Welcome to the Show
Four best friends, on a wild last hurrah as college students, attend a piece of immersive theatre called "The Show." They find themselves on an adventure far different from what they had expected, falling down the rabbit hole of suspicion, confusion, and danger, testing their friendships and their sanity as they seek to discover what "The Show" truly is.
The film was shot entirely on location in Richmond, Virginia over the winter of 2019-2020. The film had its world premiered at the Cinequest Film Festival 2021 and is distributed by Gravitas Ventures.
Starring rising talent Richard Follin, Dillon Douglasson,
Keegan Garant, and Christopher Martin.
Featuring an Original Soundtrack by Pickled Bones:
Andrew Bonieskie & Dillon Douglasson.
Executive Producer - Eric Dexter
Co-Executive Producer - Stamatios Tom Hiotis
Produced by S.C.V. Taylor and Dorie Barton
Written & Directed by Dorie Barton
Cinematography by Alex Kent
Co-edited by Tyler Scheerschmidt
Production Design by Alyssa Sutherland
Originial Soundtrack by Pickled Bones
Sound Design by Chip Sovek
Color by Kevin Barker
Poster Design by The Hatchery
Released by Gravitas Ventures
Available widely in the US and Canada On Demand
"Becoming a filmmaker, I realized [that] by being a writer and director, you kind of get to be everybody. You get to have that experience of playing all the parts, as when you have a dream and everyone in the dream really is kind of some version of you. So even though as a filmmaker I’m not literally being the actor — in that situation, it still feels the same. So I get to feel like I’ve lived this whole other multilayered life." - Dorie Barton
“Writer-director Dorie Barton, whose film Girl Flu. is a must-see, gives audiences a whole lot to chew on in her sophomore feature. The cast is extraordinary. Each of our four leads gives a distinct and powerful performance. Their emotional journeys are thoroughly surprising. Richard Follin, Dillon Douglasson, Keegan Garant, and Christopher Martin, bravo, gentleman. That final shot is physically jarring and brilliant. Welcome To The Show is the epitome of independent film in the best ways.” - Reel News Daily
“Welcome to the Show, Dorie Barton’s messed-up mindbender doubles down on the satire. We’re just as disoriented and intrigued as they are in this curiosity with a great cast that gets into a weird groove.” - San Jose Mercury News
“Welcome to the Show suggests that while the ultimate truth may remain unknowable, new experiences will get you closer. And life, like improvisational theater, works best when you drop your baggage and say “Yes, and...” - Films Gone Wild
Soundtrack Album - by Pickled Bones
Pickled Bones - Andrew Bonieskie & Dillon Douglasson - created a phenomenal original Soundtrack Album for
The Show on Spotify and wherever you get your music.
Music Videos of performances from the Soundtrack;
a chat between Andrew, Dillon, and writer-director Dorie Barton, and more.