The Tunnel is a puzzling and surreal Super 16mm short movie from 2001, created by Ramzi Abed (The Devil’s Muse, In A Spiral State). After playing as an Official Selection of over 40 film festivals worldwide, the film apparently became popular with bootleggers and videotape trading enthusiasts. Its shorter incarnation, a 15 minute cut of the film found its way onto several short film format dvd anthologies, including one distributed by CMV Laservision in Germany. However, the film, which stars, among others, Troma Films’ chief Lloyd Kaufman (The Toxic Avenger, Poultrygeist), Mark Borchardt (American Movie, Cabin Fever 2), Masuimi Max (The Devil’s Muse, Inland Empire), and Casey Wickson (In A Spiral State, Blood On The Highway), never saw the full light of day. Now, thanks to the impending release of Abed’s latest feature-length sci-fi film, In A Spiral State, the much talked about short film will see a re-mastered release as one of the special features on the DVD.
In A Spiral State, Abed’s metaphysical multi-language (English and Hebrew) underground L.A. sci-fi thriller, which stars Juliana Fine (Goa), Mae Moreno (Boys And Girls Guide To Getting Down), Lizzy Strain (The Devil’s Muse), Bianca Barnett (Albino Farm), and Elissa Dowling (Dread), will be released by arthouse genre distributor, Halo 8 Entertainment, on September 29, 2009. The indie horror features an electronic musical score by first-time composer Ken Cravens, and a complex storyline. In A Spiral State features Hebrew-speaking angels (Ofri Fuchs and Adam Meir), organ thieves, broken hearts, and tales of addiction and loneliness in the city of dreams, that all link up to one continuous storyline about a girl named Maya (Fine).
Director Abed comments, “Having something so seminal but also special to me as The Tunnel on the dvd, and along with it an even older short called, The Interview, makes the journey more interesting for the buyer of the dvd. It will give them a glimpse into a completely different world, and a mise-en-scene approach and overall design that I’m still very proud of to this very day. It all brings back memories, and makes me feel like I’ve grown as a filmmaker since those days too.”
Halo-8 Entertainment’s releases include the award-winning drug-infused horror Pop Skull, and the award-winning hardcore-punk thriller Threat. Upcoming releases include Ramzi Abed’s erotic-art documentary The New Erotic (featuring XXX-auteurs Eon McKai, Kimberly Kane, Dave Naz, Jack The Zipper, Vena Virago and Alejandra Guerrero), and Godkiller.
Check out the trailer for In A Spiral State below.