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Director's Cut is a darkly comedic thriller with a twist. It's two films in one. A suspense movie within a suspense movie.
Director’s commentaries on movies have been popular as DVD and Blu-Ray “extras” long enough that all movie-goers are familiar with the concept. In fact, movie fans have come to expect them from all of their favorite films and filmmakers. “Director’s Cut” utilizes this collective audience knowledge for a new kind of meta, multileveled plot. As "Director's Cut" begins, we find ourselves watching a taut cop thriller called "Knock Off". It's a creepy murder mystery in the vein of "Se7en" and “Silence of the Lambs”, about an older FBI agent and his gorgeous new partner working on a serial killer case where the murderer is mimicking well known killings of famous serial killers of the past. The movie has a great cast and and we learn from the commentary track that it was fully financed via crowdfunding. As the film plays out we hear the director’s constant commentary as VO over the scenes. He shares tidbits about the making of the movie, the crowdfunding process and stories about working with the actors. Especially the leading lady. In fact, the director seems strangely focused on his starlet. Fixated beyond what one might expect from a professional film director. It’s creepy. As the film continues to unfold we slowly start to realize that this voice is not the film's actual director at all, but that of an obsessed fan who thinks he’s the director. He's actually a psycho who is stalking and terrorizing the lead actress.
We start to see hidden, amateur hand held video of our actress edited into the movie. Shots taken from the side of the set without her knowledge. Shots following her home. We learn our stalker has gained access to our set by purchasing a role through one of the crowdfunding perks and is now near the real actors. One of his horrifying camcorder video sequences shows him actually kidnapping the lead actress. Now our villain has the actual actress, the object of his obsession, imprisoned in his home dungeon, where he's erected child quality sets from "Knock Off" and he makes her re shoot scenes she’d already done, but this time the way he wants them to play out. With him as her love interest. All the while the Director’s commentary keeps going, with that same calm and detached tone. As our starlet acts for her very life, we've gotta ask, will our leading lady ultimately fall prey to our psycho director's planned climactic conclusion, or will "Knock Off" have a happy ending…?
Penn Jillette is a cultural phenomenon as a solo personality and as half of the world-famous Emmy Award winning magic duo and Las Vegas headliners Penn & Teller. Together since 1975, Penn & Teller’s live show spent years on Broadway and is now the longest-running headliner show in Las Vegas. As part of Penn & Teller, he has appeared more than twenty times on David Letterman, as well as on several other TV shows. He cohosted the controversial Showtime series Penn & Teller: Bullshit!, which was nominated for sixteen Emmy Awards and was part of last season’s cast of NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice. His podcast, Penn’s Sunday School, was the No. 1 downloaded podcast on iTunes during its debut week and was named by iTunes as Best New Comedy Podcast for 2012. As a philanthropist, his efforts have resulted in raising thousands of dollars for Las Vegas-based charities AFAN (Aid for AIDS NV) and Opportunity Village.
Adam Rifkin is a writer/director/producer/actor whose eclectic career ranges from broad family comedies to cult classics to dark and gritty urban dramas. Most recently Rifkin wrote, directed, produced and starred in Reality Show, a darkly satirical film about the world of reality television, and its compendium piece, Reality Show: The Series. Previously Rifkin wrote and directed the award winning film Look and also executive produced Look: The Series.An a-list screenwriter, Rifkin has a penchant for family fare. He wrote Underdog, a comedy based on the 1960's cartoon show, Zoom, and two hits for DreamWorks, Mousehunt and Small Soldiers. He scribed the big screen versions of Where's Waldo and He-Man. Rifkin earned cult status when his film The Dark Backward, which he wrote and directed, was named one of the top ten films of its year by The New York Post. He would then be immortalized as the director responsible for Detroit Rock City, a bona fide cult classic. Rifkin gained critical recognition for Night At The Golden Eagle. Rifkin also wrote and directed The Chase starring Charlie Sheen and Kristy Swanson.