Thursday, November 7, 2013

November News-ish

We've just rounded the corner into November 2013 and things are clipping along at a good pace for us. Courtney has been busy for the past few months producing a feature called "Getting Schooled", alongside Director Chuck Norfolk. She also did double duty as the Production Designer.

Getting Schooled stars the lovely Houston native Mayra Leal (Machete, Playing House) and is about a group of High School students in a day of detention in 1983, who must run for their lives when a teacher in a wheel chair turns out to be an ex black ops soldier having a murderous flashback. Keep an eye on the Facebook page for a soon to be released trailer.

In addition to actively seeking support for Kids vs. Zombies - in preparation to shoot in the Spring of 2014 - Courtney has also been doing some set dressing and prop work on horror films "The Pickaxe Murders Part III", "Killing Mr. Right" and comedy "Bright Ideas" (starring Jeremy London).

Another cool thing happening now is that you can now see another sample of our work online! The first short film Courtney ever wrote and directed is now available on Vimeo (and is also listed under our "short films" tab). Please take 7 minutes to enjoy "Caroline's Masterpiece" at the link below and let us know what you think!


A young woman struggles to communicate with her young art students, when someone unexpectedly dances into her life.

VIEW Caroline's Masterpiece:

Run time: 7:20

Written and Directed by Courtney Sandifer
Cinematography by Michael Allmon
Editing by Tony Reyes
Starring Susan Ly
with Ricky Delgado and Patrick Sane

Wednesday, July 31, 2013


KIDS VS. ZOMBIES: Action-packed, gut-busting zombie fun for all ages!
Courtney Sandifer was inspired by her own children to create a world of zombies that kids could be a part of, and even become the heroes. The movie, set to shoot in early 2014, will be one that everyone will enjoy - kids, parents, and anyone who enjoys a good, fun zombie flick! Our heroes will use homemade weapons, clever tricks and traps to conquer a town-full of friends and neighbors who have been infected and now want to eat brains.
Official logline for Kids vs. Zombies: A young brother and sister work together to outwit a barrage of peculiar zombies, rescue their mom and save the town.
Follow us on Facebook & Twitter, to keep up with our progress!
If you'd like to contribute in any way or to be a on our list for actors (zombies and non-zombies!), email
Initial casting has begun with leads Grace Powell ( and Hunter Fischer (, who will play "Olivia" and "Jack" in the movie.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Short Film "Occupational Hazard" Now Available

Fans of horror, or comedy, or horror-comedy might enjoy our short film entry for last year's SplatterFest Weekend of Mayhem. It is now publicly available and posted here for your convenience. It stars some of the best Houston-based actresses you can come by. Allison Keogh as the antagonist, Karina Pal-Montano as the hero, and Susan Ly, Brittany Djie, Tracy Collins and Elizabeth Redpath in supporting roles.

The full credits are listed on IMDB here: Please give us a "like" and check out our individual pages as well, to see what we're all up to!

"Occupational Hazard" was written, shot, scored and edited over one 54-hour weekend, and included certain elements as designated by SplatterFest (a character, weapon, line of dialog and theme). This version was slightly enhanced by some editing after the competition was over. Thanks for watching!

A car full of girls pulls up to a mechanic shop, where a stuttering woman with a veiled agenda greets them. The girls are tied up and tortured, when one engages a special power that catches the villain off guard.

(Viewer discretion advised: HARSH LANGUAGE AND GORE)

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Refreshed!: A Springtime Pine Heart Update

The past few months have been busy for Courtney Sandifer and the Pine Heart Productions crew. Here are a few updates.

In April, Courtney directed the short film "Restorative Justice", produced by Corky and Elda Loesch of Loesch Productions. The 3-day shoot started at an old, local, out-of-commission (reportedly haunted) prison in Sugar Land, TX and ended at an apartment in The Woodlands, TX. Robert Reese of ITH Productions shot the short dramatic piece, using his Sony FS700 and Prime Lens kit. "Restorative Justice" stars Michelle Elaine and Tom Long, and also features Houston area talent, Janell Peyton, Michael Humphrey, Jordan Ogletree and Howard Calvert. Currently, the short is being edited by John DeJesus, but the finished product should be ready for festivals and screenings by mid-summer.

May 3-5, Courtney attended Texas Frightmare Weekend in Dallas, Texas to promote the feature comedy "Haunted Trailer". The movie, which Courtney produced and did production design, was selected to screen at the festival and did so to a supportive crowd of a few hundred fans. The weekend was a success for the production, as they are busy preparing for distribution later this summer. 

The Haunted Trailer team, Courtney and Director Chuck Norfolk, also joined their horror friends in a celebration of local indie films at a "Spring Scream" at Outlaw Dave's Worldwide Headquarters in Houston on May 18. This included radio interviews all around (AM 950), including a call-in from California by star Ron Jeremy, and lots screaming by "scream queens".

Pine Heart's documentary project "So, My Mom is an Armwrestler" is still rolling along as well. Michele has competed in both the Arkansas and Texas State Tournaments without Courtney tagging along, and began practicing with a group she found in her home town. The mother-daughter bouts will resume soon, however. This Saturday, June 1st at 7PM, the Houston Armwrestling Association and Outlaw Dave's present an amateur armwrestling tournament, almost exactly a year to the date after our first "comeback" tournament. Houston area friends are encouraged to attend - Outlaw Dave's is located near I-10 at Washington: 6502 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007

Don't forget to "like" Pine Heart Productions on Facebook, and support Courtney by liking and sharing her IMDb page, too. 

Tuesday, January 8, 2013


Pine Heart Productions' Courtney Sandifer will be at the helm of a new short film called "Restorative Justice." Produced by Elda and Corky Loesch of Loesch Productions, this narrative drama will be shot over 3 days this Spring.

There are currently 3 PAID roles open, one unpaid principle role and several extras needed. Southwest Casting is helping with casting. Please follow them for future casting calls as well.

PAID Roles:
Nicole – early 20s, Worldly and sharp, emotional but composed and in control
John – 30s to late 40s, a prisoner for 15 years, weathered, worn and remorseful
Amelia – 50s to 70s prison counselor, sweet motherly type but strong and unyielding
Non-Paid Principle Role:
Security Officer – Strong, no-nonsense personality
Correctional Officers and Prisoners – At least 7-8 men or women, non-speaking roles

Please submit your HEAD SHOT AND RESUME to with the character name (Nicole, John, Amelia, Security Officer or Extra) in the subject.
Auditions will be by appointment beginning January 21st, 2013.