We are happy to announce that ORIGINS Founder Melody Cooper and member Lucy Cruell are two of the filmmakers chosen for fellowships for AMC Networks inaugural Shudder Labs.


From the Press Release:
Shudder, the horror streaming video service backed by AMC Networks, has announced the 11 fellows selected for the inaugural Shudder Labs, an intimate and immersive workshop for aspiring genre filmmakers. Shudder Labs will provide a one-of-a-kind space for a new generation of horror talent to advance their work through hands-on support and guidance from established horror masters. 

The final 11 Shudder Fellows were selected from over 300 applicants across the U.S. and represent a group of filmmakers whose ongoing projects demonstrate unique viewpoints, original concepts, and confident styles. Together, they embody a multitude of perspectives on horror—they are the new voices finding fresh, artful, frightening avenues to explore within the genre.

“The caliber of projects and overall submissions for the first Shudder Labs are beyond what we could have ever imagined when we developed the idea,” said Shudder curator Samuel Zimmerman. “They show the hunger for a genre-focused program and the bold new perspectives of the next generation of horror filmmaking.”

The Sound of Darkness focuses on the 64,000 Black women and girls who are missing in the U.S., and Melody is partnering with The Black and Missing Foundation to develop the film and     promote their mission to bring more awareness to the issue.

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The Black and Missing Foundation

  • Lucy's project for Shudder is her upcoming supernatural/horror/thriller UnSeenShe is also, among other things, the creator of and a writer/director in the "7 Magpies" project, the first horror anthology solely written and directed by African-American women. (www.facebook.com/7MagpiesMovie) (@the7Magpies)


Lucy is also currently in post-production on her mystery/horror/thriller Flesh (www.facebook.com/FleshMovie), which will double both as a completed short film and the first 15 minutes of the feature film. Flesh has been chosen for fiscal sponsorship by From the Heart Productions, a 23 year old 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization, which supports films that it believes will have a positive impact on both society and the industry. Thus all donations are 100% tax deductible and will go towards finishing the making of a thriller with meaning. 

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