Play Hooky hits DVD with PollyGrind Presents via Wild Eye Releasing

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Wild Eye Releasing, a sponsor of the PollyGrind Film Festival since 2011, has launched a new distribution label, PollyGrind Presents, in conjunction with Chad Clinton Freeman’s international showcase of films. The first title on the PollyGrind Presents label, Play Hooky, will be released later this year.

Wild Eye CEO Rob Hauschild called PollyGrind “A brilliant, head on collision of art house and grindhouse movies,” and added, “Wild Eye is dedicated to giving independents like Play Hooky a position in the mainstream through traditional distribution and PollyGrind is ground zero for discovering true independent talent.”

Winner of the Most Innovative Film award at PollyGrind in 2012, Freeman says Play Hooky is the perfect film to christen the partnership with Wild Eye. “Play Hooky is the epitome of the pioneering spirit that inspired me to found PollyGrind,”
Freeman said. “It’s a great example of making something out of nothing and I’m really excited to be helping to share this film with the world.”

Five high school friends skip class in hopes of finding the perfect spot to party. They chose the wrong place. Against all warnings, they break into an abandoned mental hospital, notorious for reports of ghost sightings, satanic rituals and demon possessions. Now, armed only with a camera, they are trapped inside, haunted and hunted by something
they cannot stop, reason with, or describe. The camera captures every last breath in the fight for their lives.

Full DVD specs will be announced shortly, but Wild Eye and PollyGrind have jam-packed the DVD with bonus features, including exclusive PollyGrind content such as a commentary and liner notes from Freeman, as well as short films hand-picked from the festival.


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Jurassic World First Photo

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So this isn’t exactly found footage news . But is pretty awesome. This is the first picture of the ‘D-Rex’ from the new movie Jurassic World. He looks like a mixture of a raptor and a t-Rex combined .  pretty bad ass in my opinion!

As Always – Jack Saint


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Jack Attacks : Mr. Jones

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Okay, so this is one movie that I recently bought. I had no idea it was found footage style. This is one of those movies where ya have to pay attention to the details . You better have already taking your bathroom break before watching.  Here is the short plot line for the movie.

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A young couple moves to the woods and soon finds their nightmares and reality colliding.

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MY REVIEW

This movie starts off a little insane. You don’t really know where it’s going. From the cover of the movie, you think this is going to be about witch craft and some evil shit, well the evil shit is right but the witchcraft stuff.  This movie takes you to a place that ya might not want to go. It’s one of those things where you have to decide if this is reality or a nightmare. It will make you think about what is real and what is not real.

I give this movie a 3/5 stars just cause it really is a weird movie.

As Always – Jack Saint

 

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Shane Ryan’s Amateur Porn Star Killer Trilogy Box Set is Coming Soon!

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Finally, Shane Ryan’s found footage classic trilogy Amateur Porn Star Killer is being released in one complete collection.

This special limited edition two disc set contains the four feature films – Amateur Porn Star Killer, Amateur Porn Star Killer 2: Movie Version, Amateur Porn Star Killer 2: Snuff Version, and Amateur Porn Star Killer  3, all in newly remastered versions.

Follow serial killer Brandon in POV fashion in this series which MTV called “Sobering, believable and more timely than ever.”

Starring Ryan, Michiko Jimenez, Jan Gould, Kai Lanette, Regan Reese and Samantha Joy, the Amateur Porn Star Killer Collection hits the streets September 23.


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Chad Clinton Freeman Was Named VegasIndies.com Spotlight Member of the Week

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VegasIndies.com is a website “dedicated to all the individuals that strive to make Las Vegas a truly beautiful place, through Art, Film, Music, and everything in-between.”

Chad Clinton Freeman was named their first ever Spotlight Member of the Week for May 12-18.

Below is a reprint of the spotlight:

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Spotlight Member of the week!
A filmmaker, genre aficionado, writer, promoter, programming director and social media specialist, Chad Clinton Freeman is the creator and owner of PollyStaffle Inc., which encompasses PollyStaffle.com, Polly Staffle Films, PollyGrind Film Festival, PollyGrind Presents and Southern Sykos.

A true champion of the independent arts and film community, Chad goes out of his way to show his support to aspiring artists through his groundbreaking film festival PollyGrind!

If you have a film ready for festival submission PollyGrind is worth your dime!

Q&A 

1) Describe yourself in 3 words
Loyal. Passionate. Creative.

2) What are your 5 favorite things in the World!
My five favorite things in no specific order: 1. Movies. 2. Music. 3. My family. 4. Helping others. 5. Creative problem solving.

3) Tell us a little about how you got involved in movies and why.
I’ve known I wanted to do something in regards to film ever since I saw Platoon in 1986. Before that I had always liked movies, but it was at that point I felt the power a film can have and I really connected to movies on an emotionally level. From that point I think I’ve become somewhat of a student of film. I never got to go to film school as I dreamed of when I was in high school, but I have always viewed movies as something more than entertainment. In the early 90s, I wrote, directed and produced some VHS projects with the help of my brother. I then got heavy into screenplay writing in college. I studied mass communication and worked as a photographer and writer at my small town newspaper to pay my way through school. I grew up in a very conservative area in Southeast Texas and once I finished school I moved to Las Vegas. For almost a decade I got caught up in the grind of working at the Review Journal. Then in 2006 I founded the website PollyStaffle.com. The site was originally just a hobby that offered me a creative outlet – writing film reviews. I promoted the site through social media and eventually I had a hit on my hands – 100,000 unique views a month – and distributors and filmmakers were sending me stuff to review. By 2008 I was starting to get involved with behind the scenes stuff with some of the filmmakers I met through the site and through social media. By 2009 I decided to get more involved with that aspect. So, it’s been a long hard road really, but filmmaking has always been something I strove to do and am still really striving to do more of. The great thing about today with social media and with technology, anybody that wants to be involved with film can do so. It was a very foreign thing to somebody like me when I was a kid and even still so when I was in college and shortly there after.

4. What are some projects or accomplishments you are paticular proud of?
I would say I am very proud of a short I produced called Johnny Reaper. It was the first big production for then 17 year old Michael Zayas and I helped make this idea he had come to life. I was able to see Michael grow through the process and since then he has done a number of projects. I think he’s very talented and has a great career ahead of him. To help him get the experience and confidence of that short under his belt was a very cool thing and I am very much proud of that. I am also very proud of my film festival PollyGrind as it is something I have built out of nothing into something that means a great deal to very many and something that helps give a platform to underappreciated filmmakers.

5. So what are you working on now?
I am always working on PollyGrind year round. Its like a never ending film project. I also have two features, both very experimental, I am working on the mockumentary Project M and the found footage anthology Paranoia Tapes. In addition to those, I have a PollyGrind Presents distribution label that will hopefully launch in October and I have a website FoundFootageFans.com that I dabble with as well.

Chad Clinton Freeman, Vegas Indies salutes you!


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And the Triple-F Hits Keep Coming

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Our website is now five months old and we wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you to those that visit and read FoundFootageFans.com.

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Above is a graph of the visits to the site and as you can see, we have continued to increase for a total of 60,000-plus in our short time up and running without any sort of advertising.

60,000Again, thank you!

Also, please do not be shy. Email us with links, videos, story ideas, contacts, info on your films, etc. Admin@FoundFootageFans.com.


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Travel to the Nightmare Realm in the GG13 SEASON 2 FINALE!

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GG13: The Haunted World of Claire Wilmenson SEASON 2: HOMECOMING ends NOW! A scary nightmare world caught on tape will decide the outcome of Claire’s FINAL DEATH. Will she stay herself or be fully taken over by the evil that’s been bubbling to the surface? Make sure to stay through the end to see the SHOCKING cliffhanger that changes EVERYTHING. Featuring music by Sumo Cyco this is the DO NOT MISS episode of the season! Thanks to everyone who’s supported, subscribed, and shared, here’s to SEASON 3 gang!

A HUGE special mega thank you to the BEST HORROR ROCKERS on the planet SUMO CYCO for letting us use their AMAZING MUSIC in the SEASON FINALE! Check them out, subscribe, share, and tell your friends!


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The Disturbing “Day of Retribution” Video of Hunger Games’ Second Unit Director’s Son

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gunmanvideoElliot Rodger posted a disturbing rant to YouTube before fatally stabbed three men in his home, killing two women outside a sorority house and then shooting a man at a deli in Isla Vista, California on Friday.

He is the son of Peter Rodger, the second unit director of The Hunger Games.

Click here for the story and video rant from Elliot on CNN.

 


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Three Questions With The Fies Sisters

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Three Questions With is an on-going feature we will be posting from time to time with responses from various people to the same three questions.

Want to be featured? Contact us at Admin@FoundFootageFans.com.

Up next are the talented Fies Sisters – Elisabeth and Brenda. The sisters are probably best known for their debut feature The Commune and their oh so loveable dog Hero, a PollyGrind winning supporting actor who stars in their short Consumed. But the Fies Sisters currently have two found footage screenplays they are looking to turn into films and are in the middle of their second and third feature film projects.

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ONE
What’s your favorite found footage film and why?

BF:  Apollo 18 They had me hook, line and sinker!  Great story and very good acting got me into the story and kept me on the edge of my seat.  I thought I was on the secret mission!

LF: I think my current favorite is Megan is Missing Real-life horror portrayed in a feminist way that may save some teens lives. Read the comments section on Netflix and IMDb to see how effective this movie was for parents and kids! I think Home Movie is criminally underrated. I’m also a fan of In Memorium. Was thrilled when writer/director Amanda Gusack made the Hit List in December and sold her new horror screenplay to Screen Gems.  Also, Chronicle. So smart and well done.

TWO
What scares you the most – ghosts, aliens, demons, witches, trolls, monsters, big foot, gangs, thugs, crazy people, or any other person, place or thing that has been or could make a cool found footage film – and why?

BF: I liked Paranormal Activity because we all NEED to sleep which means there are times we physically have to close down to rejuvenate. This means we’re all vulnerable and unprotected for a certain number of hours each day. So, I guess ghosts win… sociopaths are a whole other kind of scary!

LF: Trollhunter certainly made me reassess my fear level of crazy-ass Norwegians. But out of these I have to go with Bigfoot. I’ve seen three solid found footage films about him, and was scared silly to learn there’s a woman on Amazon making a living writing Bigfoot erotica. Seriously. Then again, if I were to cheat and brag up a movie that isn’t released yet, you guys are going to flip your lids when you see Mark Duplass as Peachfuzz (retitled Creep). He’s a Craigslist Killer type in this microbudget two-person movie from Blumhouse. This film redefines the word awesome, and is so simple and realistic. Trusting the wrong people is always scary.

THREE
If a camera was to follow you around on an average day, what might we find out about you?

BF: A – I spend way too much time commuting in my car. B – My hospital work-life provides many horror- filled moments. C- Humor and horror are closely linked and humor is what gets me through my days. Nothing is off limits, which means I laugh A LOT!

LF: I spend way too much time writing, reading, editing, analyzing TV/movies, in spin class, hanging with my dogs, and laughing with my sister.

ANYTHING ELSE TO ADD?

LF: We’ve been away from publicity for a while busy on writing assignments, writing books, and doing the contest circuit with our award-winning feature spec screenplays Adrenalized and Al Capone’s Curse, which are found footage! But you’ll be hearing from us again as filmmakers very soon… and Hero, too! An amazing executive producer with huge industry credits has joined our team, and we are so thrilled to have him aboard! We’re super excited to announce that we have finished production on our second feature film, and already have one third of our third feature film shot. There will be more announcements soon; please “like” and learn more  at our Facebook page – Facebook.com/fiessisters

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The Lost Footage Is Coming: An Interview with Director Ron Hudson

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What is one of the most charming and endearing hallmarks of the found footage genre? Lost footage of course, lost footage that is just dying to be seen by innocent eyes ready for a jolt of first person terror. That’s the kind of jolt director Ron Hudson wants you to get when his film appropriately called The Lost Footage hits in the fall. In a classic bit of found footage marketing the concept behind the film goes a little like this…

Since the year 2000, a special branch of the United States government has seized a series of homemade tapes deeming them classified information. In 2014, those tapes will finally be released for the public to see.
Read the interview after the break.

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FFF: With the found footage horror genre becoming sort of a playground for independent film makers, as well some some established, what drove you to make a film in the found footage format and what were your influences in and outside of the genre?

RH:  Although admittedly, I’m not a fan of horror films, I’ve always found the found footage genre quite intriguing. It really lends a different and more unique perspective than your standard movie. You can relate more to the characters and environment because the reality in addition to the fear and emotions conveyed by the characters is almost palpable. I’ve never been afraid to watch any movie, but when it comes to found footage, I’m always hesitant and that’s what I love about this flourishing genre.

The very first feature I ventured out and shot on my own was found footage. I always said it would be my first and only found footage film. However, on each project, you’re always spawning ideas for the next one in the back of your head. I wanted to develop an idea that involved a plethora of urban legends, but I also wanted to showcase them in a manner that hadn’t been done before. So after deciding on a feature that involved a series of short films covering as many urban legends and myths that time would permit, I went back to the drawing board and decided that this idea would be better told from a documentary style perspective. While taking into consideration that found footage movies are basically hit or miss, we spent a lot of time researching the genre, watching films that were hits and films that were bombs, while taking notes on what seemed to work and what didn’t. Looking back, I think we made the right decision.
Plus, from a marketing standpoint, we have a very strategic approach we’re planning to unveil that I don’t think would receive as many bites if it were told from any other angle.
FFF: Part of making a ff film is the dedication to illusion, convincing the audience to suspend disbelieve and believe what they’re seeing is real. In many ways this may very well be the grande rule of the genre. What challenges did you have to overcome in order to make your film seem real, and how did you overcome them?

RH: The primary point I repeatedly emphasized and stressed with both the cast and crew is we’re not filming a movie here; we’re filming a factual occurrence. If I can take a second to commend the backbone of the project on an exceptional job well done thus far, the cast and crew have exceeded all expectations. They’ve made my job a lot easier and I’m so proud and blessed to be working alongside such amazingly talented and creative people. They’ve eased the burden and that’s putting it mildly. I was very meticulous in the casting process and it was an arduous task that is ultimately paying off. But as of now, I believe our most difficult challenge in terms of believability will take place next month. We’re heading down to Gulf Shores, Alabama for an entire week and I’ve chartered a private vessel to take us out as far as it possibly can, deep in the Gulf of Mexico. The challenge here is we have to film this particular scene in the middle of a storm, hence the reason we’re staying for a week in hopes that on one of those days, we can catch a little rain and choppy waters. Of course, I’m not complaining as Gulf Shores is my secret place of Zen. But if we miss out on the rain, we’ll be forced to either pack up and return later on down the road, or wing it in hopes of working magic in post production. And if there’s one thing I’ve learned in my brief tenure as a filmmaker it’s this: you never wing it. Unfortunately for the viewers, I’m acting in this segment simply because I didn’t want to endanger any lives by putting innocent actors in risky situations. So hopefully the viewers can endure my unpleasant face and queasy acting for a few moments.

On a more serious note, another opportunity we’ve been blessed with is locations. In the story, you don’t want everything taking place in one city or state, it has to be widespread and diverse. Luckily, Alabama and Georgia (which is where we’re filming) are such scenically and culturally diverse states that mirror one another. When outsiders think of the two states, woods and farmlands immediately come to mind first. But that isn’t the case as you have a wide variety of options to choose from in terms of scenery. You’ve got cities, beaches, towns, mountains, the choices are endless and many states can’t offer all of that.
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FFF: It’s one of the enjoyable aspects of ff movie making that almost anything with a lens, when used strategically, can be integrated into telling the story. More and more ff film makers are taking advantage of everything from cell phones to camcorders. Some films like The Bay pull from everything that can capture video, while some films rely solely on the intimacy of a lone camera. What approach did you take with your film and what did you shoot on?

RH: That’s one of the topics I brought up in one of our first true pre-production meetings: I want to have the opportunity to experiment with various cameras, to sort of mix things up a little, thus preventing each segment from having the same look and feel to it. In fact, the script calls for one segment to be filmed entirely on a cell phone. Of course, that’s simply not feasible, so we’re actually going to film it with a prosumer HD camera, and tweak the footage in post to resemble that of a highly advanced cellphone.

FFF: With the ff genre having such a steady stream of output from straight to disc, vod, and theatrical, what would you say makes your film stand out from the pack?
RH: Unlike most found footage films, where the entire film is centered around one urban legend, myth, celestial being, or what have you, this one delivers a variety and I think this is what separates itself from the rest of the pack. In addition, during the brainstorming process in the early, early stages of pre-production, we wanted to introduce as many new terrors as we possibly could that you haven’t seen in any of the mainstream found footage flicks. So you’re not going to waltz right into this knowing what to expect. Each film will tell a brand new story and introduce new characters in new suspenseful and horrific situations.
FFF: I always try and end with something that encourages other film makers to pick up a camera and do their own thing. What advice would you give to other independent artists looking make a ff feature?
RH:  The best advice I can lend is to simply go out and do it. I know it’s cliche’, but if you really take the time to let that little piece sink in, it’s worth considering. Ask yourself, “What’s holding you back?” The beauty of found footage films is you have far more wiggle room than a traditional style film.  Always remember that you’ll never again be as young as you are right now. So seize the moment and capitalize on the opportunity at hand. Don’t let anyone or anything hold you back. Granted it’s not a cakewalk by any stretch, but the only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.
Special thanks to Ron Hudson for taking the time to talk to FFF.  Check out more about the The Lost Footage and investigate the evidence for yourself at the links below.

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