Glass Eye Pix (“one of the indie scene’s most productive and longest-running companies” —Filmmaker Magazine) is the fierce independent NYC-based production outfit headed by art-horror auteur Larry Fessenden (THE LAST WINTER, WENDIGO, HABIT, NBC’s Fear Itself). Glass Eye Pix is responsible for narrative films, documentaries, books, comics, audio plays, and other unique work designed to inspire and contrast with corporate media. Fessenden (winner of the Someone to Watch Spirit Award) has operated the company since 1985, with the mission of supporting individual voices in the arts.
Glass Eye Pix has produced numerous critically acclaimed films in and out of the horror genre, including DARLING (2016, Mickey Keating) 2014’s LATE PHASES (Adrián García Bogliano), BIRTH OF THE LIVING DEAD (2013, Rob Kuhns), 2013’s BENEATH (Fessenden), 2012’s THE COMEDY (Rick Alverson), 2011’s THE INNKEEPERS (Ti West), 2009’s WENDY AND LUCY (Kelly Reichardt), THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL (Ti West), and SATAN HATES YOU (James Felix McKenney), and 2008’s LIBERTY KID (Ilya Chaiken).
Glass Eye Pix’s low-budget horror banner, Scareflix, was designed to exploit hungry new talent and inspire resourceful filmmakers to produce quality work through seat-of-the-pants ingenuity. Lean-budgeted, auteur-driven pulp pictures that nurture emerging talents of the genre, Scareflix offer faces both familiar and new in chilling tales that celebrate the diversity of the horror movie– from creature features to tales of psychological dread. The series, populated with killer bats, robot wars, ghost stories, psychedelic brain melts, sniper rampages, grave robbers and zombies, includes the gently macabre I SELL THE DEAD (Glenn McQuaid), THE ROOST and TRIGGER MAN (Ti West), THE OFF SEASON and AUTOMATONS (James Felix McKenney), and I CAN SEE YOU and THE VIEWER (Graham Reznick).
Fessenden and partners Peter Phok and Brent Kunkle produced three Scareflix in collaboration with Dark Sky Films: BITTER FEAST (Joe Maggio), STAKE LAND (Jim Mickle — winner of the Audience Award at the 2010 Toronto Film Festival’s Midnight Madness) and HYPOTHERMIA (James Felix McKenney).
Glass Eye Pix produces the critically acclaimed series of audio dramas TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE, now in its 4th season. Created by Fessenden and Glenn McQuaid, hosted by Fessenden, TALES delves into the twisted minds of new and established horror auteurs to present singular stories of the uncanny, stories that chill and delight fans of the macabre, continuing Glass Eye Pix’s mission to haunt audiences’ dreams with boldly original work.
There are four major principles in play at Glass Eye Pix, first articulated in 1993. These principles are still a guiding force at GEP today.
- That process and collaboration in filmmaking constitute a microcosm of life and socio-political interaction. To do good work in a collaborative process with fairness and finesse is an accomplishment and an end in itself.
- That movies don’t have to cost a lot. Resourcefulness breathes life into the process and the product and frees us from the tyranny of commercialism.
- Personal cinema is stimulating and exploitable if the audience is open, and the work truthful.
- Just as a work is comprised of an accumulation of choices, an artist is defined by a body of work: The choices of projects over time tell a thematic story about the artist’s point of view.