Joseph W. Augustyn
|Occupation||Film producer, screenwriter|
|Years active||1985- present|
Joe Augustyn is an American screenwriter, film producer, and author.
Born in Philadelphia, Augustyn was the son of a factory worker and a hairdresser. Raised in the Port Richmond neighborhood of Philadelphia, PA, Joe attended St. Adalbert's parochial grade school before attending the public magnet school Central High School (Philadelphia). He was briefly married to writer-editor Victoria Brownworth.
He pursued painting and cartooning before attending Temple University where he studied film theory and production. As a college freshman he won a FOCUS Award in the film studies category for a paper analyzing the symbolism in Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now. The only undergrad among eleven winners, he was flown to Los Angeles for the ceremonies, and subsequently moved to Los Angeles to attend the AFI Conservatory for Advanced Film Studies as a producing-fellow. At his graduation review he was told by school director Tony Vellani that he held the record for the number of student productions he'd worked on.
Following graduation from AFI he worked as an associate of Steve Golin and Joni Sighvatsson, who later went on to found Propaganda Films. After producing two features he retired from producing to focus exclusively on screenwriting, completing assignments for such companies as Tristar, Propaganda and countless indie producers. Augustyn's first feature, Night of the Demons (1988 film), based on his original screenplay Halloween Party, was remade in 2008 by 7 Arts Productions, starring Shannon Elizabeth and Edward Furlong. Augustyn was not involved creatively in the remake and has pointed that out in interviews.
His second feature film as writer-producer was "Night Angel." Based on Augustyn's original spec screenplay titled "Lilith" it was the first feature film based on the ancient legend of the arch-succubus Lilith. With his health compromised by the stress of this production, Augustyn subsequently retired from producing to focus on writing.
His next produced screenplay was "Night of the Demons 2" based on a story co-written with playwright James Penzi.
In 2001 Augustyn returned to Philadelphia to care for his elderly parents and after completing a few screenplay writing assignments and specs he began writing novels and short stories.
Augustyn's first novel "The Nine Lives of Felicia Miller" was published by Wildcat Press in 2012.
Besides writing fiction, Augustyn is an advocate for serious paranormal research, believing that scientific investigation into the metaphysical will reap benefits for humanity by confirming a spiritual aspect to the universe which in turn will foster greater respect among people and nations. He holds a Vedic view of reality, which holds that spirit precedes corporality, in the same way that energy generates matter, as well as a quantum connection of everything that exists on a spiritual level.
In 2014 he published "Dead Rain: A Tale of the Zombie Apocalypse" and "Ghostwriter: The Polaroid Ghost & Other True Tales of the Paranormal," a non-fiction book of personal paranormal experiences including eyewitness accounts of events that took place in "the Wright House" (so named after the spirit that allegedly identified itself by name, writing on Polaroid film in ectoplasmic scrawl.) Augustyn was present at a Halloween party at which several guests who brought their own Polaroid cameras snapped remarkable photos. The case has been featured on several TV and cable shows including "Sightings," "My Ghost Story," "Unexplained Mysteries," and "Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files." It has been investigated by parapsychologist Kerry Gaynor of UCLA and photo experts from Polaroid Corporation and Brooks Institute, all of whom were baffled. Investigators from "Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files" attempted to debunk the ghostly Polaroids using carefully controlled experiments but instead got inexplicable results. Combined with voice stress analysis of the occupants of the house that indicated they were telling the truth, they declared the case authentic. On several occasions visitors brought their own Polaroid cameras loaded with their own film and also got ghostly results.
- Night of the Demons (1988 - also producer)
- Night Angel (1990 - also producer)
- Night of the Demons 2 (1994 co-written with James Penzi)
- Exit (1996)