So, is Ti West‘s “The Sacrament” a found footage movie or a mockumentary? In fact, it’s neither. “This is an after the fact made documentary. It’s like a Christopher Guest movie if you will,” the director told Crave Online last fall. “It’s just very dark, and I don’t think anyone’s looked at Christopher Guest’s career and been like, ‘Oh, found footage.’ It’s always been like these weird mockumentaries, but mockumentary sounds good for comedy and not for anything else. So it’s just hard to label it necessarily but to me, having a tough time labeling something generally means something’s interesting.”
Certainly, “interesting” is the operative word for this unique picture that stars Joe Swanberg, AJ Bowen, Kentucker Audley, Amy Seimetz and Gene Jones and follows two Vice media correspondents as they set out to document their friend’s search to find his missing sister, arriving in “Eden Parish,” a self-sustained rural utopia where the religious, socialist community is led by the mysterious “Father.” As per usual, things are not what they seem, as this red band trailer reveals.
Catching the film in Venice last summer, our man on the ground was lukewarm on the effort, calling it “a missed opportunity” and one that “goes off…not with a bang but with something more like a whimper.”
But see for yourself when the film goes VOD on May 1st and hits theaters on June 6th. Green band trailer added below too.