Saturday, June 14, 2014

Found Footage Horror Flick Screens by the Lake

Here's a clever and unusual way to keep the buzz going for an indie film.

This afternoon at scenic Camp Jefferson Amphitheatre in Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey, six local bands will entertain patrons. Followed by a 9 p.m. screening of found-footage horror flick Infliction. The movie already has a PPV/VOD/DVD deal (July 1st, via New York distributor Virgil Films), and tonight's screening should benefit from the fact that iconic slasher film Friday the 13th was shot nearby.

Infliction writer-director-producer Jack Thomas Smith, via his production company Fox Trail Productions, partnered with weekly local Internet radio show The Quinn Spinn to put on today's event. A portion of the proceeds from today's "Entertainment for a Cure" $20/$25 ticket sales are going to both the American Cancer Society and Camp Jefferson. This affordably priced music and film extravaganza reflects something Smith preaches in interviews: the critical importance, for any grassroots filmmaker, of learning the business and marketing sides.

Smith's first film, Regenerated Man (1994), doubled its investment. And his 2006 flick Disorder found distribution through both Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. He currently also directs music videos.

In the public access conversation below, Smith cites Brian De Palma as a major influence. He's already at work on his next film, and select big-screen showings of Infliction will continue alongside this summer's PPV/VOD release.


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