After doing very well in the film festival circuit, taking home prizes along the way, Altered Perceptions is now making its way across the states, playing in Los Angeles and soon in New York and hoping word of mouth helps the open in more markets and to meet the requirements for Academy Award consideration.
Altered Perceptions is an instant cult classic, adding elements of today’s political climate mixing it with doomsday theories and advice from from a super sexy naked prophet.
The story is very inventive: it takes a seemingly typical movie plot in which someone commits a murder and then kills themself. It feels a little like the film Bird Box. but then it pivots.
The plot shows that in some slanted studies, it is reported that those who are doing the killings are blacks and/or gays.
So that gives the seemingly Republican governor in Texas to install Marshall law and kill blacks and gays before they kill the rest of the world.
This is an amazing political statement that even shows how the words of an authority at a press conference can be twisted to however certain media outlets want them.
Director Jorge Ameer has elevated his game with this one after having more moderate success with his last LGBTQ+ effort, The Family Tree.
Ameer has also brought together some big Hollywood names albeit in small roles. Oscar nominees Eric Roberts and Sally Kirkland like the rest of the cast chew up the scenery, bringing the cult level of the film to a pinnacle.
It almost seems like an absurd story where people need to run and hide for their lives based upon the belief system and judgments from others. Yet, if we read the headlines, this movie isn’t far from the truth. Ameer’s touch of the melodrama and a bit of camp make it easier for us to digest this serving of what mirrors the current political climate.
Altered Perceptions starts its theatrical run September 14 with its world premiere at the TCL Chinese Theatre Los Angeles followed by a run, starting September 21 at LA’s Monica Film Center. The movie then heads to New York for additional screenings. Keep up with the schedule here.