Locally filmed movie gets distribution deal

By Brian Sweeney
“We Are What We Are,” a horror film shot last year in the Catskill Region, was picked up by eOne Distribution after screening at Sundance.

The Hollywood Reporter indicated that the U.S. rights to the film were acquired by eOne Distribution in a deal estimated to be in the low seven-figure range. eOne was reportedly one of several companies bidding on rights for the film.

“We Are What We Are” premiered in January at Sundance’s Park City at Midnight event. The movie has already garnered strong reviews at the festival and other screenings. The theatrical release date has not been set.

Remake and more
The film is an English-language remake based up a Mexican movie, “Somos lo Que Hay,” directed by Jorge Michel Grau.

Jim Mickle is the director of “We Are What We Are.” His latest filmmaking effort is adding considerable acclaim to his work and enhancing his reputation as a rising star in the horror movie genre. Mr. Mickle co-wrote the screenplay with Nick Damici.

“We Are What We Are” is the story of a family that practices cannibalistic rituals.
Hollywood Reporter reviewer David Rooney said the film transcends typical horror movie fare.
Mr. Rooney wrote, “The film is that rare modern horror movie that doesn’t simply fabricate its scares with the standard bag of postproduction tricks. Instead, it builds them via a bracing command of traditional suspense tools — foreboding atmosphere, methodical plotting, finely etched characters and a luscious orchestral score that effectively plays against the ominous tone of some scenes, while dramatically heightening the tension of others. This is polished film craft.”

Local flavor
The movie was largely filmed in the Catskills last June and July. The movie company was based in the Arkville/Margaretville area and shot scenes throughout the area. A number of local residents served as extras in the movie.

In a case of art imitating life, the setting for the movie was a post-flood landscape. The filming was done only about nine months after the remnants of Hurricane Irene devastated the area with flooding of historic proportions.

“We Are What We Are” is the most recent in a series of films largely made in the Catskills by Mr. Mickle. “Wendigo” was filmed in the region in 2001 and the acclaimed post-apocalyptic vampire film “Stake Land,” released in 2011, was a critical favorite.

Featured actors include Bill Sage, Ambyr Childers, Julia Garner, Michael Parks, Wyatt Russell, Kelly McGillis and local resident/soap opera star Kassie Depaiva.