EYAM is a unique horror experience. Set at a summer camp, as so many genre films are, all action and dialogue were improvised by the cast, from whom all plot points and major events were kept secret. Thus their fear is real, their reactions infectious.
Shot in Bucks County, PA by Doylestown-based filmmaker Dave “Scout” Tafoya, EYAM centers on seven Quaker counselors who find shelter in their summer camp from a plague-like disease that ravages the nation. Months pass as they come to grips with the fact that the world has ended though the balance they’ve maintained in the face of so much tragedy eventually disintegrates, forcing them to question their beliefs, their decisions, and each other.
EYAM is a story of spiritual beliefs and a community in crisis; it uses Quakerism as a lens to examine horror and sorrow. When that horror arrives on their doorstep, how do they deal with it? By keeping the actors in the dark, the film attempts to ask of the audience the same question it asks of its actors: What would you do?
About Dave Tafoya:
Tafoya was born and raised in Doylestown, PA by parents with a fondness for violent movies. He graduated from Emerson College in 2011 having already directed seven feature length films/documentaries; since then he’s directed four more. His film I Need You was part of the official selection for the 2011 Stepping Stone and Great Lakes International Film Festivals and won the Silver Ace Award at the Las Vegas Film Festival.