'Privacy' invades Victoria at independent film screening

  • IF YOU GO

  • • WHAT: "Privacy"

    • WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday

    • WHERE: Johnson Symposium at Victoria College, 2200 E. Red River St., Victoria

    • COST: $5 at the door

We're all glued to our phones in this social-media-loving-smart-phone-crazed day and age. So, what would happen if your smartphone could actually be used to spy on you?

That's the question posed in the independent film "Privacy," slated to be shown at the Johnson Symposium at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Victoria College.

"Privacy" is the story of Mark, the tech savvy college student who has created aspyware app that allows him to check out the cellphones of anyone in New York City, via this handy little "privacy" app. In his stealthy peaks, he spots this beautiful and mysterious girl, Alexis, and starts to spy on her. From there, things get interesting.

Anthony Pedone, the organizer of the screening, said he was attracted to the film because the idea seemed like something that could totally happen in our modern society.

"I thought it was a cool concept, hacking people's cellphones and using their cameras to spy on them. I thought it was a very believable idea. Kids have come up with stranger things," Pedone said.

While films like "Lord of the Rings" and the "Matrix" series can be stunning, big budget endeavors that floor you with their technological tricks, independent films hinge on a good idea that can look impressive and interesting on screen and can be pulled off for just the fraction of a blockbuster movie budget, Pedone said.

"The thing about independent films is you have to write a story that works in a budget," he said "With that restriction, you can definitely limit yourself with how interesting a film could be so you have to have a hook, and I thought it was really cool about how they were able to carry out this plot hinging on this app he created. It felt really believable."