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21 March 2012

Since 1997 Glass Eye Pix has posted the latest NEWS to these pages.

In March 2012 we transitioned to a new home page and a wordpress site.

On this page and the dated links above are all the old posts

that chronicle our activities over the previous 15 years.



Saturday March 10th at 9pm -
Alamo Ritz 1 320 East 6th St.

Tuesday March 13th at 9pm -
Alamo Lamar A

Wednesday March 14th at 7:45p -
SXSatellite: Alamo Village

Saturday March 17th at 12:15p -
Stateside Theater

"a work of art that's both simultaneously hilarious and disturbing, Heidecker using the same skills he's honed in his TV and live comedy work, but to a terrifying degree...The Comedy is an ambitious, purposefully off-putting film, a dissection of where we find comedy and how we react to it, and a lampoon of the indie style..."






Ilya Chaiken's THE UNLOVABLES episode #1 now on Line! Check it!


created for RADIOHOLE fundraiser 2.18.12

Fessenden in British culture rag LOVE magazine... on stands now.




April 24

THE INNKEEPERS in Torrington Connecticut Wednesday 8 February


Any horror-centric composer can enter a haunted house and awake the resident spooks by throwing a battery of percussion instruments and equally unsubtle samples down the steps of a dark basement. But it’s one thing to rattle the nerves, and another to truly frighten the listener. With subtlety, and melody becoming many since-deceased composers like Bernard Herrmann and Jerry Goldsmith, a young musical Turk named Jeff Grace is successively scaring the hell out of us with more of a whisper than a scream, even if he might not have his predecessor’s orchestral resources. It’s a similar high-quality, low budget appeal that marks the work of frequent filmmaking collaborators Ti West and producer Larry Fessenden. Their pictures like “The Last Winter” and “House of the Devil” keep their audiences waiting a good long time before delivering the carnage, with minimal blood and effects at that.

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My Premiere: Rick Alverson - THE COMEDY



2/4/12—Ti West and Fessenden interviewed by NPR's Neda Ulaby on Weekend Edition




Friday Fright! Tales from Beyond the Pale: The Hole Digger!

"a fantastic story and makes my top 3 with ease."

"this is my favorite Tale. Two shovels up!"

"an amazing experience, and an open ending can make the story stick with you much longer than a nice tidy conclusion."


AICN: ScoreKeeper's Top Ten Film Scores of 2011!!!

6. THE INNKEEPERS (2011) by Jeff Grace - I love a good old fashioned ghost story! From my point-of-view as a composer, a traditional ghost story is the crown jewel of the horror genre. It's challenging enough to proficiently juggle all the various components of a typical horror narrative. Mix in the additional layers of emotion that accompany a classic ghost tale and it becomes increasingly more complex.

Jeff Grace manages to flawlessly capture the entire elemental spectrum of THE INNKEEPERS. It's intensely creepy with spasms of sheer terror wrapped in a melancholic blanket giving the film an emotional weight wrought with sadness and solicitude. He even manages to skillfully weave moments of clarity kissed with a subtle hint of wit allowing director Ti West's off-kilter humor to gel seamlessly with the other components. Not since Alejandro Amenábar's score for THE OTHERS (2001) or Fernando Velázquez's score for THE ORPHANAGE (2007) have I been as captivated, moved and bedazzled by a spectral score composed with such artisanal skill.

I've been following Grace's work for several years now and I can attest that he has not composed a mediocre score to date. His work is maturing at an alarming rate as he quietly stakes his claim as the undisputed king of independent film scores.

The score for THE INNKEEPERS will be released on CD on January 31, 2012, by Screamworks Records (SWR12001) and will be available for purchase at Screen Archives. It will also be available as a digital download via iTunes and


Six Horror Movies Where the “Filler” is Superior to the Horror

Horror films are intended to scare. So, it’s unusual when some filmmakers, on purpose or by accident, get the formula backward, going light on scares but big on the aspects most of the genre’s perpetrators don’t care about: acting, character development, strong themes, etc...

Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979): Just as his Bad Lieutenant semi-remake isn’t much of a thriller, Werner Herzog’s remake, of sorts, of the F.W. Murnau classic isn’t much of a horror. Instead it subsists entirely on mood, its dreamlike European setting and the sight of Klaus Kinski as a misshapen, pathetic Count Dracula.

The Changeling (1980): The ghost story at the heart of Peter Medak’s film is no great shakes, but it’s elevated immeasurably by the presence of George C. Scott, playing a man grieving the deaths of his wife and daughter. But then, Scott’s presence seemed to dramatically alter any horror, as witnessed in The Exorcist III—a sequel heavy on procedure and light on pea-soup vomit.

Wendigo (2001): Larry Fessenden has spent a career in lo-fi horror, with films that tackle animal testing (No Telling), addiction (Habit) and the environment (The Last Winter). Here, his regurgitation of a Native-American legend doesn’t exactly frighten. But it doesn’t have to: it’s got Patricia Clarkson and Jake Weber.

Signs (2002): M. Night’s closest-to-good film is actually pretty compelling before the dumbest ending ever.

The Innkeepers (2011): From Trigger Man to The House of the Devil to this haunted hotel chiller that’s secretly a great hang-out movie, Ti West has cornered the market on horror films that falter only when trying to be scary.

Read more at Philadelphia Weekly




30 January — Glenn McQuaid quoted in the New York Times appreciation of Hammer Films
by SHOCK VALUE author Jason Zinoman:

Glenn McQuaid, a director whose early love of Hammer inspired his 2008 film, “I Sell the Dead,”
argued in an interview that the vivid coloring in movies like “Brides of Dracula”
anticipated the flamboyantly gruesome movies of Dario Argento.
“It’s stunning,” he said, “the lush, surreal use of lilacs and red and deep purple.”

... and check out recent reviews of V/H/S celebrating McQuaid and other Glass Eye Pix pals for their big-selling found footage fright flick:

“easily the scariest film in years.”
Libertas Film Magazine

“leave it to a couple of the Glass Eye Pix directors, Joe Swanberg,
and a couple other indie filmmakers to prove that the gimmick can at least be fun”
Slant Magazine


The New Paradigm for the Sundance Breakout? When Audiences Walk Out.

"The Comedy." The term "crowdpleaser" usually applies to movies with commercial potential; at this year's Sundance Film Festival,
some of the most appealing films seem to be ones that only pleased those bold enough to stick around.
When the walkouts began at during Thursday's screening of Rick Alverson's U.S. competition selection "The Comedy," the movie sprang to life.

read more at indiewire


READ THE REST at FANGORIA | Full press release



NEWS out of Sundance on

THE COMEDY to be presented by Rough House

V/H/S the anthology film is bought by Magnolia
congrats to Glass Eye Pals Glenn McQuaid, Ti West,
Joe Swanberg, Adam Wingard, Dave Bruckner & cast!

THE COMEDY gets Roughed Up

Rough House Pictures to Present Rick Alverson’s THE COMEDY

Park City, UT – January 26, 2012 – Submarine Entertainment announced today from the Sundance Film Festival that Rough House Pictures, the Production Company of Danny McBride, David Gordon Green, Jody Hill, and Matt Reilly, has come on board to present Jagjaguwar’s darkly irreverent and controversial film THE COMEDY, starring Tim Heidecker of The Tim and Eric Awesome Show.

David Gordon Green says, “THE COMEDY is a totally unique movie-going experience that balances the emotional with the absurd. It's rare that you discover a project that has a face with a big heart and laughs but such a beautiful melancholy darkness behind the eyes. Alverson's latest film is an invitation to the flip-side of what we know of Tim and Eric, and that unexpected, unpredictable, personal journey is a wonderful thing.”

Danny McBride adds, "This is Tim Heidecker's IRON LADY . . . it is not to be missed."




critics graple with Rick Alverson's THE COMEDY
read the reviews


Featuring perhaps the most deliciously cringeworthy, homoerotic sequence this side of Jackass,
The Comedy drives a deep, un-ironic stake into the heart of current hipster culture
and devil may care who ends us hurt in the aftermath...
Already, the film has proven polarizing amongst Sundance audiences
but this is perhaps the greatest reaction possible.
For it can be argued that some film critics and bloggers today may easily
be included in this class of overconfident, emotionally immature manchildren.

Far be it from me to name names or throw everyone under the bus,
but often times when one looks in the mirror and doesn’t like what is seen,
the reaction isn’t positive. Ultimately, that may be The Comedy’s greatest virtue,
by mercilessly displaying the solipsism and misanthropy that irony
can induce in individuals through culture, be it through Pabst Blue Ribbon
or too much bad mumblecore. If you like this film then great,
and if you are pissed off at it then that’s probably even better.

by Mark Elijah Rosenberg, January 24th, 2012

“The Comedy is a fiction film about a self-absorbed, filthy-rich, entitled, obnoxious,
lazy hipster who goes around insulting his friends and condescending to strangers—
and I genuinely, deeply cared about him. Much like Five Easy Pieces or Mike Leigh’s Naked,
director Rick Alverson and lead actor Tim Heidecker have masterfully created a captivating character study
about an unlikable character. (Fans of Tim and Eric should delight in seeing a new level of skillful acting from the duo.)”


24 Jan — Heather Donahue (star of THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT)

“The Comedy is the first movie I've ever walked out of. Ever...
The movie is, on second thought, kind of brilliant...
One of the reasons for the visceral churn I experienced was: I've dated this guy.
Not this actual guy, but a version of him. He is an archetype: the New American Manchild. I've dated him more than once.
Not by choice, mind you, but because he's impossible to avoid...
It seems it's primarily the dudes who are responding to the recent American comeuppance (comedownance?)
with a seemingly terminal loss of meaning.”


1/23/12 — R.I.P. Bingham

22 January — Sundance premiere of v/h/s featuring Glass Eye Pals

Glenn McQuaid with Fessenden; Ti West, Joe Swanberg, Sophia Takal, Kate Lyn Sheil

The full v/h/s Q&A with Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett flanking their fellow directors;
Ti & Graham; after party with Peter Phok, Graham reznick, Helen Rogers, Dave Bruckner.


22 January — INDIEWIRE reviews THE COMEDY

Sundance Review: 'The Comedy' A Compelling, Layered Look At A Hipster Adrift In Brooklyn

... The Comedy" sees the director working with bigger names but still retaining his sensibilities. We don't have to mention that hipster culture is the new whipping boy (apparently we're hipsters for liking Pixar) and Alverson could've easily fired at the surface, gathering plaudits for being topical. Instead he digs up something that affects more people than just Brooklynites, the lack of sincerity in our lives and this generation's reluctance of commitment. It's a meaty film, filled with ideas unobscured by any generic narrative string, a move that shows not only the confidence of the director but his respect of the audience. This is one that'll have people talking. [A-]

21 Jan —world premiere of THE COMEDY at the Sundance Film Festival


19 Jan

NEW YORK TIMES: Take It Slow. Look Around. Watch Out!


18 January

NowOrNever environmental radio features interview with Fessenden


Exclusive Teaser for Sundance Dramatic Contender 'The Comedy' at indiewire



Meet the 2012 Sundance Filmmakers #40: Rick Alverson, 'The Comedy'


"I spent my childhood as a competitive figure skater and later taught briefly. I grew to be repulsed by that world, its relentless pursuit of perfection, its entitlement, its ignorance to the world outside its boundaries, littered with children fed on utopian dreams. Although it is ubiquitous, something about it seemed an uniquely American preoccupation: excellence trumping usefulness, a manufactured dependency on unsustainable dreams..."

read more at indiewire


FRIDAY the 13th of JANUARY

The Tales from Beyond the Pale collection is a goddamn treasure."

"Talking to Ti West, you find yourself wishing that all young directors
were as committed to their craft as he is. West has made some of the most original,
offbeat horror films in recent years and his new film, “The Innkeepers,” is no exception..."


1/10/12 exclusive

Sundance 2012: Poster for THE COMEDY Starring Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim


Fangoria's Tony Timpone interviews Ti West

Rick Alverson speaks about THE COMEDY

Jan 6 — Killer Chiller fare

Meanwhile, horror hyphenate Larry Fessenden is developing a
suspense horror pic dubbed "Beneath," set in a leaky,
oarless boat floating in the middle of a lake with a monster in it.



"The Innkeepers is radiant with inspiration...Genuinely funny...
Yielding a refined and sophisticated sense of dread. Ti West does it again."
— Moviefone

"One of the best, smartest, and scariest indie horror films I’ve seen in a long time.

"A sneakily scary ghost tale."
— Paper Magazine

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