Best Local Filmmaker (2011)

Shawn Welling

We don't know of a lot of choreographers who go on to become award-winning film directors, but it's a transition Shawn Welling seems to have made quite easily. Welling's Project Aether, a science-fiction feature making its world premiere, took home three of the top trophies at WorldFest, including Best Actress for Joy Willard and Best Feature. A patchwork of the sci-fi, horror and conspiracy theory genres, Project Aether concerns a family that's moved into a haunted house, an event that interests several shady government types. Welling, who not only directed but also wrote Project Aether, has a cinematographer's eye and his films have a striking visual quality to them. We can't wait to see what he does next.


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