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Snagging BonaduceSo how did Wynhoff get Danny Bonaduce to Racine? It was all timing baby. “I saw a news article about it and we were looking for a name,” Wynhoff said. “We called his agent and he was pretty frustrated with him. He gave us Danny’s contact information and he said that if we could help him stay out of jail by writing a letter to the judge, he’d do it.” The letter, which the judge mentioned during Bonaduce’s sentencing, was one of the factors that led to Bonaduce avoiding jail. Wynhoff and line producer Maripat Ridge (now Valentine) both wrote letters to the judge about how well behaved Bonaduce was and that they had a job for him. The flick was the first shot-on-tape found footage movie, which was filmed well before The Blair Witch Project. “We made it so that If you found it in the gutter, you would potentially think it was real because there are no cuts,” Wynhoff said.
Camp Motion Pictures Looks To Re-Release FilmAfter finding the film at a flea market, Josh Shafer contacted Perez two years ago to tell him that Camp Motion Pictures wanted to put the film on DVD, which meant that they had rebuild the movie from original footage. “I no longer had the final, finished cut of the movie. We had to take the finished video from the video cut and the sound from a backup SVHS copy and re-assemble it,” Wynhoff said. “That print was lost when the duplicator went out of business.” To make a digital friendly copy of the film took about three months as Wynhoff dug up the original camera footage. The film was re-released earlier this month and a number of reviewers have given it credit as a ground-breaker. “It’s kind of like a lost gem,” said movie review TonyoftheDead on YouTube. “It was found at a flea market on VHS.”
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