UPDATE – 1 November 2018 — BE/FALL has been retitled A WAKEFIELD PROJECT, and a trailer is available on YouTube. Avery Esteves has been nominated for a 2018 Joey Award for his role in the film. (Winners will be announced on 10 November.) There is no word yet on a release date.
Rob Archer (LOST GIRL’s Bruce) stars as serial killer Nathan Cross in BE/FALL. Ghosts become visible for 24 hours because of a giant solar flare, and two friends in the business of restoring and selling houses find themselves working in what had been the home of a dead serial killer. By the end of the day, the renovators find themselves trapped in the house with the spirit of Cross, as the rest of the world experiences a pandemic of ghost sightings.
Katie Uhlmann interviewing L.A. Lopes at the 2011 Moving Image Film Festival in Toronto
Scheduled for release in the summer of 2016, BE/FALL is the directorial debut of actress and writer L.A. Lopes, who appeared as a cashier in the 2015 remake of POLTERGEIST, and co-wrote another film about ghosts, THE UNLEASHED, with her friend Diane Da Silva, who also wrote the story for BE/FALL. Lopes and Da Silva are amateur ghost hunters, and have traveled all over North America in search of apparitions.
Archer will play a prisoner in episode six of SLASHER, the Chiller Network‘s first original series, which is due to premiere sometime in March. Jessica Sipos (Tash in Dark Matter episodes 10&11) is a regular on the series, which focuses on Sarah Bennett, a young woman who returns to the small town where she was born, only to find herself the centerpiece in a series of copycat murders based on the widely known details of the killings of her parents. The eight episode first season will serve as the first installment of an anthology series, where each season exists as a self-contained hybrid of the slasher and murder mystery genres. SLASHER will air in Canada on Superchannel.
Musclehead is the name of Archer’s character in 22 CHASER, a film written by Jeremy Boxen (who wrote eight LOST GIRL episodes). Also in the cast are Raoul Max Trujillo (LOST GIRL’s first Big Bad, The Garuda) and Aaron Ashmore (Kenzi’s Season Two boyfriend Nate). 22 CHASER is the story of Ben, a man under pressure. His marriage is falling apart, and a loan shark’s thug is threatening to break his bones if he doesn’t come up with the money he owes. Ben makes the dangerous leap from towing illegally parked cars to chasing accidents, and learns that the price of success on the city streets might be his very soul.
The Garuda (Raoul Trujillo) raises a flaming sword in LOST GIRL episode 2.20
Director Rafal Sokolowski is hesitant to categorize 22 CHASER as an action film, instead describing the story as an intimate character study of a new father who is thrust into a cutthroat world in order to care for his wife and son. “It captures a remarkable moment in his life when he trades his personal values for financial success and stability for his family,” Sokolowski told Natalie Hulla of Ohio University Film. “Thematically, it speaks about the crisis of masculinity in the modern world. Who can’t relate to that?”
Rob Archer will be a guest at Treasure Coast Freak Show 4-6 March in Fort Pierce, FL.