Groundbreaking Film Happy Slapping
Directed by Christos Sourligas
Shot Entirely on Smartphones
Now Available on iTunes in North America
Christos Sourligas is available for interviews
Happy Slapping, the feature film shot entirely on smartphones is now available on iTunes in Canada and the US. Written, produced and directed by award-winning Montreal filmmaker Christos Sourligas.
Inspired by the real-life happy slapping and knockout game trends and filmed before ‘selfies’ took over popular culture, Happy Slapping follows a group of five rich suburban kids as they set off to the inner city to seek out fame. Their plan is to manufacture an evening so shocking that their smartphone footage will turn them into instant Internet celebrities. After the group is threatened by another street gang and intimidated by their online idol, they are forced to take their misbehavior up a notch in order to make a name for themselves. And, as always, things get out of hand when videophones are around.
All five actors doubled as cameramen; the entire film is shot with smartphones. Due to current camera phone technology limitations, no video assist monitor and no playback was used during shooting. The result is possibly a whole new cinema language, where the actors are truly the filmmakers.
Happy Slapping bears a resemblance to The Blair Witch Project and Paranormal Activity; all are filmed in this POV, reality-style shot on hand-held cameras. This ground-breaking film intended mainly for Generation Y (ages 14-29) asks the perennial question posed by youth worldwide: “How far would you go to make a name for yourself?”
The film was developed and produced with the participation of Telefilm Canada.
North American distribution rights are held by Video Services Corp.
About Christos Sourligas
Christos is a multiple award-winning filmmaker and a television series distributor. His debut feature, Elephant Shoes, was the darling of the film festival circuit, winning awards and selling out at screenings around the world. More recently; Christos produced the documentary Dockside to Bedside: 100 Years of Herzl, about Canada’s first free family medical clinic, which premiered on CityTV. It was announced recently that Christos is now VP Distribution for Dakota Pictures, the Hollywood-based TV and film production company, where he will oversee theatrical and television acquisitions and distribution.
About Video Services Corp.
Founded in 1993 by former rock critic Jonathan Gross, Video Services Corp. (VSC) is a leading independent all-platform film distributor with offices in Toronto and Los Angeles. VSC’s DVD catalogue includes “Corner Gas,” Sharknado, “Comedy Now! Starring Russell Peters” and “Spectacle: Elvis Costello With….” Recent theatrical releases include Union Square, with Oscar® winner Mira Sorvino, Alan Partridge, starring Steve Coogan, and the Israeli horror sensation Big Bad Wolves. VSC has an eclectic 2014 slate that features Cannes Selection Life Itself, TIFF Midnight Madness People’s Choice Award Winner What We Do In The Shadows and the horror film The ABCs of Death 2. For more information visit www.videoservicescorp.com.