31 Days Of Horror 2013 – Guest Blogger Sean Cisterna On The Ghosts Inside Us: Capturing Genuine Horror in Documentary
The horror genre has been an integral part of fiction cinema for decades. When moviegoers want a good scare, they head over to the multiplex to catch the latest big-budget studio horror film. And it’s safe to say that these popular horror films are always created from scratch as pure fiction. Even ones that claim to be “based on a true story” have to be heavily dramatized in order to create sequences of heightened suspense and shock value. The narrative side of the feature film industry has a solid grip on creating compelling horror and thriller films, but when it comes to documentary – of capturing real horror in the real world – can these kinds of films also bring out the same feelings of fright in us? Read the rest of this entry
A few months ago Biff Bam Pop was lucky enough to talk to director Sean Cisterna and members of the cast of the sweet Canadian comedy Moon Point (you can revisit that right here). Sean and I have kept in touch and I’ve been eagerly watching the progress he’s been making on his next film, a documentary that, as you’ll see, fits right in with our 31 Days Of Horror feature. I asked Sean if he would explain for himself what he’s working on. Take it away, Sean.
“Behind every man now alive stand 30 ghosts, for that is the ratio by which the dead outnumber the living”. – Arthur C. Clarke
Several months ago I was listening to a CBC radio program when on came the troupe from Halton Paranormal. I had recently wrapped up a festival tour of my previous film, a quirky narrative comedy called Moon Point, and wasn’t really looking for a new project…but the voices on the radio were just too compelling to ignore. I did a bit of digging around and eventually got a hold of the group and arranged to meet them, just to see if there was anything else to their story that could justify spending an hour’s worth of screen time with them. It was at this meeting I met Kim Hadfield-Verheul, the eccentric, charming and intense lead investigator of the group.
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Last week the Queen and I had a chance to watch the Canadian indie comedy Moon Point, staring Nick McKinlay, Paula Brancati, Kyle Mac and Kristen Gutoskie and directed by Sean Cisterna. The film follows 23-year old Daryl and his friend Femur on a quest to find Daryl’s elementary school would-be sweetheart, Sarah Cherry, now an actress filming a horror movie in…Moon Point. Traveling via a wagon hooked up to Femur’s electric wheelchair, along the way the duo meet up with an eccentric cast of characters, including the freespirited Kristen.
I dug the trailer for the film right when I saw, and the Queen and I wound up enjoying Moon Point quite a bit. The script is funny, the acting across the board is solid, and the landscape is pretty darn gorgeous; it is Canada, after all. The movie doesn’t go where you think it will, which made it even more of an enjoyable watch.
Check out the trailer for Moon Point below, and then after the jump you can watch our exclusive interview with Sean Cisterna, Nick McKinlay and Paula Brancati from the film. Our chat was a lot of fun, as you’ll see. The three of them had a natural chemistry and I believe it shows up.