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‘Slapface’ wins ‘Audience Award’ at the Cinequest Film Festival (Includes interview)

Mike Manning in 'Slapface'
Mike Manning in 'Slapface'. Phoot Courtesy of 'Slapface'
Mike Manning in 'Slapface'. Phoot Courtesy of 'Slapface'

The cast includes August Maturo, Libe Barer, Mike Manning, Mirabelle Lee, Bianca D’Ambrosio, Chiara D’Ambrosio, Lukas Hassel, Alixx Schottland, Curtis Braly, and Dan Hedaya.

Slapface was produced by Chhibber Mann Productions, along with Mirror Image Films and Artman Cooper Productions. The production team included Mike Manning, Nick Theurer, Artisha Mann-Cooper, and Joe Benedetto. It won the “Audience Award” for “Best Horror/Thriller/Sci-Fi Film.”

 Slapface  promotional poster

‘Slapface’ promotional poster
‘Slapface’ promotional poster, cover art

On this recognition, August Maturo exclaimed, “Winning this award tells me that people who see our film love it as much as we do, and I couldn’t be happier! Cinequest was our world premiere so winning at our very first festival is incredible.”

Mike Manning expressed that he is grateful to Cinequest and to everyone that watched the film during the premiere. “The fan response was really positive and we can’t wait to share the film with the rest of the world,” Manning said.

Chiara D’Ambrosio remarked, “Slapface is a wonderful film that not only scares the audience but makes them think.”

Bianca D’Ambrosio noted that “it’s not just a horror film; it’s a mystery that keeps viewers engaged.”

The film is edited by Katie Dillon, with an original score by Barry J. Neely, featuring the original song ‘Turn Down the Voices’ by Curtis Braly.

August Maturo in  Slapface

August Maturo in ‘Slapface’
Photo Courtesy of ‘Slapface’ film

In the movie, Lucas (Maturo), a loner who lives in a rundown home with his brother Tom (Manning), regularly seeks solace in the nearby woods. With his only “friends” being a group of female bullies (Lee and the D’Ambrosio Twins), he keeps to himself most of the time.

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Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 17,000 original articles over the past 16 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a six-time consecutive "Best of Long Island" winner, and in the past three years, he was honored as the "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment, an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times.

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