Filmmaker and horror icon Larry Fessenden has developed an extensive career creating and supporting independent horror.
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is celebrating with a retrospective of Fessenden and Glass Eye Pix, the New York independent production shingle headed by the genre auteur.
Running March 30 through April 19, the retrospective will run 26 feature films and numerous shorts, animations, and early works created during Glass Eye Pix’s 37 years of operation.
It includes Fessenden’s directorial efforts No Telling, Habit, Wendigo, The Last Winter, Beneath, and Depraved.
The retrospective, “Oh, the Humanity!” includes works by celebrated directors Kelly Reichardt (River of Grass, Wendy and Lucy), Ti West (The Roost, The House of the Devil, The Innkeepers), Rick Alverson (The Comedy), and Jim Mickle (Stake Land). Films by up and coming auteurs will also be featured, including Ana Asensio’s award-winning Most Beautiful Island, Jenn Wexler’s The Ranger, Rob Mockler’s Like Me, Mickey Keating’s Darling, Ilya Chaiken’s Liberty Kid, Joe Maggio’s Bitter Feast, Glenn McQuaid’s I Sell The Dead, the hallucinatory I Can See You by Graham Reznick and the wildly experimental B&W-s8mm-Sci-Fi-futuristic-Robot-movie Automatons by James Felix McKenney.
In addition to the in-theater feature screenings, the retrospective will also present an online program featuring the animated shorts of long-time Glass Eye Pix collaborator Beck Underwood, two behind-the-scenes documentaries about the making of the Glass Eye films No Telling and Stray Bullets as well as two feature-length docs produced through the company.
Fessenden said of the program: “I am honored to have our collection of films recognized by such a venerable institution as MoMA. While I get to have my name in the title of this retrospective, it is in fact a celebration of all the artisans who have worked under the Glass Eye banner over the years: the fellow producers, crew members, actors, sound designers, graphic artists and of course the directors and writers, many of whom collaborated on more than one project and in different capacities, in different roles, telling original stories that are personal and vital in many disparate genres and mediums, created under one production shingle with the philosophy that art matters. It means a lot to have our small corner of show biz enjoy a brief moment in the spotlight.”
More details and tickets are on sale here. There will also be virtual events for MoMA members.