Guests


We have some amazing guests and independent filmmakers lined up this year, who will be taking part in Q&As and other special presentations. Stay tuned for more info and the complete schedule!

2019 Guests

  • Mick Garris – Special Guest, Nightmare Cinema

    Award-winning filmmaker Mick Garris began writing fiction at the age of twelve. By the time he was in high school, he was writing music and film journalism for various local and national publications, and during college, edited and published his own pop culture magazine. He spent seven years as lead vocalist with the acclaimed tongue-in-cheek progressive art-rock band, HORSEFEATHERS.

    His first movie business job was as a receptionist for George Lucas’s Star Wars Corporation, where he worked his way up to running the remote-controlled R2-D2 robot at personal appearances, including that year’s Academy Awards ceremony. Garris hosted and produced “The Fantasy Film Festival” for nearly three years on Los Angeles television, and later began work in film publicity at Avco Embassy and Universal Pictures. It was there that he created “Making of…” documentaries for various feature films.

    Steven Spielberg hired Garris as story editor on the AMAZING STORIES series for NBC, where he wrote or co-wrote 10 of the 44 episodes. Since then, he has written or co-authored several feature films (NIGHTMARE CINEMA, RIDING THE BULLET, *BATTERIES NOT INCLUDED, THE FLY II, HOCUS POCUS, CRITTERS 2) and teleplays (AMAZING STORIES, QUICKSILVER HIGHWAY, VIRTUAL OBSESSION, THE OTHERS, DESPERATION, NIGHTMARES & DREAMSCAPES, MASTERS OF HORROR, FEAR ITSELF), as well as directing and producing in many media: cable (PSYCHO IV: THE BEGINNING, TALES FROM THE CRYPT, MASTERS OF HORROR, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS, its spinoff, RAVENSWOOD, WITCHES OF EAST END, SHADOWHUNTERS, DEAD OF SUMMER, ONCE UPON A TIME), features (CRITTERS 2, SLEEPWALKERS, RIDING THE BULLET, NIGHTMARE CINEMA), television films (QUICKSILVER HIGHWAY, VIRTUAL OBSESSION, DESPERATION), series pilots (THE OTHERS, LOST IN OZ), network miniseries (THE STAND, THE SHINING, STEVE MARTINI’S THE JUDGE, BAG OF BONES), and series (SHE-WOLF OF LONDON, MASTERS OF HORROR, FEAR ITSELF).

    He is Creator and Executive Producer of Showtime’s MASTERS OF HORROR series, as well as creator of the NBC series, FEAR ITSELF, both anthology series of one-hour horror films written and directed by the most famous names in the fear-film genre: John Carpenter, Tobe Hooper, George Romero, John Landis, Dario Argento, and several others. Garris also is a writer and director on both series. Garris was also Executive Producer and Director of Stephen King’s BAG OF BONES miniseries for A&E. He is currently developing three series.

    Garris is also Executive Producer of the Universal feature, UNBROKEN, based on the life of Louis Zamperini and the book by Laura Hillenbrand. It was directed by Angelina Jolie, and has proven to be an international box office hit. His new film as producer, NIGHTMARE CINEMA, featuring five stories by five internationally renowned horror filmmakers—Ryuhei Kitamura from Japan, Alejandro Brugués from Cuba, David Slade from the UK, and Joe Dante and Garris from the USA—will soon hit theater screens.
    Mick is also known for his FEARnet television interview series POST-MORTEM, where he sits down with some of the most revered filmmakers in the horror and fantasy genre for one-on-one discussions. It has since become the popular POST MORTEM with Mick Garris podcast.

    A LIFE IN THE CINEMA, his first book, was a collection of short stories and a screenplay based on one of the included stories, published by Gauntlet Press. Garris’ first novel, DEVELOPMENT HELL, was published by Cemetery Dance, who also are also publishers of his novellas, SNOW SHADOWS and TYLER’S THIRD ACT, his second novel, SALOME, and this year’s novella, UGLY. He has also had many works of short fiction published in numerous books and magazines.

    Mick will be at Portland Horror Film Festival on Friday and Saturday, June 7th & 8th.

     

  • Dean Yurke – Stay Out Stay Alive

    English born Dean Yurke has worked in the film industry for over 25 years and has credits on over 50 major motion pictures.  After graduating with a degree in media production and a masters in computer animation, his award winning student film landed him a job with Terry Gilliam’s visual effects company Peerless. There he headed the computer graphics department and was computer graphics supervisor on several notable features including 12 Monkeys, The Edge and Surviving Picasso.

    In 1997 Dean moved to California to join George Lucas’ Industrial Light and Magic to work on the Star Wars prequels. He has worked as an animator, digital artist or sequence supervisor on some of the highest grossing franchises of all time including Star Wars, Transformers, Harry Potter, Star Trek, Pirates of the Caribbean, Iron Man, Avengers and Avatar. In tandem with visual effects Dean is also an accomplished Writer / Director. His first feature is the supernatural thriller, STAY OUT STAY ALIVE.
     

     

  • Aaron Pagniano – We’ve Got A Monkey’s Paw

    Aaron Pagniano is a series of interconnecting organs with a face. He enjoys making films, playing board games, and wandering in the woods. He grew up in the swamplands of Florida, where he graduated from FSU Film School. He now resides in Los Angeles with his pet python.

     

  • Ben Heller – “Georgie”

    As a young person living in Vancouver, Canada, it was easy for Ben to explore the thriving film scene as a background player circa ’89/’90. That interest led to his first audition, which was for the role of young Stan in Stephen King’s IT. Studying acting remained a passion in his life, at the same time testing the waters with different career options. Currently, Ben is a Product Engineer at a tech company he has been with for 15 years. 

    Recently, Ben has attended several horror film conventions socializing with IT fans. He doesn’t like to sit still and is always on the move somewhere, domestically or internationally. In addition to “GEORGIE”, you can see him in the forthcoming documentary Pennywise: The story of IT, later this year.

     

  • Brennan Gilpatrick – Nest, Fog Vs The Mist

    Brennan Gilpatrick is a writer, director and editor who relocated from Indiana to California “pioneer-style” to pursue his creative passions. While earning his degrees in Film Production and Screenwriting at Loyola Marymount University, Brennan’s thesis film YouSuck won the 2017 Bernard Abbene Comedy Writing Award at Film Outside The Frame. Currently, Brennan divides his time between directing promos for brands like Hilton Hotels and T-Mobile and producing short films with his creative partner Erin Walsh. Their debut collaboration, Bubbles, has to date amassed over 1 million views on Crypt TV.

     

  • Erin Walsh – Nest, Fog Vs. The Mist

    Erin Walsh is a writer, director and producer originally from Trumbull, CT. Upon graduating from Loyola Marymount University, Erin was awarded Best Original Undergraduate Screenplay at the Film Outside the Frame Awards for her feature screenplay, Mine to Keep. Erin partnered with director Brennan Gilpatrick in 2017 to write, produce, and direct their subversive short horror film Bubbles. The project was acquired by Crypt TV in 2018, and has to date amassed over 1 million views online. Erin currently resides in Los Angeles, California, where she continues to develop and produce short film content with Brennan Gilpatrick.

     

  • Julie Sharbutt – 3 Days

    Julie Sharbutt is an LA filmmaker, writer, and actor. Member of Film Fatales LA and Alliance of Women Directors. 2017-18 Artist in the Time Warner OneFifty New Storytellers Initiative. Her film, MOVED, was distributed in 2015 (The Orchard). Her screenplays have won awards and been finalists at Bowery Film festival, Austin Film Festival and others, and her humor writing has appeared in The New Yorker. MFA in Acting from NYU. TV credits include I’M DYING UP HERE, THE GOOD WIFE. Films include THE WEEKEND and MALADIES. She is a regular performer at Upright Citizens Brigade Los Angeles.

     

  • Kunjue Li – The Funeral

    Kunjue Li, graduated from the Royal Academy of Drama. She is the only Chinese actress registered in the BAFTA. In 2018, she starred in Netflix’s “Berlin, I Love you”, which features Keira Knightley and Helen Mirren and participated in the BBC TV series “Blood Gangster”, “Kai Kai Street”, “Only Child”, etc.. She works with Ross O’Hennessy and Zara Phythian on the sci-fi movie “Knights of the Damned”. In 2017, she was invited to attend the Cannes Film Festival, her short film “Aymara”, which was named the best short film in Cannes. Her other films include “Ten Love Questions”, which was selected in The 67th Cannes Film Festival and “Happy Birthday”, which won the 12th Royal Film and Television Association’s Best Film Award.

     

  • Monsieur Soeur – barren

    Monsieur Soeur and associates are a rotating collective, making small, mildly convoluted films since about 2008. Due to the terrors of scheduling commitments and the audacity of day-jobs, they do a lot of timed film competitions.  Monsieur Soeur are fairly unique in “filmracing” in that they make all sets and puppets from scratch during such competitions. Each film is comprised of hundreds and sometimes thousands of hand posed stills. Their Focus is mostly on darker themes with a smidge of whimsy from time to time.
    No, wait, that’s just dried blood.

     

  • Ryan Grulich – “Georgie”

    Ryan Grulich is a writer/director/producer. He is the co-owner of media and press group Creepy Kingdom based in Los Angeles and works full time in the entertainment industry producing events and content for corporate and personal efforts.  He enjoys long walks on the beach, bonsai, literature and Woody Allen films. He currently resides in Seattle, WA with his family and quite a few plants. He gets his headshots done in the Matrix and hates speaking in the third person, but definitely wrote this bio.

     

  • Sean Mullin – 3 Days

    Sean Mullin is an award-winning screenwriter and film director. His theatrically-released films include: Amira & Sam (writer/director), Semper Fi (writer/producer), Kings of Beer (writer/director), and Allegiance (producer). As a screenwriter, he’s been hired to write screenplays for an incredibly wide range of high-profile artists, spanning the spectrum from Ridley Scott to Britney Spears. Sean holds an MFA from Columbia University and a B.S. from The United States Military Academy at West Point. Sean resides in Los Angeles, where he runs Five By Eight Productions and occasionally teaches filmmaking at USC, AFI, and West Point.

     

  • Steven Jackley – Bad Resolution

    Steven K. Jackley is a Writer/Director/Producer in the Pacific Northwest. Raised in a small town in Illinois, Steven moved to Portland, Oregon in his early 20’s and fell in love with the setting. Always being a writer, he wrote several feature length scripts before he made the leap into film. His company, Sterling Falls Productions, deals primarily in Horror and Dark comedies.

     

  • Tim Blough – 2019 Horror Bumper

    Tim Blough is a member of SAG/AFTRA as well as Actors’ Equity and has been acting professionally for over 35 years. He has more than 70 plays to his credit as well as numerous independent films, commercials and TV appearances, including TNT’s Leverage and NBC’s Grimm. He has written and directed several short videos. A fan of the horror and sci-fi genre he is looking forward to this year’s festival.

     

  • Zack Ogle – We’ve Got a Monkey’s Paw

    Zack Ogle is writer/actor currently working away in Los Angeles. He has written and directed several award winning short films including “Death Has a Son”, “Polterghost”, and “Social Justice Strangers”. Zack is one half of the queer af, sex-positive comedy podcast duo “We’re Not Together with Zack and Haley”, and is currently writing a stage musical comedy about the War of Currents and the electrocution of a falsely accused elephant. He’ll be sure to tell you about it if you buy him a drink at the after party.