The Two Gay Geeks 🏳️🌈 have a chat with John Berardo, director of the new film, Initiation, out May 7th. We chat about what caught his attention about horror and how he got into filmmaking. We also chat about the film and what spurred him to make this film. John and keith also have something in common, listen to find out. Have a listen and we hope you enjoy this as much as we did.
About John Berardo
Originally from Norman, Oklahoma, John always had an immense drive and the ability to expand his creative boundaries. Before starting the Cinema Production MFA program at USC, John received a BA from UCLA in Theatre directing and playwriting with a minor in Film, Television, and Digital Media. In 2013 John directed short horror film, Dembanger, about the dangers of social media and which received positive reviews and was the inspiration for Initiation, which was made for the Media Institute for Social Change, an institute with a mission to educate with entertainment. In 2014 he directed iLA as part of Giorgio Armani’s Films of City Frames which premiered at TIFF the same year. In 2017 John directed a short film, Strings, produced by James Franco as part of feature anthology, The Labyrinth. After graduating USC, John co-founded production company, Shatterproof Films, with co-writer and producer Brian Frager. Initiation is his feature debut.
In INITIATION, during a university’s pledge week, the carefree partying turns deadly serious when a star athlete is found impaled in his dorm. The murder ignites a spree of sinister social-media messages, sweeping the students and police into a race against time to uncover the truth behind the school’s dark secrets…and the horrifying meaning of a recurring symbol: a single exclamation mark.
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