Brad Slaton interviewed Scott Schirmer, director of Found, at the Picking-Brains Podcast in January. Topics discussed include the making of the movie, horror films in general, and the challenges of indie filmmaking. Check out the full, hour-long interview at the Picking-Brains website!
Found picked up awards for Best Feature, Best Actor (Gavin Brown), and Best Special Effects at the New York City Horror Film Festival on Sunday, November 17th. The movie made its New York premiere at the festival, screening at the Tribeca Cinemas, where family and friends of the festival’s late founder, Michael J. Hein, are carrying on the tradition of New York’s only horror film festival and one of the longest-running genre festivals in the country. The festival also honored Joe Stauffer’s Pieces of Talent with awards for Best Director, Best Actress, and Best Cinematography. Troma Films founder Lloyd Kaufman received the festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award and director Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator, From Beyond) was awarded the Michael J. Hein Award for Personal Achievement in Direction.
Found made three more international premieres in late October and November: Mexico, South America, and Spain! The film was awarded Best Picture from both the jury and the audience in Molins de Rei, where it screened at the 32nd annual Molins de Rei Horror Film Festival at the Teatro de La Peni near Barcelona. The South American debut was held at the 14th annual Buenos Aires Rojo Sangre Film Festival at the Monumental Lavalle Cinema, while the 7th annual Morbido International Festival of Horror and Fantasy Film in Patzcuaro, Michoacan, was host to the movie’s Mexican premiere. The cast & crew of Found pay special thanks to Tony Ramos, who translated the film into Spanish and made these special screenings possible!
More than 300 people attended the Toronto After Dark screening of Found at the Scotiabank Theater in downtown Toronto on Wednesday, October 23rd. The festival, now in its eighth year, is one of the largest genre festivals in North America and afforded Found one of its biggest audiences to date. Director Scott Schirmer and actors Gavin Brown and Phyllis Munro were on hand for Q&A following the presentation. At the close of the festival, the audience awarded Found two honors: Best Gore and Best Title Sequence! Click here for photos and video from the event!
Found made its Swiss premiere at the Lausanne Underground Film & Music Festival as one of five entries in the Feature Film Competition on Friday, October 18th, at the Casino de Montbenon. Here is what the festival had to say about the movie:
“Found” broaches a difficult topic by attacking the sacrosanct American family unit. The trouble caused by difficult social relations and the influence of popular and alternative culture is also addressed and paralleled with parental responsibility. Scott Schirmer’s first feature film is a powerful drama. With a budget under $10,000, there is a rare intensity to it and its psychological impact has already traumatized many a festival-goer around the world.
Found was awarded Best Feature and Best Actor (Gavin Brown) at the Eerie Horror Film Festival on Saturday, October 19th. Director Scott Schirmer, DP/producer Leya Taylor, and actor/effects artist Shane Beasley attended the festival screening at the Warner Theatre in Erie, Pennsylvania. Found was immediately followed by a special screening of Clive Barker’s Nightbreed: The Cabal Cut (Found fans will appreciate the significance of this pairing!) Nightbreed actors Chris McCorkindale (Shunu Sassi) and Doug Bradley (Lylesburg) were on hand to introduce the film, along with restoration director Russell Cherrington. Other special guests at the festival included C. Thomas Howell (The Hitcher, E.T., Soul Man) and director/special effects artist John Carl Buechler (Troll, Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood). For photos from the event, click here!
The cast and crew of Found are honored that the film is an official selection of the 13th annual Shriekfest, the Los Angeles Horror/Sci-Fi Film Festival! The festival takes place at the Chaplin Theater on the Raleigh Studios Lot in Hollywood, California, October 3-6, 2013. Found is scheduled to close out the festival on Sunday, October 6th, at 7:45 pm. Associate producer and special effects artist Shane Beasley (who also plays the “Headless” Killer in the movie) will be in attendance. Tickets are now on sale!
Found will make its Arkansan debut at the Hot Springs Horror Film Festival in Hot Springs National Park. The festival will take place September 26th thru the 29th at the historic and newly-renovated Central Theater. Special guests include Tyler Mane (X-Men, Halloween) and Eileen Dietz (The Exorcist). In addition to this newly-scheduled screening, Found is also honored to be up for awards at the 4th Annual PollyGrind Underground Festival of Las Vegas! Visit the festival websites for more details!
Found will make its premiere in the United Kingdom at the 5th Annual Grimmfest, Manchester’s International Festival of Horror and Cult Films! This year’s festival features 36 films at 3 different venues over the course of 5 days. Found is scheduled to screen Saturday, October 5th, at 4:00 pm in Manchester’s Dancehouse Theater (ticket info is available here). Other festival highlights include a special screening of the fully-restored British horror classic, The Wicker Man, with director Robin Hardy on hand for Q&A with the audience. The festival will also feature a make-up workshop with special effects artist Shaune Harrison (World War Z), a special Hellraiser event, and the UK premieres of Jugface, On Air, and The Butterfly Room (with horror icon Barbara Steele).