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Nominated film, Into The Light explores Chinese superstition, family ties, following award-winning horror Determined Spirits filmmaker, author Diana Rumjahn reprises with suspenseful, spiritual, lyrical thriller
SAN FRANCISCO, October 15, 2012 — Into The Light, a lyrical and suspenseful new short from award-winning filmmaker Diana Rumjahn, recently nominated for Best Science Fiction and Best Film Awards at Film Festival Varazdin in Croatia, continues the tale of a mysterious woman threatened by a spirit from Chinese culture. A sequel to Rumjahn's acclaimed 2011 thriller Determined Spirits, the new film finds the protagonist on a vital yet haunting quest to find her late mother's diary in a dank lost-and-found company.
When an evil, dangerous woman gets in the protagonist's way, ghosts and spirits come to visit. She must determine if they are real or imaginary, and if the diary is haunted.
“Diana is an inventive filmmaker. Her images are eerie and poignant, recalling David Lynch in their evocation of the uncanny,” said Gregg Rickman, a veteran film critic, scholar and historian.
Dave Nelson of Outpost Studios Inc. served as Supervising Sound Editor and Music Composer and created the outstanding sound design and haunting original score. Dave Nelson’s career spans over twenty years in the film/sound and recording industry. His work involves an interesting mixture of documentaries, features as well as short films, and albums (some of which have been nominated for Academy, Emmy and Grammy Awards). Recently, his studio recorded ADR for Robert Redford's feature film, The Company You Keep.
Into The Light is Rumjahn’s fifth short film and received award nominations for Best Science Fiction Film and Best Film at Film Festival Varazdin, Croatia.
Her 2006 debut, Going Home, won a Memorable Film Award at the Greece Film Festival and garnered honorable mentions or nominations at Malaysia, Ukraine and Marin County (California). The stop-motion animation film for children featured the song, Long Long Journey, by world renowned recording artist, Enya and screened worldwide including 45 film festivals and the prestigious Times British Film Institute London Film Festival. Her other films are Uncle Leo and If Only, which has screened in Japan. Determined Spirits won Honorable Mention Award for Best Short—Adventure-Fantasy-SciFi-Horror at the Winter 2012 Asians on Film Festival, United States and received award nominations for Best Original Score at the Maverick Movie Awards, United States and Best Film Award at the Film Festival Varazdin, Croatia.
Rumjahn wrote a children’s picture book based on Going Home, titled Charlie and Mama Kyna (2009). Kirkus Discoveries praised her book for its “laudable messages of friendship, love and fortitude” and “vivid, evocative word choice.”
Rumjahn took to film as soon as she was able to watch television. Throughout her childhood, she developed an appreciation for television, film, sports broadcasting and music. In the 1970s and 1980s these media became very influential, inspiring and important to Rumjahn. She would often sit in class not thinking about math, but film production. She would often sit for hours in front of the television and study every aspect of the show especially the opening title, opening theme song, storyline, acting, editing, cinematography, soundtrack, ending theme song and credits.
"The cinematography inside the facility was really nice... it almost seemed like a nice nod to Alice in Wonderland."
--- Rogue Cinema
"Determined Spirits and Into the Light is her attempt to create horror that is deep and imaginative, which is something I can appreciate."