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Channeling (2013)

A drama centered on people who seek validation by broadcasting their lives to as big an audience as possible.

Director:

Drew Thomas

Writer:

Drew Thomas (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Taylor Handley ... Wyatt Maddox
Kate French ... Tara
Skyler Day ... Ashleigh Maddox
Dominic DeVore ... Jonah Maddox
Ryan Walker
Landon Ashworth ... Max Bailey
Alex Solowitz ... Tanner
Christian Camargo
Josh Feldman Josh Feldman ... Dylan
Melissa Ordway ... Victoria
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bernardo Badillo ... Worker
Kyle C. Beach Kyle C. Beach ... Club Goer
Linn Bjornland ... Mandy
Teri Bocko Teri Bocko ... Cute Diner Waitress
Ben Hernandez Bray ... Badger (as Ben Bray)
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Storyline

In the near future, everything can be broadcast online. When you're vying for viewers and ratings how far will you go to beat the competition? Soldier Wyatt Maddox rushes home to his little brother's funeral, only to find his death was not as straight forward as the police would like. Taking it upon himself and with the help of Tara, his brother's online partner-in-crime, he slips in the eye-cam and sets out to solve the mystery. Little does he know how insidious the business really is. Written by Stephen Abell.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 July 2014 (Philippines) See more »

Also Known As:

Blood Shot See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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In the UK the movie is known as "De@th on Live" See more »

Soundtracks

New Me
Written by Jared Selter and Isla Cheadle
Performed by 'Purple Crush'
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Looking on
26 June 2015 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Channeling, also known as Death on Live has a premise that would work well as a television movie but its hampered by its low budget and unknown stars who fail to elevate its more emotional moments.

The film offers an intriguing look at the corrosive effect of social media in the near future where people have contact lens cameras that streams their lives. However in order to achieve higher ratings and attract sponsors some people take more risks such as stealing cars. This how the film starts as a car chase leads to the death of Wyatt Maddox. His brother Jonah, a serving soldier decides to investigate his death. Others want recognition from their peers and have a video log such as Wyatt's little sister who starts a relationship but her boyfriend is unbeknown to her is also broadcasting, even their more intimate moments together.

Then there are the underground casinos which makes bets on the various peoples lives, such us if the person is pregnant. If she is will she have the baby or abort? Some bets are longer term as the punter's only know of the outcome some months later.

Its not that far removed from real life. We already have crazy stunts on YouTube, revenge porn and gambling has moved on from just betting on the final results of a soccer match.

However the low budget means the final product falls short and some of the acting is plain and even below par. Kate French is the standout star in a film that should had delivered more.


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