Director Kevin R. Phipps' FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 3: THE MEMORIAM DOCUMENTARY is a project that, as you can tell from the title, looks back on the making of FRIDAY THE 13TH PART III, but what sets it apart from other documentaries on the subject is that it is particularly focused on a location that no longer exists and an actor who is no longer with us.
Written by Phipps and executive producer Sean Richards, the documentary has the following description:
In April 2013, the Friday the 13th family suddenly lost Mr. Richard Brooker. Portraying Jason in Friday the 13th part 3, he was the first individual to don the now iconic hockey mask. Richard was a terrific human being & a friend to all.
In addition, the Higgins Haven cabin used in the film burned down by some careless vagrants in 2006. These two events sparked Sean into action to do something with the one of a kind on location video footage he shot from 2003 & 2005. It was the last footage and photography shot before the set's demise in 2006.
The project has grown leaps and bounds over the past year & continues to bring on board various Friday the 13th alumni that starred in part 3 as well friends of Richard's that are still working in the film industry today. Their interviews are pivotal in giving the backstory of the production of part 3 as well as insight into the man Richard Brooker was.
With "new interviews, new reenactments, never before seen photos, and never before seen footage", FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 3: THE MEMORIAM DOCUMENTARY features Caroline Williams, Paul Kratka, Larry Zerner, Eileen Dietz, Tracie Savage, David Katims, Dick Wieand, Eric Branden, Michael G. Coleman, Jedediah Jones, Craig W. Chenery, Sean Richards, and Daniel Blunck.
This project has had my attention since I first heard about it, as I'm not only a major fan of the FRIDAY THE 13TH franchise in general but PART III is my favorite entry in the series and Richard Brooker's Jason is my favorite Jason. So I'm happy to hear that FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 3: THE MEMORIAM DOCUMENTARY is now ready to make its world premiere.
The filmmakers have announced that the documentary will have its first public screening on a very appropriate date: Friday, October 13th. The venue will be Laemmle's Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre in Los Angeles, with tickets on sale at the door for $10. All proceeds will be donated to the Los Angeles Children's Hospital. The documentary starts at 6:30pm and will be followed by a Q&A with the cast and crew.
Getting the chance to watch a tribute to FRIDAY THE 13TH PART III and Richard Brooker while also contributing to a good cause sounds like a great way to spend an evening to me.