18-year-old Michigan native director, Luke Jaden, is set to premiere his first film foray into the horror genre early next month with The Listing, starring Erin Cummings (The Iceman, Cold Comes the Night) and Rob Zabrecky (Lost River). Written by up-and-coming Detroit author and screenwriter, Josh Malerman (“Birdbox“), The Listing tells the tale of what happens in a haunted house before the unsuspecting family arrives.
Jaden youthful, energetic approach to filmmaking is clearly palpable even in his description of the film. According to Jaden, “it’s got a more psychological vibe to it that’s atmospheric and moody. It feels like you’re the magician’s audience at a magic show set in an urban, gothic and decrepit theater.
Michael Angelo Zervos (Papou), the producer of Jaden’s last two films, admits “there are very few better film festivals I can think of to premiere our film. The intimacy, success, and solid lineup of the past few years gives us encouragement that the audiences will appreciate our twist on the horror genre.
Despite the recent success, Jaden isn’t resting on his laurels. With one film just starting to make it into film festival lineups, he’s currently completing post production on another short film and starting pre-production on another. In his mind, his hard won lessons from The Listing have made an impact on his development as as a busy filmmaker. “I’ve learned that if you don’t have a team that really believes in you or a cast that just really connects with their performances, you’re better off not even making the film.â
The Listing will be playing Sunday, May 3rd at the Stanley Film Festival in Estes Park, Colorado.
[Photography credit to Wallace Michael Crouch, Filmmaker photo features left to right cinematographer Joel C. Warren, producer Michael Angelo Zervos, director Luke Jaden]
This post was written by Nadia Vella