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|Directed by||Neil Breen|
|Produced by||Neil Breen|
|Written by||Neil Breen|
|Edited by||Neil Breen|
|Distributed by||Panorama Entertainment|
Fateful Findings is a 2013 American drama film directed, written, produced, edited by, and starring Neil Breen, who was also in charge of production design, set decoration, makeup, sound editing, catering, and casting. The film was screened in 2012 at the invite-only Butt-Numb-A-Thon, had a public festival debut on May 23, 2013 at the Seattle International Film Festival, and was released to theaters in early 2014.
Eight-year-olds Dylan and Leah discover a magical black stone in the woods. In the face of Leah's moving away, the two vow to always be friends.
Decades later, Dylan (Neil Breen), now a successful novelist, is struck by a car but miraculously survives the accident and rapidly heals from his injuries, which he credits to the power of the stone. Returning home, Dylan reveals to his wife, Emily (Klara Landrat), that he has not been working on a new book but has instead been using his hacking abilities to uncover "the most secret government and corporate secrets," which he plans to publish in an expose. His commitment to the project is tested by his wife's descent into drug addiction and eventual overdose, as well as the constant sexual attention paid to him by his best friend, Jim's, underage step daughter. Later, Jim himself is murdered by his wife for turning down her own sexual advances; distraught, she stages his death as a suicide.
Plagued by disturbing dreams of a mystical book, Dylan begins seeing a psychologist, who helps him unearth repressed childhood memories; doing so causes Dylan to realize that the nurse who attended to him during his recovery from the car accident was an adult Leah (Jennifer Autry) and the two are reunited, quickly beginning a sexual relationship. Learning about Dylan's plans to publish the expose, a mysterious assailant kidnaps Leah. Using psychic powers granted to him by the stone, Dylan rescues her by teleporting into the kidnapper's compound. Going to visit his psychologist one last time, Dylan learns that she is, in fact, a ghost, and that he must now face "the council of spirits," who guard the book he has been seeing in his dreams.
Dylan publishes his book, hosting a press conference in which he divulges "the most secret government and corporate secrets." During his speech, an unknown figure attempts to assassinate him, only for Dylan to kill him with his psychic powers. Later, having been exposed, a number of politicians and business people take their own lives in public exhibitions to applauding crowds.
His mission complete, Dylan and Leah return to the place where they found the stone in the woods as children.
After Breen generated buzz and a cult following with his previous films, Fateful Findings played at Harry Knowles' 2012 Butt-Numb-A-Thon, an invite-only film festival. In 2013, it played at the Seattle International Film Festival's Midnight Adrenaline program. The festival's programmer, Clinton McClung, said that he chose the film despite its amateurishness because of its uniqueness and cult appeal. Panorama Entertainment subsequently distributed it in the U.S.
Alan Jones of The Dissolve wrote that the film could only have been made by Breen, as his incompetence makes what could have been boring instead fascinating. Peter K. of Twitch Film wrote, "It's not just for enjoying hilarious incompetence, more purely it is for the act of watching eccentric choices made by even more eccentric people."
Fateful Findings has become a cult film. Describing why he thinks it deserves to be a cult film, Nathan Rabin called the film outsider art as unpredictable and unconventional as Citizen Kane.
Jason Howard of INLUX Magazine began his interview of Breen by praising the film, writing "Ever on the hunt for the next great 'cult classic', I recently stumbled upon Fateful Findings" and "it only took about a minute into the film for me to discover that I was watching something special that had more to offer than the typical film".
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