Purification: A Film, A Game Changer
Every once in a blue moon, something truly unique comes along that will add a much welcomed shakeup to the current zeitgeist.
This goes in particular for the film industry.
On this very day, Friday the 13th, a profoundly thought provoking film with the best examples of a Kubrickian modern horror piece and a Hitchcockian psychological thriller debuts on Prescreen.
Joe Ciminera comes from a long background in television. He is best known for his show Taste This for which he serves as the host and can be seen on PBS. In addition, Joe has been seen on the Food Network, Bravo, ABC, CBS, NBC and the Travel Channel.
Joe writes, directs and stars in Purification which is his first feature film. He talks about becoming familiar with the ways of the Hollywood motion picture business, his love of horror movies and his inspirations to create a true game changer in today’s film landscape.
There is no doubt about it, Purification stands alone. There really is no box or category that it could be put in; it has achieved the greatness that few films have in the past. It certainly will be recognized as a genre unto itself.
For this reason, Joe didn’t have the easiest time with the major studios of Hollywood who don’t make it a commonplace thing to do as Joe has done which is think outside the box.
“One of the reasons why Paramount, Universal, Lionsgate, Miramax and some of the other big houses passed on this is because it fell in between so many markets of a sci-fi or a thriller. Half of them even called it a Christian film, minus all of the cursing and swearing. They didn’t know what category it would fall in so they had no idea how to market it.” Joe said.
The absence of A-list actors also affected the film’s shot at getting one of the major studios to distribute the film.
Joe stood firm on his convictions on how he wanted the film to be made.
“You get into a situation even after you’ve finished your film, and you get into these meetings with the big houses which are an impossibility unto itself and they ask why don’t you do the film festival circuit. I would never do that. They asked why? Because it’s an ego stroke, either you take the film to distribute it or we’ll do it ourselves. They’re response; you can’t do that. Well our film premieres in New York on April the 20th.”Continued on the next page