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PR Found on DVD Sep 23
Marty is the ideal fifth grader. He gets good grades, listens to his teachers, and doesn't start trouble in class. But a darkness is beginning to fall over Marty's life. The kids at school won't stop picking on him, his parents just don't seem to understand him, and now Marty must grapple with a terrible secret that threatens to destroy life as he knows it...
Gavin Brown and Ethan Philbeck
Scott Schirmer and Todd Rigney
AVAILABLE IN THEATERS, ON VOD AND iTUNES: August 15, 2014
Found is a dark labor of love written by Kentucky author Todd Rigney, shot by an all-Hoosier cast and crew on a micro-budget of just $8,000. Featuring bold performances by young actors Gavin Brown and Ethan Philbeck, a killer animated title sequence by Indianapolis artist Lowell Isaac, and gut-wrenching gore by the Clockwerk Creature Company, Found has been called "as horror as horror can get" by Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. Found made its auspicious world premiere in September 2012, when the iconic Elvira and a panel of celebrity judges including Joe Bob Briggs, Bill Moseley, Sybil Danning, and Peaches Christ unanimously selected Found for best feature at Elvira's Horror Hunt, sponsored by HorrorHound Magazine and Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo. The film also won awards for best actor and best director.
As Found continues its tour on the festival circuit, it has become an official selection of numerous film festivals, including the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival, L'Etrange Festival in Paris, Toronto After Dark, the Lausanne Underground Film Festival, and the Los Angeles Fear & Fantasy Film Festival. It has won numerous awards at The New York City Horror Film Festival, The Phoenix Film Festival, The Terror de Molins Film Festival in Barcelona, The Nevermore Film Festival in Durham, The New Orleans Horror Film Festival, The Eerie Horror Film Festival, A Night of Horror International Film Festival in Sydney, The Motor City Nightmares Film Festival, The Mad Monster Party Film Festival, and the Housecore Horror Film Festival in Austin, Texas.
Marty is the ideal fifth grader. He gets good grades, listens to his teachers, and doesn't start trouble in class. But a darkness is beginning to fall over Marty's life. The kids at school won't stop picking on him, his parents just don't seem to understand him, and now Marty must grapple with a terrible secret that threatens to destroy life as he knows it -- his big brother is a serial killer! Brotherly love is put to the ultimate test in this emotional coming-of-age story that descends into unspeakable horror.
After reading Todd Rigney's book for the first time, I never wanted anything so badly in my entire life. On a surface level, Found struck me as an unlikely mash-up of two of my favorite films — Ordinary People and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. But under that surface were a dozen or so delicious ambiguities and provocative themes that spoke to me very personally.
Chief among these, I think Found has a lot to say about bullying and the warping potency of shame in boys' lives. Todd perfectly captures a moment in the life of our young protagonist, Marty — and I think in many boys' lives — where he is forced to make a conscious decision to leave boyhood, to risk alienating his mother and family, just so he can compete and survive among his peers. Boys do this even if it means sacrificing core parts of their humanity. That's what happens when caring gets perceived as a feminine quality, a weakness. And in the depiction of Steve, the older brother, I think we see how dangerous that sacrifice can be. Steve is a projection of Marty further down the road, but he goes beyond violence for retaliation. He embodies an entirely other notion that I've rarely seen explored in media, one that only needs hinted at to shock and disturb — the sexual fetishism of violence.
Marty's conflict points to 'nurture'. Steve's suggests 'nature'. Which is more horrifying — that male violence is intrinsic, or that it's bred and condoned? Found gave me an opportunity to explore the thorny path many boys and young men take as their rite of passage. Todd crystallizes the turning point in Marty's life, and he shows us the worst case scenario in Steve's. The plight of these characters shapes Found into a coming-of-age story that descends into full-blown horror.
Something I can really sink my teeth into.
SCOTT SCHIRMER - Director
Scott Schirmer studied film and sociology at Indiana University, where he received grants for film making and achievement in video art. He currently works as a commercial video producer and editor. His writing and directing credits include the short films Boy in the Making,Three Animals One Stuffed, House of Hope and Off the Beaten Path. In 2006, his supernatural drama The Day Joe Left became a top ten finalist in Triggerstreet's online short film festival. Found is his first feature film.
TODD RIGNEY – Author
Todd is a staff writer for WebProNews and contributing blogger for BeyondHollywood. In Addition to Found, Todd is also the author of the horror anthology, Twelve Stories Concerning Love and Death. At present, he enjoys terrible movies, weird 90's industrial music, and collecting dusty VHS tapes. He's 34, married, and very pale.
GAVIN BROWN as Marty
Gavin Brown is now fifteen and attends high school in Bloomington, Indiana. Since making his acting debut in Found, Gavin has been cast in The Impersonators and has attended acting class at GJC Talent. When he's not in school or acting, Gavin enjoys Lacrosse and making music – and hanging out with friends.
ETHAN PHILBECK as Steve
Ethan Philbeck has performed in many stage productions with the Cardinal Stage Company in Bloomington, Indiana,including The Grapes of Wrath, A Christmas Carol, My Fair Lady, Annie, and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. He also donned the role of the Duck in Click Clack Moo and worked behind-the-scenes as a co-stage manager for The Lonesome West and assistant stage manager for A Year with Frog and Toad.
PHYLLIS MUNRO as Mom
Phyllis Munro has previously appeared in Contrition (2012),Lewis (2010), and Babbling Banshee (2008). Phyllis participates in Community Theater, both as an actor and a stage manager, and attends acting class at GJC Talent. She will next be seen in Zack Parker's Proxy.
LOUIE LAWLESS as Dad
Louie Lawless has appeared in several Midwest-based film productions, including Hermetica, Nothing to Declare, Don't See It Alone, My Bloody Wedding, Tow, Scorned, andF.L.O.S.T (F*ckload of Scotch Tape). Passionate about the collaborative nature of film, Louie also participates in Indianapolis' annual 48-Hour Film Project.
The October People presents
A Forbidden Films production
With Angela Denton
And Shane Beasley as the 'Headless' Killer
Special makeup effects by The Clockwerk Creature Company
Featuring music by Aaron Marshall and Bing Satellites
Original music composed by Magician Johnson, Greg Wright, and Lito Velasco
Title sequence designed and illustrated by Lowell Isaac
Director of photography
Arthur Cullipher and Shane Beasley
Leya Taylor and Damien Wesner
Todd Rigney and Scott Schirmer
Based on the novel by
Damien Wesner, Leya Taylor, Scott Schirmer
Brandon Bennett, Lena Rae Burkett, Jenn Handy, Kalissa Mullis, Mary M. White
Shane Beasley and Kirk Chastain Foley
Shane Beasley, Lena Rae Burkett, and Leya Taylor
Sound effects editing
Matt Zink and Carmelita Jehoh
(in order of appearance)
Marty – Gavin Brown
Mom – Phyllis Munro
Steve – Ethan Philbeck
Dad – Louie Lawless
David – Alex Kogin
David's Friend #1 – Dylan Campbell
David's Friend #2 – Nicholas Irmscher
Miss Thomas – Kate Braun
Levi – Dane Irwin
Teacher #2 – Traci Ford Howell
Hilary – Izabella Brown-Sparks
Hilary's Friend #1 – Zoe Adams
Hilary's Friend #2 – Tori Sanders
Andy – Austin Rawlins
George – David DeMoss
Randy – Brandon Howell
Back Room Video Store Customer – Nathan Erdel
Video Store Employee – Todd Rigney
Charlotte in 'Deep Dwellers' – Angela Denton
Rodney in 'Deep Dwellers' – Christopher Hunt
Creature in 'Deep Dwellers' – Arthur Cullipher
The 'Headless' Killer – Shane Beasley
'Headless' Victim #1 – Angela Denton
'Headless' Victim #2 – Brigid Macaulay
'Headless' Police Officer – David E.W. Pruett
David's Mom – Sheila Butler
Theater Usher – Russell McGee
Preacher Donald – Andy Alphonse
Trevor – Adrian Cox-Thurmond
Trevor's Mom – Kitsie Duncan
Screaming Woman – Amy Stout
'Mysteries of the Unexplained' Radio Program
Host – Shane Beasley
Callers 1 & 2 – Lena Rae Burkett
Caller 3 – Leya Taylor
School Yard Children
Alex Apple, Erin Adams, Lucas Sutton Burks, Shelby Campbell, Colton Dickey, Ryan Greenberg, Brooklyn Howell, Jenny Mathews, Rodney Payton, Victoria Sanders
Nicholas B. Arnhold, Kirk Chastain, Michelle Hartz, Tara Jones, Jo Anna Kogin, Rex Kogin, Bennie Sexton, Savannah Sexton, Drew Stewart, Jessica Stewart, Michell Wagner, Chris Walcott, Sage Walcott
The Clockwerk Creature Company
Design and Sculpting – Arthur Cullipher
Painting and Practical Effects – Shane Beasley, Arthur Cullipher
Casting and Application – Shane Beasley, Kirk Chastain, Arthur Cullipher, Leya Taylor
Written and performed by Racebannon
Available on the album 'Satan's Kickin Yr Dick In'
Written and performed by Racebannon
Available on the album 'Acid or Blood'
'The Salt Flats,' 'Alternate Universe,' 'Last Breath,' 'NYC,' 'Europa 2.1,' 'Escape into the Storm,' 'Try,' 'The Goldilocks Zone,' 'Humbug,' 'The Guardian,' 'Unrequited,' 'Two,'
composed and performed by Aaron Marshall (Noct Music);
select tracks available on the albums: 'Magnificent Accident,' 'Noir Ambiance,' 'Retrospective Compilation 1997-2005'
'Stardome (Aaron Marshall Mix)'
composed and performed by Stellardrone and Aaron Marshall
'Soothing Image 1,' 'Soothing Image 3,' 'Soothing Image 13,' 'Late Summer Meadows,' 'Dark Clouds,' 'Hidden Away for Years,' 'The Hottest Day of the Year (Part 1),' 'The Bay,' 'Procession,' 'Kilham Hill 1978 (Part 1),' 'composed and performed by Bing Satellites; available on the albums: 'Soothing Images 1-15,' 'Twilight Sessions Volumes 1, 3, 6, and 8', 'Time'
Roach Man & Bag Lunch created by
Character designs by
Marty and David's drawings/comics and 'Headless' VHS box art by
Steve's artwork by
'Deep Dwellers' VHS box art by
'Death Rattlers' VHS box art by
'Without Warning' poster appears courtesy of
'The Taint' poster appears courtesy of
Drew Bolduc and Dan Nelson
'Black Roses,' 'The Deadly Spawn,' 'Street Trash,' and 'Wild Zero' posters appear courtesy of
'Psycho Street' poster appears courtesy of
Muscle Wolf Productions
'Bungee Boy' created by
Dan Drewes; artwork by Joshua Allen
'Atomic Age Cinema' and 'Come' posters appear courtesy of
'Sterm und Drang' and 'The Boy Who Couldn't Shudder' artwork appear courtesy of
Dark Carnival Film Festival flyer appears courtesy of
David E.W. Pruett
Abraham Castillo Flores
Alan Rowe Kelly
Bridget van Voorden
David E.W. Pruett
George Kaskanlian, Jr
Jo Anna Kogin
Juan Antonio Barnés
Lena Rae Burkett
Ryan Blake George
S. Purple Sheldon
The Bloom Amenities Center
The Bloomington Herald-Times
The Indy Indie Artists' Colony
The Ryder Magazine
Traci Ford Howell
Yunika McCowan Jackson
And to all the film festival staff and film reviewers who have supported this film
Catering provided by Sugar Daddies
Filmed entirely in the state of Indiana: Bloomington, Columbus, Ellettsville, Fishers, French Lick, Smithville, and Yellowwood State Park
Shot with the Canon EOS 7D
Edited on Sony Vegas Pro
Film copyright 2014, Forbidden Films, LLC
Screenplay copyright 2014, Todd Rigney and Scott Schirmer
Read the novel 'Found and Other Stories' available at Amazon.com and wherever books are sold.
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