EXCL: Director Talks Frankly About Poughkeepsie’s Absence

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What could happen to the film?

In response to this week’s 2009 MIA list, director Drew Dowdle took a quick break from the production of Devil to weigh in on the absence of The Poughkeepsie Tapes, which he collaborated on with his brother John.

“We were hoping that the incredible success of Paranormal Activity would spark MGM to finally release The Poughkeepsie Tapes. The magnitude of MGM’s situation has been well publicized in recent days,” he says, referring to the studio’s recent placement on the auction block. “Sadly, I feel the best chance for our film is if another distributor recognizes the opportunity and makes a move to buy the rights. Otherwise I’m afraid it’s going to remain on the shelf. Obviously it’s been a very disappointing outcome for my brother and me and everyone involved with the making of the film. On a positive note, we’re thrilled beyond belief for Oren and everyone involved with Paranormal. It’s an incredibly good sign for the future of small budget genre films and a reminder to the world that the high-quality, small-budget genre films can compete with big boys. And in Paranormal‘s case, kick their asses.”

Well put. Perhaps another distributor will swoop in to rescue the film; until that day comes, we’ll just have to be patient. To learn more about Poughkeepsie‘s history, check this out.

Source: Ryan Rotten, Managing Editor