Cult Press Kit

Are you a member of the press? Do you want to do a story or review on Cult? Well here are the materials you would need. Please email me at lancekarasti@gmail.com to see a screener of Cult.

Cult screenshot

Synopsis

When a youth bible study is manipulated by their insane leader into performing a group suicide, two of the members conspire to stop it. Through their stories we begin to understand the leader’s madness. Cult is a dark drama that explores mental illness, sibling relationships, and youth in power.

Cult was shot for a total of $10,000 on a canon 7D in the house of Lance Karasti’s parents. The crew consisted of two people. When actors weren’t in shots they would become crew members temporarily. In order to pull off some of the elaborate master shots in the film, the crew had to get creative and do things like using a wheelchair as a Dolly. Principle photography was completed in in two weeks.

Godardian Wheel-Chair Dolly

Metal Roofing = Dolly Track

 

VIMEO ON DEMAND PAGE

https://vimeo.com/ondemand/cult

FILMMAKERS

Lance Karasti
Writer, Director, Cinematographer, Editor

Lance is a young filmmaker who was born and raised in Duluth, MN. After high school he attended film school in Los Angeles where he learned how to be a self-sufficient filmmaker. After completing film school he returned to his hometown. His short films have played at several festivals and have been featured in an international contest. “Cult” is his debut feature film.

Abe Diaz
Sound recorder/designer/mixer

Abe is the other half of Cult’s two-man crew. He is responsible for everything on the audio side of things. In 2013 Abe made a short film that won a contest where he was featured in the Oscars. “Cult” marks the first time he has been involved with a feature film. 

Full Credits

Featuring

Marcus Jahn
Nate Olson
Sigrid Mellem
Sadie Cheslak
Brent Dooley
Nate Hanninen
Alex Skomars

Director, Editor, Cinematographer
Lance Karasti

Producers
Todd and Meredith Karasti

Sound Recorder/Designer/Mixer
Abe Diaz

Film Festivals and Reviews

Cult sold out it’s world premiere in competition at the Duluth Superior Film Festival.

http://www.indiewire.com/article/guest-post-how-i-made-a-feature-film-for-under-10-000-with-a-crew-of-two-20140702

http://www.abucketofcorn.com/2014/05/cult-2014.html

http://www.duluthbudgeteer.com/content/movie-promises-be-cult-classic

Social Media

Official facebook page : http://www.facebook.com/cultthefilm

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3407326/

Official website/blog of Lance Karasti: http://lancekarasti.com

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/abelmotionpictures

Vimeo: http://www.vimeo.com/lancekarasti

 

Tech Specs

Running Time
80min

Languages
English

Sound
Stereo

Format
2.35:1,HD Video (Canon 7D)

Exhibition Formats
BluRay
Prores 422

Official Poster

Cult Poster

SCREEN SHOTS

Group shot

Group Shot of the Cult

Dennis with hammer

Dennis Facing His Destiny


BTS PHOTOS

 

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Lance Karasti Operating the Wheelchair Dolly and Camera

 

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Lead Actor Marcus Jahn Between takes

 

 

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