The Collective (2008 film)

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The Collective
The Collective poster
Directed byJudson Pearce Morgan
Kelly Overton
Produced byJudson Pearce Morgan
Kelly Overton
Written byJudson Pearce Morgan
Kelly Overton
StarringKelly Overton
Laura Allen
Donnie Keshawarz
Shane McRae
Wynn Everett
Music byKamel Boutros
CinematographyJudson Pearce Morgan
Edited byJudson Pearce Morgan
Distributed byFabrication Films
Release date
  • June 2008 (2008-06) (BiFF)
Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Collective is a 2008 American independent horror film written, directed, and produced by Judson Pearce Morgan and Kelly Overton. The film was released to film festivals in 2008 and slated for theatrical release in 2009.[1][2][3]


Tyler Clarke (Kelly Overton) receives a cryptic voice-mail from her sister Jessica (Wynn Everett) pleading for help but giving no explanation of the trouble she is in. Tyler makes several attempts to call her sister but to no avail. In a moment of desperation, she takes the red-eye to New York to find Jessica. Upon her arrival in the city, she realises that her sister is nowhere to be found and has seemingly disappeared without a trace. In order to find out what has happened, Tyler must delve into a world of darkness and lies, which ultimately leads her to the underbelly of a spiritually depraved community living in a deconsecrated cathedral calling themselves "The Collective". Tyler is both shocked and horrified to discover that her sister is now one of them. She is now forced to ask the ultimate question, is she ready to risk her own life to save her sister's?[4]




Justin Tanzer of Off Off Off gave a mixed review of the film, writing that the film "lacks believability and high stakes. It is short on thought. It takes place in isolation, lacking meaningful interaction between the characters and anybody outside conspiracy-land", but granting the "movie's most redeeming feature is that it's well crafted from a technical point of view. Director/cinematographer Morgan, who has been primarily an actor up to now, has done a fantastic job behind the camera. The light and colors are simply beautiful. It would be a pleasure to see more of his work".[1] In her review of the film, Robyn Hillman-Herrigan of Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported that the film was winner of the Audience Choice Award at the 2008 Brooklyn International Film Festival and that the husband-wife team of Kelly Overton and Judson Pearce wanted to make a "‘Bourne Identity’- type suspense thriller on a low budget."[5] When commenting about The Collective screening at the festival, Tom Boyd of Real Vail wrote of Kelly Overton, "[she] is just the kind of star Vail attracts: she’s young, up-and-coming, and about to debut in the leading role in her first feature film ".[6]

Awards and nominations[edit]

The Collective has been screening at multiple film festivals through 2008 and 2009,[5][7][8][9] and has received recognition at many, including:

  • 2008 Brooklyn International Film Festival, Audience Award[10]
  • 2008 HDFest, First runner-up Best HD Editing in a Feature, Honorable Mention Best Cinematography in a Feature[11]
  • 2008 Zero Film Festival, Purple Heart[12]
  • 2008 Trimedia Film festival, Audience Award, Best Feature Film[13]
  • 2009 Honolulu International Film Festival, Gold Kahuna Award[14]


The Collective featured the song "Parachutes and Lifeboats" by the band Rue Royale.[15]


  1. ^ a b Tanzer, Joshua. "Sects and the city". Off Off Off. Retrieved 2009-05-12.
  2. ^ "interview with Kelly Overton". Gothamist. Archived from the original on 2012-11-21. Retrieved 2009-05-12.
  3. ^ "The Collective". Quiet Earth. Retrieved 2009-05-12.
  4. ^ "The Collective film synopsis" (PDF). wbff. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 7, 2010. Retrieved 2009-05-13.
  5. ^ a b Hillman-Herrigan, Robyn (June 10, 2008). "Conspiracies and Thrillers Score at 10th B'klyn International Film Festival". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Retrieved 2009-05-13.
  6. ^ "Film Festival gives Vail rock-star status". Real Vail. April 4, 2008. Retrieved 2009-05-13.
  7. ^ Butler, Robert W. (April 4, 2009). "Downtown AMC theater to open doors with KC FilmFest". Kansas City Star. Retrieved 2009-05-13.[dead link]
  8. ^ "The Collective - Midwest film premiere". Waterfront Film festival. Retrieved 2009-05-13.
  9. ^ Rathe, Adam (May 24, 2008). "Young Turks" (PDF). The Brooklyn Paper. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 5, 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-13.
  10. ^ "2008 Awards". Brooklyn International Film Festival. Retrieved 2009-05-13.
  11. ^ "2008 awards". HDFest. Archived from the original on 2009-02-21. Retrieved 2009-05-13.
  12. ^ "2008 awards" (PDF). Zero Film Festival. Retrieved 2009-05-13.[dead link]
  13. ^ "2008 awards". Trimedia Film festival. Archived from the original on 2011-07-28. Retrieved 2009-05-13.
  14. ^ "2009 awards". Honolulu International Film festival. Archived from the original on 2009-04-25. Retrieved 2009-05-13.
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