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‘Below Her Mouth,’ Helmer April Mullen Signs With Verve – Toronto

Coming off the Toronto Film Festival premiere of her film Below The Mouth, writer-director April Mullen has signed with Verve. Doiron also is signing with Verve.

- Mike Fleming Jr, Deadline

‘Below Her Mouth,’ a Toronto-filmed drama with all female crew getting lots of buzz at TIFF



Below Her Mouth brings the female gaze to sex scenes

the film’s sex scenes contain their own narrative about the unfolding relationship between the two women.

- Simon Houpt, The Globe and Mail

Mullen to make TIFF debut with ‘Below Her Mouth’

“When I first read the script, it resonated with me,”

- Richard Hutton, Niagara This Week

Lesbian love story ‘Below Her Mouth’ meant to ‘empower,’ not exploit: filmmakers

First-time screenwriter Stephanie Fabrizi says she was keen to keep things realistic, bold and “poetic.”

- Cassandra Szklarski, News 1130

Steamy NSFW Trailer Debuts For ‘Below Her Mouth’, Premiering At TIFF

One of the more anticipated movies coming to the Toronto International Film Festival is “Below Her Mouth,” the sexy story of two women who meet and fall in love, with the film chronicling the passionate affair that changes both their lives inextricably.

- Brent Furdyk, ET Canada

Toronto: Canadian Filmmakers in the Fest Grab Global Attention

April Mullen’s “Below Her Mouth,” one of the buzziest Canadian acquisition titles, charts the sudden, steamy, world-rocking romance between two very different women

-Jennie Punter, Yahoo! Movies

‘Below Her Mouth’ Exclusive Trailer: Two Women Embark On A Sudden And Steamy Romance


The film is notable for featuring not just a female writer, director and producer, but also an entirely female production crew.

-  Vikram Murthi, indiewire

TIFF 2016 Women Directors: Meet April Mullen — “Below Her Mouth”

“I want them to be refreshed and tantalized by our story; to feel free; to challenge their perceptions of gender, lust, and intimacy; to continue to allow yourself to let go.”

- Sian Melton, Women and Hollywood

Controversy is familiar ground at TIFF: Howell

Below Her Mouth (dir. April Mullen): Erika Linder and Natalie Krill play illicit lesbian lovers in a made-in-Toronto film that promises to push the boundaries for cinematic sex, as Blue Is the Warmest Color did before it. Shot by an all-female crew, the TIFF program calls it “one of the boldest and sexiest dramas of the year.”

- Peter Howell, The Star

April Mullen: Positive Word of “Mouth” Lands Director at TIFF

To truly understand the passion Niagara Falls-born filmmaker April Mullen has for her work, you need look no further than her answer to this question: if you were offered your dream job directing at the same time you were offered your dream job acting, which of the two would you take?

- David Derocco, GoBe Weekly

Mullen, Wave headed to city’s arts Wall of Fame

Canadian chart toppers, a busy movie director and a longtime chronicler of the Falls are among this year’s inductees to the Niagara Falls Arts & Culture Wall of Fame.

- John Law, Niagara Falls Review

TIFF Canadian lineup to include Deepa Mehta film on gang rape, April Mullen’s lesbian love story

Director April Mullen’s “bold, uninhibited” lesbian love storyBelow Her Mouth, shot last fall in Toronto using an all-female crew, will have its world premiere at TIFF in September. Written by Stephanie Fabrizi, the drama stars Canadian actress Natalie Krill as Jasmine and Swedish gender-bending model Erika Linder as Dallas in the story of two Toronto women caught up in a passionate love affair that changes both their lives. Written by Stephanie Fabrizi, the drama stars Canadian actress Natalie Krill as Jasmine and Swedish gender-bending model Erika Linder as Dallas in the story of two Toronto women caught up in a passionate love affair that changes both their lives.

- Linda Barnard, The Toronto Star

Cannes: Elle Driver boards all-female feature ‘Below Her Mouth’

Actress and director April Mullen directs from a screenplay by Stephanie Fabrizi. Described by its producers as a  “bold, uninhibited drama”, the feature kicks off with a steamy, weekend affair between two women: Dallas, a roofer, and Jasmine, a fashion editor. But the powerful connection they ignite derails their lives.

28 April, 2016 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Another great review of ’88′

“If you go over to Netflix right now, you can watch 88, the best film of the year so far.”
-Lisa Marie Bowman, UNOBTAINIUM13.COM

April Mullen talks “88″ with SHOCKYA.COM
“April Mullen, also courageously proves that women filmmakers can fearlessly and captivatingly pursue their interests and ambitions through the film’s mesmerizing characters and storyline.”
-Karen Benardello, SHOCKYA.COM

CrypticRock scores 88 ’5 out of 5′
“Often ingenious, 88 is bleak, exciting and insightful. All of the pieces of the puzzle come together eloquently, leaving the viewer feeling complete but sad. A magical film with plenty of blood and gore to please most Horror fans and enough mind bending plot twists for the rest.”
-Robyn Andrew, CrypticRock

Mike ‘The Movie Guy:’ It’s a tight flick
“I liked the story. It has twists and turns. It definitely keeps you on your toes.”
Mike Pierce, I WATCH MIKE

Repulsive Reviews: Fireworks and Unicorn Stallions “88″ Review
“A lot of the charm that 88 possesses comes from the creative genius of its creators. Mullen and Doiron managed to create an entirely original world inside of their script. These young filmmakers have managed to introduce the audience to something that they’ve surely never seen before.”

ON THE CUTTING EDGE: April Mullen On Bringing ’88’ To The Screen And More!
“88 is an immersive and satisfyingly mind bending cinematic ride, which is sure to leave the viewer spellbound.”


Variety: U.S. dawn for Canuck indie ‘Dead’ Pic hooks U.S. distribution deal with Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment
“We are thrilled to be working alongside an innovative distribution company that’s extremely passionate about the film and its release,” Mullen said. “In the current marketplace, where independent film distribution needs to be uniquely specialized on a project-to-project basis, we believe Gaiam Vivendi will work with us to reach our audience.”
- Katherine Brodsky, Variety

Joblo: 3D Horror-Comedy Dead Before Dawn Seals U.S. Distribution
- Eric Walkuski, Joblo

The Hollywood Reporter: Toronto 2012: Gaiam Vivendi Takes ‘Dead Before Dawn 3D’ for U.S. Market
“Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment has grabbed the U.S. rights to the Canadian indie zombie pic Dead Before Dawn 3D, which stars Christopher Lloyd and was directed by April Mullen.”
- Etan Vlessing, Hollywood Reporter

Calgary Film: Dead Before Dawn 3D

My ETV Media: Dead Before Dawn 3D Interview At Fan Expo
- Max Romano, MY ETV MEDIA

Toronto Thumbs: Fan Expo Canada – Dead Before Dawn 3D
- Jorge Figueiredo, TORONTO THUMBS

Weird Review: The Weird Review interview with the writer, the director, and the star of the movie Dead Before Dawn 3D
- John Collins, WEIRD REVIEWS

I Heart Movies TO: Fan Expo Canada: Day 2 – Dead Before Dawn 3D Interview

Cadence Magazine: Zombies…Demons…Zombie-Demons…Zemons!—An Interview with April Mullen and Tim Dorion

The Hollywood Reporter: Christopher Lloyd Joins Dead Before Dawn
“Emmy-winning actor of “Taxi” fame to play a grandfather who runs an occult shop in a 3D Canadian horror picture by director April Mullen…”

The Canadian Press: Filmmaking Duo Apply 3D to “Dead Before Dawn”
“The hefty cost and steep learning curve to make a movie in 3D isn’t stopping low-budget Canadian filmmakers April Mullen and Tim Doiron from diving into the technology…”
- Cassandra Szklarski, CANADIAN PRESS

Fangoria: New Dead Before Dawn Photos; Lloyd Joins
“Production entity Wango Films has announced that Christopher Lloyd, who has dabbled in the fantastic and frightening via the BACK TO THE FUTURE and ADDAMS FAMILY movies, an early turn in the slasher opus SCHIZOID and last year’s PIRANHA 3D, appears in DEAD BEFORE DAWN as the grandfather of teen hero Casper (played by Devon Bostick, in first two photos below)…”
- Michael Gingold, FANGORIA.COM

Quiet Earth: First look at Zombie Demons! April Mullen and Tim Doiron return with the 3D zombie comedy extravaganza Dead Before Dawn
“Shot entirely in Stereoscopic 3D, Dead Before Dawn will not only be Canada’s first full-length, live action, 3D feature; it will also introduce a new breed of zombies: zemons! The adventure comedy will unfold as a group of college kids accidentally unleash an evil curse that causes people to kill themselves and turn into Zombie Demons, aka zemons…”
- Marina Antunes, QUIETEARTH.US

Ridley College Blogs: 3D Movie Filmed on Ridley Campus!
“About a week ago, Ridley College was transformed into a movie set with trailers, lighting and cameras all over campus. It was all for the filming of ‘Dead Before Dawn’ – a fast paced adventure comedy that follows a bunch of college kids as they accidentally unleash an evil curse that causes people to kill themselves and turn into Zombie Demons, aka Zemons!…”
- Megan Brady, RIDLEY COLLEGE Christopher Lloyd Joins Canuck Zombie Flick Fest
“Back to the Future star Christopher Lloyd has joined the cast of Dead Before Dawn, a Canadian zombie feature now shooting in 3-D in Niagara Falls. It’s the first full-length, live action, all-Canadian publicly financed 3-D feature, according to producers Wango Films…”
- Linda Barnard, TORONTO.COM

Dread Central: April Mullen’s Dead Before Dawn with Christopher Lloyd Introduces Us to Zemons
“Word of a new Canadian indie horror film (in 3D of course) has hit the Net, and several things about it caught our eye. First off, Christopher Lloyd is part of the ensemble cast, it’s being directed and co-produced by the highly regarded young actress April Mullen (“Howie Do It”), and it introduces a new concept to horror fans: zemons!…”

The Morton Report: Sci-Fi Queen Ellen Dubin is the Zemon of the Night
“In Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, filming is underway on Wango Films’ fast-paced adventure comedy Dead Before Dawn. In it, a group of college kids accidentally unleash an evil curse that causes people to kill themselves and turn into zombie demons a.k.a. zemons…”

“Doiron and Mullen are two of the most passionate film people I’ve met.”
- Mark McLeod, Showbiz Monkeys

“It is the meticulous attention to detail in character that then becomes the most striking, as not only are their farcical antics hilarious. Unique and genre bending, it’s infectious to see filmmakers completely absorbed in their work.”
- G. Orforit, BBC

“If Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! director Russ Meyer sat down with Quentin Tarantino to come up with a concept, and then brought in the Broken Lizard troupe to inject their style of humour, I imagine the result would be something like this.”
- Brian McKechnie, CityTV

“It is without a doubt among the rarest of comedic gems; a titan among its peers in the burgeoning genre of the ‘mock-umentary’.”
- Syd Walker, Cambridge Film Festival

“Sheer dedication to their work and genuine exuberance”
- Jared Mobarak, Film Reviewer

“Filmmakers Doiron and Mullen’s Rock, Paper, Scissors: The Way of the Tosser is the type of movie that makes you want to take all of the Hollywood blockbusters in your DVD collection, throw them in the garbage, and then tattoo SUPPORT INDEPENDENT CINEMA across your chest. This is independent cinema at its best.”

“Every few years, a cult classic emerges from the morass of contemporary Canadian film…and this year, it could turn out to be Rock, Paper, Scissors: The Way of the Tosser.”
- Sophie Busby, THE MCGILL DAILY

“It’s totally different, it’s the kind of extremely diverse film styles that greats like Kubrick, Nolan and Takashi Miike achieved and now Mullen and Doiron are on there way to achieve such greatness.”
- Bill Thompson, BBC

“We decided to bring the characters to life and take the movie across the Country.”
- Philip Brown, EYE Weekly

“Sweeping the Nation with RocK! PapeR! ScissorS! Whacky duo co-creates hilarious mockumentary…”
- Ashley Bursey, HERE MAGAZINE

Rock, Paper, Scissors: The Way of the Tosser makes an audience laugh whilst giving them deeply lovable characters, who for all their faults you want to win against all the odds. The same applies for the filmmakers

“A film that has cult classic material written all over it.”
- Full Interview, QUIET EARTH

“We wanted to distribute the film in an alternative manner because the film itself carries such a zany personality,’ says Mullen. ‘We thought, `Let’s do something new and really innovative.”

“GravyTrain is sure to be a laugh-heavy outing with a generous side of eccentric absurdity.”
- Josh Marcellin, SEE MAGAZINE

“Tosser looks terrific, arguably better than most Canadian Films.”
- Tara Thorne, THE COAST

“A Whirlwind of Excitment! Tosser Fans came dressed up to the Screening.”

“It’s really full of honesty. It’s zany, it’s off the wall, it’s something never seen before.”
- Natalia Manzocco, RYERSONIAN

“Mastering the art of deadpan and parody, ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS is a highly entertaining mockumentary”
- Julie Faveur, FESTIVAL DAILY

“The applause was well deserved. These are the kind of films that make a point. Independant films aren’t to be under-estimated as they too frequently are.”
- Ramchandra Solanki, UK FILM

“A cross between documentary and mockumentary, ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS: THE WAY OF THE TOSSER is certainly more SPINAL TAP than DODGEBALL, although the training montages are worthy of that film and ROCKY.”

“Tosser does reveal talent on the rise, with both Mullen and Doiron handling their imbecilic characters with a perfect blend of heart and irony. Think Christopher Guest with no budget.”

“Judd Apatow and Kevin Smith better watch out because there are new sheriffs in town and their names are Tim Doiron and April Mullen. Expect big laughs, big hair and a few very stylish one piece suits.”
- Sam Tomlinson, CAMBRIDGE DAILY

“The town is like a ’70s Sears catalogue fed through an amplifier and made life-size – blistering energy and a certain knack with a deadpan one-liner.”
- David Berry, VUE WEEKLY

“What sets this apart is the language, the reinvention and use of words and phrases that puts Doiron en-par with the likes of Joss Whedon. Some may shake their heads but those that appreciate that level of language play will revel in the genius.”
- Marina Antunes, QUIET EARTH REVIEW


“There’s another strain of our national cinematic culture, steeped in Strange Brew and Kids in the Hall, reveling in the joys of the unabashedly silly. This tendency is visible in Fubar and Trailer Park Boys … and now GravyTrain”
- Malcolm Fraser, MONTREAL MIRROR

“GravyTrain is full of memorable and unique one-liners that will have you laughing out loud so often, you’ll have to see the movie at least twice to make sure you got it all.”

“A madcap adventure…entirely off the wall”

“The film had a beautiful aesthetic about it, both in sound and cinematography. A slapstick, tongue-in-cheek comedy, which, much like the actors there in, doesn’t take itself too seriously.”
- Sonika E. Film Review

“The ’70s come alive…Doiron and Mullen sizzle”
- Chandler Levack, EYE WEEKLY

“Enter the citizens of Gypsy Creek, the amiable yet eccentric fictional town in which the story is set – filled to bursting with one quirky character after another, and none of whom have ever remotely even thought of leaving the 1970′s behind.”
- Wasted Heart, Film Review