Cinequest: A Beginner’s Guide To Snuff




Cinequest Film Festival, March 1-13, 2016 will unite 700 world leading artists and innovators with audiences (expected to top 100,000) in the Silicon Valley to experience the fusion of creativity and innovation—and to celebrate and re-imagine storytelling via film and new technologies. (Voted Best Film Festival by USA Today Readers.)


Sometimes filmmaking is murder…literally.

Mitchell Altieri (The Hamiltons, Cinequest 2006) channels the filmmakers of the ’70s and ’80s in this homage to splatter exploitation films. Two brothers, desperate to break into the world of television and film, decide to enter a horror movie contest. And what could be more horrifying than the elusive snuff film? Of course, they won’t actually kill someone on camera—all they’re going to do is kidnap an actress, torture her, and make her think she’s going to die. What could possibly go wrong? Charming, witty, and chilling, A Beginner’s Guide to Snuff is sure to entertain lovers of black comedy and horror alike. – Amelia Masters







Author: Dennis Willis

Dennis Willis is an award-winning producer, TV host, producer, director, editor (he preferred Avid until a torrid affair with Adobe Premiere, and the rest is history), author and film critic (print and radio). Dennis produced and hosted the TV programs Reel Life, FilmTrip, Soundwaves (1983-2008) and produces the annual Soundwaves Xmas program. He is currently the film critic on KGO Radio in San Francisco, and a member of both the San Francisco Film Critics Circle and the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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