22nd Calgary Underground Film Festival

April 17-27, 2025

12th CUFF.Docs Documentary Film Festival

November 20-24, 2024

Them That Follow

United States, 2019: 98 minutes: International Premiere
Archives 2019
In Cinema Globe Cinema
Thu, Apr 25 9:00 PM Buy


Set deep in the wilds of Appalachia, where believers handle death-dealing snakes to prove themselves before God, THEM THAT FOLLOW tells the story of a pastor's daughter who holds a secret that threatens to tear her community apart. Isolated from the rest of society, it becomes clear that morality and faith do not always align in this strict religious community where snake handling tests the soul. Oscar-winner Olivia Colman stars alongside Kaitlyn Dever, Alice Englert, Jim Gaffigan, Walton Goggins, Thomas Mann and Lewis Pullman in writer-directors Britt Poulton and Dan Madison Savage’s debut feature.

Sundance Film Festival 2019
SXSW 2019
Florida Film Festival 2019

Dan Madison Savage is a writer and director. He was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and studied film history at Vassar College. After graduating, he moved to Los Angeles to complete an MFA at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. THEM THAT FOLLOW is his first screenplay and his directorial debut.

Britt Poulton is a writer and director. Her film PROFILE, directed by Timur Bekmambetov, played at the Berlin International Film Festival and the SXSW Film Festival in 2018. THEM THAT FOLLOW is her directorial debut.

press for Them That Follow

"As the movie progresses, it also dips into full-blown body-horror territory, with hideous snake bites, gory self-mutilation, and a last-minute surgical procedure performed by a clearly unsterile tree saw. The filmmakers don’t flinch away from any of this."
- /Film
"Even in the darkest moments, when the ominous organ music is pounding and the filmmakers have twisted the audience into a quivering ball of nerves, the duo trusts in the goodness of people, even when they put themselves through insane tests."
- Variety


Drama / Mystery / Female Filmmaker

98 minutes


Britt Poulton
Dan Madison Savage

Executive Producers
William C. Gallo
Michael Leahy

Bradley Gallo
Michael A. Helfant
Gerard Butler
Alan Siegel
Danielle Robinson

Britt Poulton
Dan Madison Savage

Brett Jutkiewicz

Olivia Colman
Kaitlyn Dever
Alice Englert
Jim Gaffigan
Walton Goggins
Thomas Mann
Lewis Pullman

Garth Stevenson