Select Page

Pandemic production “DO NOT DISTURB” begins shooting, releases first photo

Thursday, August 6, 2020 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

Resourceful filmmakers continue to find ways to get projects before the camera in the midst of the current crisis, and a new horror feature is now underway in Hollywood.

The Komack Company has released the initial pic seen above with the news that DO NOT DISTURB has gotten rolling at an undisclosed location. The psychological chiller is written and directed by Christopher Beyrooty and Connor Martin and stars Brendan Hines, Kevin Daniels, Tatjana Marjanovic, Jey Reynolds and Ola Kaminska. The synopsis: “A global pandemic limits the possibility of travel, causing a honeymooning couple to get stranded at a historic Hollywood hotel where a skeleton staff of two employees tend to them. When tensions escalate amidst a forced lockdown, it becomes apparent there is more to fear at the storied hotel than just cabin fever.”

“Because we had to take a germ of an idea from conception through production at the speed of light, we embraced a fully collaborative effort and leaned on each other as artists to accomplish the seemingly impossible,” Beyrooty and Martin say. “While our small, technical and highly resourceful team gave us the flexibility to craft memorable and intimate moments with the talent on set, the real hero of our film so far has been late-night food truck Chorizo, which is fueling most of our creative decisions. I’m sure down the road the making of this film will be one of our fondest memories, and we are truly grateful to contribute our story during an unimaginable historical moment.”

“Shooting at this iconic location, amidst a global pandemic, certainly feels like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, adds producer Jonathon Komack Martin. “There continues to be unparalleled scrap and fearlessness demonstrated by our amazing cast and crew, the likes of which I’ve never before witnessed–what an odyssey!”

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.