03rd Feb2021

Midwest Weirdfest to screen lost found-footage film!

by Phil Wheat

A found footage feature film, thought lost for over 20 years, is finally seeing the light of the projector booth at its world premiere this March.

Kerry Prior, acclaimed Hollywood special effects artist and the visionary director of the cult horror hit The Revenant, lensed the found footage film The Blare Rabbit Project in 1999. There is still some mystery as to why that film – once set for commercial release – was suddenly pulled and apparently lost for over two decades. But now, the re-found, found footage film is having its very first public screening at the 5th annual MidWest WeirdFest, which runs March 5th – 7th, at the Micon Cinema in downtown Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Says writer/director Kerry Prior:

The Blare Rabbit Project has been a ghost that’s haunted me for years. Due to either the tragicomic debacle that stymied the release of the film, or the rumor of bootleg copies floating around, people seemed to be aware of it. So when MidWest WeirdFest’s programming director Dean Bertram asked about it, I thought maybe it was time to finally get it in front of a proper audience, and his festival seemed like the perfect venue.

Kerry will be presenting both the world premiere of The Blare Rabbit Project, as well as a special retrospective screening of The Revenant, at MidWest WeirdFest this year. A Q&A session will follow each screening.

The festival’s first programming wave has already been announced, and can be seen at www.midwestweirdfest.com. Full program details and other filmmaker guests will be revealed in the coming weeks. MidWest WeirdFest passes are now on sale here.

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