SNT + NJ Calder + Dark Party = VIDEO SHOOT!

30 04 2012

we’re teaming up with NJ CALDER (of korean horror flick fear eats the seoul) to do a video for ACEY SLADE & THE DARK PARTY this wednesday at SAINT VITUS BAR – if you come to the show that night you can be in the video too!

be there and rock out with usdoors @ 8pm, $10!

it’s gonna be wild..

demons,

– da leopard

ps: we totally surpassed our top hits EVER this month – over 3,000 views… YES! 

THANK YOU! please keep reading, keep sharing, keep liking. we appreciate everything!

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Now Funding: FEAR EATS THE SEOUL!

4 01 2012

SUGAR -N- THUNDER has been a steadfast supporter of Nick/NJ Calder‘s horror feature debut, FEAR EATS THE SEOUL, since the beginning – we were more than thrilled to organize the NYC/USA premiere of the film last month (see the audience below – recap forthcoming!) and are now standing firm on the front-lines in the effort to get this film seen by as many people as possible in 2012. Guess what?! YOU! CAN! HELP!

Fear Eats The Seoul NYC/USA premiere at eGarage in LIC, NY – 12/3/11

It’s just a few days into the new year and NJ has just kicked off his KICKSTARTER campaign for Fear Eats The Seoul. He’s raising much-needed funds to submit the movie to film festivals this year, which will secure audiences it otherwise won’t have the chance to have. Support indie film and the chance we ALL have to realize our dreams. Every little bit counts and besides, there are some awesome rewards including the as-yet-elusive DVD of the film!!!

Click the image above or RIGHT HERE to jump to the Kickstarter page, watch the video, and read all about it.

GOOD LUCK, NJ! SNT is right there with you, burning bright.

– da leopard





Fear Eats The Seoul premieres TOMORROW!

2 12 2011

We are crazy excited for the NYC/USA premiere of NJ (Nick) Calder‘s feature debut “Fear Eats The Seoul” tomorrow!

We are even more excited because NJ will be joining us LIVE and in person for his NYC homecoming!!!

Get the full post with info HERE, but quick details are below:

“Fear Eats The Seoul” Premiere
Saturday, December 3rd, 2011 @ 9pm
at The eGarage in Long Island City, Queens (2 stops into Queens from Manhattan)
44-02 23rd St, Studio 104 – Long Island City, NY
Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door
PLUS:
21+ bar and wine
Screening of Eric Whiptastic & Mike Wilson’s dark comedic short “Ogden” before the film
Live Q&A with NJ after the film – in person!
RSVP ON FACEBOOK!

We’ve also got two more awesome updates:

Check out the brand new feature story/interview SNT comrade, journalist Chris Engelhardt, wrote about NJ!

ALSO! Chris and SNT’s Eric Whiptastic have joined forces to launch an awesome new series called the Thunderclap Podcast!!

Last night’s episode is brand spankin’ new and features a live interview with NJ – check it out!

See you guys at the movies and thanks again for all your support!!





Sugar -n- Thunder presents: NYC/USA PREMIERE of FEAR EATS THE SEOUL!

31 10 2011

We are RIDICULOUSLY excited to announce that SUGAR -N- THUNDER is bringing NJ (Nick) Calder’s “FEAR EATS THE SEOUL” to the USA! We’re hosting the very first USA screening of the film, which also happens to be the very first screening in NJ’s hometown of NEW YORK!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: DECEMBER 3rd @ 9pm! WE WANT YOU THERE!

“Fear Eats The Seoul” is NY-born filmmaker and School of Visual Arts alum NJ Calder‘s feature film debut, the first expat-made genre film in Korea. 24-year-old Calder is proudly representing a young new generation of filmmakers who have embraced the digital revolution of cinema. He not only wrote and directed the film, but also shot, cut and co-produced it as well.

ONWARD! »»





Fear Eats The Seoul – UPDATE!

27 09 2011

We’ve got a little update on the MUCH-anticipated first feature from NY-born, Korea-based filmmaker NJ Calder! We posted an in-depth interview with NJ last year, and he’s come a long, long way since then.

We’d love to offer HUGE congrats to writer/director NJ Calder, producer Whitney Thompson, and all of the cast and crew – Fear Eats The Seoul was completed this year and the film premiered in South Korea on September 19th (check out photos from the black tie event here)!

The first general audience screenings begin next month on October 14th, so if you happen to be in Seoul stay tuned for details and go out and SEE IT! Fear Eats The Seoul is a feature-length horror film about a demon epidemic and the survivors who must overcome not only the monstrosities roaming the streets, but the ones left in their minds.

ONWARD! »»





INTERVIEW: Nj Calder, director of Fear Eats The Seoul

11 11 2010

There comes a time in everyone’s life in which they can take a chance to live their dream, or abandon it due to fear of failure.

Nj Calder took the chance.

Sugar -n- Thunder is thrilled to share this exclusive interview with the man himself: NYC-born, Korea-based filmmaker Nj Calder (of Kinetic Film), the blood -n- guts behind up-and-coming horror flick Fear Eats The Seoul.

Just to play catch-up, here’s the premise: 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. The ‘net ate up the teaser trailer released back in September.  Today, on 11/11/10, the FULL TRAILER is out and the next phase of this young filmmaker’s journey has officially begun.

We spoke with Nj about what led him from Queens, New York to South Korea, the experiences that spawned Fear Eats The Seoul, his favorite flicks of past and present, his personal history with filmmaking, his lifelong attraction to a darker aesthetic, and the all-important question: what is a horror director’s greatest fear?

THE INTERVIEW:

What drew you to making movies in the first place?

I just love stories. My earliest memories were of movies like Nightmare on Elm Street, Alien and Predator or Land Before Time. I always associated good times with renting VHS tapes when I was a kid. I was like a “Be Kind Rewind” professional with my 1950’s car shaped tape rewinder. I enjoyed the spectacle of blockbuster movies because it transported me to another world. So naturally, Jurassic Park changed my life. As I’ve gotten older I find that the purpose of making films for me is to express myself and my perspective, which will no doubt change as I keep on growing both mentally and spiritually. I want to tell good stories that are fantastical and unavailable to experience in our everyday lives. Sorry! There’re too many reasons I was drawn to movies!! Moving on! Next question damn it! [Laughs]

What made you take the leap and move to Korea? How long have you been there and what have you been doing?

Fear made me come initially. I was afraid after graduating college that I was going to fail and so instead of doing what I deep down knew I was supposed to, I fled the states to find myself in Korea. I thought I’d take a break from my life and live a little. I became an ESL teacher in Korea to pay off loans and grow up.

But as I’ve learned, thinking about not having money is a poisoning of the mind because it dictates that you can’t work on your dreams, but should instead find steady work and sacrifice your happiness. When, in fact, money is so far from the motivating factor that will open you up to pursuing your dreams. Of course it’s important to be financially aware but most people are also not very frugal and end up chaining themselves to debts.

Next July I’ll have been here for three years roughly. I have been teaching this whole time to subsidize the film. It’s not easy. At all. It’s like having two full time jobs and kids who like to eat other children and small animals and you constantly have to keep an eye on them with chains and whips on top of all your other crap.

What kind of space/time in your life did Fear Eats The Seoul come out of? Why are you making this movie right NOW?

It came from hating my last job as a preschool ESL teacher and feeling like I had become complacent. There are situations in Korea that I can’t help but culturally clash with, including teaching English to 18 month old babies. I was very unhappy because I had no clue what I was doing in the classroom anymore. It dawned on me that I was venturing so far from the path I once set out to take. And ultimately making decent money and having a free place was not enough. My dream kept bubbling to the surface while I was trying to push it down for the sake of a comfortable lifestyle.

So I finally quit that job and found a part-time one and my own place, which opened up my mind and my time to follow my own path. It became clear then that money was not as important if I was able to do what I was passionate about. So I finally accepted I AM a filmmaker and if that is so, I should start making some films.

Can you fill us in on the plot/concept of the movie?

The plot came from me, I’m going to be arrested [laughs], it came from me being so miserable at work that I just imagined I was stuck in this post apocalyptic Korea. And I was secretly looking for a way to kill off the mental presence of some choice co-workers or employers who will remain nameless. It became a catharsis.

But the plot is about these English teachers like myself, or the hundreds of thousands of others, who have been teachers abroad. And how we all know the big elephant in the room is that complacency is all too common. So on top of complacency, these characters are stuck in a real Hell when a demon infection spreads across the country preventing them from progressing with their lives. We meet them almost a month into the infection and they’re faced with the choice to own their fear and attempt escape or wait for someone to come save them.

I know it’s sometimes easy to write horror movies off as mindless chop-’em-up fiestas, but what is different about Fear Eats The Seoul? Is there a metaphor/meaning behind it?

[Laughs] Well it’s definitely a fiesta! I can’t relate to a lot of the horror films that are made these days. I can enjoy them as a spectacle or a superficial level of cool or whatever. But I can’t do it myself, not if the larger justification is to shock or disgust the audience for its own sake. I want to make something that is relatable and emotionally drawn. The film is really about the fear of taking flight in the face of the unknown. The characters represent those parts of us that are weak and afraid until that fear manifests as its own demon. It eats away at your confidence and your passions, your will to live. It’s an emotional horror thriller.

What has the process of making this movie been like?

It has been very surreal, almost unbelievable when I look at where I was only a year ago. It’s extreme highs and extreme lows. There is so much that goes into a film and if your crew consists of five people max, it’s compounded exponentially. This film has been a master class in filmmaking. We’ve been shooting on and off from July. It’s difficult to keep a production afloat when everyone on board has a day job on top of supporting this film. It’s a testament to their sheer willpower that they have all stuck by my side! Even the lows are worth it though because shit, I’m making a fucking movie!

What are the biggest challenges and biggest thrills?

The biggest thrills have been the major attack sequences, especially the last one we shot on October 3rd. I had a lot of fun shooting a major attack/fight in one of the character’s Kindergarten classrooms. On our last day we had 20 demon extras on board and we had to shoot in the pouring rain, which was a day of weather change. It was both the most challenging night and the most rewarding.

I wanted this crane shot so we rigged some rock climbing gear and hung me off a bridge as demons chased after the protagonists. It was definitely a moment I will never forget – having to climb the rope over and over in the cold downpour, my camera hanging off my neck and getting soaked. I earned every shot that night.

Another one involved me riding on the back of a motorcycle tracking a car as it was driving around the city and over bridges. It was nuts. But we got the shots. And I’m still alive.

ONWARD! »»





Indie Overseas: FEAR EATS THE SEOUL

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.

KOREA. DEMONS. ESL.

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.

WATCH THE TEASER TRAILER NOW!

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

Like FEAR EATS THE SEOUL on Facebook 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.”

F^CK YES!