I’m overjoyed to announce that Nightmare Code just won The 2015 Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival!

Much thanks to Festival Founder Dan Abello and team for a terrific weekend, beginning with our sold out show on Friday night (first feature of the fest) and an illuminating panel with fellow festival filmmakers on Saturday (makes of 21 Days and Inverse).

Here’s Dan with Co-Writer/Co-Executive Producer M.J. Rotondi:


Now go read some Philip K. Dick books!

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Encouraging PR

Screen Shot 2015-01-06 at 11.45.47 PMThe great thing about getting into a festival in New York City is the potential for the news to spread, and while The Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival is just in it’s third full year of operation, Founder Dan Abella and his team are doing a great job getting the word out:

Horror Unlimited
Scifi Bloggers (“highly recommended!”)
Slice of SciFi
Twisted Central
Broadway World
Live for Films

I’m just hoping the weather warms up by the time I get there.

For the record, my two favorite Philip K. Dick books (and I haven’t read nearly as many as I want to) are The Man in the High Castle (my first) and Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said (trippiest).  We’re all honored to be in the festival bearing his name.

– Mark

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Opening Feature: The Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival – and Panel

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We’re exceedingly proud to be the very first feature film screening at The Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival on Friday, January 16, 2015, 7:00pm at the famed Tribeca Cinemas, 54 Varick Street, New York City.  I’ll be there for the screening, which includes a Q&A right afterwards and plenty of celebrating at the Tribeca Film Center bar.  Tickets here.

The following day, Saturday, January 17th at 12:00pm, I’m part of a three-filmmaker festival panel at Producers Club – The Courthouse Theater, 358 West 44th Street.  Here’s the scoop on the panel:

Panel -Perils and Profits- Independent Filmmaking in 21st century

A distinguished panel of filmmakers and producers will discuss the challenges that independent filmmakers face as they navigate the exciting and turbulent waters of today’s indie film industry; the opportunities that lie ahead and what common mistakes to avoid in making and producing your first feature film .Some of the key themes include. Secure funding for your film, build your fan base, self distribution, and write and direct your story.

Panelists include:

Mark Netter -Director/Producer of Nightmare Code- Mark will discuss how to put together a winning team from producer to writer to cinematographer. How tobring the best in everyone when writing and directing a feature film.

Kathleen Behun- Director and Co-Producer for supernatural thriller 21 Days.This is Kathleen first feature film. She has had several other project optioned by major Hollywood companies.Kathleen will discus the importance of narrative and how to shoot a great film on a shoe-string budget

Stephanie Bell Producer for Inverse

Stephanie has over 15 years of experience in production, business and legal affairs, and finance, working for Interscope Communications, Paramount Pictures, and Franchise Pictures. While at these companies, Stephanie worked on films such as “What Dreams May Come”, “Pitch Black”, “Mission Impossible II”, “Rules Of Engagement”, “Bringing Out The Dead”, “The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow”, “The Whole Nine Yards”, “Driven”, and “3000 Miles To Graceland”, among others. Stephanie will cover creative methods of self distribution.

Not too shabby.  I’m excited to see Nightmare Code on the big screen with a live audience for only the third time and to be on a panel with other festival-chosen independent filmmakers.

And I’ll be be excited to see everybody at Tribeca – come have a drink after and tell me what you think of our flick.

Nightmarishly yours,

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Shriekfest Film Festival to Screen World Premiere of Nightmare Code, Starring The Walking Dead’s Andrew J. West

The annual Los Angeles competition will kick off with an opening night gala October 2

LOS ANGELES (9-11, 2014) –  The Shriekfest Film Festival, an international horror/sci-fi film and screenplay competition, has announced its 2014 lineup and is slated to screen the psychological sci-fi thriller Nightmare Code on Friday, October 3 at 8:45 p.m. The film runs second in the festival’s first night of features.

The film, written by M.J. Rotondi and Mark Netter (and also directed by Netter), follows a skilled programmer who learns that his newest assignment could result in consequences beyond his—or anyone’s—control. The film focuses on behavior recognition technology, behavior modification, and the implications of 24/7 surveillance. And there is, of course, a healthy dose of horror as well. Nightmare Code stars Andrew J. West, who plays Gareth, the dubious leader of Terminus, on AMC’s The Walking Dead.

A trailer for the film and tickets for its showing at Shriekfest, are available at http://www.shriekfest.com/entries/2014/nightmare-code/.

In addition to Nightmare Code, Shriekfest will screen nine other features, including the haunting Alice D., the U.S premiere of Hungerford, the L.A. premiere of the apocalyptic Chrysalis, the world premiere of House of Purgatory, the L.A. premiere of sci-fi feature Time Lapse, the world premiere of the slasher-influenced Kill Game, the L.A. premiere of Bag Boy Lover Boy, the U.S premiere of the tense Zugzwang, and the world premiere of the terrifying Berkshire County. Many of the films will be followed by Q&As with the cast or filmmakers.

In addition to the 10 features, 32 outstanding and diverse international short films, covering just about every aspect of horror, sci-fi, and fantasy.

The Shriekfest Film Festival runs October 2 – 5, 2014. An opening night party will take place at Boardners/Club Sinister in Hollywood; the rest of the festival will be at the iconic Raleigh Studios on Melrose Blvd.

Shriekfest, now in its 14th year, was created in July 2001 by Denise Gossett and has grown into the longest-running and one of the largest horror and sci-fi film festivals in the country. Since its inception, Shriekfest has offered young and upcoming writers, actors, and producers a chance to have their work screened and rated by peers.

For more information on the Shriekfest Film Festival, sponsorship opportunities, schedules, and more, visit www.shriekfest.com or contact festival founder and director Denise Gossett at email@shriekfest.com. Shriekfest is also on Twitter and Facebook.


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