For a 12 months within the the 2010s, filmmaker Alex Haughey labored for a social media influencer — a job he shortly tried to place behind him.
“It was not an excellent job, nevertheless it was an fascinating character research of this life outdoors of actuality,” says Haughey, who went on to direct the low-budget supernatural thriller Prodigy, which was launched in 2018 and finally made a little bit of a splash when it later streamed on Netflix.
Haughey was searching for his subsequent challenge after Prodigy, and located it with Underneath the Influencer. “When you noticed Prodigy, you wouldn’t choose this out as my subsequent challenge,” he notes with amusing.
Inspiration struck when Haughey occurred to observe the 1962 French function Cleo from 5 to 7, which facilities on a singer who, whereas she lived many years earlier than social media, nonetheless reminded him of the influencer he as soon as labored for.
“Everybody handles her and pampers her. She isn’t allowed to do something for herself,” he says of the primary character.
He determined to put in his experiences working with the influencer with the French new wave fashion of Cleo from 5 to 7. The result’s Underneath the Influencer, a function he wrote and shot over 13 days in an round Los Angeles.
The movie follows a profitable YouTuber, performed by Taylor Joree Scorse, who’s getting older out of social media stardom, and should rediscover who she is outdoors of the reward and suggestions afforded her.
It has executed the competition circuit at locations like Cinequest and Dances With Movies — and now arrives Dec. 12 on VOD. THR has the primary trailer for the challenge forward of its launch. All these years later, he admits to being shocked that his job working for an influencer has caught with him artistically.
Says the filmmaker: “I had put that behind me.”