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"Fare" Premieres April 26 at Newport Beach


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Low-budget thriller “Fare” Takes Filmmakers on Roadtrip to Newport Beach

Feature film shot in three days debuts April 26th at Newport Beach Film Festival

APRIL 1, 2016 (CHARLOTTE, N.C.) – “Fare,” a feature-length thriller filmed entirely inside a moving car over three days, makes its world premiere April 26 at the Newport Beach Film Festival.

Blurring the lines of tone and genre, Fare marks the feature-film debut of Charlotte, N.C.-based filmmaker Thomas Torrey.  Filmed entirely inside a moving car in real traffic and shot on a limited budget, the film is ambitious, tackling mature thematic elements such as marriage, love and betrayal. The story follows a cab driver whose chance encounter with a passenger spirals into a night of darkness.     

“The subject matter required an unusual approach, from conception to production,” said filmmaker Torrey. “And just when we think we know where the film is headed, it diverges quickly. Interpretations of the material have varied widely, from concretely thrilling to deeply surreal.”

Producer Justin Moretto described “Fare” as “existing in the now universal human experience of pulling out your phone to hail a cab. What would happen if we found ourselves somewhat notoriously connected with the driver who responded to our request for a lift? How would the night end?”

Presented by the Los Angeles Times and the City of Newport Beach, the Newport Beach Film Festival is one of southern California’s largest, attracting over 55,000 attendees each year.  Many notable films, including the premiere of Best Picture Oscar winner “Crash,” as well as “(500) Days of Summer,” “Layer Cake,” “Pieces of April” and others have screened at the Festival.

“We’re very excited to screen Fare at our 2016 festival,” said Festival Programmer Deona Hamilton. “It’s sure to become one of our audience’s favorites.”

“Fare” will premiere on Tuesday, April 26 at 8:30 p.m. at Island Cinemas, 999 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, CA. Immediately following the premiere, Torrey and Moretto will join cast members from the film for a brief question-and-answer session.

Torrey and Moretto founded Charlotte, N.C.-based production company Bad Theology Pictures in 2015. Bad Theology’s mission is to produce theme-driven narratives from writers and directors who have something to say. “Fare” is Bad Theology’s first film and one of four films to be produced under the company’s debut slate offering.



“Fare” is a dramatic thriller from first-time feature filmmakers Thomas Torrey and Justin Moretto of Bad Theology Pictures. Written and directed by Thomas Torrey, and produced by Justin Moretto, “Fare” follows a cab driver and his unsuspecting passenger as the two descend into a night of darkness. Filmed entirely inside a moving car over three days, the project marks the first of four feature films from the initial slate offering of Charlotte, N.C.-based production company Bad Theology. Visit for more information, including a trailer preview.


Bad Theology Pictures is a Charlotte, N.C.-based production company with a mission to produce theme-driven narratives from writers and directors who have something to say. Founded in 2015 by Thomas Torrey and Justin Moretto, Bad Theology is currently in pre-production on its second feature film, the sci-fi thriller “Premise,” which, along with “Fare, is part of Bad Theology’s initial film slate offering, producing four low budget films by 2018. Visit for more information.


 Founded in 1999, the Newport Beach Film Festival has evolved into a prestigious multicultural event, attracting over 55,000 attendees to Orange County, CA. Screening over 350 films in 8 days, NBFF prides itself on bringing the best in new, local, international and critically acclaimed cinema to Newport Beach. Presented by the city of Newport Beach and the Los Angeles Times, NBFF has honored film industry notables, including Russell Crowe, Aaron Sorkin, John Waters, Alan Arkin, Penelope Spheeris, and others. Visit for more information.