Domestic distribution rights for Antoine Le’s “Screen-Life” feature film Followed have been picked up by Global View Entertainment. “Screen-Life” refers to a type of film created entirely by computer screen recording, and Followed is the first horror feature to do so entirely through a series of YouTube-style vlogs.
Written by Todd Klick (Rough Cut) the film is based on events that took place in the Hotel Cecil in downtown Los Angeles. The hotel is, perhaps, one of the most notorious locations in the city with a history of suicide, murder, and other crimes so heinous that it has inspired numerous filmmakers and showrunners including Ryan Murphy for American Horror Story: Hotel.
It is also the hotel where Elisa Lam famously disappeared after she was recorded displaying erratic behavior entering and exiting elevators as though being pursued. Her body was later found in a water supply cistern on the hotel’s roof.
Followed focuses on a social media influencer known as “DropTheMike” (Matthew Solomon) who is offered a lucrative sponsorship to help grow his channel. Joined by his video crew, Mike visits one of America’s most haunted hotels in a bid to give his followers a fun and scary night they’ll never forget including enacting the “Elevator Ritual,” a game/urban legend which will supposedly open a door to another world.
Their investigation soon takes a turn for the worse, and Mike and his crew find themselves in a hell of their own making as Le and Klick ask their audience, “How far would you go for fame?”
Solomon is joined by John Savage (The Deer Hunter), Sam Valentine (The Incantation), Caitlin Grace (The Paperclip), Tim Drier (Nothing Like the Sun), and Kelsey Griswold (American Crime Story).
“We couldn’t be more excited to be launching our new distribution shingle with the acquisition and release of Followed, a truly innovative take on the genre featuring a group of extremely talented young actors,” said Global View President Grant Cramer in a press release we received this morning. “The film examines our current obsession with online fame and notoriety at any cost while devolving into bone chilling tension and horror.”
Followed will see a theatrical release across several markets on April 10, 2020.
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