| MURDER AT CAFE NOIR , the world’s first interactive
feature film, based on the award winning, most popular comedy mystery dinner
theater play in the US, has been named the winner of the “Emerging
Filmmaker Award” at the 2005 Atlantic City Film Festival and
was a “Feature Film Winner“at the Telluride IndieFest after
previewing as the “Featured Selection” at the 2004 Freedom
Film Festival in Chestnut Hill, Pa. and screening at the 2004 University
Film & Video Association Conference in Toledo, Ohio. Produced by Murder To
Go, the internationally acclaimed originator of the interactive mystery, “Murder
at Café Noir” was shot on High Definition video and has been
authored onto DVD utilizing a revolutionary new system called “Throughlines” technology. “Throughlines” allows
the audience, via handheld keypads, to select which scene of the movie will be
shown next by voting at different points within the story. There are over 20
different possible ways to watch the film.
“Emerging Filmmaker Award” – Atlantic City
Film Festival, 2005
"The-first 'interactive' film at Telluride IndieFest, and the audience
loved the participation (in which direction the film would go)!
A unique concept that works, with great production value and acting!
A BIG hit at this year's event!"
- Michael Carr, Director: Telluride IndieFest 2004
“One of the pleasures of this film is its wit. Landau is a good
writer. Sometimes this is visual: the film, which is shot in color, turns black
and white whenever the characters (and we) step inside Café Noir. Often
the wit is verbal: the quick repartee of antagonists, or the sarcasm of women
who always know much more than their men.” – Michelle Citron,
UFVA Conference Respondent 2004
“Murder at Cafe Noir” is an off-beat mystery homage
to the Bogart movies, but also a genuine mystery which breaks the “fourth
wall”. The film takes full advantage of DVD capabilities and challenges
the audience to solve the crime. Disenchanted Private Eye Rick Archer, hired
to find a blackmailing femme fatale, finds himself on a forgotten tropical island
and at the mysterious Cafe Noir, a place where the dishonest can be honest about
it and where everyone and everything seems to have fallen out of a 1940s movie,
including the color. It is here that he finally finds a place where he truly
belongs. Guided by Rick’s ex-girl Friday, the audience decides where Rick
goes next and who to question.
Static & Motion, is the developer of Throughlines interactive technology
and has joined in a partnership with Murder To Go (MTG) Productions, a pioneer
in the creation of interactive theater, to produce interactive films. Their first
release is "Murder
at Café Noir," produced in association with MTG Productions.
“Throughlines technology adds a new dimension to interactive theater," stated
Mr. Landau, "because large audiences can work together to choose the course
of action taken by the characters, and ultimately to solve the mystery. Combining
compelling storytelling with Throughlines technology enhances the movie experience
for audiences of all ages."
"The mystery format of ‘Murder at Café Noir’ is a
fun way to maximize the power of our interactive technology for live audiences," stated
Nils Huehnergarth, president of Static & Motion. "I expect this unique
presentation to become a popular entertainment choice for the general public
as well as corporate clientele seeking a new option that challenges critical
thinking, fosters teambuilding, and transcends typical on-site entertainment."
“Murder at Cafe Noir” continues to be the most widely
produced mystery dinner theater play in the country, with over 5,000 performances
in over fifty cities attended by over 500,000 people. Since 1989 when the show
first opened in Boston, there hasn’t been a single weekend when “Murder
at Cafe Noir” wasn’t performed within the US. It won the Orange Coast
Magazine award for Best Dinner Theater in 1991 and has been published by Samuel
French. It has been so popular that the play has generated two widely successful
Producer/Director David Landau adapted the screenplay version
from his own play. A member of the Dramatists Guild and the Mystery Writers of
America, Mr. Landau has been writing, producing and directing theater since 1982
when he created Murder To Go Productions, the world’s first interactive
theater company. Mr. Landau received the Blackburn Award for Excellence in Playwriting
for his romantic comedy "Deep Six Holiday" which has been produced
in regional theaters and has been optioned as a screenplay by Allegra Films.
His supernatural comedy feature “Séance” won first place in
Niad Management’s “Hollywood Screenwriter” contest, his TV
series proposal “Murder To Go” won first place in the People’s
Pilot Competition and has been optioned by Pendle View Productions.
MURDER TO GO PRODUCTIONS recently expanded from theatrical
entertainment to include interactive video with the completion of “Stab
in the Dark” - written and directed by David Landau and produced by
Matt Clarke. “Stab” is an interactive DVD mystery game/video, produced
in association with ClarkeCom, Inc.
more information, or to become a exhibition partner contact Murder To Go Productions
at (973) 301-0121
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