Blood Moon Pictures, a production company run by local filmmakers PJ Starks and Eric Huskisson, will celebrate its sixth year of operation in December.
And there is no sign of the duo slowing down.
Starks and Huskisson will be in attendance for The Scarefest Horror and Paranormal Convention’s 13th year on October 23 at the Central Bank Center in Lexington, taking part in the Independent Filmmakers Panel at 6 p.m. on the Main Stage.
Starks said that Brandon Griffith, co-owner of The ScareFest, had contacted him to ask him to involve more filmmakers in the convention and to bring more independent filmmakers into the event.
“I kind of pitched the idea and said, ‘You should do a panel of independent filmmakers,’ Starks said. ‘And (Brandon) said,’ Sounds awesome! Do you know someone? one who would like to do it? ‘ “
Starks and Huskisson will be on the panel alongside Brittany Blaton, Antonio Pantoja, Shawn Burkett, John Mason and Brian Dorton.
Griffith also gave Starks and Huskisson an opportunity they couldn’t turn down.
Their most recent release, “13 Slays Till X-Mas”, will have its theatrical premiere in Lexington on Saturday at 7 pm at the Krikorian Theaters in LexLive, located on the second floor of 301 S. Broadway.
“This was not a situation where we had to submit our film,” Starks said. “(Brandon) contacted me and said, ‘We want to play him at the convention.’
Starks and Huskisson have said they look forward to seeing the film on the big screen outside of their local premiere at Kentucky Wesleyan College last November.
“While we were filming the project initially, we had planned a whole festival. Then the whole pandemic happened, the closures took place and of course that killed any possibility for us to have a festival… ”Starks said. “We never really had the chance to see it on the big screen or at least on a movie screen. … This will be the first time we see him in a theater… I’m really excited to see what it looks like…. “
“I’m excited about this. I can’t wait to see him in a regular theater, ”said Huskisson. “I know some of the people who actually worked on the movie will be there… and one of my old roommates is in Lexington and he’s coming…. I like to see people’s reactions. Hope some people will show up!
With things reopening and the official release of “13 Slays Till X-Mas” in March, Starks and Huskisson have always been working hard.
“We are working to get (’13 Slays Till X-Mas’) on streaming services,” Starks said. “It was being looked at by a major streaming service, and then they started taking (awhile), so we were really sitting on it, not doing much.”
Starks said they were finally able to make a deal with Comcast to air the film from December.
The film was also rented or purchased on Amazon Prime last week.
However, Starks and Huskisson have hinted that there is something big on the horizon but cannot reveal all the details yet.
“There’s a name for a service, and it’s potentially huge, or at least huge for us, if that happens,” Starks said. “This is potentially major for us and for the project.
“It’s a streaming site through a huge business,” Huskisson said. “To get there would be huge in itself. “
Starks and Huskisson also wrapped up cameo shoot in Pennsylvania on the set of Justin M. Seaman’s “The Barn Part II”, starring Linnea Quigley, Ari Lehman and “The Toxic Avenger” director Lloyd Kaufman.
Starks starred alongside Diana Prince, known for playing Darcy the Mail Girl from “The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs”, while Huskisson also helped as a production assistant.
“It was a good time,” said Huskisson. “I like being on set with someone else so you can see what they’re doing versus what you’re doing.”
“13 Slays Till X-Mas” will also air next weekend in Owensboro at OMG! Con at the Owensboro Convention Center on October 30, where the duo will also host a seminar on independent horror film production. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and start of the event at 9:00 p.m.
“We’re still working on some details, but at the end of the day it’s going to be Eric and I talking about our experiences of two guys from central America making these little indie movies while still being able to reach a much larger audience. … “Said Starks. “We’re going to talk about projects from concept to completion – the process you go through, challenges, obstacles and things of that nature…”
Huskisson is happy to be able to have another representation on his own ground.
“What a cooler way to spend the night before Halloween and be in your hometown and watch a horror movie that was partially shot in your hometown by locals,” Huskisson said. “I think it’s cool. I know a lot of other parts of the movie were shot in other states, but it’s a Blood Moon Pictures movie, it’s PJ and I’s movie, we produced it here. … it’s cool that it was made here at local homes, local businesses, one of the colleges…. “
Even with a busy schedule, Starks and Huskisson are already planning their next big business.
“We are still working to determine exactly what this project will be,” Starks said. “There is a screenplay I wrote in 2010 that Eric really likes. There are actually a few scripts that I wrote that Eric really likes and one of them is a slasher movie and (the other) is more of a survivor horror that has a bunch of different types of elements. and has that dynamic… narrative that in some ways is like an anthology, but that’s not because these aren’t different characters that never meet – there’s a lot going on.