The publicity hype for Gags worked insanely well…perhaps too well, as the filmmakers still occasionally get posts on their Gags the Green Bay Clown Facebook from people in denial of Gags just being character from a movie. Launched just using a grainy picture of a creepy clown lurking underneath an overpass, Gags quickly went viral in a huge way. News outlets from around the world carried the story of how Green Bay was being “terrorized” by the phantom clown.
Eventually, the story leaked that the clown was indeed an actor and the circulating photos were publicity for a short horror film called Gags. The film does have a foot in reality and is inspired by eerie sightings of creepy clowns who pop up across the country and beyond. Last year, for example, there were reports of someone trying to freak people out by dressing in sinister clown attire in Waukesha, WI. Most recently, there have been escalating reports of menacing clowns appearing in North and South Carolina.
Now, as production to Gags wraps up, we are thrilled to announce the film’s Milwaukee premiere at the Milwaukee Paranormal Conference Film Fest on Sunday, Oct. 16. (A Green Bay premiere is also happening Oct.3).
Here is the film’s website: www.gagsfilm.com
How well did the publicity work? It appears it might have even creeped out a guy who knows a thing or two about horror:
The screening will be followed by a Q and A session with Gag’s director, Adam Krause, who will talk about the surprising viral impact of the Gags campaign.
Our film fest also has a lot of great documentaries.
Beast of Whitehall: the Abair Road Incident (2016) Milwaukee premiere! This documentary, part of the acclaimed Small Town Monsters doc series, examines a strange encounter several people (including a police officer) had with a 7-foot hairy creature in the Adirondacks Mountains village of Whitehall, New York.
The Hidden Truth? (2012) Filmmakers Jay Bachochin, Scott Markus, Neil Sanders examine a string of drownings in the Mississippi River in the La Crosse area. They look at theories including coincidence, a potential serial killer, or a paranormal explanation. Followed by Q and A with the filmmakers.
The Maury Island Incident (2014) This award-winning short film is based on declassified FBI memos about a UFO incident in 1947 in Washington State.
A short doc session includes:
PIM: A Paranormal Documentary, which follows local investigation team Paranormal Investigators of Milwaukee. Website: www.paranormalmilwaukee.com
Award winning short The House is Innocent, about an eccentric couple who buys a house that used to belong to a notorious serial killer. Website:www.thehouseisinnocent.com
Pilgrimage to the Witch’s House, a rarely seen short that examines artist Mary L. Nohl’s home, known to some locals as “the Fox Point Witch’s House,” directed by Joseph R. Skow. Website: www.josephskowcasting.com
The SuperNaturals, a short feature on a team of Real Life Superheroes that take on the challenge of investigating the paranormal.
An exclusive extended clip from Scary Stories: A Documentary, which explores the most controversial of modern children’s literature: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. Website: www.scarystoriesdoc.com
UberDork Cafe will be selling refreshments and you can get a drink at the new Underground Collaborative bar! Tickets are extremely limited, with just 105 95 available. Tickets are a cheap $6 each and include access to all screenings. They are not available with any other con pass like the Super or VIP pass. Order one now, before they run out! milwaukeeparacon.brownpapertickets.com