As part of Dread Central’s ongoing virtual panel series “Dissecting Horror,” we are excited to announce a live panel discussion tonight, Wednesday, February 10th at 6 pm PST / 9 pm EST with the writer/director and cast members of Sator, which is based on the director’s own family experiences with a demonic entity and mental illness.
Panelists will include the writer/director/producer/editor of Sator, Jordan Graham, as well as three of the film’s stars, Michael Daniel, Rachel Johnson, and Aurora Lowe. The panel will be moderated by Dread Central’s Michelle Swope.
Jordan Graham wrote, directed, produced, and edited Sator, which took seven years to complete. Graham says, “Sator is quite personal to me. It delves into my family’s dark history with mental illness surrounding a supernatural entity and uses home video footage to create an interwoven piece between documentary and fiction.” For years generations of Graham’s family, including his late grandmother, June Peterson, who is shown in footage in the film, claimed to have conversations with a supernatural entity named Sator on a regular basis. In addition to Peterson, the film stars newcomers Michael Daniel, Aurora Lowe, Gabriel Nicholson, and Rachel Johnson.
Sator is available now to rent or purchase on iTunes/Apple TV, Amazon, and Google Play from 1091 Pictures. Sator is genuinely terrifying, thought-provoking, and atmospheric while telling the story of a family dealing with mental illness, generational trauma, and the occult.
“Dissecting Horror” with the director and cast of Sator will be streamed live on Dread Central’s Facebook page and Twitch channel. The panel will also be made available on our official YouTube channel.
ABOUT THE PANELISTS:
Jordan Graham (Writer, Director, Producer, Editor, Cinematographer, Music)
I belong to a family whose members heard voices. Whether these illusory sounds were due to mental illness, psychosis or a susceptibility to hearing some other-worldly communications will never be known. What is known is that the auditory “hallucinations” suffered by my grandmother, her mother, and even her mother’s mother ultimately resulted in psychiatric hospitalizations and, in my great-grandmother’s case, suicide. Yet, despite intensive psychiatric intervention, my grandmother insisted that the entity, Sator, was no figment of her imagination or the result of mental illness, but very real. Also very real in this film, despite its fictional premise, is my grandmother relating her unique and hauntingly personal experiences of these encounters while her memory of them was still intact. Sadly, since the film’s 2013 inception, dementia has removed most of her memories of me, her family, and of her participation in this film. Yet the one “person” whose memory she retains to this day is Sator.
Aurora Lowe (Deborah in Sator)
Director Jordan Graham says he met Aurora in high school, where she acted in a couple short films he did then. Aurora was eight months pregnant with her first child during the shooting of Sator. Jordan had her scream bloody murder in the woods, which she disliked. Aurora says that talking with Jordan’s grandmother about the film and family history was a strange experience for her.
Michael Daniel (Pete in Sator)
Jordan Graham met Michael twenty-one years ago in seventh grade, where they made a bunch of short films under the name Michael Jordan Films. In high school, Jordan started making his own films and Michael has been acting in them ever since. After Michael finished college, he began a video production business which he still runs and operates to this day. Michael spent seven months growing out his beard for the film and actually set it on fire.
Rachel Johnson (Evie in Sator)
Rachel is Jordan Graham’s fiancé. She knows all his stories and hardships during the film and she even fell and hurt herself when he made her run in the woods for a scene. She loves to tell the story of Jordan splashing around in a puddle at 2am for the sound.
We hope you’ll join us for the “Dissecting Horror” panel tonight at 6 pm PST when we take a deep dive into Sator! Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! You can also carry on the conversation with me personally on Twitter @RedheadfromMars!