Filmed with no budget or professional cast or crew, Douglas Reese’s Cleaners premiered without any financial gain on Youtube in the summer of 2011. The basic premise of the film was showcasing the story of two drug-induced teenagers who viciously clean their apartment as a side effect to their nasal ingestion of prescription medication. Eventually, the two begin to play mindgames with one another until they both find themselves in the middle of a brutal and unthinkable murder. The lead performances of Jeremiah Hall and Denelle Kjellman and the atmosphere of the film itself have oft been praised for their realism; even going as far as to be investigated by authorities about the characters’ simulated drug abuse.
Douglas Reese is a no-budget, non-profit viral filmmaker from Cincinnati, Ohio best known for sharing his personal film work on websites such as Youtube and Vimeo. He has noted that he doesn’t make films for the sake of fame or attention and is not interested in money, but just using digital video as a way to capture his feelings and ideas so that he can express and share with those willing to view them. He’s mainly known for his guerilla-style of filming and using close family and friends for cast and crew and their personal homes for locations.
Outside of the many short films he has directed, Reese has made both feature narratives and documentaries. His first film, the documentary “Home Videos”, was released late 2008 on Youtube – a nearly three-hour montage of home video footage that Reese used to tell the cause-and-effect reaction his family took following the death of their patriarch. That same month, Reese released his second feature documentary called “Family Bonding”… read more
A horrifyingly authentic diegesis coupled with a lo-fi texture not only exaggerates the concept of realism but also, allows Reese to seemingly invade the privacy of the mundane suburban lives he chooses to examine. Although this aspect makes the film incomparable, the same aspect causes seemingly distant narrative to seem unnatural and forced.
Before anybody starts to question whether I’m a friend of Douglas Reese or not, I will just lay out there that… read review