Back in 1999, The Blair Witch Project debuted and went on to gross nearly 250 million dollars worldwide after being made on a meager $60,000 budget. Now, almost 20 years later, writer, actor, director, producer and self-proclaimed “hitmaker” Jacob Lewis has teamed up with Terror Films to deliver the “laziest excuse for a found footage film you will ever bear witness to”, The Claire Wizard Thesis.
The brainchild of Australian actor and writer Ishak Issa, the horror comedy, his feature debut, centers on “a group of actors and crew into the Australian outback, led by aspiring filmmaker and ego-maniac Jacob Lewis.”
“Lewis’ plan is to make his own version of the 1999 hit, with dreams of becoming the next big Hollywood director. There is only one problem – he has no idea what he’s doing and neither does any of the cast or crew.”
Alex Dona stars as the pompous Jacob along with James Mitry as Jacob’s pissed off brother. His brother is shooting the behind-the-scenes footage. Meanwhile, Rose Marel as Lucy is literally doing 10 crew jobs. As well, Tim Love is the overly eager show tunes singing extra and model and influencer Krystal Lenkova (January 2016 Playmate of the Month) is the diva leading lady. The cast also features Fury Glanville, Will Averill, Georgina Neville, Shaun Robert Foley and Issa. Issa is a model, who can barely speak English, let alone act.
The film was nominated for several awards, including a Jury Award for “Best Screenplay,” as well as “Best Editing” and “Best Actor (Alex Dona).” It went onto win the Jury Award for “Best Foreign Feature” at the Macabre Faire Film Festival. Jacob Lewis claims the film was also accepted into Sundance, TIFF, Berlin, Cannes, Tribeca and the SXSW Film Festivals? However, Terror Films was unable to verify these claims.
As I’m sure my cast and crew would agree, I’m a genius and I expect The Claire Wizard Thesis will be both a financial and critical hit. I look forward to seeing my 100% Fresh Tomatometer Score on Rotten Tomatoes!” Lewis has stated.
Although a difficult decision due to Lewis’ glowing yet grossly misguided hype of the film’s pre-ordained success, Terror Films has opted to pass on a 4000 screen theatrical release. Instead, the film will release across digital platforms this June.
Ahead of the film’s June 29, 2018, digital release, Terror Films has unveiled the official trailer, poster, and stills. This release will be followed by another on the Australian based platform OZFlix with additional platforms and a DVD release at a later date.