‘It Follows’

‘It Follows’

Screens as part of Freep Film Festival at 12:30, 3:30, 7 & 9:30 p.m. Friday, March 20, at Cinema Detroit. Tickets are $10.

While Freep Film Festival is a documentary-focused event, it has booked this fictional film thanks to its buzz at other festivals and strong local connections, including writer-director David Robert Mitchell (a Clawson native) and its Michigan-shot locations. Mitchell embraces the horror trope of a Big Bad befalling a promiscuous teenager and takes it somewhere unexpected in a film that’s been compared to the early work of horror master John Carpenter.

Protagonist Jay just wants to have a little fun; needless to say, she gets a lot more than she bargained for. Something – she doesn’t know what – is following her. Is it a sexually transmitted disease, or just a sexually transmitted neurosis? The only way for Jay to avoid coming nose to nose with her faceless pursuer is to put it off her scent and onto another’s, and somehow live with the guilt of passing on the curse. As the only American film in last year’s Cannes Film Festival Critics’ Week sidebar, “It Follows” premiered to audience and critical raves alike. Michigan premiere.

AFTER THE FILM: Following the 7 & 9:30 p.m. screenings, director David Robert Mitchell will be present for a Q&A hosted by Cinema Detroit cofounder Paula Guthat.

About the director: Clawson native David Robert Mitchell set and shot his first film, “The Myth of the American Sleepover” (a movie that received a nice review from Roger Ebert) in suburban Detroit; he did the same with “It Follows,” which received a film tax incentive from the state.

Year: 2014
Running time: 1 hour, 47 minutes
Rating: Not yet rated; violent images, nudity, language
Director: David Robert Mitchell
Writer: David Robert Mitchell
Cinematographer: Mike Gioulakis
Editor: Julio Perez IV
Producers: Rebecca Green, David Kaplan, David Robert Mitchell, Erik Rommesmo, Laura D. Smith
Production companies: Animal Kingdom, Northern Lights Films, Two Flints
Film festivals: Cannes Film Festival, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival.