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GRRM-produced Short Film Wins Festival Award

Great news from the LA Shorts International Film Festival! GRRM’s adaptation of his friend Howard Waldrop’s story “The Night of the Cooters” has won “Best Sci-Fi”. We previously wrote about the project when the teaser came out last year. Read the full press release for all the details.

Los Angeles, August 1, 2022 –

With Vincent D’ Onofrio (Daredevil, Ratched) leading from behind and in front of the camera, George R.R. Martin’s adaptation of Howard Waldrop’s renowned short story of the same name Night of the Cooters garnered “Best Sci-Fi” at this year’s LA Shorts International Film Festival. Closing the festival with the show stopper, screenwriter Joe R. Lansdale (Bubba Ho-Tep, Hap and Leonard) moderated a cast Q&A following the world premiere to a full house at Laemmle NoHo theaters, and from the “Best Sci-Fi” nod, the audience really liked it!

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A passion project forged in the fires of 60 plus years of friendship, Martin brought to life Waldrop’s 1987 timeless and iconic tall tale of aliens invading Texas. The short film was led by the creative vision of production studio Trioscope (The Liberator) and artistically steered by D’Onofrio, who directs and stars as “Sheriff Lindley.” Ramin Djawadi (Game of Thrones, Westworld) composed the score.

Night of the Cooters also features Hopper Penn (Signs of Love, Puppy Love), Harrison Page (Better Things, Grey’s Anatomy), Luce Raines (The Marksman, Yellowstone), Elias Gallegos (The Marksman, The Last Stand), Cristin McCleary (Westworld, Culture of Fear), Martin Sensmeier (Westworld, The Magnificent Seven) and newcomers Jazzy Kim O’Brien (The Creepers) and Darius Eteeyun (Rutherford Falls).

“It was a thrill to be able to work with Vincent D’Onofrio, the team at Trioscope and the rest of our amazing cast and crew and an honor to bring one of Howard Waldrop’s wild and wonderful stories to the screen,” says George R.R. Martin, executive producer of Night of the Cooters. “There is only one Waldrop!”
“This adventurous little western, science-fiction short film was a kick to make,” says Vincent D’Onofrio, director and star of Night of the Cooters. “A small but large collaboration of talented people, the film was shot in five days. Then, we put it all in a big bag and shook it up, hoping something cool would come together. We did; it did.”
“This win is a true testament to collaboration at its best,” says LC Crowley, CEO and Co-Founder of Trioscope. “Vincent had a very specific vision; his artistry drove this project, and we’re grateful that he chose our tools and technology to bring this wild sci-fi tale to life. We’re happy we could help him and George pay homage to Howard’s incredible short story.”
The film is produced by Trioscope, Lumenscapes and Fevre River Packet Company.