Jaco Bouwer Discusses His Latest Film ‘Gaia’

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Director Jaco Bouwer discusses his latest film Gaia in theaters, June 18th and On Demand, June 25, 2021.

Producer/Director Jaco Bouwer ventures off for the first time in the horror genre as he discusses his latest film Gaia in theaters, June 18th and On Demand, June 25, 2021.

Jaco Bouwer is very passionate about his art and creating, especially with a film like Gaia, horror movie about a father and son survivalist duo who worship Mother Earth.

As a person who hates camping, horror movies that take place in the forest are extra frightening, because you don’t always know what goes bump amongst the trees. For Bouwer, he began camping AFTER completing Gaia.

The foundation for the suspense of the film is not only the setting and the music, but lead actor Carel Nel who portrays Barden, the father in the picture and the main acolyte of Gaia and the horrors that come when Mother Earth turns on humanity.

Official Synposis:

Starring Monique Rockman, Carel Nel, Anthony Oseyemi, Alex van Dyk

An injured forest ranger on a routine mission is saved by two off-the-grid survivalists. What is initially a welcome rescue grows more suspicious as the son and his renegade father reveal a cultish devotion to the forest.  When their cabin is attacked by a strange being it’s clear there is a far greater threat in this unrelenting wilderness.

96 Minutes

I spoke with Bouwer via Zoom about Gaia, how he remains a hopeful cynic for the world and what it was like to venture into the world of horror for the very first time.

Gaia for sure made me never to want to go camping again, as twice was more than enough and after seeing this film, a third time might be the end of me.

Gaia is in theaters, June 18th and On Demand, June 25, 2021.

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