The Raconteur Presents: A Film Screening of "Cropsey"
Saturday, October 2, 2010 from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT)
The Raconteur Presents:
A Film Screening of: "Cropsey"
"Beyond Disturbing" - New York Magazine
"...Decidedly creepy" - Wall Street Journal
“A chilling horror documentary.” – Roger Ebert
“A real-life horror story that puts most Hollywood movies to shame” –NY Post
multiple-murder tale that could have been called "A Guide to Recognizing
Your Boogeyman," Cropsey is the scariest movie you'll see this
Cropsey is an urban legend. A typical camp-tale psychopath who sometimes had a hook for a hand, sometimes didn't, but meant trouble for kids and their dreams. He was in their closets, under their beds, snapping twigs outside their tents. He was the reason you ate all your veggies, did all your homework, stayed clear of the chain-linked woods, of railroad tracks and sewer pipes. For filmmakers Barbara Brancaccio and Joshua Zeman, who grew up on Staten Island, Andre Rand, a former janitor at Staten Island's infamous Willowbrook State School for the mentally handicapped, was Cropsey. Rand had stayed on the property after Geraldo Rivera's horrific expose led to the school's closing, living with a group of former orderlies in the tunnels under the school and in the woods around it. Children started disappearing from town and Rand was ultimately sentenced for the kidnapping and murder of a 13-year-old with Down syndrome.
Fast forward twenty years. Rand is trundled out of prison, in cuffs and manacles, to stand trial for five other murders of long missing little girls. Zeman and Brancaccio decide to confront their childhood fears by exploring the shuttered Willowbrook, where ex-employees still live and sleep, talking to people involved in the original case, and gunning for an interview with Rand himself. He teases them with offers of a face-to-face, but always backs out, instead, writing them increasingly bizarre letters, sheets of notebook paper crowded with drawings and cramped Son-of-Sam scrawl, solidifying his status as the story's boogeyman. But is he? The evidence, the filmmakers discover, was and is wholly circumstantial. That "Cropsey" is about an urban legend come to life is true enough. But so is the gnawing idea that we need, and create, Cropseys to assuage our inability to explain the inexplicably criminal. Zeman and Brancaccio manage to make a thriller and a doctoral dissertation in one fell swoop.
Cropsy has screened in film festivals and theaters nationwide receiving numerous awards and major press coverage. Visit official website for more information: http://bit.ly/cropsy-awards
Discussion and Q&A with Director Barbara Brancaccio after screening.
Time: 8pm-10pm, doors open at 7:30pm
Location: The Refectory, 270 Woodbridge Ave., Metuchen, NJ 08840
For more info. please call 732-321-0711 x160 or email: Aurelia (at) PassionRiver (dot) com
Buy tickets at the door or reserve online now. Tickets will also be available for purchase in person at: The Raconteur, 314 Main Street, Metuchen, NJ. Phone: 732-906-0009