Glass Eye Pix producers Brent Kunkle and Peter Phok with Fessenden | photo: Nelson Bakerman
COMMUNITY OF FEAR
With Ti West’s The House of the Devil hitting theaters, Larry Fessenden’s Glass Eye Pix has become one of the most active independent production companies around.
By Lauren Wissot, Fall 2009
… The company has produced or co-produced around 30 titles going back to the mid ’80s, but let’s just take a look at some of the most recent. Reichardt’s Wendy and Lucywas released in the spring on DVD by Oscilloscope following a healthy theatrical run. Glenn McQuaid’s period horror film I Sell the Dead was released in August by IFC following a Slamdance premiere where it won the Cinematography prize and an acting prize for Fessenden. This fall brings the Magnolia Pictures release of West’s The House of the Devil, a period 1970s-styled shocker that plays as a cross between Rosemary’s Baby and When a Stranger Calls. (West has been in the Glass Eye Pix fold for almost a decade, having directed The Roost and Trigger Man for the company. The high-six-figure budget of The House of the Devil was financed by home-video distributor MPI, with whom Glass Eye Pix subsequently signed a three-picture deal.) James Felix McKenny’s Satan Hates You is heading out on the festival circuit while Glass Eye Pix preps his next film, Hypothermia. Jim Mickle’s Stake Land is currently in production through the MPI deal while James LeGros and Joshua Leonard star in Bitter Feast, a thriller that marks director Joe Maggio’s first foray into genre filmmaking. And these are just from 2009.