AFM 2014: Maniac Director Proves i-LIVED; First Official Artwork


As we told you a few days ago, a new film is on its way from Franck Khalfoun (Amityville, Maniac, P2), and right now we have an early look at the official sales art for you along with a gaggle of details.

From the Press Release:
‘“Keep your phone on.” That’s what filmmaker Franck Khalfoun (Amityville, Maniac, P2) is telling audiences regarding his new movie i-LIVED, an alleged wild and thought-provoking new thriller that is the first American film to use immersive second-screen technology. The result is said to be an unconventional and wholly bracing cinema experience. It is a coordinated film production in concert with technology production as a means of deepening the viewer engagement with the on-screen characters and plot.

“I wanted to find a concept where I could tell a story using all of the technology available on a smartphone and immerse the user into a story in an innovative way,” Khalfoun said. “I thought if I could center the plot around an app, use the camera on the phone to shoot parts of it, and connect the audience through the phone while they are watching the movie, then the device would become a tool for storytelling rather than an annoying distraction.”

An innovative and experimental project, i-LIVED is a tech-based mindbender about an online app reviewer whose latest assignment mysteriously improves his life beyond anything he imagined but just as quickly starts to tear him apart.

Teaming with producers Ehud Bleiberg (The Iceman, Dance of the Dead), Alix Taylor (Piranha 3D, Ti West’s upcoming In the Valley of Violence), and Pavlina Hatoupis (The Pyramid, White Bird in a Blizzard), Khalfoun is said to have created a truly unique ride that not only touches upon familiar genre conventions but also raises challenging questions about society’s current relationship with technology.

Bleiberg Entertainment is handling worldwide sales and will be unveiling the film to distributors this week at the American Film Market in Santa Monica, CA.

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