YouTube Star Taryn Southern Dives Deep into Cult Life with New Vimeo Film

/ Nov 3, 2014

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This article originally appeared on The Daily Dot

By Joey Keeton

With the release of “Searching for Katie,” YouTube star Taryn Southern has joined the ranks of fellow content creators courted by Vimeo to release premium content through its On Demand service.

Rather than following the trend of other YouTubers-gone-Vimeo like Comicbookgirl19 and Joey Graceffa, who released souped-up versions of their YouTube content, Southern has used her partnership to release a found-footage horror film that she began working on over four years ago with director Aaron Feldman. Southern gained national notoriety on YouTube with “Hot for Hillary,” a 2007 musical ode to Hillary Clinton that boasts every brand of psychotic YouTube comment hence discovered, but “Searching for Katie” doesn’t view the horror genre through a comedic lens or wink at the audience.

It’s exactly as advertised: a found-footage horror film, with Taryn Southern playing herself as a professional blogger, investigating a cult that might be responsible for the disappearance of her friend’s sister, Katie. The film follows a fictional cult, the Young Artists Co-op, but it handles the subject matter with the respect required for the group to feel very real, with interviews from real-life cult experts Hoyt Richards and Steve Hassan lending an educational angle rarely found in the horror genre.

Like Louis CK’s “Tomorrow Night,” it’s a fascinating look at passion project that we probably wouldn’t have without the internet, and it’s easily a must-see for fans of Taryn Southern. Via email, Southern explained how the film came to finally be released, the production process, and getting the film ready in time for Halloween…

Read the full interview with Taryn Southern here.

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