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Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival To Screen 101 Films

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Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival, now in its seventh year, has unveiled an ambitious schedule of 101 films, including new features directed by Isaac Ezban, Fred Vogel, and Larry Fessenden.

BUFFALO, N.Y. - EntSun -- The action, animation, fantasy, horror and science fiction festival will run for seven days, Friday, August 23rd – Thursday, August 29th, at Dipson Theatres; Eastern Hills Cinema in Williamsville, New York.  In all, 25 features and 76 shorts will screen, with filmmakers from 16 of the features participating in Q&A sessions.

Internationally acclaimed Ezban (El Incidente, Los Parecidos) will make his fourth appearance at the festival to screen his first English language film, Parallel, a science fiction thriller starring Kathleen Quinlan, as the Opening Night Feature.  In the film, a group of friends stumble upon a mirror that serves as a portal to a "multiverse" but soon discover that importing knowledge from the other side to better their lives brings increasingly dangerous consequences. Ezban is a previous recipient of the festival's George Pal Visionary Award and Rod Serling Wordsmith Award.

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Pittsburgh based indie horror icon Vogel (August Underground, The Resin Tower) makes his first appearance at Buffalo Dreams to screen his new thriller, The Final Interview. Vogel will receive this year's Indie Genre Spirit Award. In The Final Interview, a journalist desperate to salvage his career stages a live TV interview with a notorious convicted murderer hours before the man's execution, and the two engage in a suspense filled psychological game of cat and mouse. Co-producer Shelby Lyn Vogel and stars Grainger Hines and Damien Manuscak will join Vogel in a Q&A.

NYC auteur Fessenden (Wendigo, The Last Winter) will be represented by Depraved, his modern take on the Frankenstein, which will be the festival's Closing Night Feature.  Fessenden helped pioneer "arthouse horror," which has become popular with such films as It Follows and The Witch. A disillusioned field surgeon suffering from PTSD makes a man out of body parts and brings him to life in a Brooklyn loft. Fessenden will not be in attendance as he is directing a new film.

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Buffalo Dreams' feature roster includes four World Premieres, four US Premieres, nine New York Premieres, five Western New York Premieres, one Festival Premiere, and one Sneak Preview, with filmmakers attending from across the country, Mexico, the UK, France and Germany.

Admission for Buffalo Dreams is $60 for an All Festival Pass and $20 for a Day Pass. Advance tickets for individual screenings will soon be available at www.dipsontheatres.com. The full schedule is available at http://www.buffalodreamsfantasticfilmfestival.com/2019-program/

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