We've just had this press release arrive in our office, and it tells its own story, so here it is in its entirety
LOS ANGELES, July 21, 2006 – The controversial 1993 true story about a cult that takes over an AZ town is in the can. Even though some people tried to stop it.
Stars of the micro-budget movie are Tony Todd (Candyman, Final Destination, Star Trek), George Wendt (Cheers, King of the Ants), Tiffany Shepis (Abominable, Ted Bundy), Daniel Roebuck (The Fugitive, The Devil's Rejects), Lloyd Kaufman (Troma Entertainment president), Brinke Stevens (The Slumber Party Massacre) and Bobby Slayton (Get Shorty, Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star). Produced by Landau Motion Pictures and writer/director/co-star Seth Landau. It's Landau's second feature: his first was the new black comedy Take Out, about a guy who eliminates chain restaurants.
Mid-way through the Bryan Loves You shoot (June 14-July 3 in metro Phoenix), the state's largest newspaper, The Arizona Republic, ran a false "open call" for extras, giving out a producer's email address; and the shooting date, time and street address for one of the pivotal scenes in the movie, at the "big worship house", the site of much carnage. Hundreds of potential extras had to be turned away via email. The producers demanded several high-profile retractions, alluding to a possible sabotage job by the conservative Republic. The paper did indeed run the corrections, skirting the blame by claiming a local chamber of commerce had tipped them off.
In Bryan Loves You, a cult takes over an Arizona town. When cult members find people who don't believe in Bryan, they set out to convert and if not, kill the non-believers. Shot in a "recovered-footage" style using first- and third-person POV and security camera angles on mini-DV, Hi-8, Digital 8, VHS and VHS-C formats; audiences will believe what they're watching is real. Post-production will be completed by June 2007.