Evan Jacobs was born in 1973 in Queens, New York. He spent his formative years playing in punk bands and going to the movies. In 1993, he formed RINGSIDE RECORDS because "nobody else would put my band ICE out." In 1994, he declared that he wanted to be a screenwriter and in 1995, Evan wrote and directed his second script, WALKING BETWEEN THE RAINDROPS, described as "a love story without the love." Editing the film in a friend's bedroom, Jacobs released it to some positive reviews in nationwide fanzines and had some screenings in his hometown of Orange County, CA and nearby Santa Monica. Then Jacobs went into overdrive, making SAFETY IN NUMBERS in the spring, CURSE OF INSTINCT: 108's FINAL TOUR (a documentary about the last tour of Hare Krishna punk band 108) and THE TOLL COLLECTOR that summer. He was subsequently referred to as "the prolific Evan Jacobs" in the Fall 1997 issue of ALTERNATIVE CINEMA. Obtaining distribution through such companies as B-MOVIE.COM, FACETS MULTIMEDIA and TAPEWORM, copies of these films soon started appearing on the internet and in various video stores throughout the country.
Evan Jacobs' DV has gained a strong cult following over the past couple of months as it tours various film festivals throughout the U.S. It will make its way home on DVD this October, with principle photography on the sequel DV 2 already completed. The writer, director and star of this burgeoning horror franchise has provided us with an exclusive first look image from the follow-up, featuring star Isaac Golub (Time Enough: The Alien Conspiracy), who plays a hotel maintenance man left with the dead body from the original film.
Director Evan Jacobs brings the second chapter of this horror franchise to the screen in 2014, which follows a killer and his trunk of despair into the depths of human frailty and dementia.Read More
In DV, James, a serial killer, has taken to recording his life so that he can examine it and stay one step ahead of the authorities. He soon finds himself haunted by one of his victims.
DV is slated to come to DVD in October 2013.Read More
First there was V/H/S, and then came V/H/S/2 (formerly known as S-VHS), now comes DV the next evolution in technology for documentary-loving serial killers everywhere. From the mind of Evan Jacobs, creator of Knockout, the music documentary Orange County Hardcore Scenester, and the soon to be released Distant Shore starring Randy Couture and Scott Adkins, DV follows the mind of a killer whose secret life is slowly starting to unravel as he captures it all on his personal DV camera. We have the first exclusive clip from the film, which finds James (Evan Jacobs), in a moment of crisis, venturing to a graveyard where he thinks some of his victims are buried.
Is DV the first mock-buster of the found footage movement in cinema? The movie is slated for release later this year.Read More
The Expendables 2 co-stars Randy Couture and Scott Adkins have signed on to star in Distant Shore for indie producers Joseph Nasser and Jack Nasser.
The story centers on a couple who sail into the ocean with the sole purpose of committing suicide on their boat. Their plans are interrupted when another mysterious ship arrives, causing this couple with a death wish to fight for their lives. No details were given regarding Randy Couture and Scott Adkins' characters. The story is being described as a cross between Dead Calm and The Grey.Read More
First there was V/H/S, then there was S-VHS, now comes the upgrade in technology we've all been waiting for, the very creepy DV! We have an exclusive look at this new found footage thriller written, directed by, and starring legendary filmmaker Evan Jacobs as a serial killer who documents his many murders with an old DV camera, only to find that he is being haunted by the spirit of one of his past victims. Check out the trailer and poster for this scary first installment of what is a planned trilogy before it arrives in select theaters this fall.
Lensed in complete secrecy in various locales around California, filmmaker Evan Jacobs wanted the film to have the same vibe as the movies (V/H/S and S-VHS) that inspired it."Horror allows you to move in many vast directions. As this movie took shape, I really thought about the medium of VHS. I had shot many films using that format, and then suddenly DV came and expanded on the tape medium even more. If one is following the current films logically...Then it would seem DV, at least in an accessible sense to consumers, would be the next step.Read More
Knockout, a new family film from director Anne Wheeler starring Steve Austin, is set to hit Blu-ray and DVD on April 26th. The story follows Dan Barnes (Austin), a former pro boxer who retires after growing weary of his violent existence. Now a school janitor, Dan tries to help a new student, Matthew Miller (Daniel Magder), who is being targeted by bullies. While Matthew learns how to box and stand up to his tormentors, one of whom is the school boxing champ (Jaren Brandt Bartlett), Dan's new found role as a teacher helps him come to terms with his tumultuous past.
We recently caught up with Evan Jacobs, who wrote Knockout, to find out more about the origins of the film, and to gain some insight into the world of screenwriting for low budget, direct-to-DVD movies. Here is our conversation.Read More