Severin Films Acquires Birdemic

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Wed, 02/24/2010 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Severin Films has acquired all worldwide rights to Birdemic: Shock and Terror a feature from writer/producer/director James Nguyen. Described by Nguyen as a romantic thriller the film is a horror/action/special-effects-driven love story about a young couple trapped in a small Northern California town under siege by homicidal birds. Birdemic also tackles topical issues of global warming avian flu world peace organic living sexual promiscuity and lavatory access. 
Nguyen a 42-year-old Vietnamese refugee wrote cast and shot the film over the course of four years using salary from his day job as a mid-level software salesman in Silicon Valley. The film pays homage to Hitchcock's The Birds via location shooting in Mission Bay California as well as an appearance by Tippi Hedren star of The Birds. When rejected for an official screening slot at Sundance Nguyen spent eight days driving up and down the festival's nearby streets in a van covered with fake birds frozen blood and Birdemic posters while loudspeakers blared the sounds of eagle attacks and human screams. The tactic caught the attention of festival organizers filmgoers and local police as well as executives from Severin Films. 

Birdemic is truly unlike any other film we've ever seen says Carl Daft CEO and co-founder of Severin Films. The fact that James Nguyen wrote produced directed financed and self-marketed such a unique feature is in itself a story worth celebrating. On a certain level this is a landmark independent production and James is truly an auteur for our time. We're enormously excited for audiences to experience Birdemic for themselves.

 Severin Films is planning a limited theatrical release for Birdemic later this year. The film is the company's first contemporary acquisition. An EPK video for Birdemic can be viewed at 
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