"Split Screen's" First Season Ends With A Cliffhanger
by Eugene Hernandez
The tenth episode of John Pierson’s IFC television show, "Split Screen",
concludes with a segment that Pierson describes as a "genuine TV-style
cliffhanger." Yesterday, indieWIRE obtained a copy of the show, set to
air tonight at the conclusion of a 4 episode mini-marathon on Bravo,
which marks the end of the program’s first season.
As promised the show ends in dramatic fashion with a segment relating to a
group of missing
Montgomery College, MD filmmakers. The team had been documenting
disappearances in the fabled Black Hill area of Blair County, MD; a site
which has been linked to supernatural witches said to haunt the area. The
film crew disappeared in October of 1993, and in mid-1994, the case
investigating their disappearance was closed — they were never found. In the
fall of 1995, a duffel bag containing film canisters and video tape was
discovered in the mysterious woods. Authorities, who believe the footage is
a hoax, revealed that they will turn over the footage to the estates of the
missing filmmakers in October.
Local filmmakers Ed Sanchez, Dan Myrick, and Gregg Hale of Haxan Films have
secured permission to document the first public examination of the footage,
hoping that it will solve the mystery of the missing crew. As the "Split
Screen" segment fades to black, viewers learn that the show will present the
contents of the released footage when the show returns for its 2nd season
premiere next Spring. Discussing the show with indieWIRE yesterday, Pierson
confirmed that a new season of 13 episodes will begin in March of 1998.
Among the other segments set for tonight’s mini-marathon are: The
television debut of Nicholas Goodman’s trailer parody, "Swing Blade"; an
interview with filmmaker Errol Morris ("Fast, Cheap and Out of Control"; a discussion between Quentin Tarantino and "Jackie Brown" star Pam Grier; a trip to the 1997 Florida Film Festival; and a segment about S.R. (Robb) Bindler’s acclaimed
documentary, "Hands On A Hardbody".