News: Festival Tour Announced For The Sci-Fi Thriller Chimera

Festival tour announced for Chimera

 The anticipated sci-fi thriller Chimera starring Henry Ian Cusick, Kathleen Quinlan, Jenna Harrison and Erika Ervin a.k.a. Amazon Eve will have its North American Premiere on Wednesday April 11th as the Opening Night Feature of the 2018 Boston International Film Festival (BIFF). The attending audience will enjoy the distinguished presence of Oscar® and two-time Golden Globes nominated actress Kathleen Quinlan, LGBT-rights advocate and actress Erika Ervin and first-time writer-director Maurice Haeems. They will all walk the red carpet and participate in a Q&A after the screening.

Boston International Film Festival 

 Showplace Icon Theatre 
60 Seaport Blvd Suite 315, Boston, MA, USA 
 Wednesday, April 11
 5:30pm (red carpet) 
 6:30pm (screening)

Chimera was filmed entirely in Massachusetts for which the producers give thanks to the assistance of the MA Film Office and to the tax credits offered by the MA Department of Revenue. Most of the production’s below-the-line crew and supporting cast are from the region and/or have ties to the state. Given Chimera’s deep connections to Boston and Massachusetts, the film’s North American Premiere is fittingly taking place on Opening Night at the 2018 BIFF.

"We viewed Chimera not just as a stunning piece of genre filmmaking, but as a fascinating character study and an exploration of love and loss, obsession and redemption. We loved the sincerity and intensity of the performances and the way the creative elements came together to produce a compelling cinematic experience,” says Patrick Jerome, the Executive Director of the festival. “It gives me great pleasure to present the North American Premiere of Chimera at the Opening Night of the 2018 Boston International Film Festival,” he concludes.

Actress Kathleen Quinlan brilliantly portrays her character Masterson, the story’s antagonist. “There was a corporate greed and a voracious disregard for life I found intriguing with Masterson,” she says about her villainous role. “She perceives everything and everyone as her prey,” she adds.

Chimera recently had its World Premiere at the prestigious Fantasporto International Film Festival in Portugal, one of the top “Genre” festivals in the world. After its North American Premiere in Boston, the film will continue its tour in other cities.

Upcoming Festival Screenings:

Phoenix Film Festival 

 Theatre 4 
- Harkins Scottsdale 
101 7000 E Mayo Blvd 
Phoenix, AZ, USA 
 Friday, April 13 • 11:20am 
 Saturday, April 14 • 1:25pm 
 Sunday, April 15 • 2:10pm 

 All screenings will have a Q&A with writer-director Maurice Haeems and actress Erika Ervin a.k.a. Amazon Eve.

Sci-Fi London Film Festival (Opening Night Film)

 Stratford Picturehouse 
– East London 
 Salway Road, London E15 1BX, UK 
 Tuesday, May 1• 7:00 pm 

 Followed by a Q&A with writer-director Maurice Haeems and actress Jenna Harrison.

NYC Independent Film Festival 

 Producers Club – Theatre G 
358 West 44th Street 
New York, NY, USA 
 Wednesday, May 9 • 6:45pm 

It was written and directed by 
Maurice Haeems, and stars Henry Ian Cusick, Jenna Harrison, Karishma Ahluwalia, Erika Ervin, Raviv E. Haeems, Kaavya Jayaram, Jennifer Gjulameti and Kathleen Quinlan. It was produced by Praxis Media Ventures, with Maurice Haeems, Jay Sitaram, and Eric B. Fleischman serving as producers. 

 “While our story pushes the central character down some very dark paths, we still wanted the audience to see that despite his many flaws, Quint is always driven by a utopian vision and noble intentions,” says director Maurice Haeems. 

“This film asks difficult philosophical questions like ‘How far would you go to save the ones you love?’ and ‘Without your family, would you still want to live forever?’,” says producer Jay Sitaram. 

You can read our review of the film here. Check out the synopsis and new trailer and teaser below.

“Imagine a world without aging, injury, disease or death. Quint’s obsession with this utopian dream pushes him to the edge of his sanity. Rather than risk losing his dying children, Quint decides to freeze them alive, thereby preserving them in a cryonic ametabolic state. Meanwhile, he feverishly researches genetic modifications that would give them the regenerative abilities of the “immortal” Turritopsis jellyfish. Quint’s experiments require human embryonic stem cells and this sets him on a collision course with his Masterson, a shadowy figure, whose bizarre motives trigger a chain of events with far-reaching consequences.”