Trailer for John Campea’s ‘The Anniversary’

Posted by · 10:41 am · August 4th, 2009

Earlier this year, In Contention friend and The Movie Blog owner John Campea put together a few thousand dollars and a crew of dedicated filmmakers and actors and set about making his first feature narrative film.  He had already tried his hand at documentary filmmaking with “Prince of Peace, God of War.” I haven’t seen the film since an early cut but for the budget he was working with, I thought Campea put together a solid little flick.

He’s released a red band trailer for the film and we’re more than happy to pass it along here.  Hopefully he makes a deal and gets it released:

“The Anniversary” Trailer from campea on Vimeo

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  • 1 8-04-2009 at 2:25 pm

    GreenDoberman said...

    Kinda looks like an unclever and unfunny version of “Swingers” if they were bigger losers. Thumbs down.

  • 2 8-04-2009 at 2:32 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Have you ever made a film? Do you know how hard it is to do so? I’m guessing not.

  • 3 8-04-2009 at 2:33 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    And I understand once you put your work out to the world, you expose yourself to comments like that. But the knee-jerk dismissal is shitty and irritating.

    Obviously I’m too close to the thing, but sometimes it’s like people think movies grow on trees.

  • 4 8-04-2009 at 3:18 pm

    aaron said...

    i kinda hate campea (i used to read the movie blog and watched the podcast daily, but got tired of campea’s bitter hostility toward music and musicians), but this doesn’t look *that* bad. some of the jokes are weak and a lot of them come off as kevin smith knock-offs, but it’s not as bad as, say, the room (or that awful new trailer for i hope they serve beer in hell). it definitely looks like a first-time narrative effort shot for a few thousand, but hey, i have yet to make a narrative film myself so i can’t say much. i’ll check it out if given the chance.

  • 5 8-04-2009 at 3:30 pm

    W.J. said...

    Looks like the first 20 or so minutes of Cloverfield, except with slightly older, less attractive, but still utterly shallow, characters. I can appreciate that making a film — especially one with a shoe-string budget — is difficult, but that’s a lame excuse for bad writing.

  • 6 8-04-2009 at 5:06 pm

    James D. said...

    Sure it is hard to make a movie, but it is hard to make the money to pay to watch a movie. Unless the reviews are very good, this looks like something I have seen many times before.

  • 7 8-04-2009 at 5:17 pm

    Kristina said...

    Hmmm. I thought it looked really funny. That “new daddy” part cracked me up.

  • 8 8-04-2009 at 6:11 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    W.J.: You’re a bit silly for judging the writing of the piece from the trailer. You do that with all films?

  • 9 8-04-2009 at 9:28 pm

    Chad Hartigan said...

    The indie film market is brutal and this just doesn’t look unique or interesting enough to make it. It looks more like an audition tape to make Hollywood movies than a story someone felt was important to tell. But I do know how hard is to make a movie and I wish him luck.

  • 10 8-04-2009 at 9:51 pm

    James D. said...

    Aaron, they are making a Tucker Max movie? Now I have heard everything.

  • 11 8-04-2009 at 11:23 pm

    Goon said...

    “Have you ever made a film? Do you know how hard it is to do so?”

    Hard schmard. Suck is suck, and this looks bad even for an independent.

    A lot of Ramone songs took absolutely no effort to write, but bear more weight or artistic significance than countless elaborately composed works.

  • 12 8-04-2009 at 11:55 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Well turns out he’s close to selling it so I guess someone disagrees.

    Stupid argument. Too close. Like I said.

  • 13 8-05-2009 at 7:05 am

    Goon said...

    “Well turns out he’s close to selling it so I guess someone disagrees.”

    How many albums does Lady Gaga sell everyday? Do we live in a world where “Transmorphers” exists?

    “Too close.”

    I’m beginning to think so, but it shouldnt be the case. A lot of people are too close, but are able to speak up and critique if things aren’t so great. Or do you think you’re too close to be able to see anything wrong with the movie?

    You’re treading awful close to those Worthington’s Law “Money = good, more money = better than” arguments.

    I don’t see how you can combat someone who doesnt like something with pointing out that somebody else liked it. We’re also talking about a trailer. While I’m not expecting to like it, plenty of good even great movies have crappy trailers all the time.

    Now… if i can say specifically WHY the trailer looked bad to me:

    The vast majority of shots are head closeups, and of those the majority of those are two people sitting on a couch. The majority of the time is badly acted, and from what I can tell if those are highlights, it seems badly written, like a third rate “I want to write like Kevin Smith”. The line about the dog is complete cheese.

  • 14 8-05-2009 at 7:51 am

    Caeles said...

    Seems okay for a first forray into narrative film. I’ll reserve judgement till I see. If it ever comes to Singapore that is. Cause we’re a barren wasteland in the american indie-sphere.

  • 15 8-05-2009 at 8:03 am

    entertainmenttoday.. said...

    Goon- Come on, if you shot a movie for 50k and you cut a deal and got it sold you wouldn’t be jumping up and down. Movies are a business and business is money. If he sells it for 25ok John is a winner no matter what you think of his trailer.
    Kris is supporting him because he is his friend. I view that as a good thing. Thats what friends do. Why so many people enjoy putting the horns on others is just a way of life I guess, but a pretty sad way of life from my perspective. I think John knows his film will not be competing with Transformers 3 but if he can get a few showings at a festival and cut a DVD deal he more than accomplished what he set out to do.
    Bottom line- His foot will be in the door.


  • 16 8-05-2009 at 8:19 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Christ, Goon, it’s a friend putting in a word for a friend … what’s so wrong with that?

    When Kris wants to offer John constructive feedback, I’m sure he does so in private. In this case, he’s just showing support. Lighten up.

  • 17 8-05-2009 at 9:49 am

    Goon said...

    “Come on, if you shot a movie for 50k and you cut a deal and got it sold you wouldn’t be jumping up and down. ”

    Sure, that’s separate from whether or not the movie is good.

    “Christ, Goon, it’s a friend putting in a word for a friend … what’s so wrong with that? ”

    Absolutely nothing wrong with that at all. But then please save us those kinds of retorts if someone doesn’t believe it looks good. Or do you think other people are required to like the trailer because its his friend?

  • 18 8-05-2009 at 10:21 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    No but it’d be nice to, you know, save childish comments like “suck is suck” for a critique of the actual film, but you clearly would rather turn this into a sandbox, so I’m wiping my hands of this aimless discussion.

  • 19 8-05-2009 at 1:39 pm

    Tasha said...

    You should really check out Rick and Roddy, starring Scott from
    It looks much better, and way more funny.

  • 20 8-05-2009 at 2:52 pm

    Goon said...

    “save childish comments like “suck is suck” for a critique of the actual film”

    I hope you’ll reread my comment and understand that was a response to your argument that film is hard. To me it doesnt matter if something is hard to do. If the end result is that it sucks, then it sucks. Avatar looks like it was very hard to make, but if it sucks, I wouldnt take that as an appropriate excuse. I understand you would maybe get confused by this by the fact I immediately critiqued the trailer afterwards.

    I’m sorry you are taking it personally, but it seems shallow of you to wipe your hands and accuse me of trying to derail the thread, considering how you have dismissively addressed the comments of numerous other people in this thread before I even showed up here. Post 2 is condescending, and in Post 3 you call disliking the trailer “knee jerk”, and “Shitty and irritating”. Please don’t complain about a tone you helped set yourself.

  • 21 8-05-2009 at 2:59 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    No, I wasn’t reacting to the simple “disliking” of the trailer. And I certainly wasn’t insulting; no more so than the initial poster’s commentary, in any case. Simply stating how I felt…

  • 22 8-05-2009 at 3:19 pm

    Goon said...

    Maybe thats how you see it, but its certainly not how it came across to me. It’s one of the main reasons I chimed in to begin with, besides disagreeing with your reasoning behind writing off peoples reactions.

  • 23 8-05-2009 at 5:29 pm

    Dertek1 said...

    I wonder if the main character still claims The Counting Crows as his favorite band. He looks so 90’s.
    I’m interested in seeing it.
    Maybe he loves Dishwalla more than Counting Crows.
    His favorite movie is probably Empire Records but it use to be Singles.
    Plus he looks like Eric McCormack from the movie Free Enterprise… but with a beard.

    Those are my instant reactions.

    Did Doug Nagy have anything to do with this film. as in, is he credited in any way?