Made a Movie, Lived to Tell
Directed by Keith Reamer and William Murray
Jersey Documentary | 45 min | Sci-Fi | USA
MADE A MOVIE, LIVED TO TELL is a documentary about the making of a quirky, obscure, definitively DIY shot-in-south-New Jersey science fiction/detective film called HELLFIRE, aka PRIMAL SCREAM. Filming began in 1983. The crew was young, magnificently inexperienced, hopeful. And the film's script - a futuristic film noir about a tough, dissolute private detective's mission to wrestle a dangerous, mined-in-space energy source out of the wrong hands was highly ambitious. And there was no money, of course. The stop and start production took over two years and was punished with an endless series of troubles; some wrenchingly serious, some seriously comic. It took a toll on all who were involved, there were fights, recriminations - but it also resulted in lifelong bonds among those involved. MADE A MOVIE, LIVED TO TELL is as much about the emotional residue of PRIMAL SCREAM’s making as it is about its actual production; a heartfelt story of people wrestling with the lingering, bittersweet afterlife of a long completed, yet highly imperfect, creative journey. The story is told through intimate interviews with the director, producer, DP, cast and other crew members, along with archival stills, video, and scenes excerpted from PRIMAL SCREAM.