I’m a pretty big fan of found footage films in this genre. While most people seem to be sick of the novelty of them, I can’t seem to get enough of them. I’m not sure what attracts me to them exactly, but different is good (most of the time) and found footage is just different enough for me.
James Cullen Bressack’s To Jennifer is an outstandingly original film with one hell of a hook! Boasted that it was filmed completely on an iPhone, the production value isn’t for big film fans. What this movie does manage to pull off is a relatable story for the every man. What would you do, if you suspected your girlfriend of two years of cheating on you? Well, Joey would enlist his cousin Steven and his buddy Martin to go on a road trip, filming every second of it. Hoping to catch his lover Jennifer in the act, confront her on film, and upload it to YouTube. Thus, opening her to internet scrutiny and exposing her for the heartless woman she is.
The beauty of found footage is that it allows you to pull off things that normally would involve lighting, cinematography, and convincing edits. James Cullen Bressack exposes all of the best things this sub-genre has to offer. Also, it’s nice to see an “ff” film that doesn’t revolve around the paranormal.
If you are a fan of independent horror, then you’ve probably been following this young directors work. If you haven’t, he might just move up on your list after watching To Jennifer.
This film gets the Rottin’ Roger Demarco seal of approval with 2.5 love songs out of 5.