caught the attention of genre fans across the interwebs.

“Ink” looks like something inspired by “Dark City,” “Brazil,” “Donnie Darko” and “Labyrinth.” Not sure what to make of it yet, but apparently it’s about a little girl who gets kidnapped by some sort of dreamland wraith who has the intention of bargaining her to the beings who create nightmares in return for power. Hot on the heels of this wraith is a fellowship of good dream-makers intent on saving the girl and restoring order to the dreamland. Looks absolutely original and visually arresting. Can’t wait to get a look at this one.

Some dude named Copernicus over at Ain’t it Cool News got a chance to see it and did nothing but rave about it like it was the second coming of Jesus.

Auteur Jamin Winans said the idea for this film came to him via the “Old Hag Effect.” If you’ve never experienced this for yourself, you’re in for a shock when it does. It happens to me often, even as early as yesterday morning. It’s a phenomenon when your sleep cycle becomes irregular and your start an REM dream sequence before you actually lose consciousness. You become paralysed and start hallucinating noises and visions as if someone’s in the room with you. The most common hallucination appears as an “Old Hag” creature menacing down upon you or sitting on your chest, sucking the breath out of you while you struggle to move. Many psychologists believe this phenomenon has created many superstitions in our culture (incubi, alien abductions, ghosts) and I can confirm, it’s a terrifying experience if you don’t know what’s happening to you. Stephen King even explored it a bit in his “Cat’s Eye” movie.

Check out the trailer below. If you’ve suffered from bouts with the “Old Hag” before, some of the images will seem quite familiar to you. I’m fascinated with his idea and I’m excited to see someone tackling the phenomenon while adding a great deal of imagination and wonder to it…


I’ve done things I’m not proud of, and the things I am proud of… are disgusting.

-The Dark Side Critic

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Trailer for the award-winning short PRISMA…


A corporate promotional VHS tape from 1984 conceals a brain-altering signal which is said to grant increased health, longevity and psychic powers to those who watch it. View at your own risk...

WINNER: SPECIAL JURY PRIZE, 2017 Oxford Film Festival

WINNER: BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM, 2017 FantaSci Short Film Festival

SEMI-FINALIST: 2017 NanoCon International Science-Fiction Film Festival

NOMINEE: BEST ANIMATION, 2017 End of Days Film Festival

NOMINEE: BEST GRAPHICS, 2017 FantaSci Short Film Festival

OFFICIAL SELECTION:
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2017 H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival
2017 Oxford Film Festival
2017 Crossroads Film Festival
2017 Clarksdale Film Festival
2017 Twisted Dreams Film Festival
2017 Tupelo Film Festival
2017 NanoCon International Sci-Fi Film Festival
2017 FantaSci Short Film Festival
2017 End of Days Film Festival
2017 Grenada Afterglow Film Festival
2017 Shiver International Film Festival

Trailer for the lost short GOD MAKER…


Northern Mississippi 1932:
In a cabin in the woods, a blind blues guitarist will discover his destiny from a lovesick goddess who seeks to corrupt his soul.

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Coop’s award-winning 48 hour short film trailer for REGRESS…


Told in reverse, this experimental made-in-48-hours film begins with a shocking murder then backtracks (like a viewer rewinding a VHS tape) to reveal the chilling origins of this tragedy.

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NOMINATED: BEST DIRECTING by the 2012 48hr. Guerrilla Film Challenge (international contest)...
OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2013 Crossroads Film Festival

Watch Coop’s award-winning short film THE BEST DAY…


WINNER: 2012 MAGNOLIA FILM FESTIVAL "Best Homegrown Film"
WINNER: 2012 SEATTLE TRUE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL "Best Scream"

OFFICIAL SELECTION:
2012 OXFORD FILM FESTIVAL
2012 CLARKSDALE FILM FESTIVAL
2012 CROSSROADS FILM FESTIVAL
2012 NORTHEAST MISSISSIPPI FILM FESTIVAL
2012 ATLANTA INDIE HORROR FILM FESTIVAL
2012 OTHERFEST
2012 MISSISSIPPI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
2012 SUN AND SAND FILM FESTIVAL

Morgan Freeman asks Coop a question at THE BEST DAY premiere! Video below…


My short film THE BEST DAY premiered in October 2011 at the Delta Cinema in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

Little did I know I had a special guest in the audience who was about to ask me a question during the Q&A. Yep, I got a little flustered when I saw who it was.

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