Last week I reported on the 2015 lineup of the Stanley Film Festival and gave a detailed rundown on why you should absolutely attend. But Stanley is more than just screenings, scavenger hunts, and parties – there’s also plenty to learn from some of the top horror filmmakers in the business. People like Karyn Kusama (Jennifer’s Body, The Invitation) and Leigh Whannell (writer of Saw and director of Insidious: Chapter 3) will be onhand along with producers of films like V/H/S and development execs from Blumhouse.
Check out the panel details below. Also, this year’s visionary award will be presented to Tom Quinn, the co-president of RADiUS-TWC. Having had a hand in films like It Follows, Let the Right One In, Snowpiercer and House of the Devil, it’s safe to say Quinn knows a thing or two about horror as well. You can get tickets and rooms for the Stanley Film Festival here. The whole thing runs from April 30th-May 3rd.
SELLING SCREAMS: THE BUSINESS OF INDIE HORROR
Saturday May 2, 12:00pm
Learn the secrets of the trade in this passionate discussion of the grueling work of producers, sales agents, buyers and fans who make independent horror thrive.
Panelists: Roxanne Benjamin (Producer, V/H/S, V/H/S/2), Nate Bolotin (Partner, XYZ Films), Daniel Noah (Producer, SpectreVision), Ryan Turek (Director of Development, Blumhouse)
Moderator: Eric Kohn (Indiewire)
VISIONARY DISTRIBUTION: A CONVERSATION WITH RADIUS-TWC CO-PRESIDENT TOM QUINN
Saturday May 2, 1:30pm
2015 Visionary Award Recipient Tom Quinn discusses his history of championing great genre cinema – including LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, HOUSE OF THE DEVIL and THE HOST – and uniquely shepherding them into the world as with the recent highly innovative release strategy behind current horror breakout title IT FOLLOWS.
SCARE TACTICS: CREATIVITY IN MODERN HORROR
Saturday May 2, 2:30pm
In a genre often clogged with cliché and unoriginality, new auteurs emerge with gruesome ideas and innovative executions that keep the scares fresh and unique. Learn how these exciting voices keep their vision alive while navigating the studio system.
Panelists: Karyn Kusama (THE INVITATION, JENNIFER’S BODY), Todd Strauss-Schulson (THE FINAL GIRLS), Leigh Whannell (INSIDIOUS CH. 3, writer of SAW 1-3 and the INSIDIOUS franchise)
Moderator: Sam Zimmerman (Shock Till You Drop)
FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN: HORROR OF THE FUTURE
Saturday, May 2, 4:00pm
Hear from the virtual reality, immersive theater, and interactive game designers pioneering the next generation’s experience with horror storytelling as they embrace an audience’s increasing thirst for new adventure with rapid advancements of technology.
Panelists: Jon Braver (Creator, Delusion), Julian McCrea (Founder, Portal Entertainment), Guy Shelmerdine (Director, Catatonic)
Moderator: Devin Faraci (Badass Digest)