Alrik Bursell SF 2021 E36

This week on Scarefest TV, Wes and cohost Chad Harlen welcome filmmaker Alrik Bursell. You may recognize the name from last year’s filmfest as Alrik’s film The Alternate made it’s Scarfest debut. Nominated for ‘Best Kill’, The Alternate was a fan favorite and Alrik walks us through were the idea for the film came from and how the film draws inspiration from real life.

Alrik is one of the hardest working independent filmmakers around and that has led him to work some of the greats like Francis Ford Coppola. Alrik talks to us about where his love for filmmaking began and what projects he has in the works. His podcast, Making Movies is Hard, dives further into the world of independent filmmaking and explains why making movies is hard (see what we did there).

If you’re a filmmaker and want to hear firsthand what it’s like making a film or what it’s like getting your film into the film fest circuit, this is the episode for you. Plus be sure to stick around until the end as our resident Bonehead, Joe Lewis, reviews the latest in the Halloween saga.

Helen Baldwin Kingkade SF13 E4

This week Wes and co-host Holly speak to Helen Baldwin Kingkade, the director, writer, producer, and a multitude of other hats on the short film SONGBIRD, winner of Best Short Film of 2019 at this year’s Scarefest. SONGBIRD is still currently working its way around the film circuit, netting many awards and accolades in almost every department including Best Actor and Best Cinematography.

A big fan of Alfred Hitchcock, Helen admits that this love may have helped influence the story’s creation. She also discusses SONGBIRD’s casting, the filming process and funding, and what inspires a person to put so much craftsmanship into a short film project. Given the success of this fantastic short film, we’re looking forward to her next project.

We also get some great expanded content this week with a movie review from Bonehead Joe Lewis, a delve into This Week in Horror History and an interview with an Egyptian demon by Dan Nation. An Egyptian demon? Wow, Dan is a brave soul. For more Dan Nation check out Mutagen Nation’s YouTube channel.