The Sundance Film Festival, the internationally renowned annual event that started in 1978, is back for another year. What Artisan Entertainment knew was that it was going to be a smash. One of the greatest indie hits of all time, The Blair Witch Project was made in Maryland for $35,000.
With a new attempt at a sequel in theaters, a look back at the internet-enabled hook that made the first film a landmark in marketing, and lured moviegoers into thinking the fright flick might actually have been a documentary
Perhaps no movie from such humble origins has had as big an impact on the film world as The Blair Witch Project. In 1998, an ultra-low budget horror movie – shot entirely on hand-held camera – premiered at a midnight show at the Sundance Film Festival and broke open the notion of what was possible for independent filmmakers. Watch above the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences’ documentary on the the little horror film that could, a part of their Moments that Changed the Movies series of features about major turning points in film history. The Blair Witch Project was shot on handheld shaky digital-cam over eight days in the Maryland woods by two unknown filmmakers, starring a trio of novice actors.