You may remember the name of local filmmaker Dave “Scout” Tafoya from a Cinedelphia interview back in January. The Doylestown-based filmmaker’s latest project, the improvised Quaker horror film EYAM, is complete and we’ll be presenting its World Premiere at PhilaMOCA on July 21 at 7:00 PM. The film’s introduction and post-screening Q&A will be conducted by Cinedelphia’s own Lucas Mangum (who conducted the aforementioned interview) and a large percentage of the cast/crew will be in attendance. And it’ll only run you a $5 donation. Here’s the official release…
PhilaMOCA hosts the World Premiere of Bucks County-shot horror film EYAM
(Philadelphia, PA) June 21, 2012 – On Saturday, July 21, Cinedelphia.com will present the World Premiere of the locally produced indie horror film EYAM at the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (PhilaMOCA).
EYAM is a unique horror experience. Set at a summer camp, as so many genre films are, all action and dialogue were improvised by the cast, from whom all plot points and major events were kept secret. Thus their fear is real, their reactions infectious.
Shot in Bucks County, PA by Doylestown-based filmmaker Dave “Scout” Tafoya, EYAM centers on seven Quaker counselors who find shelter in their summer camp from a plague-like disease that ravages the nation. Months pass as they come to grips with the fact that the world has ended though the balance they’ve maintained in the face of so much tragedy eventually disintegrates, forcing them to question their beliefs, their decisions, and each other.
EYAM is a story of spiritual beliefs and a community in crisis; it uses Quakerism as a lens to examine horror and sorrow. When that horror arrives on their doorstep, how do they deal with it? By keeping the actors in the dark, the film attempts to ask of the audience the same question it asks of its actors: What would you do?
About Dave Tafoya:
Tafoya was born and raised in Doylestown, PA by parents with a fondness for violent movies. He graduated from Emerson College in 2011 having already directed seven feature length films/documentaries; since then he’s directed four more. His film I Need You was part of the official selection for the 2011 Stepping Stone and Great Lakes International Film Festivals and won the Silver Ace Award at the Las Vegas Film Festival.
Throughout 2012, PhilaMOCA has proven itself to be one Philadelphia’s most exciting and active outlets for the creative arts. Formerly the headquarters for Philly-based producer Diplo’s Mad Decent Records, PhilaMOCA is now known for its creative and diverse approach towards event programming and its unparalleled acceptance and promotion of all aspects of Philly’s arts community.
Author: Eric Bresler
Eric is the Founder/Site Editor of Cinedelphia.com whose additional activities are numerous: Director/Curator of the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (PhilaMOCA), founder of Tokyo No Records, the brain behind Video Pirates, and active local film programmer including the Unknown Japan screening series. He’s served as a TLA Video Manager, Philadelphia Film Society Managing Director, and Adjunct Professor in Cinema Studies at Drexel University. He is shy and modest. Email Eric.