FOXBORO — “Higher Methods,” a film by local director and producer Nathan Suher (IM Filmworks), will be screened Friday night, Sept. 28, at the Marilyn Rodman Performing Arts Center (formerly the Orpheum).
Doors will open at 7 and the screening will start at 8.
The film is Suher’s first full-length independent feature work. It’s described as a psychological mystery thriller in the “great traditions of Alfred Hitchcock, David Lynch and Darren Aronofsky.”
The film tells the story of an actor whose sister has gone missing. His frantic search for his lost sibling leads him to a fanatical theater group whose leader employs horrifying and, ultimately, maddening methods to teach the art of performance.
“I had been searching for over eight years for a feature-length script that I connected with and felt was both worthy of producing and exciting — like nothing else I had ever read,” Suher said. “I recognized that if this movie was going to become reality, it was on my shoulders to bring it to life.”
After a fruitless search for investors, Suher launched a crowdfunding campaign in late fall of 2016 and raised enough funds to cover production costs, though not post-production ones, he said.
“Then I realized I had enough money to pay and feed the crew and the actors for just 14 days of shooting,” Suher said. “Finding a way to fit everything into those 14 days was the hardest task of them all.”
“Higher Methods” was shot entirely in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, with locations in Pawtucket, Providence, Seekonk, Rehoboth, Dedham and Weston.
Suher’s last film, “Next/Door,” won the Best Regional Horror Short award at the 2016 SENE Film, Music & Art Festival.
After “Higher Methods” premieres in Foxboro, Suher plans to submit it to a number of film festivals.
“This special screening is just the beginning of what I hope will be a rewarding festival run, and I’m hopeful ‘Higher Methods’ will ultimately find a home on a high-end streaming platform such as Netflix or Hulu,” he said.