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By Film Threat Staff | May 11, 2000

While surfing the internet, directors Maria Bowen and Chris Clements stumbled across what is best described as a vast cyberscape committed to the study of everything X-Files, from broad themes to almost imperceptible stylistic nuances.
Through interviews with the show’s creator and cast members, along with a staggering array of true believers, autograph hounds and stalkers, the film affords a remarkable insight into a rather bizarre phenomenon, the cult of celebrity.
Fame, it’s a fishbowl with two distinct perspectives: that from without and that from within. X-PHILES examines the oddly conflicted symmetry that exists between the creators and stars of television’s The X-Files and the legions of fans who have turned it into an interactive adventure.
The image of the couch potato is about to be amended, because these people don’t simply wait for the show to come to them as scheduled. They range out into the world, crashing the show’s location shoots and stalking the actors, ever pushing those slim borders which separate the real world from the fictional images which flicker on our television screens.
Director Chris Clements has written and directed a wide variety of award winning short films, including: ARENA, DIGITAL GREMLIN FOR WINDOWS, which screened at over forty festivals and WHAT’S UP, another mulitple jury award winner on the 1998 festival circuit.
X-PHILES premieres in Los Angeles with an exclusive screening hosted by the short film showcase HOLLYWOOD SHORTS on Sunday, May 14 2000 at 5:00pm. This is X-PHILES first screening since its world premiere at the CINEQUEST Film Festival where it won an audience award. The filmmakers will be in attendance and will participate in a Q&A immediately after the screening.
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