Faith Community, The. Is A Solid Found Footage With Great Performances

Faith Community, The. Film Details DecayMag.com The Faith Community Faith R Johnson

Director: Faith R Johnson

Writer(s):

Faith R Johnson

Robert A. Trezza

Release Date: 10 October 2017

Release Format: DVD

MPAA Rating: N/A

Genre: Horror

Running Time: 88 min

Synopsis:

Trying to form a bond with God, three students find themselves in the belly of a twisted sect.

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Overview:

The Faith Community written by Faith Johnson and Robert A. Trezza and directed by Johnson tells the story of a group of religious students that drive into the remote wilderness to spend time with a religious sect and strengthen their bond with God. The three unsuspecting students film everything to document their experience, ut soon find themselves in the dark underbelly of a twisted religious cult with questionable motives. This found footage film and horror movie will test even the most devout faith.

The Faith Community tells the story of a group of religious students that drive into the remote wilderness to spend time with a religious sect and strengthen their bond with God. The three unsuspecting students film everything to document their experience but soon find themselves in the dark underbelly of a twisted religious cult with questionable motives. This found footage film and horror movie will test even the most devout faith.

Janessa Floyd….Hannah

Jeremy Harris….The Messenger

Oliver Palmer….Michael

Julia Feinberg….Isabel

Aidan Hart….Andrew

Michael Fiocco….Eric

Jeffrey Brabant….Colin

Heather Johnson….Cult Member

Grant Johnson….Cult Member

The Faith Community is now out on DVD. Give it a try if you’re into found footage horror.

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Impressions:

The Faith Community, as the title suggests, is about faith, believes and experiences. As I wrote above the story pretty much is about the three Catholics excited to meet The Messenger and his followers. What they find there in the wild is a mixture between The Project of Blair Witch and TV series The Following. You are watching a found footage with no horror except it being real, cruel and performances being expanded with over-the-top speeches and screams. It works and the film is basically a hell of a surprise.

I read online that they filmed the whole film in four days, which is pretty amazing since there are a lot of monologues and dialogues during long sequences. I can’t imagine the actors redoing the same scenes for more than two takes. I would start out by saying that the performances are almost perfect for every single actor. The dialogues are so natural it seemed I was watching a documentary and it didn’t feel like I was watching a mockumentary at all. It didn’t seem fiction playing doc.

It felt real and close somehow. You really feel for these characters because you forget about how there’s a performance, how you might be disappointed, how it all could be a big mess. You are sucked right in and even in the long speeches, you wish it was longer.

I don’t know if we can consider The Faith Community as a musical since there are a lot of songs included and performed from beginning to end but it really was fresh and original to see that on the screen on a found footage. I have to praise as well the people behind writing the songs and the actors as well for singing them so well.

Although The Faith Community blew me in almost every way, there are flaws. Some of them aren’t that important or significant but there’s one that stayed with me. I know it’s a found footage film and it should be what the characters are watching or experiencing, so why am I watching the floor or the sky mostly 80% of the time? It is justified sometimes but most of the time we could have had some great shots with clear focus… A lot of times I felt confused and I almost wanted to close my eyes and enjoy the film with the audio. It’s so descriptive and you can feel so much by hearing that the film could’ve been heard without the image. I’m not saying there aren’t beautiful shots and there are even moments where the cinematography intensifies on white colors when the messenger and his followers appear on screen… as if they were guided by God.

In Conclusion:

The Faith Community brings fresh and original take on found footage of cults, especially Christian ones. You will not fear with what’s behind the bush or the tree because it isn’t scary like that but The Faith Community stays with you after watching it, there are a lot of dialogues and monologues that blew my mind. Teamwork and outstanding performances make this film an indie hit.

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Filmmaker and aspiring director. David was born in France and lived most of his life in Portugal. He has a Licence in Cinema, a professional degree in Directing Films and he took some workshops about Filmmaking and Dubbing Animation. He loves photography and Lomography, music and cinema. In 2007 he directed and starred in the low-budget short-film “Sweet Madness”, two years later he wrote, directed and composed for “the continuous noise” (“o ruido contínuo”). He wrote, produced & directed his first horror short-film “Girls Night”.

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