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Shudder Names 11 Aspiring Horror Filmmakers for Inaugural Labs Program

8 Jun, 2016 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Shudder, the horror-themed subscription streaming service backed by AMC Networks, June 8 named 11 aspiring filmmakers for its new Shudder Labs workshop.

Selected from more than 300 applicants, the filmmakers will work with hands-on support and guidance from established horror masters, including Larry Fessenden (Habit, No Telling, The Last Winter); CEO of Snowfort Pictures Travis Stevens (We Are Still Here, A Horrible Way To Die); writer Clay McLeod Chapman (The Boy, Late Bloomer); producer Jenn Wexler (Darling, Slumber Party); Kickstarter’s George Schmalz; IFC Films head of acquisitions and production Arianna Bocco; Josh & Sierra Russell of Russell FX (Southbound), and the Frontieres International co-production market’s director Lindsay Peters.

Aspiring filmmakers and their projects include Mike Olenick (As the Dust Settles); Shane Wheeler (Beyond the Darkness); Rick Spears (Black Bats); Joshua Erkman (In the Night); Courtney and Hillary Andujar (Lovespell); Hunter Stephenson (Polybius); Will Forbes (The Eyes); Melody Cooper (The Sound of Darkness); Lucy Cruell (Un-Seen); and Chris LaMartina (What Happens Next Will Scare You).

Each filmmaker will receive significant post-Labs support, including a $5,000 grant and a yearlong mentorship with one of Shudder Labs’ masters-in-residence

“The caliber of projects and overall submissions for the first Shudder Labs are beyond what we could have ever imagined when we developed the idea,” said Shudder curator Samuel Zimmerman. “They show the hunger for a genre-focused program and the bold new perspectives of the next generation of horror filmmaking.”

Shudder Labs takes place from June 13 through June 18 at Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, N.Y.

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