Followers
Directed byJonathan M. Flicker
Produced byJonathan M. Flicker
StarringSam Trammell
Eddie Robinson
Mark Dobies
Jessica Prunell
CinematographyWilliam M. Miller
Edited byJonathan M. Flicker
Music byJoe Kurasz
Distributed byCastle Hill Productions
Release date
October 13, 2000[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Box office$4,841[2]

Followers is a 2000 American drama film written and directed by Jonathan M. Flicker.[3] It was produced by Castle Hill Productions.[4] The plot focuses on three college students who attempt to join a fraternity but soon find the fraternity president to be extremely racist.[5] Flicker said he based Followers on news reports of a racial hazing incident at Rider University in 1993.[6][7]

Followers was filmed over 24 days in March 1996.[6] The film was given a limited release on October 13, 2000.[2]

Plot

John Dietrich is a freshman at Harrington University, having moved there from Nebraska. He becomes close friends with students Steven Trayer and Allen Phillips. The trio, especially John and Allen, aspire to join the most popular and exclusive fraternity on campus, Kappa Psi Lambda. Allen has a leg up into joining the frat because his father was a brother in the same organization. John begins to idolize the charming fraternity president, Jake Tyler, who is also captain of the football team and an academic star. The trio’s tight-knit friendship becomes fractured when John and Allen receive bids from the fraternity, but Steve, who is Black, does not. Jake targets Steve through a series of dangerous and racially motivated hazing incidents aimed at testing the loyalty of John and Allen. John is caught between his loyalty to Steve and his desire to belong in the fraternity.

Cast

Critical reception

Lawrence Van Gelder of The New York Times wrote, "Written, directed and edited by Jonathan M. Flicker, Followers is a cautionary tale worth telling to college students with the potential to figure in the annual headlines about fraternity excesses. And its lessons about the cost of remaining passive in the face of evil, of countenancing bigotry and of betraying friends bear reinforcement in any season. But while clearly rooted in pervasive truths, Followers…suffers from clumsy exposition and uneven acting, except in the case of Eddie T. Robinson."[1]

References

  1. ^ a b Van Gelder, Lawrence (October 13, 2000). "FILM IN REVIEW; 'Followers'". The New York Times. Retrieved 29 March 2023.
  2. ^ a b "Followers (2000) - Financial Information". The Numbers. Retrieved 29 March 2023.
  3. ^ "Followers (2000)". Media Review Digest. Pierian Press. 31: 131. 2001.
  4. ^ "Followers (2000)". Metacritic. Retrieved 29 March 2023.
  5. ^ McCluskey, Audrey T. (2007). Frame by Frame III. Indiana University Press. p. 270. ISBN 978-0-253-34829-6.
  6. ^ a b "Production Update: Spring 1997". Filmmaker. Retrieved 29 March 2023.
  7. ^ "New Jersey College Fraternity Disciplined in Racist Hazing". Los Angeles Times. January 24, 1993. Retrieved 29 March 2023.