SCREEN FORWARD: Summer of Blood

Opening October 17th, Onur Tukel’s Summer of Blood centers on a irascible loner whose romantic failures are suddenly in turnaround after being bitten by a Williamsburg-dwelling vampire.

Writer/director Onur Tukel turns in a hilarious performance as the monumentally lazy, socially oblivious and commitment-shy Erik Sparrow, who is dumped by his career-woman girlfriend (Anna Margaret Hollyman, White Reindeer) when he rejects her rather charitable marriage proposal. Feeling lost, he turns to a disastrous string of online dates that successively eat away at his already deteriorating confidence until a lanky vampire turns him into an undead ladykiller. Soon, Eric is prowling the streets of Brooklyn in search of anything to satisfy both his maniacal sex drive and his hunger for blood. A collision of absurd, self-deprecating wit and existential curiosity, Summer of Blood is a hilarious horror-comedy with a clever bite all its own.

Director: Onur Tukel
Cast: Onur Tukel, Anna Margaret Hollyman, Dakota Goldhor, Jason Selvig, Melodie Sisk, Juliette Fairley, Vanna Pilgrim, Keith Poulson, Jerry Raik, Dustin Guy Defa

“A sincerely hilarious film that’s not without its fair share of gore and sex… Simply one of the best horror-comedies in years” – Patrick Cooper, Bloody-Disgusting

“Punchlines hit hard and fast… If Woody Allen directed a vampire comedy, it might resemble Turkel’s hilarious urban satire” – Eric Kohn, Indiewire

“Screamingly funny” – Brandon Harris, Filmmaker Magazine


• Friday, October 17 from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

• Saturday, October 18 from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM

• Saturday, October 18 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

• Sunday, October 19 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

• Monday, October 20 from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

• Tuesday, October 21 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

• Tuesday, October 21 from 7:15 PM to 9:15 PM

• Wednesday, October 22 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

• Wednesday, October 22 from 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM

• Thursday, October 23 from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

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The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) announced the first five projects to get weeklong theatrical runs at the state of the art Made In NY Media Center’s theater as part of the Screen Forward program. Starting October 17th, the program will give filmmakers in the process of self-distribution or micro-distribution the unique opportunity to gain a much-coveted NYC theatrical week-run, with IFP working with each filmmaking team on comprehensive audience engagement and grassroots outreach strategies, publicity support, coverage in Filmmaker Magazine, and a revenue split to all participating filmmakers.

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