Joe Castro is a special effects artist and was a contestant on Season 3 of SyFy’s wild hit reality contest ‘Face Off’. Now his experience on the show which was a controversial one to say the least will be relived in new documentary “Franken//Fake” . Producer’s of Syfy’s FACE OFF will come under fire in a new documentary from Double Power Studios that will expose the truth behind one contestant of Season 3 and how casting and executive producers used degrading ways to treat this contestant and manipulate him into signing contracts on the spot and participating on a show where the judges were supposed to determine the winner.
FRANKEN // FAKE will tell the story of special effects artist, Joe Castro, who began to see a series of events from producers that led him to decide that he was not part of a true competition. When Joe left the show, he was degraded, humiliated, pushed and chased by executive producers and crew for 4 miles by car and two camera crews.
The incident took place on May 5, 2012 but is now being told by documentary Producer and veteran reality television editor, Steven Escobar. “I work in reality television and in my opinion, I have never seen such twisted and grotesque behavior from the show’s producers on any show I’ve worked on,” Escobar states. “It’s incredible how these executive producers [of FACE OFF] would go to every extreme of trying to harm someone who suffers with ADHD (Adult Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) while not allowing him to take his medication. But there’s no way they would show you that behavior in the finished cut of the show.”
FRANKEN // FAKE will contain actual footage of the events that have taken place, interviews and re-enactments of some events, which led to Joe’s departure from the show and how the network and executive producers of FACE OFF have tried every attempt to keep Joe from speaking out publically (including attempting to file temporary restraining orders [Superior Court of Los Angeles, ES015688]) all because the executive producers refuse to give him copies of all Joe's signed contracts even after a judge asked why they had not provided him with those copies.
The documentary will also dive into the world of reality television shows and examine how “wanna-be”contestants sign legal contracts without realizing their consequence. “Joe has not been able to work in the special effects industry due to these actions,” states Escobar.“They haven’t even picked up the phone to call him and see if he’s okay. EVER.”
FRANKEN // FAKE is currently in post-production and is scheduled to be finished by the Fall of 2013.
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About Double Power Studios, Inc. Double Power Studios, Inc. is based in Los Angeles, California and headed by Steven Escobar. Steven is an Emmy® award winning editor in reality television. He also produces and edits feature films and documentaries, which have gone on to win over 25 awards at various international film festivals as well as broadcast on cable networks.
About Joe Castro
Joe Castro is an award winning Special Effects Artist, Director, and Visual Effects Artist with over 23 years in the film and television industry. He grew up in Helotes, Texas right outside of San Antonio. Joe has directed over 16 feature films (low and micro-budget) which have all had domestic and international distribution since 1994.