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By Erik Piepenburg


The writer-director-editor Andrew Merrill makes a chilling debut with this indie possession-contagion film. The story centers on Madison (Kris Alexandria) and Jesse (Johnny Kostrey), a couple whose rocky relationship is tested as she devotes time to her demanding job as a teacher’s assistant and he languishes as an orderly at an assisted living facility.

Things take a pernicious turn when one of the residents force-plants a big kiss on Jesse, infecting him with an evil, body-spasming entity of unexplained origin. Reeling from the affliction, Jesse lashes out at Madison and his friends, who presume he’s dealing with nothing more than mild rage. But as Jesse’s body plays host to an increasingly monstrous being, his actions turn deadly.

A lot remains a mystery in “Rot,” which might leave some viewers flustered. But it’s in those unknowns — What is this force? How does it spread? Who is that in the hallway? — that the film gets its low-fi drive. Merrill wraps things up with a low-budget, gross-out, high-concept creature-feature scene that’s one of the most bizarre and creepiest endings I’ve seen all year.

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Chris Game


OSCAR Nominated, "ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI", Set on the night of February 25, 1964, follows a young, brash Cassius Clay as he emerges from the Miami Beach Convention Center the new Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World. Against all odds, he defeated Sonny Liston and shocked the sports world. While crowds of people swarm Miami Beach to celebrate the match, Clay - unable to stay on the island because of Jim Crow-era segregation laws - spends the evening at the Hampton House Motel in Miami's African American Overtown neighborhood celebrating with three of his closest friends: Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, and Jim Brown. CHRIS GAME portrays Dr. Fernando "Ferdie" Pacheco was the personal physician and cornerman for world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali. During this historic evening, these icons, who each were the very representation of the Pre-Black Power Movement and felt the social pressure their cross-over celebrity brought, shared their thoughts with each other about their responsibilities as influencers, standing up, defending their rights and moving the country forward to equality and empowerment for all black people. The next morning, the four men emerge determined to define a new world for themselves and their community. 

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JASON RENNEBU Co-Stars in ABC's new season of "GREY'S ANATOMY". A medical based drama centered around Meredith Grey, an aspiring surgeon and daughter of one of the best surgeons, Dr. Ellis Grey. Throughout the series, Meredith goes through professional and personal challenges along with fellow surgeons at Seattle Grace Hospital.

The doctors of Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital deal with life-or-death consequences on a daily basis -- it's in one another that they find comfort, friendship and, at times, more than friendship. Together they're discovering that neither medicine nor relationships can be defined in black and white. Real life only comes in shades of grey.

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Samantha Dena


Written and Directed by Kevin Michael Murphy, "BEVOLDI" tells the story of an anonymous artist who reveals their true identity. SAMANTHA DENA stars as Jennie June in this award winning Short Film.

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Aubyn Philabaum

YOU - Season 3

AUBYN PHILABAUM Co-Stars in the upcoming Season 3 premiere of Netflix series "YOU" Based on Caroline Kepnes' best-selling novel of the same name. YOU is a 21st century love story that asks, "What would you do for love?" When a brilliant bookstore manager crosses paths with an aspiring writer, his answer becomes clear: anything. Using the internet and social media as his tools to gather the most intimate of details and get close to her, a charming and awkward crush quickly becomes obsession as he quietly and strategically removes every obstacle - and person - in his way.

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