Friday, January 16, 2009

Indie Sci-Fi Fantasy "Ink" to Premiere at Santa Barbara

It’s a Wonderful Life meets Sin City in this high-concept visual thriller. John and Emma, father and daughter, are thrust into a fantastical dream-world battle between forces of good and evil in this allegorical tale of love, loss and the search for redemption. Please view the trailer here:

Jamin Winans' feature film Ink will have its world premiere at the 24th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which runs from January 22nd through February 2nd, 2009. Ink is one of only seven films in the independent features competition. This year the festival is honoring Hollywood powerhouses Clint Eastwood, Kate Winslet, Penelope Cruz, Kristen Scott Thomas and Mickey Rourke.

Winans both wrote the screenplay and directed the film - entirely shot, produced and cast out of Denver, Colorado. The Ink trailer, released in early December on YouTube, has 18,000 hits and continues to climb steadily. Distributor interest has been high and Winans is eager to get distributors into the audience at the premiere. “There is a real excitement about Ink. The thing I am most proud of is that it’s completely unique, both thematically and visually.”

Ink follows 8-year-old Emma, portrayed with excellence by Quinn Hunchar, through a mysterious dream-world. Dragged along by the mercenary Ink, colorful characters emerge to fight for Emma’s life. This fight also rages within Emma’s tragically broken father, played by the outstanding Chris Kelly, who must come to terms with his demons.

About Jamin Winans
Jamin is a 31-year-old writer/director living and working in Denver, Colorado. He established Double Edge Films there nine years ago and has made several critically acclaimed shorts and a feature film 11:59, which has worldwide distribution. His last short film Spin was the only film to win two awards at the 2006 Santa Barbara Independent Film Festival and went on to play over 80 festivals and bring home over 40 awards. Spin has 3 million hits across YouTube and has played on television in the US, Russia, Germany, France and Denmark. For more information, please visit

About Santa Barbara International Film Festival
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching local culture and raising consciousness of film as an art form. SBIFF presents quality American and world independent films, Latin American and Asian sidebars as well as documentary cinema within the beautiful setting of downtown Santa Barbara, a premier tourist destination. The SBIFF is also committed to education through its 10- 10-10 Student Filmmaking and Screenwriting Competitions, Field Trip to the Movies, and educational seminars. With a projected audience of over 70,000 viewing more than 200 films over its eleven-day run, the SBIFF attracts an affluent local and national consumer base, while maintaining strong ties with the entertainment industry in nearby Los Angeles. For more information, please visit


Barbara Martin said...

Thanks very much for posting this, Mihai. This film is very deep psychologically and should do well. Please keep us posted on the outcome.

Mihai A. said...

Barbara, it sounds really interesting indeed. I hope I will have the chance to see it :)