Having wrapped production in May, the psychological thriller What They Say is ready to hit theaters and cut into the minds of viewers everywhere. With a premiere scheduled for the Chicago Horror Film Festival on September 25 the film has already been nominated for Best Short and Best Actress (Heather Dorff) for the festival. Looks like what they’ll be saying is only good things. *rimshot*
What They Say is based on a short story written by film star Heather Dorff. It co-stars Kelsey Zukowski (who is also the screenwriter), Kitsie Duncan and Tina Renee Grace. It was directed by Justin Romine.
From the Press Release
They thought she had the perfect life; wealthy and privileged, an honor student with her whole life mapped out. What they didn’t know was what lay inside of her; pain and anguish; tearing at her until there was nothing left. Lost and alone, the young woman (Heather Dorff) finds solace in the form of a glistening blade, splitting her skin deeply.
Her obnoxious sister (Kelsey Zukowski) and her self-indulgent mother (Kitsie Duncan) are completely oblivious to her inner-turmoil. She has long since become numb to the world around her, getting that sensual release as the razor cuts deeper. Watching the blood drip is all that matters. As soon as the last drop falls, the calm is stripped away from her with it. How far will she go to silence the hunger that now consumes her? Will she be able to regain control of her life, body, and sanity?
Evil lies within. How long will it stay there?
What They Say is based on a short story written by first-time producer and star of the film, Heather Dorff. Dorff says, “There is no true way to verbalize what this project means to me. This has been a tough, scary, and draining process, but it was very much worth it. The end result will prove just how much the entire cast and crew have put into this film.”
Screenwriter of the film, Kelsey Zukowski, says, “It was really amazing seeing Heather’s original vision and the script I had created come to life before me on set. With the extremely talented and dedicated group of individuals behind the film and the dark, disquieting, and phantasmagorical nature that emerged, I have the up most faith that What They Say will be just as powerful as we imagined it could be”.
What They Say wrapped production in the end of May after filming over the previous month. Post-production is nearly completed, with a new teaser trailer released and a full length trailer in the works. The film is still looking for musical artists to be featured on the soundtrack. Any bands interested should contact firstname.lastname@example.org. There is also an Indiegogo Page.
The film is set to premiere at the Chicago Horror Film Festival in September, which Dorff will be hosting. The short has been nominated for two awards, one for best short, and one for Heather Dorff as best actress. What They Say has also been given a special invitation to submit to the Corpse Dance Film Festival and The White Water Film Festival, where it hopes to be accepted as well. From there it will continue a six-month festival run before its DVD release.
Afraid of Sunrise director, Justin Romine of Fathead Films, directed the dark drama. Romine says, “What They Say is as awesome as the Hangover, just not nearly as funny.” The film also stars Kelsey Zukowski, Kitsie Duncan, Tina Renee Grace, Jolene Aldus, and Tyler Klunick.
The film really focuses on the alienation of the main character and lets us inside her head throughout her weakest moments. Still, everyone around her is responsible for this alienation, pushing her closer and closer to the darkness. Director of Photography, Nicole Klemens, was a key part in making the surreal script in to a haunting reality. Klemens speaks on the film, “What They Say is imaginative and creepy; definitely for those who enjoy dark themes and good, old-fashioned gore.”
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