Vimeo has joined the fray of Video On Demand outlets with the Halloween-timed release of Searching for Katie, produced by viral video blogger Taryn Southern. It’s a docu-style thriller based on a true story that investigates a missing girl’s connection to an underground cult.
We have more info and the trailer below. If you like what you see, you can can rent the film exclusively on Vimeo On Demand for $4.99 or purchase it for $7.99.
From the Press Release
Just in time for Halloween, Vimeo premieres the worldwide release of Searching for Katie, a thriller produced by musical comedian, actress, and viral video blogger Taryn Southern. The full-length film explores the disappearance of a young woman and her connection to an LA-based cult organization.
Searching for Katie incorporates innovative interactive elements. Fans of Taryn were asked to submit stories (fictional or otherwise) about their personal experiences with a cult for inclusion in the film. Additionally, those who purchase the film will gain access to exclusive, password-protected “extras” on Vimeo related to the film.
The story begins in 2010, when Taryn Southern, a vlogger and filmmaker in Hollywood, learns that her friend Liz Miller’s sister Katie has been missing for 8 months. The conversation prompts Taryn to make a documentary in an attempt to find Katie, which leads her directly to the house of the YAC, or Young Artist’s Co-Op, a spiritual organization based in LA. The YAC’s inner circle lives in a house in the Hollywood Hills, and its members include several prominent television actors and artists.
Seemingly harmless, Taryn quickly discovers that there’s more to the YAC than they are letting on. Liz is convinced that the YAC is either hiding Katie or covering up her death, and upon Taryn’s further probing online, more stories begin to surface.
As the filmmakers continue their search, the facts become more hazy, the YAC continues to deny any wrongdoing, and the threats become more real. Who is telling the truth? And what ever happened to Katie?
The film asks a number of questions relevant to stories in the media: How do we define cults and negative mind control? When does influence become dangerous?