Pit & Pendulum

The Pit and the Pendulum – a musicabre

a film by Danny Ashkenasi

from the short story by Edgar Allan Poe

A desperate composer imagines himself both the victim and the Inquisition in Poe’s “The Pit and the Pendulum”. Reality and fantasy converge with frightening consequences.

Official Selection

Afraid. Online Film Awards – Alibag Short Film Festival – Art Film Awards – Art is Alive Film Festival – The Artists Forum Festival of the Moving Image – Asia Film Festival – Asia South East Short Film Festival (Special Mention) – Autumn’s Dawn Film Festival – 180′ Berlin Film Festival (semi-finalist) – Best Short Fest (semi-finalist) – Big Apple Film Festival and Screenplay Competition (Quarter Finalist) – Chain NYC Film Festival – CK Film Festival – Couch Film Festival – Cuckoo International Film Awards – Cult Critic Movie Awards – The Cutting Room International Short Film Festival NYC (Honorable Mention) – The Cyprus Horror Society – Diabolical Horror Film Festival – DreadRock: A Horror Film Festival – Druk International Film Festival – FFTG Awards Film Fest – FILMESQUE Cinefest NYC – Fotofilm International Short Film Festival – Goa Short Film Festival – Gold Star Movie Awards – Golden Horse International Film Festival – Golden Short Film Awards – Gothamite Monthly Film Awards – H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival – Himachal Short Film Festival – Hollywood Gold Awards – Horror Bowl Movie Awards – Horror Island – Horror Movie Freaks Film Fest – Horrors4You – iFilms International Short Film Festival – Indapuram International Short Film Festival – Independent Horror Movie Awards – Indie Gathering International Film Festival – International Film festival Manhattan – International Short Film Festival – King’s Cross Film Awards – Liberty Film Awards – Lift Off Global Network New York – Luis Bunuel Memorial Award – Maverick Movie Awards – Mexico Film Festival Awards – Naked Mountain International Independent (short) Film Festival – New York City IO Film Festival – New York Movie Awards – New York State International Film Festival – Nyack International Film Festival – Oakland Awards – Offshore Film Festival – Pune Short Film Festival – Rising International Short Film Festival – Rangkarmi International Short Film Festival – Royal Society of Television and Motion Picture – Sacramento World Film Festival – Shanghai Short Film Festival – short-filmz – Silver Mask Live Festival – Skiptown Playhouse International Film Festival – So You Think You Can Direct/Act Competition – SOFIE Short Film Awards – Spooky Empire Horror Film Festival – Spotlight Film Awards – Stanley Film Awards – Stardust Films and Screenplay Festival – Sunfest International Short Film Festival – 13Horror.com – Thrills and Chills Film Awards – Transparent Film Festival – Uruvatti International Film Festival – Virgin Spring Cinefest – Winter Film Awards International Film Festival – World Cine Fest – World Premiere Film Awards

Awards

(Short) Film

Afraid. Online film award – Alibag Short Film Festival (Nominee) – The Artists Forum Festival of the Moving Image (Juror’s Awards & Best Dark Themed Short) – Couch Film Festival (nominee) – Cuckoo International Film Awards – The Cyprus Horror Society – Diabolical Horror Film Festival (nominee) – Druk International Film Festival – Fotofilm International Short Film Festival (nominee) – God Star Movie Awards – Golden Horse International Film Festival – Gothamite Monthly Film Awards – Hollywood Gold Awards – Horrors4You (nominated) – Indapuram International Short Film Festival (semi-finalist) – Indie Gathering International Film Festival – King’s Cross Film Awards – LA Indie Horror Fest (Honorable Mention) – Luis Bunuel Memorial Awards – New York City IO Film Festival (2nd Place) – New York Movie Award – New York State International Film Festival – Nyack International Film Festival (Best Musical) – Oakland Awards (nominee) – Robinson Film Awards (Best International Short & Best Experimental Short) – Royal Society of Television and Motion Picture – Sacramento World Film Festival (semi-finalist) – Silver Mask Live Festival – South African Horrorfest – 13Horror.com (Honorable Mention) – Spotlight Film Awards (Gold Award) – Uruvatti International Film Festival – Virgin Spring Cinefest – World Premiere Film Awards

Actor

The Artists Forum Festival of the Moving Image – Druk International Film Festival – Golden Horse International Film Festival – Independent Horror Movie Awards – SOFIE Short Film Awards (nominee) – South African Horrorfest – Stardust Films and Screenplay Festival – Transparent Film Festival (Nominee)

Music

Cult Critic Movie Awards – The Cyprus Horror Society – Druk International Film Festival – Golden Horse International Film Festival – Golden Short Film Awards (soundtrack finalist) – Gothamite Monthly Film Awards – Hollywood Gold Awards (Honorable Mention) – Independent Horror Movie Awards (Nominee) – Luis Bunuel Memorial Awards – Naked Mountain International Independent Film Festival – New York True Venture Film Festival – Robinson Film Awards – South African Horrorfest – Spooky Empire Horror Film Festival – Thrills and Chills Film Awards (Nominee) – Transparent Film Festival – Uruvatti International Film Festival – World Premiere Film Awards

Technical

Art Film Awards (Sound Design) – The Artists Forum Festival of the Moving Image (Directing / Editing / Cinematography nominee / Sound Design nominee) – Autumn’s Dawn Film Festival (Cinematography / Editing / Sound) – The Cyprus Horror Society (Costumes) – Gothamite Monthly Film Awards (VFX) – Horror Movie Freaks Film Festival (Cinematography)- Independent Horror Movie Awards (Editing & Special Effects Nominee) – Indie Gathering International Film Festival (Cinematography / Editing nominee) – The NEXT International Short Film Festival (Editing) – So You Think You Can Direct and Act (SYTYCA) – (Directing) – SOFIE Short Film Awards (Styling – nominee) – Spooky Empire Horror Film Festival (VFX nominee) – World Premiere Film Awards (Costumes)

Select Articles

On Set Diary:

P&P – And So It Begins

LOOK MA! NO HAIRS!

P&P – Today the Hair Gets Shorn

Thank You to the Crew of “The Pit and the Pendulum – a musicabre”

Danny Looks into the Lens

P&P – The Revealing of the Cake

P&P – Day 1 – Home Invasion

P&P – Day 2 – Blood on the Floor

P&P – Day 2 – The Merchant’s House

P&P – Day 2 – The Destruction of the Cello

P&P – Day 3 – Adventures with a Porta-Jib

P&P – Day 4 – The Pit Beckons

P&P – Day 4 (& 5) – On the Rack

P&P – Day 5 – The Pendulum Swings

P&P – Day 6 – The Plaque

Pre/Post-Production:

P&P – Intimations of the Horrors to Come

3 Seconds of Hell

A Night at the Musicabre

Tell-Tale Live Stream Q&A

Back in the Studio

P&P Portraits in Color Grading

Pit and Pendulum Posters

Pit and Pendulum TRAILER

Pit and Pendulum Image Tease

Festivals

PIT AND PENDULUM in the EAST VILLAGE

P&P KOLKATA SCREENING

P&P at NEW YORK LIFT-OFF FILM FESTIVAL

Short-Filmz Reviews P&P

P&P at the OFFSHORE FILM FESTIVAL

MONTAUK EXCURSION

P&P at CHAIN NYC FILM FESTIVAL

P&P WEDNESDAY in KOLKATA and NYACK

The FILM FESTIVAL EXPERIENCE at INDIE GATHERING, CHAIN NYC & NYACK

P&P for FREE on FRIDAY

P&P Screening in NEW YORK this Friday

13HORROR.COM reviews P&P

Up the Hudson to Albany and NYSIFF

3X P&P in OR, AR & NC this SAT

P&P at THE ARTISTS FORUM

P&P Climbs the NAKED MOUNTAIN in the SPOOKY EMPIRE

P&P in NY & LA & NY again

THE SKIPTOWN EXPERIENCE

“Thank you for making me enjoy a musical, in a special way.”

P&P on HORROR ISLAND

P&P at TRIBOROUGH FILM FESTIVAL

Awards:

P&P KING’S CROSS AWARD

P&P NEW YORK MOVIE AWARD

P&P LUIS BUNUEL AWARDS

3 GOLDEN HORSE AWARDS FOR P&P

P&P URUVATTI HONORS

P&P VIRGIN SPRING CINEFEST AWARD

P&P’s GOTHAMITE and ART FILM AWARDS

P&P’s STARDUST BEST ACTOR AWARD

FROM BHUTAN WITH LOVE for P&P

P&P HOLLYWOOD GOLD AWARDS

P&P CULT CRITIC MOVIE AWARD

P&P ROYAL AWARD

P&P SILVER MASK AWARD

P&P WORLD PREMIERE FILM AWARDS

BEST HORROR MUSICAL IN CYPRUS

P&P’s INDEPENDENT HORROR MOVIE AWARD

AFRAID. ONLINE FILM AWARD for P&P

NYTVFF awards BEST MUSIC SCORE to P&P

SHORT FILM AWARDS Nominations for P&P

P&P wins 3 AWARDS at AUTUMN’S DAWN FILM FESTIVAL

5 Awards for P&P at The Artists Forum Festival of the Moving Image

BEST SOUNDTRACK at NMIIFF

SYTYCA DIRECTING AWARD for P&P

Honor the Editor!

THE SKIPTOWN EXPERIENCE

P&P ART IS ALIVE NOMINATIONS

P&P SOUTH AFRICAN HORRORFEST AWARDS

P&P ROBINSON FILM AWARDS

P&P’s SPOTLIGHT GOLD AWARD

NEW YORK CITY IO FILM FESTIVAL AWARD

P&P’s INTERNATIONAL FILM NOMINATION

P&P at TRIBOROUGH FILM FESTIVAL

P&P’s PIGEON D’OR NOMINATION

BEST EXPERIMENTAL SHORT FILM

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY (SHORT) – BEST EDITING NOMINEE (SHORT)

THE CYPRUS HORROR SOCIETY

BEST HORROR MUSICAL

BEST COSTUME DESIGN – BEST FILM SCORE

BEST SOUNDTRACK

NAKED MOUNTAIN INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL

BEST MUSICAL – NYACK INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2022

Silver Award for Horror

Best Film – Budget over $5000 (nominated)