On Tuesday, Feb. 23, byteclay.com was on the scene for the New York premiere of “Ava’s Possessions.” The screening was held at Landmark Sunshine and a fun party followed at The Mockingbird Bar, where guests enjoyed tacos and Svedka infused cocktails. Writer/director Jordan Galland was in attendance. He was joined by cast Zachary Booth, Annabelle Dexter-Jones, Louisa Krause, Wass Stevens and Deborah Rush. The film follows a young woman named Ava who is recovering from demonic possession. Because she has no recollection of her past month, she is forced to attend a Spirit Possessions Anonymous support group. The group is similar to Alcohol Anonymous. Ava just wants her life to return to normal. She tries to reconnect with her friends and get her job back, but she continues to be plagued by nightmarish visions. Will the demon come back? You need to check out the film on March 4 to find out! It is 89 minutes.
When asked what attracted her to the project, Louisa Krause said “The story. It picks up from a young woman’s life right after the exorcism. I thought that would be fun to do! That has never been done before! Let me bite into that.” She continued, “I loved that I was playing this Nancy Drew character who’s trying to piece her life back together. And also just the style of the film was so cool.”
Writer/director Jordan Galland discussed his vision. “I’ve always been a fan of exorcist films, so it took me a little while to find an original way into this, but I knew if I wanted to work in the genre, I had to do something a little bit different. So that’s why it’s about a girl recovering from demonic possession rather than the build up to being possessed. So the movie opens with the exorcism where most of those movies sort of end. And I’m just a fan of those type of movies, like “Rosemary’s Baby” and sort of older 1970’s possession movies.”
Annabelle Dexter-Jones said that her character is in love with her demon and she believes she needs to embrace the dark side and acknowledge it’s part of her. Zachary Booth said that this was his first horror project and after that he filmed “South of Hell,” which was another fun horror series. When asked about working with Jordan he said, “It was amazing, wonderful, I really wanted to working with him … It’s nice to work with someone who has such a specific vision for what they want their film to look like and is such a film dork. Every shot was an homage to something in his mind. If you took the time to ask him, he would tell you, but you wouldn’t really know,” Booth told byteclay.com on the red carpet.
Other guests in attendance included Onur Tukel, Chiara Clemente, Mirabelle Marden, Melia Marden, Chip Cronkite, Dan Fogler, Jake Hoffman, Max Hoffman, Joey Boots, Lolita Foster, Rebecca Forteau, Mona Fastvold, Wesley Taylor, Gideon Glick, Jonathan Fernandez, musicians SkyWhite Tiger, Bosco Delrey and Yuka Honda, DJs AndrewAndrew, DJ Charlie Klarsfield, Megan DiCiurcio and Warren Elgort.