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2014 Beyond the Beaten Path!

Mistress of the Dark Hours

The 2014 Beyond the Beaten Path Film Festival presented by the SoCal Film Fest has been an annual event since 2005, celebrating the strange, unusual, often funny, and sometimes horrific.

We exhibit movies and screenplays, shorts, features and documentary films that go further than the mainstream and “Beyond the Beaten Path.” Join us for another year of oddities in filmmaking!

We welcome any genre of movies that is odd and unusual, particularly horror, sci-fi, suspense, paranormal, and experimental.


Thank you to all entrants. Finalizing the selections is a truly difficult task and we commend each of you for your accomplishment and thank you for participating. Below are the 2014 Official Selections to the 2014 Beyond the Beaten Path Film Festival.

We will be sending out an additional email shortly with additional instructions for all official selections.

Movie Title ….. Director

A Case of the Reincarnation Type ….. Kris Melewki

A Christmas Walk ….. Phillip Mosness

All The Marbles ….. Dar Warison

Blackened ….. Dave Drinkwater

Blowout ….. Mark Falls

City of the Dead ….. HanXiong Bo

Dream Shreds ….. M. Chendler

I Will Rise ….. Rave’ Mehta

Inflection Point ….. Jose Angel Larrieta Arteaga

Into the Dark ….. Lukas Hassel

Kaleido Brujas ….. Steven McGuire

Kung Fu Chicken ….. Khoa Vu

Lucy ….. Chaz Gentry

Missing Child ….. Luke Sabis

Naked Zombie Girl ….. Rickey Bird, Jr.

Ninja Laundry ….. Steve Gossett

Olanzapine ….. William  Lu

One Gun ….. Adam Schafer

OperHator ….. Tara-Nicole Azarian

Rose, Mary and Time ….. Hardeep Giani

Screw ….. Angus Ware

Sins of the Father ….. Rachel Howard

Sitter ….. Jennifer Harrison

Somatic Self ….. Jillian Iscaro

Stranger ….. Jeremiah  Kipp

Subsurface Flow ….. Carl Bird McLaughlin

The Conversation ….. Chris Reese

The Moment ….. Judson Vaughan

The Routine ….. Brian  Groh

The Sleep of Reason ….. Tim Halo

The Zombie’s Trip ….. Nick Zounis

We will be sending out an additional email shortly with additional instructions for all official selections.

Title, Writer, Category

A Tell-Tale Heart ….. Stephen M. Hunt, Short Form Screenplays

Don’t Be Afraid Of The Light ….. Jason Rostovsky, Short Form Screenplays

Fever ….. Eric Borden, Long Form Screenplays

God’s Apology ….. Jennifer Hightower, Long Form Screenplays

Good Blood ….. Anthony McHie, Long Form Screenplays

Ishmael’s Son ….. Nelson Blish, Long Form Screenplays

Last Ride of the Carver ….. Eric Borden, Short Form Screenplays

Murmansk Run ….. Wendy Joseph, Long Form Screenplays

National Pastime ….. David Lieto, Short Form Screenplays

Oh, Brother ….. Emily Komiyama, Short Form Screenplays

Recovery ….. Dan Boomgarden, Short Form Screenplays

Sardis the Merciful ….. Christian Thomas, Long Form Screenplays

Slitzkrieg ….. Jason Petrovitch, Long Form Screenplays

The Cat Lady of Gramercy ….. Jonathan Weichsel, Long Form Screenplays

The Invitation ….. April Wolak, Short Form Screenplays

The Yellow Clown ….. Steve Deery, Short Form Screenplays

We will be sending out an additional email shortly with additional instructions for all official selections.

Title ….. Director

A Dark Rome ….. Andres Rafael Zabala

Aquarius ….. Mark Auerbach

Charlie’s Place ….. Antonio C. Esposito

Confessions of a Womanizer ….. Miguel Ali

Modworld ….. Jeff Turboff

Silent Sins ….. Christina  Choo

Sturm ….. Noemi Schneider

Coming Soon!

To celebrate 10 years of Beyond the Beaten Path, we are giving this event the expansion it deserves with a wild celebration of movies and events for three days (May 8-10), with May 10 being a day of movies in the theater,  followed by an Online Celebration for two weeks from May 11-25, 2014.

Give us your horror, your sci-fi, your strange, your unusual – we celebrate those who find themselves in the back of beyond!

This is the first year in its nine-year history that the Beyond the Beaten Path film screening series will branch off and move out of its usual fall screening period.  Additionally, we will be adding discussions, parties, special screenings, and for the first time — Awards!

Official Selections will be reviewed in Influx Magazine. The award winner of Beyond the Best Feature Film will receive a distribution offer to be on Amazon Prime. The top three short films will receive an offer to be packaged together for distribution on Amazon Prime and receive a replay screening in the 2014 SoCal Film Festival in October.

Winning screenplays will receive table reads from professional actors and short form selections may receive offers for production from students at the SoCal Film Academy.


Tickets & Schedule of Events Coming Soon

May 8-May 25

  • May 8 (Thurs): Opening Night Welcome & Night of the Living Dead Participation Screening (VIP Passes Only, Limited Availability)
  • May 9 (Fri): Discussion and Screenplay Finalists Table Reading (VIP Passes Only, Limited Availability)
  • May 10 (Sat): Theatrical Screenings — Movies that go beyond all day long. Schedule coming soon.
  • May 11-25: Online Screening Room and Events — Awards announcements, additional screenings, NOTLD Participation Screening playback, and more!

Our sincerest gratitude to illustrator Kyle Roberts and colorist John Ercek for the “Mistress of the Dark Hours” poster for this year’s event. More of Roberts’ work can be seen at

Genre Film Festival

Beyond the Beaten Path

Give us your strange, your weird, your beyond, your off-beat, your sci-fi, your horror, your experimental, your different and unusual. If you have gone off the beaten path, we want to share your journey.



Beyond the Beaten Path

Official Selection: Naked Zombie Girl

Official Selection: Missing Child

Official Selection: Olanzapine