American-International Pictures and Visionary Cinema Announce
Legendary low-budget film production company American-International Pictures, founded in 1953,
and upstart Visionary Cinema have joined forces to produce three original feature films. As with
the original AIP, the films will have modest budgets and be geared to the independent theatrical and
worldwide DVD market.
Los Angeles, CA, June 10, 2010 --(PR.com)-- Best known for the Roger Corman exploitation pictures,
AIP is now the proprietorship of Craig Scott Lamb, a passionate filmmaker and promoter who has
custody of the shingle and notable others from cinema history. Writer-director Scott Essman likewise
founded Visionary Cinema in New York City in 1988. The goal of both firms - leading to the natural
collaboration - is to produce original content in both live-action and animation, focusing on the
science-fiction, fantasy, and horror genres.
“I believe that all filmmakers should know about their industry's past,” said Lamb. “It comes in handy to
know what they used to do, especially when you can't afford to have the latest frills.” Essman added, “I'm
thrilled to be aligned with AIP. They produced many memorable genre films at a time where the studios
were rediscovering their métier. AIP stepped in and filled a great void in genre and exploitation films.”
The first two AIP-Visionary Cinema projects, to be initiated simultaneously are a live-action and an
animated film, both in the aforementioned genre:
Vampire Bat is a public domain remake of a 1933 obscure horror film that starred eventual genre
stalwarts Fay Wray, Lionel Atwill, Melvyn Douglas, and Dwight Frye. One of Lamb's favorites, Bat -
unlike other horror remakes - will retain all of the spirit and story of the original with key updates in
designs and dialogue, but will remain a steadfast homage for fans of classic horror movies.
The Monster Makers is a mixed-media animation feature chronicling the history of cinema's great
character creators, from Willis O'Brien, Lon Chaney,