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The 2022 NYC Web Fest Nominations Have Been Revealed
CelebMix (The United States) - The nominees have been announced for the NYC Web Fest 2022. The excitement for this event is bubbling up as it comes closer, especially since it has been relocated and will be hosted in Miami Beach. We also previously announced the official jury panel for the festival. For the first time since 2019, this event will be held in person on November 11-13, 2022, where 40 web series and short films will be screened at the SandBox Theatre.
Finalists named for Alberta film and TV awards
The Calgary Herald (Calgary, AB) - Finalists in 55 categories were announced this week and Calgary’s Seven24 Films was the top nominee with 15 nods for shows Heartland and Jann. Joe Media Group was next with 14. The top two individual productions are Full Swing Productions’ production of Jonesin’ with nine nominations followed by Numera Films with six nominations for Abracadavers – Déjà vu & Wine Mixer.
Tea with Enayat Ahmady
The Tea with Mike Show (Alberta) - Mike drinks tea with Enayat Ahmady, an actor who has just finished filming in the independent series, Abracadavers, right here in Alberta. The theme of Enayat's story was about using acting as a self-confidence tool and as a way to meet new people. Enayat spoke to his love for sports like hockey, cricket, and football before falling in love with theatre and film. Enayat also shared some future acting goals and encouragement to those people following a passion. Share this episode with someone who likes learning about theatre and film.
“A Day in the Life” with Calgary actress, Vanessa Jetté
Calgary Guardian (Calgary, AB) - Vanessa Jetté is an icon, she is a legend, and she is the moment. Starting out as a fresh ingenue in 2016, this Northern Alberta Diva travelled far and wide, mostly around the Caribbean sea working for Carnival Cruises before landing her leading role as mi hermana. When she isn’t busy creating art and making the world a better place, she can be found sitting in her car at 10 PM singing along to Selena Quintanilla’s ‘Si Una Vez.’ She enjoys bike rides to and from the local bodega, in which she often frequents to pick up milk and eggs for her roomies when they are having a long day at work.
"Acting Up" with Griffin Cork
The YYC Popcast (Calgary, AB) - On this week's episode, I had a blast getting to know actor and producer, Griffin Cork! We get a little festive and break down our top 5-10 holiday movies and why we love them so much! We also talk about the upcoming 2nd season of his show “Abracadavers” and the production company he is a part of, Numera Films. Griffin sheds some light on the process of making independent series and movies and how things have changed in the past couple years with the funding that is available for creatives.
Abracadavers, an Alberta-shot series films second season in and around Calgary
Calgary Citizen (Calgary, AB) - You might recognize some of the beautiful scenery Southern Alberta and Calgary has to offer if you watch the second season of the Alberta-made Abracadavers series. Calgary-based production company Numera Films recently wrapped shooting on the second season of their flagship series Abracadavers in August, and the release of the finished product is planned for 2022.
Alberta-based web series, Abracadavers wraps season two
Cochrane Now (Cochrane, AB) - That’s a wrap for season two of the multiple award-winning web series, Abracadvers. Many Cochranites may recognize the Albertan-shot series as season one was filmed not only in Cochrane but also in Calgary, Red Deer, Drumheller, Stettler, Nanton, Water Valley, and Salmon Arm.
Vanessa Jette | Abracadavers
The Creative Block Podcast (Calgary, AB) - Calgary is becoming the backdrop to many film and television productions. One of those is Abracadavers, which will be bringing out its second season soon. Vanesa Jette joins Kyle to discuss how she came to be hired and her hopes for the future.
Critically-acclaimed Alberta-shot series gears up for second season
The Stettler Independent (Stettler, AB) - Numera Films has wrapped shooting on the second season of the critically-acclaimed Abracadavers, with parts of the first season having been filmed in the Stettler area a few years back. This time around, production began this past July and continued until late August with shooting locations being around Calgary and Longview.
Abracadavers, Albertan-based webseries, gains distribution deal
The Gateway (Edmonton, AB) - Alberta-based Numera films have acquired a distribution deal with Zombie Orpheus Entertainment for their webseries, Abracadavers. Since January 1, 2020, the series can be found on Amazon Prime, iTunes, and The Fantasy Network in the United States, United Kingdom, Japan and Germany. Abracadavers is the story of Chris (Griffin Cork), who is emotionally attached to a hair salon chair after the death of his mother, which involved the chair. His friends find this to be more of an obsession and decide to take him on a road trip. Chris comes to terms with his obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), along with his friends, while simultaneously learning about their super-human abilities that they possess.
Griffin Cork Help Pops a Number
The Wasting Your Time w/ John Wilson Podcast (Calgary, AB) - On this edition of 'Wasting Your Time' one of the best in local actoring Griffin Cork returns to the show. It's been a little over a year, so Griffin and John chat about what has been going on since then. Including the international success of Abracadavers, his work in Shakespeare in the Park, and his recent award winning role in a one-man show. Plus we even get into a little Dungeons and Dragons talk on this edition of the podcast. So please enjoy the show.
Episode #16.3 w/ Griffin Cork - Actor and Producer with Numera Films
The Amanda Nothando Show (Edmonton, AB) - Attention to all my Filmmakers, Filmlovers, Directors, Producers and Artists - check this one out. After over 20 Festivals worldwide and 35 award wins and nominations, an Alberta produced flagship series Abracadavers has locked down a distribution deal with Washington-based company Zombieorpheus! On January 1st, Abracadavers began airing the show on Amazon Prime, iTunes, and The Fantasy Network in the U.K, the U.S, Germany and Japan! It will also be available on iTunes and The Fantasy Network in Canada, and will continue to be available on Optik TV.
Abracadavers gets distribution deal, ranked 8th in Web Series World Cup
The National Screen Institute of Canada (Winnipeg, MB) - TELUS STORYHIVE series Abracadavers, from project lead Morgan Ermter, has locked down a distribution deal with Washington-based Zombie Orpheus Entertainment. Abracadavers is now available on Amazon Prime, iTunes and The Fantasy Network in the UK, the US, Germany and Japan (and iTunes and The Fantasy Network in Canada), and continues to be available on TELUS Optik™ TV.
Locally shot series inks distribution deal
The Drumheller Mail (Drumheller, AB) - A comedic web series that shot in the valley last spring will now be seen by eyes all over the world with a new distribution deal. In June Alberta based Numera Films was in the valley shooting Abracadavers. The company has inked a distribution deal with Zombie Orpheus Entertainment to see the series distributed on Amazon Prime, iTunes and The Fantasy Network in the United States, U.K, Japan, and Germany starting on January 1. “Abracadavers was our largest undertaking as filmmakers and as a company,” says one of the producers Griffin Cork, “and we could not be happier with its journey.”
Alberta-made series goes international
The Kingston Whig-Standard, The Edmonton Examiner, The Regina Leader-Post and more (Canada-Wide) - A web-based series that includes scenes shot at Nanton’s cemetery became available Jan. 1 in the United Kingdom, United States, Germany and Japan. Numera Films has locked down a distribution deal with Washington-based company Zombie Orpheus Entertainment to show its flagship series, Abracadavers, on Amazon Prime, iTunes, and The Fantasy Network.
Series shot in Sylvan Lake now streaming world-wide
Sylvan Lake News (Sylvan Lake, AB) - An unique web-series shot in Sylvan Lake is now streaming across the world. The Albertan film company in Numera Films shot part of the first season of Abracadavers in Sylvan Lake in the summer of 2017. As of Jan. 1, the first season is available to stream on Amazon Prime, iTunes, and The Fantasy Network in the U.K, the U.S, Germany and Japan. The world-wide availability of the series is due to a distribution deal with Washington-based company Zombie Orpheus Entertainment, the show’s star and producer Griffin Cork said.
FanBase Press Interviews Griffin Cork on the WebSeries 'Abracadavers' from Numera Films
FanBase Press (Los Angeles, CA) - The following is an interview with Griffin Cork regarding the upcoming release of the webseries, Abracadavers. In this interview, Fanbase Press Editor-in-Chief Barbra Dillon chats with Cork about the inspiration behind the series, the creative process in bringing the story to life with the cast and crew, how viewers can access the show, and more!
Locally shot series wins several awards.
CochraneNow.ca (Cochrane, AB) - Abracadvers, a locally shot web series has been recognized all over the world by receiving over 35 award nominations and wins. Alberta-based production company Numera Films, teamed up with the Washington-based company Zombie Orpheus Entertainment to distribute the series. The web series was shot in and around Cochrane during the summer of 2018, including many shots done in local businesses.
Award-winning film, partly shot in the Stettler region, continues to reach a broader audience
The Stettler Independent, The Pipestone Flyer, The Rimbey Review, The Ponoka News (Canada-Wide) - An award-winning series that was partly shot in the Stettler region, including Ol’ MacDonald’s Resort, continues to garner critical acclaim and reach a broader audience. After over 20 festivals world-wide and 35 award wins and nominations, the flagship series Abracadavers has locked down a distribution deal with Zombie Orpheus Entertainment!, explained Calgary-based Griffin Cork, who both co-produced and starred in the project.
Abracadavers has Big Distribution News
I'm Here With Magazine (Calgary, AB) - The award-winning Alberta made series is making it big. The series stars Griffin Cork (Heartland, The Black Donnellys, Everfall), Emma Houghton (ThePsyBorgs), Samantha Jeffery (The Magicians, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before 3) and Reamonn Joshee (Wynonna Earp, True Fiction, Jonesin).
STORYHIVE series Abracadavers picks up more awards and festival screenings
The National Screen Institute of Canada (Winnipeg, MB) - TELUS STORYHIVE series Abracadavers, from series lead Morgan Ermter, continues its streak of award wins and festival screenings.
Abracadavers heads to Raindance film fest in London
The National Screen Institute of Canada (Winnipeg, MB) - TELUS STORYHIVE series Abracadavers, from series lead Morgan Ermter, screens at this year’s Raindance Film Festival in London, England. Abracadavers screens in the Web Fest: Poetic Pleasures program on September 29, 2019.
Upcoming screenings and award noms for STORYHIVE series Abracadavers
The National Screen Institute of Canada (Winnipeg, MB) - TELUS STORYHIVE series Abracadavers, from series lead Morgan Ermter, screens at a number of festivals worldwide in September and October...
STORYHIVE web series Abracadavers heads to festivals around the world this summer
The National Screen Institute of Canada (Winnipeg, MB) - TELUS STORYHIVE web series Abracadavers, from project lead Morgan Ermter, is set to screen at festivals across the globe this summer. Beginning on July 13 Abracadavers screens at TO Web Fest in Toronto, Melbourne Web Fest in Australia on July 21, Stareable Fest in New York City late July and Seoul Web Fest in South Korea late August.
STORYHIVE series Abracadavers heads to festivals in Alberta
The National Screen Institute of Canada (Winnipeg, MB) - TELUS STORYHIVE series Abracadavers, from project lead Morgan Ermter, is scheduled to screen at two Alberta festivals in the next month: Okotoks Film Festival on June 1 and NextFest in Edmonton, running May 30 to June 9. It also screens later in the summer at Sicily Web Fest in Ustica, Italy in August.
NSI grads win 2019 AMPIA Rosie Awards
The National Screen Institute of Canada (Winnipeg, MB) - Congratulations to the NSI grads who won 2019 Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA) Rosie awards on Saturday, April 27 in Edmonton.
Rosie Awards honour best of Alberta film and television
The Edmonton Journal (Edmonton, AB) - The Rosie Awards celebrated its 45th awards ceremony to recognize the best in Alberta film and television Saturday night at the Edmonton Convention Centre, and Edmonton productions and their creators won 29 of 57 categories.
Rosie Winners Announced
Alberta Media Production Industries Association (Edmonton, AB) - Congratulations to all the winners at the 45th Alberta Film & Television Awards! 2019 Rosie Winners List Final // More info to come.
STORYHIVE web series Abracadavers screens at upcoming fests in the US, Italy, Amsterdam
The National Screen Institute of Canada (Winnipeg, MB) - TELUS STORYHIVE series Abracadavers, from project lead Morgan Ermter, is scheduled to screen at the following festivals over the coming months: DC Web Fest in Washington on Friday, April 12; Apulia Web Fest in Italy in May; and New Vision International Film Festival in Amsterdam later this summer. Abracadavers also recently won best web series at the Global Film Festival Awards in LA.
NSI grads nominated for 2019 AMPIA Rosie Awards
The National Screen Institute of Canada (Winnipeg, MB) - Congratulations to the NSI grads nominated for 2019 Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA) Rosie awards. The annual Rosie awards celebrate excellence and outstanding achievement in Alberta’s screen industries.
Abracadavers wins best web series at Los Angeles Film Awards
The National Screen Institute of Canada (Winnipeg, MB) - TELUS STORYHIVE series Abracadavers, from series lead Morgan Ermter, recently won best web series at the LA Film Awards. In Abracadavers, Chris’ mom died in a freak hair salon chair accident. Ever since he’s been attached to the chair responsible for her death. Gabriel, his closest friend, believes this is more than an obsession and kidnaps him on a road trip.
Abracadavers team wins at London Gold Movie Awards
The National Screen Institute of Canada (Winnipeg, MB) - TELUS STORYHIVE series Abracadavers, from series lead Morgan Ermter, recently won a handful of awards at London’s monthly Gold Movie Awards. The Abracadavers team took home awards for best series, best director (Morgan Ermter) and best special effects.
STORYHIVE Series Wins Oniros Best Web-Series Award
The National Screen Institute of Canada (Winnipeg, MB) - TELUS STORYHIVE series Abracadavers, from series lead Morgan Ermter, recently won best web series at the Oniros Film Awards in their monthly awards series.
Creative Block Podcast - feat. Jordan Wright and Morgan Ermter
Creative Block Podcast with Media Lab YYC (Calgary, AB) - Abracadavers is a new web series that starts with a road trip because of a character's unhealthy obsession with his mother's chair. A couple of the people responsible for the creation of the show, Morgan Ermter and Jordan Wright, talk with Kyle about their earliest obsessions and how they became filmmakers. Other things are discussed as well such as unknown songs, salon chairs, and collecting bugs.
FlicksXRayed Podcast - Abracadavers/What We Do In The Shadows
FlicksXRayed Podcast (Calgary, AB) - We continue Season 3 of Flicks XRayed with episode 29 and this week we watch and review What We Do In Shadows. The host Tony is joined by guests, Rock Muncher Ryan and Pasghetti Morgan the Director of Abracadavers web series. This week we play IMDB Synopsis of Mocumentary Movies, The Price is Right and The Flicks Awesome Lodge Word Game for the coveted princess crown. So tune in as we discuss at length about Mocumentary, Non-actors in comedy, Indy Movies and so much more.
Film Review: Abracadavers
The Gateway (Edmonton, AB) - Alberta-made film follows troubled characters in idyllic world: Sometimes it’s hard to let go. Add this universal truth to a pastel-washed world complete with quirky characters in a camper van, and you’re on your way to explaining Abracadavers. The Alberta-made film (running alongside a web series of the same name) follows Chris (Griffin Cork), a young man obsessed with the salon chair that electrocuted and killed his mother. Noticing Chris’s troubled behaviour, his best friend Gabe (Jordan Wright) rounds up their crew of five, which includes Allie (Emma Houghton), Maria (Courtney Tromburg), and Paul (Franco Correa) to bring him on a road trip — but things don’t go as smoothly as planned.
KO Review of Abracadavers
KatrinaOlson.ca (Calgary, AB) - Abracadavers is about a guy named Chris (played by Griffin Cork) who is dealing with a major case of OCD and nostalgia after the freak accidental death of his mother by a salon blow drying chair. Chris’ friends develop a growing concern over Chris stealing the chair that killed his mother and spending all of his waking hours alone in his house sitting in the chair.
Abracadavers w/ Griffin Cork
The Wasting Your Time Podcast (Calgary, AB) - After 3 years away Griffin Cork returns to the 'Wasting Your Time' podcast. On this episode Griffin joins John to talk about all things 'Abracadavers' with the first episode of Season 1 debuting Dec. 19, he discusses his history with the project, how he came to be involved with the series. As well they discuss the support the series has received from both Telus Storyhive and the Calgary Film Centre. Plus Griffin shares a couple of stories from the set, as well as the recent award the series picked up.
Season 2, Episode 50 - Abracadavers
The Alberta Filmmakers Podcast (Calgary, AB) - Lots of fun this week with the Abracadavers crew! Check out our long-form conversation with members of the team on the genesis of this exciting project!
Drumheller Scenery Contributes to Web-Series Award
Drumheller Online (Drumheller, AB) - Locally filmed web-series takes home prestigious award. A web-series called Abracadavers filmed for nearly a week in Drumheller and has taken home an award at The Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers receiving the Stinger Award for best web-series. "The last few months of post-production was a lot of tweaking really fine details and I feel like this awards night was really the first confirmation, for us anyways, that this show was good," explained Director Morgan Ermter. "It was the first positive review, essentially, of the work before its really out there for anyone to watch."
Abracadavers and Ice Blue win at Calgary’s Stinger Awards
The National Screen Institute of Canada (Winnipeg, MB) - Films from NSI grads won at last week’s Stinger Awards hosted by the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers. TELUS STORYHIVE series Abracadavers (pictured), from series lead Morgan Ermter, won for best web series.
Web-based series spends a day shooting in Nanton cemetery
The Nanton News (Nanton/Okotoks/High River/Claresholm/Fort Macleod, AB) - A production crew and actors making a web-based series and feature film spent a rainy day recently shooting in Nanton’s cemetery. Dark comedy Abracadavers tells the story of Chris, whose mom died in a “freak hair salon chair accident,” and his friends, who kidnap him on a trip. On the road trip, the group discovers the chair gives superpowers to those close to it.
Production on Abracadavers began in early May and wraps up in late June. In Nanton on May 31, actors and a production team shot a scene in Nanton’s cemetery in which Chris and a group of friends reminisce at the grave of Chris’s mother. It’s an important scene, as it’s one of the first scenes in the first episode of Abracadavers.
Local filmmakers craft Abracadavers from the ground up
The Calgary Herald (Calgary) - They’ve been everywhere, man. They’ve been everywhere. They’ve breathed mountain air, man. They’ve been everywhere.They’ve been to Calgary, Salmon Arm, Water Valley, Cremona, Stettler, Cochrane, Rimbey, Drumheller, Sylvan Lake, Strathmore and Innisfail. They’ve been everywhere, man. The easiest way to film a road trip, is to take one,” says Griffin Cork, one of the three emerging Albertan filmmakers behind the web-based series Abracadavers. Their series follows the exploits of a young man named Chris, played by Cork, whose mother died in a freak accident in a hair salon chair. Ever since the tragedy, Chris has been obsessed with the deadly chair.
Abracadavers films on the hills of East Coulee
Drumheller Online (Drumheller) - The hills outside of East Coulee became the backdrop for the developing road trip series, Abracadavers. The cast and crew of Abracadavers, literally, set their sights high as they filmed on the edge of the hills past the Atlas Coals Mines. For three days Executive Producer Griffin Cork, who also portrays the male lead in the film series named Chris, along with other cast and crew members have been filming within the Drumheller area.
Shuswap businesses serve as backdrop for TV series
The Salmon Arm Observer: Follow-Up Piece (Salmon Arm, BC) - The cast of Abracadavers, Griffin Cork, Emma Houghton, Jordan Wright, Franco Correa and Courtney Charnock, and accompanying film crew were in Salmon Arm on May 29, shooting scenes for season one of the upcoming series, expected to air on Telus Optik TV on Demand later this summer. Filming took place at Salmon Arm Go-Karts & Mini Golf and the Apple Grove Motel in Canoe.
Film series Abracadavers shoots near East Coulee
The Drumheller Mail (Drumheller) - An Alberta production company was shooting the web-based TV series Abracadavers at a farm near East Coulee this week, adding to the growing list of film and media productions featuring the landscape of the Drumheller region. Crews were out at the farm from Monday to Wednesday filming for the comedic sci-fi series based around a young man named Chris whose mom dies in a freak salon chair accident. Ever since her death, Chris attaches responsibility for her death on the chair but eventually comes to realize the salon chair gives those close to it super powers. Trying to get his mind off his mother’s death, Chris’ friends force him to take a road trip where they come to learn that dealing with superhuman abilities is sometimes easier to grapple with than what happens in our minds.
Young Gun Filmmakers Shoot for the Stars
The Village Voice (Cremona) - Getting better, one day at a time. The dreams of three emerging, Albertan filmmakers Griffin Cork, Morgan Ermter, and Josef Wright are about to become a reality. The team begins production on May 7th for the first season of their fully funded, green‐lit, super‐powered, road‐tripping, comedic television and web‐based series, Abracadavers. The production, made up entirely of emerging artists plans to shoot all over Alberta (and some locations in British Columbia) from the film‐centric Calgary, to the small Albertan oases like Sylvan Lake and Drumheller.
Stettler and Old McDonalds Resort location of scenes in macabre show
The Stettler Independent (Stettler) - Stettler and Old McDonalds Resort were the location of a macabre comedic television and web-based series, Abracadavers, airing this fall. Alberta filmmakers Griffin Cork, Morgan Ermter and Josef Wright started production May 7 of season one of their road-tripping, comedic series filmed on location across Alberta and B.C. They filmed in Stettler in May 14-15.
New Storyhive television and web series Abracadavers filming in Cochrane
Cochrane Today (Cochrane) - Three up and coming Alberta filmmakers Griffin Cork, Morgan Ermter and Josef Wright began production on May 7 for their Telus STORYHIVE funded television and web-based series, Abracadavers, part of which will be filmed in Cochrane.
Young filmmakers shoot series in Strathmore
Strathmore Times (Strathmore) - The loss of a grand prize of $50,000 to turn their pilot into a series at the Telus STORYHIVE contest, didn’t stop three emerging Alberta filmmakers from pursuing funding and securing double the amount of money to produce their show that will film all over Alberta, including Strathmore. Griffin Cork, Morgan Ermter and Josef Wright, who formed Numera Films, received the green light to start filming the first season of their comedic television and web-based series Abracadavers on May 7.
Alberta filmmakers make a stop in Red Deer for the filming of Abracadavers
The Red Deer Express (Red Deer) - Albertan filmmakers Griffin Cork, Morgan Ermter and Josef Wright will be travelling across Alberta to film their latest series Abracadavers — also making a few stops in Red Deer. The production, made up of entirely emerging artists, revolves around the lead character Chris, played by Cork.
Town provides setting for new TV series
The Cochrane Times (Cochrane) - Cochrane’s film scene will get a little more exciting in June when a new television series rolls through town to film. Abracadavers is an Alberta-produced show greenlit for its first season thanks to a $100,000 grant from STORYHIVE, a Telus-funded project encouraging advancement in film throughout Alberta and British Columbia.
New television/web series to be filmed near Strathmore
The Strathmore Standard (Strathmore) - A new young adult television and web series is being filmed right here in southern Alberta near Strathmore. Called ‘Abracadavers’, the show begins production of their first season on May 7. The show is a comedic sci-fi series that follows the main character Chris, whose mother died in a salon chair freak-accident. Since then he’s had an attachment to the salon chair itself.
Super-powered sci-fi road-trip series coming to the Shuswap
The Salmon Arm Observer (Salmon Arm) - What do a lethal retro salon chair, a friendly kidnapping, sudden superpowers and Salmon Arm have in common? The answer is each will have a role to play in Abracadavers, a science fiction/drama/dark comedy series that goes into production early May, and is expected to air on Telus Optik TV on Demand towards the end of the summer.
Comedic web series shooting in valley this spring
The Drumheller Mail (Drumheller) - Come June another production company will be in thevalley shooting a web-based series. Three emerging Albertan filmmakers; Griffin Cork, Morgan Ermter, and Josef Wright are hitting the road this spring to shoot Abracadavers, a comedic road tripping series. The team begins production on May 7, and will be shooting throughout the province and some locations in British Columbia.
Alberta-made web series aims for character-driven laughs and unique style
The Gauntlet (Calgary) - Young people, superpowers, a road trip and a salon chair — put this unusual collection of nouns together and you have Abracadavers, an upcoming coming-of-age comedy web series written, produced and starring Albertans.