Award-Winning Director And HNN Manager Team Up For New Indie Horror Film

August 16, 2020

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Award-winning filmmaker Mario Cerrito III and HNN manager, Michael Joy, have teamed up for the upcoming horror film, The House in the Pines, which Cerrito will direct.

The two will co-produce the film, described as “an ’80s slasher that is nothing like an 80s slasher.” John DiRenzo will also be producing. This isn’t the first time that Cerrito and DiRenzo have worked together. DiRenzo executive produced Cerrito’s film  The Listing which won Best Feature Film at last year’s HNN Film Festival.  Cerritos’ latest work of horror is titled Human Hibachi and will be released soon.

The House In The Pines screenplay is complete and there will be casting announcements in the coming weeks.

The world as we know it has changed and with the film industry getting back to work, it’s not going to be business as usual.   We stand at the forefront of a very different movie experience.   The food chain has been disrupted and independent filmmakers will be forging a new path for the industry to follow.   Make no mistake about it,  there is a changing of the guard and filmmakers like Mario Cerrito are ready to open a lot of eyes in this new evolution.  The timing is perfect for something completely strange and original.  This is why I am stepping on-board.  I believe this project will break new ground as we all walk into the unknown.”  HNN manager, Michael Joy said in a statement. 

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