FILM – 30 Terrifying Years Inside Larry Fessenden’s World of Horror! – October, 2015 *LA/NYC
GLASS EYE PIX CELEBRATES THREE DECADES OF FIERCE, AUTEUR-DRIVEN FILMMAKING
This October, Revel at 30 Terrifying Years Inside
Larry Fessenden’s World of Horror!
“Fessenden is a talent to watch. That he is able to see himself with such objectivity is almost frightening.”
– Roger Ebert
“Fessenden may be producing the best brains-before-blood horror in North America today”
– The Village Voice
On the delirious, dangerous streets of old New York, as young upstarts with names like Buscemi and Jarmusch rose to prominence, art-horror auteur Larry Fessenden birthed one of Gotham’s darkest icons of sovereign cinema. Called “one of the indie scene’s most productive and longest-running companies” by Filmmaker Magazine, Glass Eye Pix has been operated by Fessenden (THE LAST WINTER, WENDIGO, HABIT, NBC’s Fear Itself) since 1985, with the mission of supporting individual voices in the arts.
In addition to countless shorts, three seasons of radio dramas, and one of 2015’s most acclaimed, best selling video games, Fessenden’s Glass Eye Pix has been involved with over fifty critically acclaimed films in and out of the horror genre, including WENDY AND LUCY (Kelly Reichardt), STAKE LAND (Jim Mickle), THE COMEDY (Rick Alverson), THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL (Ti West), BIRTH OF THE LIVING DEAD (Rob Kuhns) LATE PHASES (Adrián García Bogliano), SATAN HATES YOU (James Felix McKenney), LIBERTY KID (Ilya Chaiken), and the forthcoming DARLING (Mickey Keating).
Founder Larry Fessenden, who still oversees operations at Glass Eye, began his career acting and shooting super 8mm shorts, eventually moving on to long format videos, such as his 144-minute caper flick EXPERIENCED MOVERS (1985), the first film to bear the Glass Eye Pix moniker.
1991 saw the production of Fessenden’s first original feature, NO TELLING and, in 1994, Glass Eye birthed what many consider the seminal NYC vampire film, HABIT. Fessenden’s subsequent award-winning films WENDIGO and THE LAST WINTER inspired The New York Times to opine, “Fessenden approaches the themes and thrills of the classic American horror movies through a determinedly modern approach, as if John Cassavetes had been working for Universal in the early 30’s.”
Since the inception of Glass Eye Pix, Fessenden and co. have run a trans-media operation on a budget, producing movies, documentaries, performance art, comic books, audio dramas, soundtracks, trading cards, action figures, and a dedicated web presence since 1993. The recent success of the Sony PS4 video game UNTIL DAWN, written by Fessenden and longtime Glass Eye collaborator Graham Reznick, indicates that the Glass Eye’s aesthetic of authenticity mixed with genre can inspire new generations of fright fans across all mediums.
To mark thirty years of fierce independence, Glass Eye Pix is celebrating with a series of special screenings and events this Autumn. On October 4th, Larry will appear at SpectreFest in Los Angeles for a special screening of HABIT, followed by a conversation, and from October 8 – 11, Fessenden will appear at New York ComicCon alongside numerous Glass Eye directors, collaborators, and friends. October 20th sees Shout! Factory’s heavily-touted Blu-ray release of “The Larry Fessenden Collection”, containing four of the director’s most acclaimed works remastered in high-definition.
Additional events will be announced in October, including a retrospective at New York’s IFC Center, screenings in New York and L.A., and a special showing of EXPERIENCED MOVERS in the same East Village bar where it was shot 30 years ago.
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