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Man Underground (2016)

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A reclusive conspiracy theorist enlists people from his small town to help him make a low-budget movie about his experience encountering aliens while working as a geologist for the US government.

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Michael Borowiec (co-director), Sam Marine (co-director)

Writers:

Michael Borowiec (co-writer), Sam Marine (co-writer)
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Cast overview:
George Basil ... Willem Koda
Andy Rocco Andy Rocco ... Todd Muckle
Pamela Fila ... Flossie Ferguson
Felix Hagen Felix Hagen ... Francis
Stephen Girasuolo ... Stan Bowman
Alex Watt Alex Watt ... Shack
Eleanor Hutchins ... Lorraine
Jocelyne Roueiheb Jocelyne Roueiheb ... Newton (as Jocelyn Roueiheb)
Denise Yuen ... Olivia
Christian Jacobs Christian Jacobs ... John
Julia Frey ... Tessa (voice)
Gregory Borowiec Gregory Borowiec ... Jim the EMT
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A reclusive conspiracy theorist enlists people from his small town to help him make a low-budget movie about his experience encountering aliens while working as a geologist for the US government.

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English

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22 July 2016 (Canada) See more »

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$2,194, 14 July 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,194, 14 July 2017
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The filmmakers definitely show off some talent here, with very little money.
5 August 2016 | by HellmantSee all my reviews

Fantasia 2016: 'MAN UNDERGROUND': Four Stars (Out of Five)

Another entry in this year's 'Fantasia International Film Festival', is this indie comedy-drama flick; written, produced and directed by first time feature filmmakers Michael Borowiec and Sam Marine. It's about an awkward conspiracy theorist, that enlists his friend, and a waitress he just met, to help him make a movie about his past encounters with aliens; while he was working for the government. The film stars George Basil, Pamela Fila, Andy Rocco and Felix Hagen. For a low-budget indie flick, that I had previously never heard of, the film is quite a treat!

Willem Koda (Basil) is a retired geologist, that lives in a small New York town. He's constantly trying to spread his stories, about alien encounters while working for the US government, to as large an audience as he can find. His friend, Todd (Rocco), helps him post YouTube videos, about his experiences. Todd also suggests that Willem make a movie, telling viewers his life story. After Willem meets Flossie (Fila), a new waitress at the local restaurant that he frequently dines at, he feels inspired to make the film. Flossie has always wanted to be an actress, and Todd is talented with video producing skills. The three decide to make the low-budget film together.

The movie is awkward, funny and emotionally involving. The three lead characters are all very lovable misfits, that are both likable and relatable. The actors portraying them all give decent performances as well (Felix Hagen is really good too, as Flossie's jerk boyfriend). The flick is definitely a slow-paced character study, and you're never really sure of where it might be going; but it's always fascinating, and oddly involving as well. The filmmakers definitely show off some talent here, with very little money.

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