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The Intruders

FESTIVAL RELEASE ONLY. NOT FOR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES. (An homage to Twilight Zone's "Invaders") A widow (Gigi Bannister) alone in her remote mountain cabin is invaded by Intruders from another planet. Having defeated them, she awakens to discover she is still not alone and must ask the question, "Who is the Intruder and who is the voyeur?" Reggie Bannister (Phantasm I-V) is narrator ala Rod Serling. Directed and produced by Gigi Bannister (Bloody Bloody Bible Camp).

  • Gigi Bannister
    Phantasm IV: Oblivion; Bloody Bloody Bible Camp; Phantasm V: Ravager
  • Briana Cantillo
    Music Box
  • Gigi Bannister (Writer)
    Phantasm IV: Oblivion; Bloody Bloody Bible Camp; Phantasm V: Ravager
  • Deborah Huerta (Co-Writer)
    Music Box
  • Gigi Bannister (Executive Producer)
    Phantasm IV: Oblivion; Phantasm V, Bloody Bloody Bible Camp
  • Reggie Bannister (Producer)
    Phantasm I-V, Bloody Bloody Bible Camp
  • Michael Bates (Associate Producer)
    Bloody Bloody Bible Camp
  • Gigi Bannister (Widow)
    Key Cast
    Phantasm IV: Oblivion; Phantasm V: Ravager' Bloody Bloody Bible Camp
  • Reggie Bannister (Narrator)
    Key Cast
    Phantasm I-V, Bloody Bloody Bible Camp
  • Ken Cress (Ship Captain)
    Key Cast
  • Production Magic Inc
    Production Companies
    Phantasm IV-V, Bloody Bloody Bible Camp
  • Crestline Creative Arts Foundation
    Production Companies
    Phantasm V
  • Forest Films
    Production Companies
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Sci-fi, Comedy
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 18 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 3, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital 1080
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Riverside City College Film Festival
    Riverside, California
    December 11, 2015
    North American Premiere
  • Accepted - LA Cinefest
    Los Angeles, CA
    March 2, 2016
    Accepted for competition - Poster
Director Biography - Gigi Bannister, Briana Cantillo

Director, Actress, Special Effects Artist, Producer, Manager - Gigi "Fast Elk" Bannister (formerly Porter) has been in the film industry for over 40 years. "Discovered" while working in a diner in Texas, Gigi started her entertainment career as an in-house model in the '70s contracted to Dale Blanc' & Associates. Her diverse background includes actress, makeup artist, special effects artist, agent, manager, writer, director and producer for stage, film, television and live events. In 2012, after working in the industry since the age of 14, Gigi decided to return to school (Riverside City College) in pursuit of a degree with the goal to eventually teach others what she has learned in the real world of filmmaking. While there, she has worked on several student projects and has just completed a student film entitled, The Intruders, which is a reboot of the Twilight Zone: Invaders (1961) with a twist ending unique to her style.

“The Intruders” (a 10 minute B&W short shot with a Panasonic 4K in 1080 format) stars Gigi as a widow in a remote mountain cabin who is faced with Intruders from outer space in the form of a flying saucer and robots. When she bests them, Bannister retreats to the comfort of her home only to awaken in her bedroom to strange sounds! Was it all a terrible dream?!? She realizes it is actually her worst nightmare! The narrator is her husband, Reggie Bannister (Phantasm I-V, Bloody Bloody Bible Camp), and Ken Cress as the voice of the Ship Captain. Director of Photography is Michael Bates (Bloody Bloody Bible Camp), and many, many fellow Riverside City College film students as well as locals to the mountain community where the project was shot.

Better known for her practical special effects and production work, Gigi is comfortable on both sides of the camera. She's appeared in over a dozen films and television shows, is a popular guest at horror conventions, film festivals, workshops and seminars. Gigi is also credited as a producer, production manager, location scout, film liaison her most recent project was with her husband as a Producer on Don Coscarelli and David Hartman’s “Phantasm V: Ravager” (2016) and Steve King's "One For the Road" (2011) (Night Shift Anthology). As a character actor, she's appeared as the tormenting Mother Mary in "Bloody Bloody Bible Camp" (2011), the enchanting Bearded Lady in "Carnies" (2009), a hygienic Trailer Gal in "Small Town Saturday Night" (2009) (with Chris Pine, John Hawkes, Reggie Bannister, and Perry Anzilotti), and again in Don Coscarelli's "Bubba Ho-Tep" (2002) (Bruce Campbell, Reggie Bannister and Ozzie Davis), The Sheriff's Wife in "Spring Break Massacre" (2008) (Reggie Bannister), and many more. In another Coscarelli production, of the 14 positions she worked, Gigi was credited as Special Effects Makeup Coordinator for Phantasm IV: Oblivion (1998). She has produced and directed on numerous projects including dozens of live events, fund raisers and seminars, six (6) independent feature films, and six (6) shows for television. Gigi has made a unique mark for herself in writing, directing and producing political music videos. Her first, was a Native American music video, “Love That's Gone” (1997), protesting the ongoing Yellowstone National Park buffalo slaughter. Her next was “Land of the Free” (2001) showing the necessity for park land in Long Beach, California. She co-wrote and produced “Baby That's Not Right” (2007) based on husband, Reggie Bannister's, original music.

Her talent for writing was realized early in life. She's a Golden Poet recipient, has completed a children's story, "The Adventurous Mr. Tiggy," and currently working on a Native American Horror script. When she submitted her original short script, "Miracle,"(a Native American film about the birth of a white Buffalo at Christmas) to both the AFI Director's Workshop for Women (making it to final cuts) and Lake Arrowhead Film Festival, she received the following review: "I loved it! I think this can be expanded to at least an hour's worth of film and would, obviously, make a great holiday TV film... The voices ... were genuine and believable... I believe you have the makings of a wonderful classic! Congratulations!" (Lauren Stone) After producing and hosting a chat show for decades (“Nightmarez Café" as Vampi the Vegetarian Vampire”), she now often produces for public service announcements, “Every 15 Minutes” (high school Anti-Drunk Driving Program), Battlefield Effects, and Mass Casualty/Moulage Makeup. She is her husband's personal manager for his music and film careers. Her pet projects include community service, Haunted Houses and Free Film Camps for youths in her mountain community through her non-profit, the Crestline Creative Arts Foundation.
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Director Statement

My motto was given to me in 1987 by a dear friend, Chis Malanowsky: "I just want to make movies!" I have tried to live by that motto ever since. Every project is like giving birth. One brings the concept from a spark of thought into a tangible thing which lives and breathes for eternity on the screen and in the hearts of others. It is the legacy of all who worked on it. If we are lucky, we are fondly remembered for it and it lives on long after we are gone.

This project is an homage to the Twilight Zone episode "Invaders" with Agnes Moorehead." It was one of Rod Serling's favorites, one of the most recognizable, and legendary. It has no dialogue, only three rooms and the roof for the set. The nemesis are tiny robots from Earth. We built the set at a local ranch made from a three room horse stall. Miss Moorhead was notorious for her manicured nails so we included that detail - as we did many others. We took artistic license with the ending to make it our own story. It is intense but a bit lighthearted in places and includes some comedic moments not in the first, but, we hope that the viewers appreciate the send up as much we did bringing to them. My husband, Reggie Bannister, and I are so proud of our amalgamation of Riverside City College student crew and cast, volunteers from Crestline Creative Arts Foundation, Professionals, Friends and Phans who have helped give this "baby" life.

The Bannisters' next student project will be an RCC 16mm B&W short entitled, "Schrodinger's Cat" and shoots April 2016.