Found

Marty loved horror movies… Until his life turned into one.

Marty is the ideal fifth grader. He gets good grades, listens to his teachers, and doesn’t start trouble in class. But 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 full-blown horror.

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.  Stay tuned to this website or the official Facebook page for all the latest screenings and news!

 

 

CAST

Gavin Brown (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 (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 (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. [See Phyllis’ IMDb page for more.]

 

Louie Lawless (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, and F.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. [See Louie’s IMDb page for more.]

 

CREW

 Scott Schirmer (Director/Co-Screenwriter/Editor)

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. For more about Scott, visit scottschirmer.com.

 

Leya Taylor (Producer/Director of Photography)

Leya Taylor is a videographer and editor based in Bloomington, Indiana.  She studied Cinema and Literature at Indiana University and has production-managed numerous independent films, including Roses: A Goremance and Lewis.  Leya wrote and starred in the highly successful Guignol play, Bloomington After Midnight and is a co-producer for the online horror host program, Atomic Age Cinema!  She is also one of the principal organizers of the Dark Carnival Film Festival.

 

Damien Wesner (Producer)

Damien Wesner has worked with Scott Schirmer on several films, including House of Hope, Off the Beaten Path, and The Day Joe Left.  As a jack of all trades, he has produced, production managed, operated camera, and recorded sound.  He has a beautiful dog named Buffy.

 

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.

 

Arthur Cullipher (Associate Producer/Special Effects)

Arthur Cullipher is the owner of the Clockwerk Creature Company, a full service shop that offers a wide range of practical effects, including make-up and appliances, masks, props, creature animatronics, and full body suits.  Arthur is a graduate of the Joe Blasco School in Orlando, Florida, where he studied advanced make-up effects and prosthetics.  He has more than 10 years of practical experience and has provided special effects for dozens of projects.  His directorial efforts include the cult shorts Come, Roses: A Goremance, and The Adipocere Child.

 

Shane Beasley (Associate Producer/Special Effects)

Shane Beasley is an illustrator, lighting technician, actor, musician, and special makeup effects artist based in Bloomington, Indiana.  He works regularly with the Clockwerk Creature Company and is currently working on a series of masks for an upcoming Bloomington parade.  In addition to producing and helping with special effects on Found, Shane also appears as the sadistic ‘Headless’ Killer.

 

For complete cast and crew listing, visit Found at IMDb.

 

Director’s Statement

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

 

Awards

Phoenix Film Festival 2013
- Best Horror Feature

A Night of Horror Film Festival 2013
– Best Feature Film
– Best Male Performance (Gavin Brown)

Elvira’s Horror Hunt 2012
- Best Feature
– Best Director (Scott Schirmer)
– Best Actor (Ethan Philbeck)

L.A. Fear & Fantasy Film Festival 2013
- Best Actor (Gavin Brown)

Toronto After Dark 2013
- Best Gore (The Clockwerk Creature Company)
– Best Title Sequence (Lowell Isaac)

New York City Horror Film Festival 2013
– Best Feature
– Best Actor (Gavin Brown)
– Best Special Effects (The Clockwerk Creature Company)

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New Orleans Horror Film Festival 2013
– Best Feature Film

Nevermore Film Festival 2013
- Best Feature (Jury Award)
– Best Feature (Audience Award)

Eerie Horror Film Festival 2013
– Best Feature
– Best Actor (Gavin Brown)

Winter Film Awards
Independent Film Festival 2014

– Best Director (Scott Schirmer)
– Best Actor (Gavin Brown)

Housecore Horror Film Festival 2013
– Scariest Movie
– Best Hero (Gavin Brown as Marty)

Festival de Cine de Terror
de Molins de Rei 2013

– Best Feature: 1st Jury Prize
– Best Feature: Audience Favorite
– Best Actor (Gavin Brown)

Freak Show Horror Film Festival 2013
– Best Feature

Another Hole in the Head Genre Film Festival 2013
– Best U.S. Feature

Ft. Collins Horror Film Festival 2013
- Palme d’Gore

Mad Monster Party Film Festival 2013
- Best Horror Feature

Innovative Film Festival 2013
– Best Feature
– Best Actor in a Feature (Gavin Brown)
– Best Feature Cinematography (Leya Taylor)
– Best Director (Scott Schirmer)

Madison Horror Film Festival 2012
– Best Director (Scott Schirmer)
– Best Special Effects (The Clockwerk Creature Company)

Motor City Nightmares Film Festival 2013
– Best Horror Feature

Drunken Zombie Film Festival 2013
– Best Feature

 

PFF win

 

Official Selections
Elvira’s Horror Hunt 2012 (Los Angeles, CA)
Hoosier Homegrown Film Festival 2012 (Anderson, IN)
Madison Horror Film Festival 2012 (Madison, WI)
Nevermore Film Festival 2013 (Durham, NC)
Ft. Collins Horror Film Festival 2013 (Ft Collins, CO)
Mad Monster Party Film Festival 2013 (Raleigh, NC)
Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival 2013 (Brussels, Belgium)
Phoenix Film Festival 2013 (Phoenix, AZ)
International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival 2013 (Phoenix, AZ)
A Night of Horror International Film Festival 2013 (Sydney, Australia)
Motor City Nightmares Film Festival 2013 (Detroit, MI)
Los Angeles Fear and Fantasy Film Festival 2013 (Los Angeles, CA)
Dark Matters Film Festival 2013 (Albuquerque, NM)
Crypticon Seattle Film Festival 2013 (Seattle, WA)
Blood at the Beach 2013 (Virginia Beach, VA)
Days of the Dead: Reel Horror Film Festival 2013 (Indianapolis, IN)
Fright Night Horror Film Festival 2013 (Louisville, KY)
Indie Film Con 2013 (Bloomington, IN)
Phenom Film Festival 2013 (Shreveport, LA)
L’Etrange Festival 2013 (Paris, France)
Montreal Horror Fest 2013 (Montreal, Quebec)
Indie Spirit Film Festival 2013 (Colorado Springs, CO)
New Orleans Horror Film Festival 2013 (New Orleans, LA)
Innovative Film Festival 2013 (Tampa, FL)
L’Absurde Séance Festival 2013 (Nantes, France)
Grimmfest International Festival of Horror & Cult Films 2013 (Manchester, England)
PollyGrind Underground Film Festival of Las Vegas 2013 (Las Vegas, NV)
Hot Springs Horror Film Festival 2013 (Hot Springs, AR)
Housecore Horror Film & Music Festival 2013 (Austin, TX)
Shriekfest Horror/Sci-Fi Film Festival 2013 (Hollywood, CA)
Freak Show Horror Film Festival 2013 (Orlando, FL)
Eerie Horror Film Festival 2013 (Erie, PA)
New York City Horror Film Festival 2013 (New York, NY)
Toronto After Dark 2013 (Toronto, Ontario)
Molins de Rei Horror Film Festival 2013 (Barcelona, Spain)
Buenos Aires Rojo Sangre Film Festival 2013 (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Drunken Zombie Film Festival 2013 (Peoria, IL)
Morbido International Horror & Fantasy Film Festival 2013 (Michoacan, Mexico)
Another Hole in the Head Genre Film Festival 2013 (San Francisco, CA)
Winter Film Awards Independent Film Festival 2014 (New York, NY)
Nocturna Madrid International Fantastic Film Festival 2014 (Madrid, Spain)

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