Hot on the heels of the North American Theatrical and VOD release of its multi-award-winning sci-fi thriller Displacement, Maderfilm Productions has announced that Deep Focus will be the next feature film on its slate to go into production in 2018, with the recent attachment of legendary actor Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange) and returning Displacement star Bruce Davison (X-Men).
A sophisticated dystopian supernatural thriller and cautionary tale that explores the dangers of deforestation and emerging diseases, Deep Focus follows the story of a Pulitzer Prize winning photo journalist who begins seeing images of death in her lens, which she believes may be precognitive visions of a coming biological holocaust… the same disease that killed her young daughter. Or did it? Kenneth Mader will once again helm from his original script that won Best Screenplay honors at the AOF Written Word Awards. McDowell is attached to play enigmatic scientist Dr. Reichfeltz, with Davison to portray the role of an Anglican Priest, Father Oren.
Mader was recently named one of the “Top 100 Indie Filmmakers in the World” in the book by Action On Film’s Del Weston. Displacement took home Best Science Fiction Film honors at both the Downtown L.A. Film Festival and the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival, along with a Best Supporting Actor Award for Bruce Davison, a Chrononaut Award for Outstanding Time Travel Film in the Boston Science Fiction Festival, and was an Official Selection in the Phoenix Film Festival and USA Film Festival. It enjoyed a limited theatrical release this past summer day and date with VOD, is also available on DVD, was acquired by A+E Networks for a World Broadcast Premiere on Lifetime, curated by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for their Margaret Herrick Library, and is being hailed by critics as “A clever masterpeice” and “A Brilliant Mind-Bender That Will Keep You Guessing”.
Packaging and financing for Deep Focus is currently underway, with other prominent talent, sales agents and distributors circling. More news coming soon as the project moves forward.
Danny Templegod from Dan’s Movie Report just interviewed Kenneth Mader on the making of DISPLACEMENT—trials, successes, stars, and more! Check out the interview below:
Greetings valued readers of Dan’s Movie Report, today we have an epic interview from the creative mind of Kenneth Mader. Mr. Mader chats in depth about Displacement, detailing the trials and triumphs of his lengthy odyssey to complete his opus to his mom. Displacement brings to light a unique creativity as rare as lunar rock, yet as accessible as a new day over the ocean. Displacement was my top pick for the 2016 year. Mader exudes talent, class, and a work ethic, that will no doubt see his status rise over the coming years. Grab a seat, sit back, relax, adjust your watch, bend time and get displaced! Kenneth Mader shall infuse wisdom and quantum theory in your brain, and a textual lashing of inverted reality, coupled with a deep knowledge of the inner workings of independent film making… 3-2-1- GO!
DMR: How long after your mom passed did you write the script for Displacement, or was it started while she was alive?
KM: I had begun noodling with notions for the script while she was alive, but it didn’t really coalesce until she passed and I decided to incorporate what happened when she got sick, which was her desire to see the ocean one last time. Unfortunately she had cancer and it progressed so quickly that my Dad and I weren’t able to fulfill that wish, so that became essentially the heart of the story, and the issue my lead character is dealing with that drives the entire narrative. It still took about three years after that of on-and-off writing to finish the script — especially after I complicated things for myself making it a looping time travel story! Then in early 2013 I jumped off the cliff to start production.
DMR: Chat about some of the limitations of filming over a few years and having only at times some weekends to shoot around scheduling of performers and crew?
KM: Yeah shooting a film piecemeal over the course of two-plus years is extremely challenging on a number of levels, not the least of which is continuity. Little things like: imagine having to keep you hair exactly the same over that extended period of time… and you have Courtney’s hair! (she was great and had an excellent stylist who was able to match it shoot-to-shoot). There was also the fear of losing Courtney to a big movie or tv show. We actually had a couple of scares like that along the way, but thankfully everything worked out. (She didn’t land on The Bold and The Beautiful until just before our release.)
Conversely there were also some benefits to the extended shooting schedule, mainly the ability to shape and improve the film as we went along. Something we captured in one scene would instruct and change things in scenes we had yet to shoot. For example, Courtney’s level of intensity entering the hotel room after experiencing the timeslip on the beach inspired a complete rewrite of that timeslip sequence, which hadn’t been shot yet. In fact in the original script it was a completely different and smaller scene that took place at the hotel vending machines. But her performance felt like we needed a stronger motivation than what was written, and I also wanted to expand the scope a bit and show what was happening in the world around her. So in this case taking so much time to get the film in the can worked to our benefit, and I believe the benefit of the movie.
To learn more about shoot challenges, casting, future projects, and the people Ken would love to work with read the rest of the article here.