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– Tom Quinn, co-president of RADiUS, to receive the 2015 Visionary Award –


April 20, 2014 (Denver, CO) – The Stanley Film Festival (SFF) produced by the Denver Film Society (DFS) and presented by Chiller, announced today it will honor Tom Quinn, co-president of RADiUS-TWC as its 2015 Visionary Award Winner. Quinn is behind this year’s breakout horror title It Follows as well as other genre heavy hitters such as Snowpiercer, Blue Ruin and Only God Forgives. The Visionary award is given to a figure in contemporary horror who is making forward-thinking contributions that elevate the genre and provides a platform for new, innovative artists to create work. Previous recipients include Daniel Noah, Josh C. Waller and Elijah Wood, co-founders of SpectreVision (2014) and Eli Roth (2013). Quinn, along with Jason Janego, founded RADiUS which is the boutique label from the Weinstein Company (TWC).


“Mr. Quinn is the catalyst behind some of the most groundbreaking titles in modern horror,” says Denver Film Society Festival Director, Britta Erickson. “Not only does his work elevate the genre, he has been at the forefront of providing unique and innovative platforms for distribution that are changing the industry.”


His credits include Let the Right One In, House of the Devil, The ABC’s of Death, and The Host, as well as SFF titles Aftershock, All The Boys Love Mandy Lane and this year’s Goodnight Mommy and When Animals Dream. Quinn also created the genre label Magnet Releasing. An in-room channel at the Stanley Hotel will be dedicated to showcasing Quinn’s impressive body of work. The Visionary Award will be presented at the Horror Awards Brunch on Sunday Morning.


Additional awards given at the brunch include the winners of the Short Film Jury Prize. The Short Film Jury is comprised of Col Needham, founder and CEO of IMDb, the #1 movie website in the world, Jen Yamato, Entertainment Report for The Daily Beast, and Adam Krentzman, Director of Community Outreach CreativeFuture. Jurors will also award the winner of the Stanley Dean’s Cup, a student showcase of short films, where two films, one local short and one non-local short, will be awarded a cash prize. Stanley Dean’s Cup winners will be presented after the program ends early Sunday afternoon.


Award recipients and jurors will also participate in a variety of panels on Saturday, May 2 focusing on the business and future of horror as part of the SFF Program. Four panels round out the day;  Visionary Distribution – Tom Quinn will discuss his history of championing great genre cinema and uniquely shepherding them into the world through the lens of his most recent hit, It Follows, Selling Screams – The Business of Indie Horror, Scare Tactics – Creativity in Modern Horror, and Fear of the Unknown – Horror of the Future. Fear of the Unknown will focus on virtual reality and the next generation’s experience with horror storytelling. SFF attendees can experience this phenomenon throughout the weekend with Catatonic – A Virtual Reality Experience.


All panels and Catatonic are free and open to the public. Individual tickets and the full program are available at


Registration is now open for Dead Right Horror Trivia & the Horror Immersion Game. To register for either experience, please visit:


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2015 Stanley Film Festival Sponsors:

PRESENTING: Chiller; HOST VENUES: The Stanley Hotel, Reel Mountain Theater, Historic Park Theater; GOVERNMENT: Colorado Tourism Office, Colorado Office of Film, Television and Media, Town of Estes Park; MEDIA: Badass Digest, Fangoria, Shock Til You Drop, Daily Dead, Bloody Disgusting, IndieWire, Crave Online; COMMUNITY: 13th Floor Haunted House, Telluride Horror Show, Estes Park Shuttle; EVENT: Ghost Pines, Kronenbourg ; FESTIVAL FRIENDS: Zerosun Pictures, Fandor, Scream Factory!, CEAVCO Audio Visual



Tom Quinn is credited with having created a new distribution paradigm for such groundbreaking films as SNOWPIERCER and IT FOLLOWS, while simultaneously championing a traditional distribution model for back-to-back Oscar winners 20 FEET FROM STARDOM and CITIZENFOUR.

He is the co-president of RADiUS, the boutique distribution label of the Weinstein Company.

In addition to the Academy Award winning CITIZENFOUR and 20 FEET FROM STARDOM, RADiUS films also include Academy Award nominee CUTIE & THE BOXER, record setting BACHELORETTE,


Tom Quinn

Previously, Tom spent more than seven years at Magnolia Pictures as senior vice-president and head of acquisitions. He created Magnet Releasing, Magnolia’s genre arm; the Six Shooter series; and the annual Oscar Shorts program. He also helped launch Drafthouse Films by partnering on their first release, FOUR LIONS. Over his career, Tom has acquired and distributed over 200 films including MAN ON WIRE, LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, FOOD INC, JESUS CAMP, ONG BAK, COCAINE COWBOYS, JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI and FREAKONOMICS. Tom is also a programmer, having worked for Philadelphia, Atlanta, Woodstock and ActionFest, a festival he was instrumental in creating. Prior to joining Magnolia, he was at Samuel Goldwyn for seven years, eventually becoming vice-president of acquisitions, where he was responsible for acquiring RAISING VICTOR VARGAS and SUPER SIZE ME. His first industry job was working in domestic film publicity for Nancy Willen at Dennis Davidson Associates.



Col Needham, Founder and CEO, IMDB

Col Needham is the founder and CEO of IMDb, the #1 movie website in the world. Born and living in the UK, Col has had a lifelong interest in both technology and movies. IMDb grew out of a personal database of movie information which Col created as a teenager, combined with similar data collected on the Internet in the late 1980s/early 1990s. IMDb incorporated in January 1996 with the volunteers as shareholders and IMDb became a wholly owned subsidiary of in April 1998. Col continues in his original role to this day, working from an office in Bristol with IMDb staff members in countries around the world. To learn more about IMDb or Col Needham, go to:


Jen Yamato, Entertainment Reporter, The Daily Beast

Jen Yamato covers entertainment for The Daily Beast in Los Angeles. She has served as an editor and reporter at Deadline Hollywood, Movieline, and Rotten Tomatoes, among other publications, and as a chief film critic at


Adam Krentzman, Director of Community Outreach, CreativeFuture

For 25 years, Adam Krentzman has been involved in the packaging, producing and financing on over 50 feature films. At the Creative Artists Agency, Adam served as a motion picture agent representing Hollywood’s top directors, producers, and writers and was part of a small team involved in the international financing and packaging for all CAA clients. Adam has taught or lectured at numerous universities worldwide and he is currently a part-time professor at Columbia College Hollywood. He is on the Board of the Telluride Film Festival and is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences.





Saturday May 2, 12:00pm

Learn the secrets of the trade in this passionate discussion of the grueling work of producers, sales agents, buyers and fans who make independent horror thrive.

Panelists: Roxanne Benjamin (Producer, V/H/S, V/H/S/2), Nate Bolotin (Partner, XYZ Films), Daniel Noah (Producer, SpectreVision), Ryan Turek (Director of Development, Blumhouse)

Moderator: Eric Kohn (Indiewire)



Saturday May 2, 1:30pm

2015 Visionary Award Recipient Tom Quinn discusses his history of championing great genre cinema – including LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, HOUSE OF THE DEVIL and THE HOST – and uniquely shepherding them into the world as with the recent highly innovative release strategy behind current horror breakout title IT FOLLOWS.



Saturday May 2, 2:30pm

In a genre often clogged with cliché and unoriginality, new auteurs emerge with gruesome ideas and innovative executions that keep the scares fresh and unique. Learn how these exciting voices keep their vision alive while navigating the studio system.

Panelists: Karyn Kusama (THE INVITATION, JENNIFER’S BODY), Todd Strauss-Schulson (THE FINAL GIRLS), Leigh Whannell (INSIDIOUS CH. 3, writer of SAW 1-3 and the INSIDIOUS franchise)

Moderator: Sam Zimmerman (Shock Till You Drop)



Saturday, May 2, 4:00pm

Hear from the virtual reality, immersive theater, and interactive game designers pioneering the next generation’s experience with horror storytelling as they embrace an audience’s increasing thirst for new adventure with rapid advancements of technology.

Panelists: Jon Braver (Creator, Delusion), Julian McCrea (Founder, Portal Entertainment), Guy Shelmerdine (Director, Catatonic)

Moderator: Devin Faraci (Badass Digest)


About Catatonic – A Virtual Reality Experience

Directed by Guy Shelmerdine, CATATONIC is an immersive journey through an insane asylum in which the audience, bound to a wheelchair, undergoes a sensory-shocking horror thrill ride. Participants will be ushered in by a nurse and fitted with a Samsung Gear headset and headphones for a 360° 3D immersive experience building to a cacophony of terror and depravity one has to experience to believe.


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Stanley Film Festival: Set at the historic inspiration for Stephen King’s THE SHINING, the Stanley Film Festival showcases the best in classic and contemporary horror cinema at the Stanley Hotel in beautiful Estes Park, Colorado. Produced by the Denver Film Society, the festival is a labor of love dedicated to crafting a more interactive experience for genre filmmakers and fans. Presenting emerging artists and established luminaries within the genre, the four-day event features live shows, installations, industry panels, the “Stanley Dean’s Cup” student film competition, and spooky secrets within a frightening, yet elegant atmosphere that can function as a true horror summit for all.


The Stanley Hotel: Famous for its old world charm, The Stanley Hotel boasts spectacular views in every direction and is less than six miles from Rocky Mountain National Park. Multi-million dollar renovations have restored this 155-guestroom hotel to its original grandeur. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and member of Historic Hotels of America; only an hour away from Denver, it is ideal destination for a Colorado getaway.


The Stanley Hotel opened in 1909 and it was just two years later that chief housekeeper Elizabeth Wilson was injured in an explosion while she was lighting acetylene lanterns in room 217. She survived the incident, but guests have reported sensing her presence in the room ever since. Other guests have reported lights flicking on and off, doors opening and closing and laughter and footsteps when no one else is around in other rooms and facilities throughout the hotel. The Stanley Hotel is consistently ranked the #1 haunted hotel in the world.


an entertainment brand dedicated to delivering round-the-clock scares with its commitment to producing diverse and high-quality horror content.  Chiller’s eclectic slate of adrenaline-fueled, soul-stirring entertainment includes a broad offering of original movies and specials, genre films, documentary and reality shows (Scream Queens) and some of the most thought-provoking and suspenseful series ever on television (The River, X-Files, 666 Park Avenue, Alcatraz, Tales from the Darkside).  With its recently-created Chiller Films initiative, Chiller also produces feature films for select theaters and On-Demand.  Chiller network is currently available in over 40 million homes.  To learn more, visit: Chiller. Scary Good.


The Denver Film Society: Founded in 1978, the Denver Film Society (DFS) is a membership-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit cultural institution that produces film events throughout the year, including the award-winning Starz Denver Film Festival and the popular, summertime series Film on the Rocks. With a vision to cultivate community and transform lives through film, the Film Society provides opportunities for diverse audiences to discover film through creative, thought-provoking experiences.


The permanent home of the Denver Film Society, the Sie FilmCenter, is Denver’s only year-round cinematheque, presenting a weekly-changing calendar of first-run exclusives and arthouse revivals both domestic and foreign, narrative and documentary – over 600 per year, all shown in their original language and format. DFS’s one-of-a-kind programs annually reach more than 200,000 film lovers and film lovers-in-training.


Grand Heritage Hotel Group: Founded in 1989 by John Cullen, Grand Heritage Hotel Group is one of the nation’s premier owner operators of independent luxury hotels and resorts. Its properties are sought-after destinations that offer consistent luxury, quality and exceptional surroundings. Several Grand Heritage properties enjoy prestigious distinction as designated Historic Hotels of America. The company prides itself on the vision and strategic expertise of its leadership. Highly innovative and experienced professionals collectively boast more than 50 years of hands-on experience in all aspects of the hotel and hospitality business and are recognized for imaginative and entrepreneurial style. Grand Heritage owns and operates hotels in North America; it also operates Grand Heritage Hotels International Brand, which has a number of properties in Europe, The Middle East, India and North Africa.


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