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Tuesday, April 19, 2022

The Trailer and Poster for FOXHOLE are Here!

 

The trailer for FOXHOLE has dropped, along with a gorgeous new poster by Graham Humphreys. 

See it all at at ComingSoon.net!

FOXHOLE was produced by Larry Fessenden, Adam Scherr, James Felix McKenney, and Chris Ingvordsen.

 

Thursday, April 7, 2022

Rue Morgue: “WRACK,” from the creator of “AUTOMATONS,” sees release soon

  

Michael Gingold at Rue Morgue gives you the story on WRACK, along with a first look for readers of the first poster for the movie. Read it at Rue Morgue.

Horror Society also shared the news.


Tuesday, April 5, 2022

WRACK Coming from Channel Midnight Releasing

 

Writer/director James Felix McKenney (HYPOTHERMIA, SATAN HATES YOU, AUTOMATONS) will be releasing his new micro-budget feature film, WRACK, through his distribution label, Channel Midnight Releasing.

McKenney produced WRACK, which was filmed in Delaware County, New York, for under $1,500. The props and costumes were created by McKenney, often recycling wardrobe and hardware from Glen McQuaid's I SELL THE DEAD and his own AUTOMATONS. Both films are screening this month at MoMA The Museum of Modern Art as part of the museum's current "Oh, the Humanity! The Films of Larry Fessenden and Glass Eye Pix" film program.

WRACK takes place in the distant future, centuries after nearly all life has been wiped out by war, disease, and environmental collapse and focuses on the planet's four remaining survivors who struggle to get along with each other even more than they do to survive. All of the masked characters speak in a fictional language created by McKenney for the film, with subtitles in English.

The film was produced by McKenney and veteran filmmaker J. Christian Ingvordsen (BLUE VENGEANCE, RAINING HELL) and stars Carol Ames, John Christian, Braxton Sohns, Emma Sugler, and Jennifer Boutell. The original score for WRACK is by the late Mink Lungs guitarist & vocalist Tim Feleppa, who recorded all of the music on an iPad while living in his car.

Channel Midnight Releasing was founded in 2010, releasing Nathan Wrann's experimental revenge movie, BURNING INSIDE, in December of that year. McKenney recently decided to resurrect the label after a lengthy hiatus as a home for WRACK, with a remastered edition of his first feature, CANNIBALLISTIC!, coming later.

"Spending more money on festival entries, traveling to film markets, and the various expenses that pile up while delivering to a distributor than we did on making the actual movie seems like a betrayal of what we set out to do with this project," says McKenney, "It makes more sense to me to continue with the same DIY spirit that WRACK was conceived and release it ourselves."

WRACK is expected to be available via streaming and blu-ray this summer.

The film's trailer is available to watch here.

 James Felix McKenney's 2006 feature, AUTOMATONS, screens at MoMA The Museum of Modern Art on April 7th and 12th.


For more information on the WRACK release as it becomes available, follow McKenney on Twitter and Instagram and visit his Studio Midnight website to sign up for his mailing list.

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

MOMA The Museum of Modern Art's Glass Eye Pix Retrospective on Roger Ebert.com

Simon Abrams gives you the full story on the “Oh, the Humanity! The Films of Larry Fessenden and Glass Eye Pix” retrospective running from March 30 through April 19 at MoMA and online. Read the full article here



Monday, March 28, 2022

AUTOMATONS at MoMA

 

AUTOMATONS will be screening at MoMA The Museum of Modern Art on April 7 & 12 as part of the Larry Fessenden / Glass Eye Pix series. Writer-director James Felix McKenney will be there on 12th to introduce the film and for a Q&A after.

 For tickets and more information, visit the MoMA website.

"...the movie’s loving attention to light and shade transcends its hermetic setting and meager budget. At times the buzzing static and fizzy backlighting recall the glistening surrealism of the filmmaker Guy Maddin... enormously endearing"

-- Jeannette Catsoulis, NEW YORK TIMES

"AUTOMATONS is a smart, thought-provoking tale equipped with the moody ambiance and intellectual integrity of a classic episode of THE OUTER LIMITS. That's high praise indeed."

-- Steven Puchalski, SHOCK CINEMA

"Automatons is an excellent homage to the movies of yesteryear, and will be quite a thrill for anyone who misses those old days."

-- Steve Anderson, FILM THREAT

"The visuals are astonishing and the film works out its central thesis to its most appalling conclusion. Writer/editor/director McKenney is definitely one to watch."

-- David Annandale, VIDEOSCOPE

"Automatons is what happens when Eraserhead and Tetsuo the Iron Man bong themselves into oblivion and collaborate on a minimalist avant-garde sci-fi cheapie shot in a toolshed... Robot radness achieved! Budgets are for bitches. "
-- Nathan Lee, VILLAGE VOICE

"It's not a film of compromise but of sheer determination, refusing to be defined by its budget and liberated by a decision to overcome its bank account with sheer imagination."
-- S. James Snyder, NEW YORK SUN

Monday, February 28, 2022

Andris Reviews AUTOMATONS!

 
Have a look at this wonderful video from Andris Reviews about our 2006 film Automatons. Automatons will be screening at MoMA The Museum of Modern Art this April as part of their Larry Fessenden and Glass Eye Pix film series.

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

The Museum of Modern Art announces a Glass Eye Pix Retrospective: 22 features! shorts! & more!

Oh, the Humanity!
The Films of Larry Fessenden and Glass Eye Pix

Mar 30–Apr 19, 2022
MoMA, Online



For more than 40 years, Larry Fessenden has not only reinvented and reinvigorated the horror and fantasy genre through his contemporary re-imaginings of mythic archetypes—the chimera, the vampire and the ​Leviathan, the Wendigo and the Modern Prometheus—he has also, as the founder in 1985 of the scrappy, resolutely independent New York production company Glass Eye Pix, nurtured the early careers of a diverse array of talents including Kelly Reichardt (River of Grass and Wendy and Lucy), Ti West (The House of the Devil and The Innkeepers), Rick Alverson (The Comedy), Graham Reznick (I Can See You), Jim Mickle (Stake Land), Ilya Chaiken (Liberty Kid)​, and James Felix McKenney​ (Automatons and Satan Hates You)​​.

Celebrating his extraordinary career as a writer, director, producer, actor, cinematographer, editor, and songwriter, this major retrospective of Larry Fessenden and Glass Eye Pix presents more than 20 feature films screened in MoMA’s theaters, as well as an additional selection of features and shorts streaming on our Virtual Cinema platform (available to MoMA members across the US). Perhaps the true terror—and the liberating promise—of Fessenden’s work, which includes Habit (1997), No Telling (1991), Wendigo (2000), The Last Winter (2007), and Depraved (2019), is the extent to which the world today, our so-called Anthropocene epoch, has come to mirror his own uncanny visions of existential crisis: of ecological collapse and worldwide plague, historical trauma and amnesia, the dehumaniz​ing effects​ of technology, and a profound alienation from the animal world and ourselves through a failure of the empathic imagination.

Organized by Joshua Siegel, Curator, Department of Film, The Museum of Modern Art.

Visit the MOMA website here.


Thursday, September 9, 2021

FOXHOLE and SIZE UP Premieres

Two films on which James Felix McKenney worked on as a producer are set to have premieres this fall with both in-person and online screenings.

 


Jack Fessenden's FOXHOLE will have World its premiere will be at the Oldenburg Film Festival both in-person and online on September 17, followed by the North American premiere at The Woodstock Film Festival with screenings on October 1 & 2.

Rigo Garay's short SIZE UP will also be screening on October 2 as part of Woodstock's Fight or Flight Shorts Program.

Both films are Glass Eye Pix productions.



Friday, March 5, 2021

Get Your Sea-Borgs on Etsy

 

A selection of Sea-Borgs are currently available to purchase once again on Etsy. Visit the Studio Midnight shop to get yours. New Sea-Borg and other figures are coming later this year!


Tuesday, December 1, 2020

It’s a World of Masks in the Trailer for Micro-budget Feature, WRACK

The trailer for James Felix McKenney’s no-budget feature film debuts today.

 


Premiering today is the trailer for WRACK, a no-budget, feature-length experiment from writer/director James Felix McKenney (HYPOTHERMIA, SATAN HATES YOU, AUTOMATONS).

In the distant future, centuries after nearly all life has been wiped out by war, disease, and environmental collapse, the planet has begun to heal itself. WRACK focuses on four mutated humans, who despite being the only known people left on their world, still cannot get along.

All of the characters speak in a fictional language created for the film, with subtitles in English.

WRACK was produced by McKenney and veteran filmmaker J. Christian Ingvordsen (BLUE VENGEANCE, RAINING HELL) and stars Carol Ames, John Christian, Braxton Sohns, Emma Sugler, and Jennifer Boutell. The movie was filmed in Delaware County, New York.

"I wanted to see how little my friends and I could make a fantasy-based feature film for," says McKenney, "My goal was to do it for less than $1,500, and we managed to pull it off."

To keep costs down, WRACK was shot without a crew, aside from cast members and the occasional helping hand. Props and costumes were created by McKenney, often repurposing wardrobe and hardware from the Glass Eye Pix films I SELL THE DEAD (directed by Glenn McQuaid) and McKenney's own AUTOMATONS.

The original score for the film is by former Mink Lungs guitarist & vocalist Tim Feleppa, who recorded all of the music on an iPad while living in his car.
 

The film is expected to be released in 2021.

For more information on WRACK as it becomes available, follow McKenney on Twitter and Instagram and visit his Studio Midnight website to sign up for his mailing list.