'The Fall of Night' Apocalyptic Thriller Tapped for World Preem at Montreal World Film Festival

    Road Pic Pairing 'Girlfriends' Star Persia White & Popular H'wood
    Henchman Tony Longo Earns Spot in WFF's First-Time Filmmaker Section

    MONTREAL, Aug. 7 /CNW/ - "The Fall of Night," first-time writer-director
Derrick Warfel's "Twilight Zone"-like feature about a budding rock star's
horrific, desert run-in with a rogue prophet and his shadowy female sidekick,
has been selected for the program at the 31st Montreal World Film Festival
(Aug. 23-Sep. 3), it was announced today by WFF director Serge Losique and
head programmer Daniele Cauchard.

    (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20070807/LATU121)

    Starring CW network staple "Girlfriends" lead Persia White as the driven
disciple, Tony Longo (Toronto Film Festival standouts "The Cooler" and
"Mulholland Drive") as her doomsday preacher and "One Life to Live" regular
Bruce Michael Hall as a stranded musician who hitches a late-night ride from
the peculiar couple, "Fall of Night" will unspool in the festival's third
annual First Films World Competition highlighting works by new filmmakers.
    One of few U.S. entries in the festival's overall lineup of roughly 400
films representing dozens of countries, the Winter Star Prods. picture will be
enjoying its world premiere as it competes for the section's Golden Zenith.
    The 86-minute mind-bender -- boasting Australian TV personality Grant
Bowler ("The Mole") as a fellow hitcher with a plot to con the soothsayer and
featuring "Hawaii Five-O" veteran Al Harrington (Alberta-shot "DreamKeeper")
as a mysterious wilderness dweller -- chronicles the hitcher's desperate
efforts to escape the supernatural grip the night has on him or end up, as
predicted, dead by dawn.
    Lensed by Michael Millikan ("Stage Fright") and line-produced by Roger
Corman production manager Amanda Nugent, "Fall of Night" draws from Warfel's
training in both film (M.F.A. cinema, University of Southern California) and
psychology (A.B., Princeton), much as "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" benefited
from writer-director Scott Derrickson's USC film and Biola University
theological schooling.
    "We're taking les habitants on an unnerving ride to that same Rod Serling
territory frequented by David Lynch and visited by Christopher Nolan's
'Memento,'" said Warfel.
    For more information, visit http://www.fallofnight.com or

For further information:

For further information: Scotty Dugan of Dugan & Story PR, 
+1-818-360-1107, fallofnight@mindspring.com, for Winter Star Productions; or
the Montreal World Film Festival, +1-514-848-3883, info@ffm-montreal.org Web
Site: http://www.fallofnight.com, http://www.ffm-montreal.org

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