A brief history of found-footage genre films
By Patrick Kevin Day, Nate Jackson, Lily Mihalik and Jevon Phillips
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'Grave Encounters' (2011)( Tribeca Film Festival )
The plot:In March 2003, an unassuming reality TV crew stumbles into an abandoned psychiatric ward looking for proof of the afterlife. After a lurid tour from the groundskeeper, the crew finds what they're looking for. The only hitch: no one ever finds them.
What goes bump in the night: Suicidal patients and a lobotomy-hungry M.D.
How the footage was found: Seven years later, the footage surfaces without a trace.