Thursday, June 20, 2024

LGBTQ horror-thriller Ganymede will explore the queer modern South

Iris Indie International and dentsu’s The Story Lab recently announced that principal photography has wrapped on their new LGBTQ+ Horror Thriller, Ganymede.

The feature-length film includes breakout performances from out actor Jordan Doww (Reach) and Pablo Castelblanco, (who will next be seen as a series regular in the upcoming ABC Series Alaska Daily from Tom McCarthy starring Hilary Swank). David Koechner (Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, The Office), Robyn Lively (9-1-1: Lone Star, Teen Witch), Joe Chrest (Stranger Things) and Marissa Reyes (Spirit Halloween, Raven’s Home) will be co-starring in the film, which is directed by business and life partners Colby Holt and Sam Probst (PIG HAG, world premiered SXSW 2019). Filming took place over 19 Daysin Paducah, KY under the state’s new tax credit.

Ganymede tells the story of Lee Fletcher IV, a high school senior and third generation heir to a local political dynasty in a small town in the South.  When he develops a crush on his openly gay classmate, Lee finds himself stalked by a grotesque, faceless creature that increasingly inhabits his thoughts and threatens physical harm. 

A native Paducahan, Holt was determined to bring production back to his hometown, and filming a story of LGBTQ+ empowerment during Pride Month was a triumph of the rapidly changing landscape of small cities and rural areas in America.

Said Probst and Holt, “We are a country pulling ourselves in opposite directions – while widespread acceptance of the LGBTQ community may be at an all time high, we also are facing a new wave of backlash, violence, and discrimination. That ideological split and its real world implications are what we seek to dissect with this work.  We wanted to explore the queer experience in the modern south, and the terror one can be made to feel with the realization they are gay or queer-identified.”

Ganymede is produced by Stephen Stanley (What Lies Below), Kevin Greene, and Mark Goldberg in association with Iris Indie International.   Geneva Wasserman of dentsu’s The Story Lab (Spiderhead),  J Craig Gordon, Kevin Stansberry, and Sean Fernald serve as Executive Producers.

The film is planning a 2023 film festival debut and will be up for sales in all territories.

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