The Penultimate Two Directors Signed For ABCs OF DEATH. Now You Can Be The Final Filmmaker!

One of the maniacs behind METALOCALYPSE and THE VENTURE BROTHERS comes on board the anthology film!

Drafthouse Films, in conjunction with Magnet and Timpson Films, is putting together an anthology movie called The ABCs of Death. The premise is that directors from all over the world will make a short film about death using a word beginning with an assigned letter of the alphabet. 25 directors - ranging from established genre favorites to up and coming superstars - have been selected. The 26th will be chosen via a contest, where viewers vote on which submitted short they like the best. There’s still time for you to enter!

The last two directors (before the contest winner) have been chosen: John Schnepp of Adult Swim’s Metalocalypse and Jorge Michael Grau, whose cannibal film We Are What We Are opened last year and was pretty great. Here’s the full press release:

AUSTIN, TX – Thursday, August 25, 2011 – Drafthouse Films, Magnet Pictures and Timpson Films have announced the full roster of directors signed on to participate in their international co-production THE ABCs OF DEATH, an anthology horror film featuring segments directed by over two dozen leading talents in contemporary genre film from around the world. The feature is comprised of
26 individual episodes, each helmed by a different director assigned a letter of the alphabet inspiring a single word about death. Currently in pre-production, the film’s producers reserved the 26th director slot for a worldwide contest to find tomorrow’s next great horror filmmaker. The contest ends October 1st. More submission information here—

In May 2011, the film’s producers announced that enlisted directors were to include Jason Eisener (HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN), Ti West (HOUSE OF THE DEVIL and the upcoming THE INNKEEPERS), Ben Wheatley (SXSW 2011 favorite KILL LIST), Srdjan Spasojevic of A SERBIAN FILM infamy, and 18 others. Joining the roster are recent signees Jon Schnepp (co-director of Adult Swim’s epic animated series Metalocalypse) and Jorge Michel Grau, whose jarring 2010 cannibal drama SOMOS LO QUE HAY (WE ARE WHAT WE ARE) garnered a great deal of notice and established him as one of the more fearless rising filmmakers of the era.

““Having Jon Schnepp onboard is really going to bring some anarchic diversity to the project,” says co- producer Ant Timpson. “His work on Metapocalypse, The Venture Bros and Aqua Teen Hunger Force shows that he is the real deal; a supremely multi-talented guy with a unique perspective and set of skills to match.”

“Jorge Michel Grau won top honors, the ‘Next Wave’ award, at last year’s Fantastic Fest for his feature WE ARE WHAT WE ARE. We are delighted that this visionary filmmaker is joining our already strong roster,” says co-producer Tim League.

As the search continues for the 26th director you can view entries that have been submitted, including demented gems such as “T is for Toilet” and “T is for Talk”—

The following is the list of participating directors, along with their countries of origin and a reference title from each of their filmographies:

Kaare Andrews (Altitude), USA
Angela Bettis (Roman), USA
Ernesto Diaz Espinoza (Mirageman; Mandrill), Chile
Jason Eisener (Hobo With A Shotgun), Canada
Bruno Forzani & Héléne Cattet (Amer), Belgium
Adrian Garcia Bogliano (Cold Sweat), Mexico
Xavier Gens (Frontiers; Hitman), France
Jorge Michel Grau (We Are What We Are), Mexico
Noburo Iguchi, (Robo Geisha), Japan
Thomas Malling (Norwegian Ninja), Norway
Anders Morgenthaler (Princess), Denmark
Yoshihrio Nishimura (Tokyo Gore Police), Japan
Banjong Pisathanakun (Shutter), Thailand
Simon Rumley (Red, White & Blue), UK
Marcel Sarmiento (Deadgirl), USA
Jon Schnepp (Metalocalypse; The Venture Bros.), USA
Srdjan Spasojevic (A Serbian Film), Serbia
Timo Tjahjanto (Macabre), Indonesia
Andrew Traucki (The Reef), Australia
Nacho Vigalondo (TimeCrimes), Spain
Jake West (Doghouse), UK
Ti West (House of the Devil; The Innkeepers), USA
Ben Wheatley (Down Terrace; Kill List), UK
Adam Wingard (A Horrible Way to Die), USA
Yudai Yamaguchi (Yakuza Weapon), Japan

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