SNT comrade in artist Jillian Mcdonald’s ‘Dead of the Night’

9 11 2010

Our artist-in-arms and friend in time Sean Colón is doing special FX for artist Jillian Mcdonald‘s interactive zombie performance, ‘Dead of the Night’ this Saturday! The performance is part of Savoir Faire, SOHO20 Gallery’s second annual performance series featuring the work of women artists.

In a nutshell:

Dead of the Night is a re-imagining of George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead (1968) in the gallery space, where audience members are inserted into the narrative as the horror unfolds. Surrounded by menacing zombies and set within the context of a rural farmhouse, visitors attempt to evade the ghouls unyielding thirst for human flesh.

The story behind the work:

Jillian is interested in film zombies as a now universally recognizable archetypal horror film monster. Since Romero’s 1968 classic, audiences agree on the hallmarks of zombism: zombies moan as they stagger stiffly and unconsciously in packs towards their single goal – to catch and consume the flesh of the living; gruesome and rotting, they are ordinary people reincarnated as characterless and soulless ghouls; although they are brutish, vile, and almost unstoppable, they are neither resourceful nor clever, and are imminently expendable; and most horrifyingly, they can turn victims into monsters. Caught in the unknowable position between “alive” and “dead” they have the power to fascinate and terrorize.

Recent works focus on “fear as entertainment” exemplified in the American horror film. Unlike contemporary horror film itself, Mcdonald’s work eschews extreme gore and violence, in favour of stripped down narrative and character that highlight familiar plot motifs and archetypes. Research plays an important role in her work, and to that end her process includes reading film theory, watching popular films, and exploring fan culture.

If you’re in the NYC area, stop by SOHO20 Gallery on Saturday night (November 13th) at 7pm to catch the performance. Make ’em eat some brains for SNT, Sean!

SOHO20 Gallery
Dead of the Night
Sat Nov 13, 2010, 7pm
547 W. 27th St #301, New York, NY



11 10 2010

SUGAR -N- THUNDER is CRAZY excited to see an up and coming horror flick called FEAR EATS THE SEOUL! NYC-born filmmaker Nj Calder graduated from the School of Visual Arts, packed up his blood and guts, moved to South Korea, and is now transforming his cinematic dreams into his feature debut.


When a raging demon epidemic sweeps across South Korea, four surviving English teachers must choose between waiting for help or fighting for their very lives.


Get updates from the production house (Kinetic Film) HERE.


And keep a lookout for more…

The FULL TRAILER is coming soon, in addition to an exclusive interview with the director!

You’ll see it here on SUGAR -N- THUNDER because if it’s one thing we love, it’s artists taking the reins of their own destiny and doing it THEMSELVES, regardless of budget, circumstance, odds, or anything else standing in their way.

Here’s a more detailed look at the story from Nj himself:

Nadia has been in Korea for almost two years, and one week before her contract ends and she gets to fly home, the demon epidemic takes root. She and three other English teachers have used her now almost vacant apartment as a Safe House scavenging for food in the nearby apartments.

The film begins about a month after the infection and they’re still alive. But Nadia is the only one convinced that both the American Government as well as the Korean Government are not going to help them. Three to one, she is stuck. But after they meet a surviving Korean woman, Minji, they learn the dire truth about what will occur in Korea in a few days time.

Then it becomes a race against time to both overcome the demon hordes roaming the streets of Seoul and find a way to escape.

The film is very much about the fear of taking chances.

It’s definitely a literal manifestation of my own fears of failure and never succeeding. Each character is afraid to face their own futures and ultimately, that leads them to their destined paths as the film comes to a close. It asks the question, “Are you afraid to die or are you afraid to live?”

We all leave college and our academic lives behind and have to find a way to guide our own lives and this film explores it using the metaphor for Demons representing “everyone else” and how we have to choose whether to join them and follow their ways or to pave our own way.

I finally chose to pave my own.

“The worst foe lies within.”