Thu, 05 Jan 2012 18:23:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Indie Horror Short “Microcinema” Ranks on Best-of Lists for 2011 Thu, 05 Jan 2012 17:59:04 +0000

CONTACT: Skip Shea
Harvest Tide Productions

MASSACHUSETTS (Jan. 1, 2012) – Massachusetts-based Harvest Tide Productions first online and internationally self-distributed horror short independent film “Microcinema,” written and directed by Harvest Tide Productions co-founder Skip Shea, scores on several 2011 best-of lists, continuing its run as a cult favorite and a hit with horror reviewers.

Chris Conduit of The Conduit Speaks, put “Microcinema” as the best horror short of the year giving it his Conduit Award.

Danielle Holman writing for Truly Disturbing Horror, listed “Microcinema” as one of the five best horror films saying, “Skip Shea’s seven minute short film is deserving in the ranks of the big films as it’s able to accomplish more in less than ten minutes than an hour and a half feature length film.”

“Microcinema” quickly became a cult favorite and wowed critics and audiences last year at several horror film festivals and screenings within the few short months of its release. Screenings in 2011 included the 1st Annual Danish Horror Film Festival: THE TURBINE at Spinderihallerne, Vejle, Denmark; All Things Horror Shudder Fest at the Somerville Theater in Somerville, MA; Short Horror Films at AS220 in Providence, RI; the Massachusetts Independent Film Festival; and before Canadian horror film fans at Fright Night Theater presents: ABSENTIA & Microcinema at the Staircase Cafe Theater in Hamilton, Ontario.

Starring Alex Lewis and Aurora Grabill, “Microcinema” is the story of Peter Martell, a highly educated well-to-do young man with too much free time on his hands. He spends it watching snuff films. One day he makes the bold decision to cross the line from observer to participant, aspiring to bring a philosophical element to his own kind of snuff films. Ready to go to work, he tracks his first victim into a haunted New England wood, where the boundary between participant and observer takes a different turn.

“Microcinema” was originally a storyline for one of the episodes of Harvest Tide’s new horror web series “Longreach,” written by William DeCoff. “Longreach” follows the demise of Daniel Jedrek, the sergeant at arms for the Longreach Association, an ancient global charitable organization that takes charity to extremes. The Harvest Tide production team – Shea, DeCoff, Will Smyth and Emily King – agreed that “Microcinema” stood on its own in the burgeoning new online entertainment and media arena and delivers a brutal and gruesome tale to horror film fans.

“Microcinema” is now available on the film’s website for .99 cents. The best horror for under a dollar.

”Microcinema” writer/director Skip Shea produced, written and directed six short films Mail; Video Diary: Last Entry; They Serve Breakfast Here All Day Long; Putting On Its Shoes; Nostalgia; and Choices. Mail was selected for the invitation-only 11th annual Pawtucket Film Festival. Shea’s work took the runner-up award in the comedy short screenplay competition for his script The Bar at the 19th Annual Woods Hole Film Festival. The film is in pre-production now.He also produced, wrote and performed the very successful one man show called Catholic (Surviving Abuse & Other Dead End Roads) which debuted in New York City in 2005. The show went on to have a successful run at the Jimmy Tingle’s Off Broadway Theater and toured the East Coast. Shea is also a published poet whose piece “Songs of Mourning,” a memorial to those killed in the September 11 attacks in New York as well as to his daughter Shawna Shea, was selected by New York City jazz musician Jon Faddis to be performed at the 9/11 10th Anniversary Commemorative Concert performed at Symphony Space by the New York Chamber Music Festival.


What the critics are saying about “Microcinema”

“The film is brave and unrelenting. It is a breath of fresh air to a lot of the common horror tricks that are being trotted out time and again.” -Alexandra West, Scare Tactics Blog.

“Skip Shea is an adept director with equal ability to write, his short film gets more across than most full length films. 4 out of 5 Stars” – The Bleeding Dead Film Reviews.

“You will not be expecting to see the events that unfold in this shocking short film.” – The Horror Spot

“The script itself deserves kudos for completely drawing your attention to the one aspect we would expect every horror film to contain and then suddenly shocks you with an element you rarely see in this genre.” The Scariest Movies Online

“I figured I was in for one of three things: a really solid work, a bite size film that left me feeling nothing, or one of those that makes me want to substitute rat poison for the salt on my dinner table. Those are the three categories all art falls into for me, always. Yet, when it was all said and done, Shea’s vignette carved a whole new icky slot out just for itself. 9 out of 10 Stars” – The Conduit Speaks

“Brilliant. 8.5 out of 10 Stars” – The Gruesome Hurtzogg Horror Movie Review Podcast.

“4 out of 5 Stars” Char Hardin

“What I find particularly interesting about Microcinema is its plot and how it seems to blend together torture, voyeurism, and a lot of other really weird horrific topics like snuff films.” - Horror Society

“Microcinema Doesn’t Disappoint” – Victor Infante, The Worcester Telergram & Gazette

“The new indie horror romp Microcinema and it is a doozy.” – Truly Disturbing Horror

“Interesting short that starts as your usual slasher/serial killer fare before taking a wicked little turn.” Shaun Sjolin Cenobiteme Blog

“Unicornsblud Horror Review Stamp of Majestic Approval” – Unicronsblud’s Horror Reviews

“Twisted and sick but with a new vision.” – The Dr. Chris Radio of Horror

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Short Horror Film Microcinema Launches Facebook Page Wed, 31 Aug 2011 15:40:14 +0000

MASSACHUSETTS (August 24, 2011) – Harvest Tide Productions, LLC today announced the launch of the Facebook page for their upcoming short horror film, Microcinema.

Microcinema is the story of Peter Martell, a highly educated well-to-do young man with a lot of free time on his hands. He spends this time watching snuff films. One day he makes the bold decision to cross the line from observer to participant, aspiring to bring a philosophical element to his own kind of snuff films. Ready to go to work, he tracks his first victim into a haunted New England woods, where the line between participant and observer takes a different turn.

The Microcinema Facebook page,, will offer fans news on the release of the film (September 2011), the trailer, and other offerings.

Harvest Tide Productions, LLC produces original new media content of all multiple genres and ancillary products. The accomplished Harvest Tide Productions team consisting of 7-time Emmy Award Winning Cinematographer William Smyth; Actor, Screenwriter and Wrestling Hall of Fame-er William Decoff, Award Winning Independent Filmmaker, Producer and Writer Skip Shea, and Actor and Producer of Marketing and Distribution Emily King. In pre-production is the web series Longreach which is currently offering attractive financial opportunities for investors. Longreach is an original web series following the blossoming evil at the long-established Longreach association off the coast of Massachusetts.

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Synopsis of Longreach – The Web Series Wed, 27 Jul 2011 11:56:18 +0000

Longreach, written by William Decoff and produced by Harvest Tide Productions in conjunction with The 989 Project, is a new independent horror web series that was originally written as a feature film. The screenplay was runner up in Michael Corrente’s Horror Film Competition. With the phenomenal growth in online entertainment and the loyal and devoted fans of the the horror industry, William Decoff decided to rewrite his script for the web, and Longreach was born.

Off the coast of Massachusetts lays picturesque Longreach Island, home to Longreach – the most powerful and secretive fraternal organization in the world.

Longreach has spent centuries feeding the poor, empowering the disabled, and murdering those that would harm the weak. Far out dating The Freemasons and a rival to The Knights Templar, Longreach was a foe that only the Evil feared.

But evil is blossoming at Longreach.

Reverend Samuel Aiden, current caretaker of Longreach’s great tradition, cannot separate benevolence from temptation. A ruinous storm of murder, kidnapping, sexual sadism, and extreme violence is unleashed, jeopardizing anyone touched by the once tender hand of Longreach.

Dawn Aiden is the wife of Samuel Aiden. Young, beautiful, manipulative and ambitious. She forces her husband to feed her unquenchable thirst for sadism and murder. She looks to be the Queen of Longreach. She will kill without hesitation anyone that chooses to interfere with her plans.

Sheriff Daniel Jedrek is the once honorable Sgt. Of Arms for Longreach. Driven to the point of madness by the loss of his wife. He is forced to face a lifetime atrocities committed in the performance of his duties to Longreach and Rev. Aiden.

When the meaning of a great symbol is lost and power stands alone, only death and chaos can ensue.

Longreach. Membership had its privileges.

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Longreach – Horror Web Series Photo Promos Mon, 25 Jul 2011 13:52:57 +0000

Check out the latest in Harvest Tide Productions’ Longreach photo promos, a shot of character Mia Liang, played by actress Jenny Chen with a bottomless pool of fear in her eyes. Membership had its privileges.

We are releasing a new horror web series photo weekly on the Longreach facebook page.

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Longreach Interview Tue, 05 Apr 2011 17:29:46 +0000

Recently, at a promo shoot for Harvest Tide Production’s upcoming horror web series, Longreach, our team was interviewed by Mass Movie Maven’s Chris Palermo. Chris Palermo is a Boston actor covering the growing film and tv production biz in the state of Massachusetts. Listen to the interview on Longreach – The Web Series’ facebook page. Be sure to give it a like!

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