I absolutely loved working on the movie, and since it finally got a physical release there have been new reviews and we've all been sharing them. There was a small thread in /r/FoundFootage about the film a while back so I decided to make a Reddit account and post.


Movie Trailer
Updated Proof Facebook Post

EDIT: /u/allhailadrian is Kathleen Perry Conway, the Art Director from the movie, and happens to live with the Director/Writer/Producer for "twoo wuv" reasons. They've graciously volunteered to fill in some blanks that I don't know about via her account.

EDIT2: I'm in the Central time zone, so now it is June 10. I'll still answer any new questions or comments that show up, just not as rapidly as I did today. Thanks everyone!

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mattreyu85 karma

Haven't watched it yet but found footage movies are my jam and I see it's on Amazon Prime so I'll definitely be checking it out. How is the atmosphere on the set for a found footage film? I wonder sometimes how much of it is actually done loosely or if it's all just made to look casual.

Berty_Alberts87 karma

How is the atmosphere on the set for a found footage film?

This one was pretty relaxed. We had a cooler and copy paper box of bagged chips and snacks in the back of the director's SUV for a craft table. The uncredited 6th lead was the Rockwood, and the cast used it to get from location to location.

The film is about 95% verbatim to the script (and most of the variations are me forgetting the line and ad-libbing something "close enough"), but T. Michael Conway was pretty laid back about just having to hit close enough.

mattreyu16 karma

Thanks for the response, looking forward to checking out the film!

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mattreyu2 karma

I think you're answering the wrong comment

Berty_Alberts12 karma

There's some bot adding comments to accounts by copy/pasting my responses to random other comments...

pants678961 karma

Did this move the needle for your acting career?

Berty_Alberts174 karma

Not at all. I actually didn't go into the audition for a part, I went to see if they needed crew!

I went on one more audition after this movie and bombed it, then focused on finishing my degree.

The following audition was for a heist film and I bombed it two ways:

  1. I don't have a good memory for long blocks of lines verbatim so instead of a prepared scene I entered the room in character for what it sounded like they wanted for one of the leads. I was so convincing the producers told me I mis-understood the ad, that they weren't actually looking for a hacker. I walked out and came back in as myself and asked how it went. They admitted I was so convincing they didn't turn on the camera. So half my audition was completely undocumented.
  2. The scene they provided was one of those "Frank Underwood addresses the camera while nobody else notices" scenes. Unfortunately, it was almost 8 years before House of Cards so while I had seen other movies that used the technique I didn't recognize it until I had completely botched the reading.

I'd love to get back into acting, but between work and family and a day job I enjoy it just hasn't happened.

dr3wzy1016 karma

Sounds like you auditioned for Mr. Robot

Berty_Alberts24 karma

This would've been 2005 or 2006... So a bit too early for that. It was a film being produced by a pair of film students at Kent State. I never saw any hint that it was finished, just the press release with the cast.

petersms42 karma

Just wanted to say I watched this movie recently and really enjoyed it, I thought the ending was done well, and I enjoyed the chemistry between the friends.

If I remember correctly, your final scene was in the front passenger seat of the van? Yeah, that ending…brutal.

Berty_Alberts34 karma

You remember correctly! It took 2 days to get my hair clean!

omxs13 karma

Use cold water next time. Warm water make it just more sticky

Berty_Alberts40 karma

Excellent pro tip! Where were you <checks notes> 17 years ago?

radelrym27 karma

Filmed in NE Ohio?!

Berty_Alberts33 karma

Yep! All over the place, from almost all the way to Wooster up to Cuyahoga Falls. And yes, even a couple scenes in Boston Mills.

lan-shark17 karma

I live right by Cuyahoga Falls. Now I have to check out the movie!

Berty_Alberts18 karma

We did a lot of filming on various bits of Szalay's Farm and the residential neighborhoods over near Broad Blvd for closer rubbernecking locations.

The house with the twins in the windows is (was?) owned by the MetroParks and rented out to a private resident who is in charge of taking care of house and grounds. I'm trying to find where it is again...

The car show was filmed at Cascade Valley. It was an existing cruise-in we just crashed to film the scenes there.

TheSavage993 karma

Hey this is in my neck of the woods! I gotta watch it now. Did you do much in Medina county?

allhailadrian5 karma

The tree farm was Wayne County (I think), but maybe the diner was considered Medina County? It was called the Post House on the corner of 585 and 57, now closed down though, unfortunately.

Berty_Alberts3 karma

Post House on the corner of 585 and 57,

I just checked and that is Wayne, but Rittman proper is in Medina, so right on the border.

Berty_Alberts2 karma

Nothing up near Medina proper. I can't remember which tree farm we used for the pine forest, but that and the diner scene would probably be the closest.

visaXdeclined17 karma

Seriously cool to see you posted here-- I have always loved [and was equally mortified by] this movie, but for whatever reason no one in my hometown had ever seen it when I mentioned it!! Was raised in a tiny + creepy ass town so I loved the settings/vibe instantly as a "scary film" cuz it felt relatable + familiar in a dreadful way. Ending was BRUTAL though lmao

What have you been up to in general since the film? Any plans to act again in the future? Is there anything you would have changed about the experience in filming june 9? [No worries if answered already]

Berty_Alberts20 karma

What have you been up to in general since the film?

Finished my bachelor's degree (I was the oldest of the main 5 and went back to college the following fall), met my wife, got married, had a kid, changed careers from IT to software development, moved away from Ohio... I now spend my time writing user management code for a security software suite, playing Minecraft with my kiddo, my wife and I play board games with other couples (well, when the world is more sane...) and watching mindless TV with the wife and cats.

Any plans to act again in the future?

I'd love to, if I could find the time. But family life and work, plus no longer being near where I have an industry "in" means it's not easy to find short-term side work. But I still keep trying to pitch June 10: Berty's Revenge to T. Michael Conway and James L. Edwards. So far, no dice.

Is there anything you would have changed about the experience in filming June 9?

I would've taken the behind-the-scenes filming more seriously. I filled 10 miniDV tapes with BTS stuff on my personal camcorder and the editor came back and asked why 6 tapes were nothing but the back roads of the Akron metro area out the front window of the Rockwood.

fraupanda12 karma

Does the movie title have anything to do with the Boards of Canada song June 9th?

Berty_Alberts5 karma

I don't believe so? Certainly not that came up in any discussions.

fraupanda6 karma

Thanks for the response! In that case, is there any meaning behind the date they chose for the movie title?

Berty_Alberts4 karma

Being the week that schools usually let out for the summer is a minor plot point. Other than that... No clue.

TheElectricMindset11 karma

I love found footage movies and thought I had seen all of them. Not sure how I missed this. Was there any overly memorable moments while making the film?

Berty_Alberts14 karma


- Alasha's "on demand" skills are impressive. 0 to streaming tears in just a few seconds. Deep-cold shivvers even in the August sun. She had the most actual acting experience and training of the main 5.

There's a bit where Lisa Boggman is supposed to throw up. So Alasha prepped by eating a big breakfast of eggs and grits and hash browns and all sorts of stuff that would look horrible coming up, wanting to do it for real. The scenes we filmed before that morning ran long so by the time we got to Lisa's big upchuck - there was nothing left. She managed to think herself into dry heaving for a few minutes but no money shot. So all that made it to the movie was her wiping the edge of her mouth and "I don't feel so good..."

- We filmed a couple scenes _in_ Boston Mills, but they've had so much trouble with ghost hunters and rowdy teens (hmm...) they politely asked us to get out of town and not come back.

- "Don't f*** with the US Postal Service!" was just a fun scene to shoot.

Probably the most memorable, though, was the day we shot at the diner. I had a major sinus headache from allergies and was sleeping in the back of the Rockwood until the pseudoephedrine kicked in. Suddenly I hear, "HOLY SHIT!" from Alasha and sit up just in time to see an SUV drive down into the ditch, part way back up the other side, then roll over onto its roof just as gentle as it possibly could and spin slowly. The entire production caravan pulls over and Trevor Williams and John Ray both jump out of the Rockwood and bust ass over to the SUV. I can't remember which one of them was a lifeguard (I think Trevor?) but either way the two of them went to give aid while the rest of us called 911. We waited there until the ambulance got there, then went on to film the diner and the night vision scene.

Luckily, there were no major injuries. The driver had a diabetic event and passed out, but I think only had bruises or maybe a minor fracture? But seeing the SUV slide around on its roof like a leaf in the wind is an image I don't know I'll ever get out of my head.

TheElectricMindset5 karma

Wow what a story, and it's incredible to know how talented Alasha is. Thanks for sharing.

Berty_Alberts9 karma

it's incredible to know how talented Alasha is.

She now does glass blowing!

Manaleaking10 karma

Why do you have such a goofy name?

Berty_Alberts14 karma

It was never really explained why Alan wasn't unique enough and he had to go by Alberts -> "Berty"... But given that Derek went by Boggs instead of Derek or Boggman, it seemed to be a running theme with that group.

EDIT: Hmm... Now that I think about it, both Alan and Derek had last-name based nicknames but Robert didn't. I wonder if it was him giving out the nicknames? I'll have to ask next time I'm talking to Conway. :)

KJ6BWB1 karma


frozenplasma2 karma

I assume the writer of the script. It says T. Michael Conway.

KJ6BWB1 karma

No, who are Alan and Derek.

Berty_Alberts5 karma

The actual first names of Berty and Boggs, respectively.

KJ6BWB-1 karma

Who are Betty and Boggs?

Berty_Alberts10 karma

Betty is Fred and Wilma's neighbor, she's married to Barney.

Boggs is what you get when a swamp gets all swampy.

AskMeAboutMyTie7 karma

Is this based on a real urban legend like Blair Witch or is it completely made up?

I was about to go to bed but I’m starting it now :)

Berty_Alberts7 karma

Yes...ish? Most of the urban legends are actual urban legends, but some are embellished and a couple others were added.

Boston Mills is actually known as Helltown. Large portions of it was bought up for National Park reasons so of course there's all the urban legends about chemical spills, nuclear experiments, etc. The abandoned bus is a thing, but I think there's one of those almost everywhere. Upside-down cross church is a real church, but that was just the architecture when it was built. Etc, etc.

That they're a pot-addicted town of murderers is 100% added. They're really quite lovely.

AskMeAboutMyTie3 karma

Just finished watching it! I loved it! The ending was so brutal.


So is the ending implying that the towns people were cannibals or something? Or that their just murderers that chop people up only on June 9th?

Berty_Alberts1 karma

They have livestock - pigs will eat anything. Those were slop buckets being filled to dispose of the evidence.

AskMeAboutMyTie3 karma

Very cool! There various points in the film where I could of sworn a single frame of one of the crazies would pop on screen for a slit second. Is my mind playing tricks on me or was it edited that way?

Berty_Alberts2 karma

I've not seen the updated edit yet, but... it is supposed to be filmed on a beat-up 1999 VHS camcorder. Jump-cuts from overwriting/skipping heads/etc. I don't think it happened often, but the occasional cut-in was intentional.

Berty_Alberts2 karma

Also, is there something about your tie that would make you think your mind was playing tricks on you?

princeopana7 karma

I’m a total sucker for found footage flicks, and I love JUNE 9. This question is more directed at Kathleen and the writer/director T. Michael Conway. I’ve been dying to see your first film PIG. For the unfamiliar, IMDb reviews describe it as a found footage/faux doc-style film that showcases a textured portrait of a small town cop via ride alongs, arrests, and interviews with locals who’ve had the luck or misfortune of crossing his path. Was there ever a home video release for PIG? Or will there ever be?

Berty_Alberts6 karma

I’ve been dying to see your first film PIG.

There's a brief glance of PiG in June 9! It's what's on the TV in the scene in Berty's bedroom.

That's all I've seen of the movie, too.

jang8596 karma

So how did you go back and retroactively "act" in footage that was found?

Tasonir19 karma

Found footage just refers to a movie that 'appears' to be found footage. It's allowed to be faked, I think that's the usual assumption. It's just a style choice they made to have it appear to be 'real'.

jang85910 karma

But who found the first found footage technique in the first place? Asking these questions for my friend, Ken M.

Berty_Alberts6 karma

Not us. We even name-checked Blair Witch.

Bees-in-the-trap4 karma

Do you eat ass?

Berty_Alberts3 karma


Bees-in-the-trap4 karma

Get with the times.

Berty_Alberts3 karma

Brom1264 karma

How offten do you go to the toilet for the number two?

Berty_Alberts6 karma

I head to the turlet about once a day for a deuce.

...and there's at least two different in-jokes from the cast in that sentence.

ImTheGuyWithTheGun4 karma

Have you banged Paris Hilton and also what is your favorite color?

Berty_Alberts5 karma

  1. No.
  2. Some days blue, some days red, some days green. Never yellow or aquamarine.

ImTheGuyWithTheGun6 karma

I appreciate the strong stance against aquamarine - I mean, honestly, who are these people?

Also is there any hope of revisiting #1?

Berty_Alberts6 karma

I'm going to say no. However, if Anne Hathaway is looking for a couple to become her personal harem I think my wife would force me to say yes.

struggleman553 karma

Going to check this out tonight! My questions is pretty simple, how did you get involved with acting and movies in general? Im an avid film fan, but have zero professional relevance to the industry. Just really love it.

Berty_Alberts5 karma

How did you get involved with acting and movies in general?

I did some acting in school. I played Linus in Charlie Brown Christmas in Elementary School. NO idea how I remembered the big speech. Then I took drama and improvisation in High School. But what I really wanted to do was the production. I loved sitting with a pair of VCRs and a mixing board and cutting things together, helping with script tweaks and story boarding...

One of the Producers of June 9, James L Edwards, was "my guy" at the local record store. I mentioned finally scraping together the money for a camcorder to do some shorts with friends and he mentioned he was getting back into acting and that I should stop by the auditions to talk to the Producer/Director about helping out and learning a bit.

Meanwhile, my friend Alasha was between plays and debating a switch/expansion from stage to film. So I convince her to come down to the open casting call with me and read for a part. I get in to the audition with James L. and T. Michael (They both go by the names they initialize professionally... this is weird.) and they convince me to read for a part, maybe they can use me as an extra, too. I read the excerpt for Boggs and next thing I know I have the role of Berty and Alasha is playing Lisa.

So unfortunately, it's not really a very reproduceable path. I stumbled into an audition and managed to luck out by having what they wanted. So my recommendation is entirely, "hang out with artsy people, keep your eyes out for casting calls in the local paper/Craigslist/etc., and run far, far away if the casting is in a small room with a leather couch."

ReturnInRed3 karma

I saw it not long after it first came out, and loved it. Bought the recent DVD release a month or so ago and realized while watching that it's a somewhat different cut from what I originally saw. I somewhat prefer the original opening/ending bookends (that are included as a special feature on the disc) although the old and new are similar enough I suppose. Any particular reason Conway made the changes he did?

allhailadrian5 karma

Kathleen Perry Conway here (art direction and now, wife of the director)... The current version was always meant to be part of the movie, but couldn't be technically created at the time. When the re-release was announced the director shot the opening and ending that was always intended. The bonus is that now you get to see the character of Hobert aged many years!

ReturnInRed5 karma

That's pretty funny considering the person I watched it with this time around asked me if the man at the end was the little boy who picked up the camera, and I said maybe it was supposed to be him grown up. It never occured to us that it might literally be the same actor 10+ years later. That actually adds a fun little twist to the mix.

Are you guys working on anything new? I've been checking your hubby's IMDb page every couple years since first watching the film to see if he has anything in development.

allhailadrian4 karma

Ha! That's cool! Yes, that is, indeed, the same actor Malone Shaw, aged.

Yes, there are several ideas in the works! The decision on which avenue to take is still up in the air (and a pandemic didn't help matters). Also, whether or not to do another found footage to round out a trio, or go more traditional horror is a decsion he has to make. There are so many advantages to a traditional horror movie, plus, T. is VERY creative and would put out an amazing traditional horror movie. He is a perfectionist though, so, it will have to he the right thing 😊

What would you like to see? Thanks for the support!!

Berty_Alberts6 karma

> What would you like to see?

I'm tellin' ya, June 10: Berty's Revenge is a winner just waiting to be made.

allhailadrian5 karma


Berty_Alberts6 karma

Hey, I could've totally survived that. Crawled away into the bushes, patched myself up, gone underground and trained for vengeance.

I mean, it was only a flesh wound, right?

Frankiepals3 karma

What would you like to see as a found footage film? I feel like they will run out of ideas soon...

Berty_Alberts8 karma

Personally? I'd love a Doctor Who episode as found footage, kind of in the spirit of Blink or Love & Monsters.

Found Footage works great in the horror genre, but I've not seen it used a whole lot in the Sci Fi or Fantasy/Steampunk/Cyberpunk genres where it also could work well.

FuzDaMan4U3 karma

this film is wack. the guy who plays the molester in the forest with wrinkly dress shirt and gut who talks like high pitch, he was not acting, wuzee?

Berty_Alberts1 karma

He was acting! L. is a pretty accomplished actor. If you want to see more of his stuff, Bloodletting is a pretty good place to start, and I've had Polymorph on my to-watch shelf for years.

toastar-phone3 karma

Wait what does this have to do with rampart?

Berty_Alberts2 karma

Hopefully the comparisons are pretty thin.


What's your opinion on Howard Stern?

Berty_Alberts3 karma

In the immortal words of Gag Halfrunt, "Vell, [he]'s just zis guy, you know?"

sjfraley19752 karma

So how did Chad Vincent's magnificent hair inspire your performance?

Berty_Alberts2 karma

In a way I can only describe as, "meh?"

h_r-22 karma

Wow, I just watched this a few weeks ago! I loved it and that ending holy crap!! I didn't see this question so hope I am not repeating, was it totally scripted or like they did with Blair Witch and just give general instructions allowing the actors to ad lib naturally?

Also, a question for Kathleen, I noticed the look of the movie changed each time the kids went into Helltown, was that a decision after the movie was shot or did it have to be shot with that in mind? Also, how do I see the BTS? Thanks for posting this had to actually sign up for reddit so I could find out!

Berty_Alberts2 karma

was it totally scripted or like they did with Blair Witch and just give general instructions allowing the actors to ad lib naturally?

It was scripted, but it wasn't a hard "every word a painting" style filming. T. was definitely more interested in hitting the important beats while making sure it looked natural. So a lot of "close enough" adlibs to make it look natural.

I noticed the look of the movie changed each time the kids went into Helltown

It absolutely was intentional! The color change was done in post, but it was discussed heavily during the readings and cast meetings.

I think the BTS are maybe only on the physical copies, but hopefully Kathleen and T. can prove me wrong.

Zaturnzringz2 karma

How did you get the role?

Berty_Alberts2 karma

Answered here!

cannabisized2 karma

any similarities between your movie and what will really happen on June 9th?

Berty_Alberts2 karma

As far as I know it was neither prophetical nor accurate to what happened on June 9, 1999.

pinballwitch4202 karma

I love found footage films and hope to check this one out tonight!

Are you a horror movie buff? If so, what is your favorite horror movie? (And maybe what is your favorite found footage movie?)

Berty_Alberts4 karma

I'm actually not a huge horror movie buff. Jason X almost made me pass out just in the intro, and I did hit the floor trying to watch The Cell. But I enjoy the psychological horror movies (Blair Witch, the not-so-gory bits of As Above, So Below) and the more "classic" horror movies like An American Werewolf in London and Young Frankenstein. (wait a minute...)

I also love low-budget schlock. I'm an adjutant (or maybe just "groupie-with-a-to-do-list"?) for both the Smithee Awards and Cine Mal Practice, would love to work with Bruce Campbell or Roger Corman or... I loved watching the campy old Sci Fi movies on Big Chuck & Little John and MST3k on the weekends. Very few of them actually stuck, but I enjoyed the time spent watching them.

Josh1billion2 karma

Who's your favorite Spice Girl?

Berty_Alberts4 karma

Chai Spice?

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13dora133 karma

It was on Tubi btw

Berty_Alberts2 karma

Tubi, Amazon Prime, and DVD releases tomorrow (missed it by 1 day!) through Amazon, Walmart, and Best Buy.

zadokmahir1 karma

Is this AMA really just a ploy to get us to ask about "Rampart"?

Berty_Alberts2 karma

If only I had actually remembered the Rampart AMA before I started this... I wouldn't have done anything differently, but I would've saved myself an hour of wiki chaining last night.