'Black Sunset' rises at Sundance


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PARK CITY -- Cynthia Stafford and her Queen Nefertari Prods. are cozying up to the Butcher Bros.

The pulpy low-budget auteurs -- actual names: Mitchell Altieri and Phil Flores -- have written and will direct the psychological horror feature "Black Sunset" for Queen Nefertari, which will package and finance. Altieri and Flores are about to let loose their latest horror exploitation effort, "The Violent Kind," at the Sundance Film Festival, which will premiere the film Monday as part of the genre-focused Park City at Midnight section.

"Sunset" will follow seven friends on a surf trip to Mexico that turns into something that these jaunts often tend to in horror films: a gory, betrayal-filled nightmare. In "Violent Kind," second-generation outlaw bikers retire to a secluded cabin to party only to end up on a drug-and-death bender.

Jeremy Platt and Andy Gould will produce "Black Sunset," which is scheduled to start production in the summer. Stafford and Queen Nefertari execs Lanre Idewu and Jeff Kalligheri will be executive producers on the project.

"The project immediately piqued my interest as soon as we read the screenplay," said Stafford, Queen Nefertari CEO. "Our goal is to build a strong slate of commercially viable feature films written and directed by smart filmmakers, and we look forward to embarking on this journey with two of the most talked about directors at Sundance."

The Butchers, repped by Gersh and Spectacle Entertainment Group, also wrote and directed the 2006 After Dark Films release "The Hamiltons."

Queen Nefertari, which works from a $30 million film fund repped by Gersh's Jay Cohen, has several other projects in development: the Hollywood Farms comedy "Adrenaline," the Hyde Park drama "Risen" and the Media 8 supernatural thriller "Undying." The company produced the indie films "Polish Bar" and "The Gathering."
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