Director’s Cut is an interesting experiment, a new take on the found footage genre that, at the very least, could spark a very fun (and probably drunken) discussion about the relationship between art and the audience. Written by and starring Penn Jillette, it follows a deranged lunatic named Herbert Blount (Jillette) who, after donating a large sum of money to a crowdfunded horror movie, gets access to the shoot. He then seeks to replace the movie’s real director and make the film on his own, first by stealing the footage, then kidnapping the lead actress (Missi Pyle) and reshooting scenes for his own version. The story unfolds via the director’s commentary over his new cut. Think The King of Comedy meets The Player. To get a sense of what it’s like, we’ve got an exclusive new trailer for the film’s world premiere at Slamdance Film Festival 2016, and you can watch it here.
Joining Jillette and Pyle in the film are Harry Hamlin, Hayes MacArthur, Lin Shaye, Teller, Nestor Carbonell, and Gilbert Gottfried. It’s directed Adam Rifkin and produced by Rifkin, Jillette, and Peter Adam Golden. It debuts January 22 at 6:45 PM at the Ballroom at Treasure Mountain Inn with a screening to be attended by Missi Pyle, Penn Jillette, Harry Hamlin, and Teller. It will be followed by a second screening at 9:10 PM.