Scream King: Spokane Director Jesse James Hennessy’s latest horror comedy is “13 Callaway Place”

Do not ask Jesse James Hennessy to fix a broken window or leaking faucet. “I’m just not good at things like that,” said Hennessy of his Garland District home.

However, Hennessy has unique skills as he is remarkably adept at making amusing and scary movies. The ability to make comedy horror films is most difficult in the world of cinema. Hennessy can tackle any challenging genre.

“These types of films can be very difficult, but they’re in my sweet spot,” said Hennessy. “I love doing things like that. For others it is probably difficult, but for me it goes without saying. “

Hennessy, 41, takes it to the next level with his latest project, 13 Callaway Place, about a few writers visiting the lonely survivor of a serial killer spree for their upcoming book.

The short film with some really scary and funny moments is only three minutes long. It is remarkable to convey an arc of a story and to implement humor and horror in this period of time. “It’s pretty hard to make a movie in such a short amount of time, but what helps is that I’ve been making short films for years,” said Hennessey. “All I can afford is to make short films. So I can tell a story in five minutes. “

The award-winning filmmaker made the short film in a short time. Hennessy only had a few days to produce the film to qualify for the 2021 Rode Reel film competition. Hennessy hit the deadline last week and is hoping to win the grand prize of $ 250,000.

There are a number of awards out there, but the People’s Choice Awards stand out for Hennessy. The native of tiny Warren, Minnesota, wins the fan favorite category if he gets enough votes on If 13 Callaway Place wins the grand prize, Hennessy will share the proceeds with his crew.

Trevin Spencer, the cameraman, was working on the film “Outpost” directed by Joe Lo Truglio (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”). The actress Tonya Ballman, who impresses in her scenes, is the music conductor at Gonzaga. Jason A. Young, who starred in a number of local shorts, can be seen regularly in Hennessy’s productions.

“Jason’s a good buddy of mine,” said Hennessy. “I love working with him. I feel like he’s my Johnny Depp and I’m Tim Burton. Everyone I work with is incredibly talented, but so many talented people live in the Spokane area. I am so happy that I work with such great people. “

The married father of a 19-year-old son will be even more lucky if he wins the main prize. The money will also be used for a comprehensive review of Hennessy’s award-winning short film “Night of the Witch”.

The 15-minute short film is an entertaining interpretation of the slasher flicks of the 1980s. “I had a lot of fun making this film and I would love to turn it into a full-length feature film,” said Hennessy. “It takes a lot of money to do something like this. I take part in so many competitions. We’ll see how to do that. Maybe I can get some votes from the people here in Spokane? “

Perhaps one day Hennessy’s films will be shown at the Garland Theater, just blocks from his home. “That would be cool now,” he said. In the meantime, Hennessy will continue to release movies online, and that’s exactly what he’s going to do for Halloween. His next film – “Mr. Dark: Take it, eat it, love it! ”- will see the light of day during All Saints’ Day.

“It’s a weird little bit,” said Hennessy. “It shows actors in their 40s and 50s like they’re back in their 80s. As if a guy had a mullet, but he doesn’t look any younger. “

For Halloween, he and his wife Tami will dress up for the occasion. “I’ll be Ghost Face, the classic ‘Scream’ character, and my wife will dress up as the character Drew Barrymore played in ‘Scream’ … I can’t think of a better way to celebrate Halloween.”

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