"The Found Footage Phenomenon"
Directed by Sarah Appleton and Phillip Escott, The Found Footage Phenomenon chronicles the history of and dissects the strengths and weaknesses of the film technique that has enjoyed its greatest success as a horror subgenre. The documentary features interviews with such found footage pioneers as Cannibal Holocaust’s Ruggero Deodato, The McPherson Tape’s Dean Alioto, Ghostwatch’s Stephen Volk, The Last Broadcast’s Stefan Avalos and Lance Weiler, and The Blair Witch Project’s Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez. Appleton and Escott also focus on the rise and subsequent wane in popularity in found footage chillers following the 2009 triumph of director Oren Peli’s Paranormal Activity. The documentary also includes interviews with Trollhunter’s André Øvredal, Megan is Missing’s Michael Goi, Apartment 143’s Carlos Torrens, Afflicted’s Derek Lee and Clif Prowse, and Steven DeGannaro, the Austin-based director of Found Footage 3D. The Found Footage Phenomenon premiered locally during this year's Fantastic Fest 2021 and is available to stream during Fantastic Fest's FF @ Home on Oct. 1 for a 48-hour screening window. Sarah Appleton, who specializes in documentaries, interviews and special features for Blu-Ray productions, previously directed the documentary The Brains Behind the Nightmare; Phillip Escott produces Blu-Rays for the UK-based boutique distribution company Fractured Visions.
Aired: Sept. 30, 2021.