Last year’s Buffalo Screams Film Festival introduced the Buffalo movie community to many new faces. Sam Qualiana, was one of the winners of the “Filmmakers to Watch Award” for his submission “No Road Out”. Sam has been very busy producing short films, for example “Swamp Squad of the Dead”, “Like Icarus, Quickly Falling”, “Toxic Hoppers” among many more.
Originally he had decided to remake one of his movies “Snow Shark: Ancient Snow Shark”as a short movie but found that when he announced it that the shark took on a life of its own. He was receiving interest from all over the internet and the project grew into a feature, which is currently in production.
The Buffalo Screams Film Festival connections run deep as Greg Lamberson (co-founder of Buffalo Screams) is one of the movies producers, as is Chris Wroblewski (Board member for the festival). The actors involved include Bob Bozak (who was in the running for a lead actor award in last year’s Davis), John Renna (who was one of the winner of the Grindhouse Award)and myself (a member of the Board) and Chris Wrobkewski.
Special effects are being handled by anomaly effects(Andrew Lavin won a makeup award at the festival and Arick Szymecki worked on effects for two entries“Born to Die” and “It’s in Back”) and John Renna(“It’s in Back”). Co-founder of the Festival Emil Novak shot for a day on the movie.
Sam has been busy filming his first feature and praying for enough snow for the outside scenes (there was just enough). The movie is a homage to the 1950’s giant monster movies and played out oh so seriously. There is hope that Sam’s movie may be ready and able to be showcased at Buffalo Screams 2.