Award-Winning “Found” Now on the Festival Circuit!
Found, the new independent coming-of-age horror film from director Scott Schirmer and author Todd Rigney, made its film festival debut in September 2012 at Elvira’s Horror Hunt. The Mistress of the Dark declared the film “as horror as horror can get” at the awards ceremony in Indianapolis, where the film took home trophies for Best Feature, Best Director, and Best Actor (Ethan Philbeck). As part of the grand prize, Elvira then hosted Found‘s Los Angeles premiere at the historic Vista Theatre, where co-host Peaches Christ and celebrity judges Joe Bob Briggs, Sybil Danning, and Bill Moseley were in attendance.
Since its tremendous launch, Found has continued winning awards on the festival circuit, including best horror feature at The Phoenix Film Festival; best feature and best actor (Gavin Brown) at A Night of Horror Film Festival in Sydney, Australia; jury and audience prizes for best feature at The Nevermore Film Festival in Durham; the Palme d’Gore at The Ft. Collins Horror Film Festival; best feature at the Mad Monster Party Film Festival; and best director and best special effects at the Madison Horror Film Festival.
Based on Rigney’s novel, Found is about a young boy who discovers his older brother is a serial killer. Thirteen-year old Gavin Brown plays Marty, the shy, bullied fifth-grader who takes refuge in horror films and comics… until fantasy becomes reality. After discovering a human head in his brother’s closet, Marty fears for the safety of his family while making a desperate effort to reconnect with Steve (Ethan Philbeck), the big brother whose homicidal cravings threaten to destroy life as Marty knows it.
“It’s a coming-of-age drama that descends so utterly and completely into full-blown horror,” says Schirmer, a Bloomington-based filmmaker whose past films include House of Hope and Off the Beaten Path. “It has a lot to say about bullying and the potential horrors of growing up. Todd perfectly captures a moment in a boy’s life, and I think many boys’ lives, where he is forced to make a conscious decision to leave boyhood behind, to risk alienating his mother and family, just so he can compete and survive among his peers. And in the depiction of Steve, the older brother, I think we see how dangerous that transition can be. Because sometimes boys don’t become men. Sometimes they become monsters.”
Shot throughout Indiana, Found features an all-midwest cast and crew, including special makeup effects by Bloomington’s Clockwerk Creature Company and an animated title sequence by Indianapolis artist Lowell Isaac.