OTIS Wins Awards


OTIS, the provocative black comedy which chronicles an all-American family’s collision with the dark world of a serial killer, took home the award for Best Picture at the 2008 International DV/HD Festival in Los Angeles.  In addition, the film was also honored with a Best Actor trophy for Bostin Christopher, who plays the title role and was on hand to accept his award at the festivities. 

“"We were thrilled to have been invited and it was indeed a wonderful surprise to win. OTIS is a quirky, political horror/satire, and I know all those who worked on the film are tickled by this award -- especially those huddled hard in the HD monitor tent on set.  Bostin Christopher deserves particular praise for his emotional and at once disturbing and sympathetic performance,” said Producer/Director Tony Krantz.   “We had a great and dedicated cast and crew, and these awards are a testament to the hard and wonderfully creative work they all did.”

OTIS was chosen to be part of the festival from hundreds of submissions and selected Best Picture from a field of more than 75 feature and short films.  Established in 2003 and focusing on creative works shot only in Digital, Video & High Definition formats, the International DV/HD Festival is seven-day movie festival recognizing the best Narratives, Documentaries, Music Videos & Animations in friendly competition. OTIS will debut on uncut DVD and Blu-ray™ Hi-Def June 10 from Warner Home Video (WHV). 

OTIS is a story of suburban America gone haywire. In the midst of a serial abductor/killer’s rampage, a beautiful young teen, Riley Lawson (Ashley Johnson), goes missing. When her desperate parents, Will and Kate (Daniel Stern and Illeana Douglas), are contacted by her kidnapper, an insufferable FBI Special Agent (Jere Burns) takes charge of the case.

But, from deep within the psychopathic subterranean world created by Otis (Bostin Christopher), Riley turns the tables on her tormentor, manages to escape and to contact her parents. Fed up with the tragi-comic inability of the FBI to find their girl, Will, Kate and Riley’s brother, Reed (Jared Kusnitz), decide to take matters - and justice - into their own hands. But when Otis’ brother, Elmo (Kevin Pollak), shows up unexpectedly, the Lawsons find themselves mired in one of the more unusual and macabre consequences of vigilantism. Far from proclaiming ‘Mission Accomplished,’ the backed-in-a-corner Lawsons will further complicate their already deadly predicament with a surprising, unfortunate and frankly hilarious final choice.

OTIS Extra Content (on both DVD and Blu-ray)

  • Commentary by Director Tony Krantz and Writer Erik Jendresen
  • Featurette: The Twisted World of Otis in which the cast and crew discuss how and why comedy works within the confines of the film
  • Suite 16,the home movie of Otis’  fantasies made by Otis himself
  • Alternate Ending which gives a starkly different tone and finality to the film.  It includes an introduction by Tony Krantz.
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