Posted on November 4, 2014 at 5:06 pm by Ryan Patch

So, I have gotten literally dozens of texts asking me if I’ve heard about the film “Snowpiercer”.  Because it looks.  A lot.  Like Sheol.  Express.

For the uninitiated, it’s a dystopian film about a train that speeds through a barren, icy, landscape, and a group of steerage-class rebels that lead a rebellion against the privileged few “up front”.  There’s environmental and class issues, as well as incredible production design. Check out the trailer below:

The film is based on a graphic novel that was published before I was even born, so unfortunately there’s no millions of dollars in copyright infringement on the horizon.

After watching it, I must admit that I find “Sheol’s” design, world, and philosophical questions more interesting that the ones that Snowpiercer engages (although I am supremely biased).  And I am also very proud of what we were able to achieve with “Sheol”‘s miniscule budget (when compared to “Snowpiercer”s 30-million budget.)

However, what is most interesting things that I find about this film I think is it’s release strategy.  It’s one of the first films that’s really embraced a dramatic release window.  The film was released online on VOD platforms at nearly the same time that it was released in 8 theaters in the US.  This is usually an impossibility because US distributors won’t let films go to online VOD too soon, because they fear that they will lose box office sales.  However, it was because of the VOD sales and word-of-mouth that Snowpiercer was able to substantially able to expand to 150 theaters!

So, hopefully this is a small step towards a better distribution cycle for independent films that can benefit from nontraditional releases like this.

Original Music from “Sheol Express” released!

Posted on June 14, 2013 at 1:49 pm by Ryan Patch

IN breathless preparation for the iTunes release of “The Sheol Express”, we’ve released the original music produced for the end credits.  New York-based artists Phoebe Ryan, Stefan Weiner and Matt Parad did an incredible job capturing the themes and mood of “Sheol”, and we’re excited to share this music with you!

Also, be sure to check out Phoebe Ryan’s facebook page, and Stefan’s Bandcamp page!

“The Sheol Express” is coming to iTunes!

Posted on June 9, 2013 at 12:49 pm by Ryan Patch

Big news!  We are excited to announce that we have finalized a deal with Shorts International to bring “The Sheol Express” to iTunes!

We’ve been working on this for a while, so we’re excited to announce it.  Stay tuned for an official release date later this month.

Also, if you haven’t checked out our spiffy new landing page, head on over to www.thesheolexpress.com and see it!

This will also mean that, for those of you who get the SHORTS  and SHORTS HD TV channel, “Sheol” will be running on those channels soon as well.

Thanks for sticking with us through this long journey, and we’re excited that we’ll soon be able to share “Sheol” with the whole world.

New Trailer

Posted on April 9, 2013 at 12:50 pm by Ryan Patch

We have revamped and re-cut our trailer with all of the final color and VFX work from the final film.  We are excited to finally have the amazing work that our post production team did reflected in the trailer, and we hope it makes you even more excited to see the film.

Well Received at Macon International Film Festival!

Posted on February 21, 2012 at 11:22 pm by Michael Koehler

On the plane from Georgia to New York this Sunday, I realized that I’d been judging “the South” according to a set of ill-defined and unfair preconceptions my whole life. I thank the Macon International Film Festival for waking me up to the reality: that Georgia is a beautiful state with beautiful people, steeped in history and tradition.

The festival itself was a pleasure to attend, and I’m happy to report that “Sheol” was very well received, described by many as “the standout” of its screening block! Thanks to all who caught “Sheol” at the Douglass.

Screening Times @ Macon International Film Festival

Posted on February 2, 2012 at 12:58 am by Ryan Patch

Screening times have been announced at the Macon International Film Festival, and we are honored to be screening twice during the festival, in the “Student Block 1″ that includes the prime 6pm slot on Saturday night at the Douglas Theater! If you or anyone you know is in the area, tell them to come by and see “Sheol” at:

Thursday, February 16th, 1:40pm, or

Saturday, February 18th, 6:00pm.

Map to the Douglass Theater.

Our Next Stop: Macon, Georgia

Posted on January 3, 2012 at 9:12 am by Ryan Patch

We have just been notified that “The Sheol Express” has been selected to compete for some good ol’ fashioned southern lovin’ in the 2012 Macon International Film Festival in Macon, Georgia. We are honored to be screening with a diverse pool of short and feature films, and we look forward to bringing “Sheol” to the South. Please stand by for more information about screening times and locations!

Screening @ Anthology Film Archives

Posted on December 10, 2011 at 12:54 am by Ryan Patch

We are ecstatic to announce that “The Sheol Express” was selected as a part of the “New Filmmakers” screening series and will be screening at the Anthology Film Archives on December 13th.  Tickets go on sale at 5:30pm, and the show starts at 8!

Anthology is a bastion of  independent and classic film, and we are honored to be screening in the same house that Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, and other New York regulars often appear at. Hope to see you there!


“First Run” Awards

Posted on March 29, 2011 at 11:00 am by Ryan Patch

As you may have heard, “Sheol” had it’s first public screening at NYU’s First Run Film Festival this past weekend, and it was received with great aplomb.  We were honored with several awards from our screening block:

Audience Choice Award

“Sheol” was the audience’s favorite film! This means a ton to us – thank you! Read about it on the First Run Blog.

Producing Award – Ryan Patch & Adam Raichilson

Special Commendation for Cinematography – Andrew Michael Ellis

Special Commendation for Production Design – Gian Marco Lo Forte & Carmen Cardenas

Original Score Award – Sam Estes

This is truly exciting to have the film received with such open arms, and for the people who worked so hard creating the world of “Sheol” receive recognition!  We eagerly await the Wasserman Finalists and Awards to be announced on Monday, April 4th, and hope we get some festival-wide awards!

A special thanks to the 75+ people who came out to support and see “Sheol”, it means the world to us!