Fake Documentary Boasts Provocative Premise

At first glance, the new movie “Proven” resembles any other bland, sterile documentary. But upon closer inspection, and after grasping the movies premise, you begin to respect and appreciate the wealth of ideas unfolding in front of you.

“That’s the way we imagined it,” says Lomai, the director and creator of “Proven.” “We wanted to make it seem like it actually happened.”

In the movie, scientists have proven that God exists, and two journalists decide to create a documentary by interviewing seven people, who predictably have wildly differing opinions about the discovery. The interviews are intercut between the different characters, and the movie is presented very simply; there are no cutaways to graphs or charts or outside footage. The film stays with it’s characters.

“This movie was originally conceived as a conventional narrative,” says Lomai. “I wasn’t able to get access to any money to do anything, so I started trying to streamline some of the ideas that I had. I thought about how they approached The Blair Witch Project and applied it to this, which I thought could be very interesting.”

The movie is a micro-budget feature and cost 1500 dollars, 90% less than “Paranormal Activity.”

“Most of the money went to post-production. We bought two hard drives – one for editing, another for back up – and the rest went to other small things that we needed, plus renting the studio where we shot it. The owner’s a friend so he didn’t charge much,” says Lomai, laughing.

The director met with the seven actors and talked to each one about who they were playing. The actors then went off and did research, and Lomai devised twenty questions that the actors playing the journalists would ask them. None of the actors saw the question in advance, and improvised all of their answers in character.

“I made sure to talk to them extensively and gave them plenty of time to do their research,” says Lomai.” They all were pretty psyched about it; they treated like an extended improv exercise.”

Almost like a movie length episode of “The Twilight Zone,” the movie takes a sci-fi premise and presents it with seriousness, and makes you think about how you would react if God was actually proven to exist.

“I think that people would react like the people do in this film,” says Lomai. “You’d be overwhelmed with conflicting thoughts, and it would make you have to take a step back. There really is no right or wrong way to react if this were to actually happen, which I think is the point of this movie.”

The director has been surprised about the positive feedback on the film.

“God is such a polarizing subject,” says Lomai. “I think once we are able to enter some of these film festivals that we may get more detractors who don’t like the film for whatever reason or another, but the response has been encouraging so far.”