In-production now in Los Angeles, California is the short-form follow-up to Nicholas Bateman's feature debut, The Circus Animals (NB premiere). Set against the backdrop of a city on fire, The Fires, Howling follows a young man’s one-night descent into darkness. Grittier – and, perhaps, moodier – than The Circus Animals, the film promises to be a prelude to a fantasy, the beginning of a three-part series set in a sleepless, inflamed netherworld. Written and directed by Bateman – story by Bateman and Coatwolf Productions’ Vincent Grashaw – the film stars Clayton LaDue (Coldwater), Bailey Anne Borders (Raze, Coldwater), Keith Stanfield (Short Term 12), and Dakota Goldhor (Lydia Hoffman Lydia Hoffman, Go Get Some Rosemary) and reunites The Circus Animals’ Cinematographer David Ross and Art Director Cassandra Louise Baker. The film is being produced by Ryan Zacarias (Ping Pong Summer, I Used to Be Darker), and is Bateman’s first film since his award-winning supporting role as Josh Warrick in Vincent Grashaw’s directorial debut, Coldwater – which premiered at SXSW in March. The film is currently in post-production, and is on track to be completed by mid-September. For more updates, follow #thefireshowling on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.