Sunday, March 20, 2016

Seeking Valentina Nominated for Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Award

 Award-winning director Armin Nasseri wants to change the way U.S. audiences see ethnic minorities in the U.S., and it seems horror fans applaud Nasseri's efforts.  The Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards were created by David Colton and Kerry Gammill at the Classic Horror Film Boards in 2002. The awards are fan-based, and have no connection to any commercial sponsor. Anyone in fandom can vote or propose nominees.  Nominees for the Rondo are selected from suggestions by horror fans, pros and enthusiasts offered all year at the CHFB. Each year's nominees are finalized by classic horror fan David Colton with the help of more than 20 classic horror fans from around the world, and with expertise in all parts of fandom.

Seeking Valentina, written and directed by Armin Nasseri, follows Benjamin (played by Ali Bavarian), an Iranian-American writer, in the pangs of grief. When Benjamin takes in a whimsical and an engaging tenant and she mysteriously disappears, it is for the audience to decide is she a ghost, a hallucination, a dream or a runaway.  Enigmatic and controversial to some, Seeking Valentina has received tremendous critical acclaim worldwide.  Nasseri vigorously resisted stereotyping throughout his production, and cast many actors against type.  Regarding his film's recent success both in the U.S. and abroad, Nasseri says, "I am deeply humbled and honored that Seeking Valentina continues to touch such a diverse audience and grateful to be nominated for Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards.”  Lead actress and producer Kristin West said, “We are so grateful to our fans who continue to cheer on this film and grateful to our indie horror and fantasy film community that have opened their hearts and minds to the message of Seeking Valentina.”  Seeking Valentina continues its festival run at a number of esteemed festival with screenings scheduled Bare Bones International Film Festival and the Las Vegas Galaxy Film Awards in April.

To see this year’s ballot,

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