LARRY FESSENDEN (Producer, CEO)
Larry Fessenden, winner of the 1997 Someone to Watch Spirit Award, and nominee for the 2010 Piaget Spirit Award for producing, is the writer, director and editor of the award-winning art-horror trilogy HABIT (Nominated for 2 Spirit Awards), WENDIGO (Winner Best Film 2001 Woodstock Film Festival) and NO TELLING. His film, THE LAST WINTER (Nominated for a 2007 Gotham Award for best ensemble cast), premiered at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival and was distributed through IFC. Fessenden directed SKIN AND BONES for NBC TV’s horror anthology FEAR ITSELF and the feature film BENEATH for Chiller films. He wrote the screenplay with Guillermo del Toro of ORPHANAGE, an English language remake of the successful Spanish film EL ORFANATO. He is the writer, with Graham Reznick of the Sony Playstation video game UNTIL DAWN. Fessenden was awarded the 2007 Sitges Film Festival Maria Award for his work as a producer, actor and director in genre film, and he won the 2009 Golden Hammer Award for “being such an inspiring force in the industry.” In 2011, Fessenden was inducted into the “Fangoria Hall of Fame” and was honored by the UK’s Total Film as an Icon of Horror during the Frightfest Film Festival. (LONG BIO HERE)
CHRIS SKOTCHDOPOLE (Office Manager)
Chris Skotchdopole is a writer, director and producer living in New York City. He works with Glass Eye Pix, an independent production outfit lead by director Larry Fessenden. Skotchdopole most recently served as co-producer on Jenn Wexler’s punk thriller, THE RANGER, starring Chloe Levine and Jeremy Holm. Previously, he worked as associate producer on Mickey Keating’s DARLING (SXSW) and Rob Mockler’s film LIKE ME (SXSW), starring Addison Timlin. He has produced several music videos and shorts for Glass Eye, including James Siewert’s THE PAST INSIDE THE PRESENT (Slamdance, Flordia Film Festival, Fantastic Fest). THE EGG AND THE HATCHET is his first short since graduating from the School of Visual Arts in 2010. Chris is currently developing a feature with Larry Fessenden.
RIGO GARAY (Office Coordinator)
Rigo Garay is a writer, director and actor born and raised in Long Island, NY. He has worked as miscellaneous crew on numerous Glass Eye productions. In 2016, Rigo officially joined the full-time GEP team as the Office Coordinator and has been there since. His directorial debut short SIZE UP, is currently in post production.
JENN WEXLER (Producer)
Jenn Wexler most recently wrapped principal photography on Mickey Keating’s DARLING. Prior to that, she produced Michael Vincent’s upcoming ONLY A SWITCH, Glenn McQuaid and Graham Reznick’s segments for Chiller TV’s CHILLING VISIONS: 5 STATES OF FEAR, and Larry Fessenden’s segment of ABCs OF DEATH 2. She was Associate Producer on Fessenden’s BENEATH as well as Glass Eye Pix’s TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE, and she served as Post-Production Coordinator on Ti West’s THE SACRAMENT. Jenn started working in the genre at FEARnet, Sony & Lionsgate’s former TV channel dedicated to horror, and she’s directed short films that have played US and international horror fests. She is an IFP Narrative Labs Fellow.
PETER PHOK (Producer)
Peter Phok is an award-winning film producer, most recently producer on Ti West’s revenge western, IN A VALLEY OF VIOLENCE, starring Ethan Hawke and John Travolta, with Blumhouse Productions. In 2012, Phok joined producers Eli Roth and Jacob Jaffke for West’s THE SACRAMENT, which world premiered at the Venice International Film Festival and released through Magnolia Pictures domestically and IM Global internationally. Phok began his career as Associate Producer on West’s first feature, THE ROOST. Shortly thereafter he co-produced West’s TRIGGER MAN with indie horror icon Larry Fessenden, joining Fessenden’s production company, Glass Eye Pix, producing films that include West’s THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL and THE INNKEEPERS; Graham Reznick’s I CAN SEE YOU; Glenn McQuaid’s I SELL THE DEAD; Jim Mickle’s STAKE LAND; Joe Maggio’s BITTER FEAST; and Fessenden’s BENEATH. Phok has also served as an IFP Narrative Lab Mentor since 2008 and is a member of Film Independent and the Producer’s Guild of America.
BRENT KUNKLE (Producer)
Brent Kunkle recently produced Rick Alverson’s Sundance dramatic competition selection THE COMEDY, starring Tim Heidecker. His latest work includes a slate of “pulp” thrillers with Glass Eye Pix and Dark Sky Films. The pictures include Joe Maggio’s BITTER FEAST, Jim Mickle’s STAKE LAND, (Midnight Madness award winner at 2010’s Toronto Int’l FF); and James Felix McKenney’s HYPOTHERMIA starring Michael Rooker. Brent began his career assisting at indie non-profit film champion IFP, and then joined Iridium Entertainment for a short period as a producer’s and development assistant. He later transitioned into film production as production coordinator and music supervisor on LIBERTY KID (Winner of Best Picture at the 2007 NY Int’l Latino Film Festival), produced by Mike S. Ryan and Larry Fessenden. In 2007, Brent began working full-time for Fessenden at Glass Eye Pix. There he served as line producer on I SELL THE DEAD, starring Dominic Monaghan and Ron Perlman and production supervisor on Ti West’s THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL. He co-produced JT Petty’s short film BLOOD RED EARTH and produced Graham Reznick’s 3D short film THE VIEWER. He is producer of Aram Garriga’s feature documentary, AMERICAN JESUS, and Adrian Garcia Bogliano’s LATE PHASES.
JAMES FELIX McKENNEY (Office Manager)
Jim McKenney was born in Connecticut and raised in Maine. He spent much of the 1990’s working in Boston underground theatre with the House of Borax and Acme Theatr groups, as well as with their various offshoots, in many capacities: actor, stagehand, playwright, director and doorman. In 1995, he founded MonsterPants, then the publisher of underground comic books. Three issues of COW were published, for which McKenney was co-editor and publisher, contributing writer and occasional artist. Also from MonsterPants Comics was a special edition of PSYCHONAUT by Serbian artist, Aleksandar Zograf. McKenney lived in Los Angeles from 1996 – 2000 where he performed writing chores on numerous projects, including: comic books, music videos, internet magazines and motion pictures. After a number of feature film projects fell through at crucial points in their development, McKenney decided to take matters into his own hands and make his own movie, the tongue-in-cheek bloodfest: CANNIBALLISTIC! After returning to the East Coast, McKenney continued to work on independent films until he began his relationship with Larry Fessenden’s Glass Eye Pix in 2002. McKenney has been a collaborator on several Glass Eye projects, including THE LAST WINTER and THE WENDIGO animated series. He is the Associate Producer on the ScareFlix film series which includes director Ti West’s THE ROOST and TRIGGER MAN. McKenney is responsible for writing and directing the first film in the line, the quirky supernatural drama THE OFF SEASON, as well as the retro-styled killer robot film AUTOMATONS. Both are currently available on DVD. 2010 brought the debut of McKenney’s satire of Christian “scare” films, SATAN HATES YOU, which is now available on DVD and won Best Feature at the Coney Island Film Festival. In 2012, James hosted the weekly internet radio show “The MonsterPants Are On!” on Cult Radio-A-Go-Go. That year also saw the release of the creature feature HYPOTHERMIA starring Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy, The Walking Dead), which McKenney wrote and directed for Glass Eye Pix and Dark Sky Films. McKenney currently lives in New York with his longtime girlfriend Lisa where he continues to make films, host the Before Geeks Were Cool podcast and create handmade toys assisted by his cats Oscar, Oliver, Gomez & Mothra and dogs Chumley, Nacho, Sanchez & Doomsday.