Kicking down boundaries and pushing us to our limits is all in a day’s work for maverick author, producer, director and businessman Stephen Biro. If you recognize titles like GINI PIGGU (1985), PHILOSOPHY OF A KNIFE (2008), AFTERMATH (1994), 1-ICHI (2003), RUBBER’S LOVER (1996), SLAUGHTERED VOMIT DOLLS (2006) or FRANKENHOOKER (1990), you can thank Stephen Biro and Unearthed Films for getting them to you. Stephen is also the powerhouse behind the now iconic AMERICAN GUINEA PIG films.
Producer, director, writer and actor Stephen Wozniak of Inevitable Film Group is the very definition of duality when he steps into a role. He vacillates between light and darkness like a hypnotic ping pong ball to play each part convincingly and with conviction. And when it comes to horror, this chameleon-actor is as gritty as they come
Actor, director and writer, Conor Sweeney, is twenty percent of the eighties-throwback powerhouse filmmaking team, Astron-6. His mad scientist-style, brilliant co-creators are Matthew Kennedy, Adam Brooks, Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski.
Buddy Giovinazzo believes in the truth. Sometimes the world is a stark, filthy place and his films explore the brutal underbelly of humanity with a jarring dose or realism. He has immersed himself in the culture of New York City and emerged with story after dank, sordid story screaming to be told. Whether by film, book, or television show, Buddy’s message is clear. The human race needs to run for its life.
It’s the dream of every independent filmmaker. Be an auteur and make the film that matches your initial vision, then be rewarded for your efforts. Make it big and change the face of the genre. Eduardo Sánchez did just that, with his film THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT (1999), which is lauded as one of the most successful independent films of all time, banking over $248,000,000 worldwide. The film also let to a mass appreciation for the found footage sub-genre. With films like ALTERED (2006), LOVELY MOLLY (2011) and EXISTS (2014), Eduardo continues to make his mark with new approaches to the genre.
Filmmaker, Richard W. Haines is more than just an auteur. He’s an avid film preservationist, an authority on the technical aspects of film and a lauded novelist. To put it simply, Richard knows film. And with titles like CLASS OF NUKE ‘EM HIGH (1986), SPLATTER UNIVERSITY (1984) and ALIEN SPACE AVENGER (1989), he’s a cult horror icon as well.
In a career that has spanned four decades, horror and cult filmmaker Donald Farmer can comfortably be considered one of the premier SOV artists of our time. With titles like CANNIBAL HOOKERS, CHAINSAW CHEERLEADERS and SAVAGE VENGEANCE, Donald has become known for his unique aesthetic and equally colorful characters.