Award-Winning “Found” Now on the Festival Circuit!

Gavin Brown and Ethan Philbeck star in "Found". Found, the new independent coming-of-age horror film from director Scott Schirmer and author Todd Rigney, made its film festival debut in September 2012 at Elvira’s Horror Hunt. The Mistress of the Dark declared the film “as horror as horror can get” at the awards ceremony in Indianapolis, where the film took home trophies for Best Feature, Best Director, and Best Actor (Ethan... Read More

“Found” in the Bloomington Herald Times: Locally Filmed Horror Movie a Creative Stretch

Ethan Philbeck plays the homicidal Steve in "Found." The following article appeared in the Bloomington Sunday Herald Times, October 23, 2011. Locally filmed horror movie a creative stretch by Mike Leonard Most actors will tell you they like to stretch themselves, but what Ethan Philbeck did over the summer was a bit extreme. One role he rehearsed was the duck character in the recently completed Cardinal Stage production of the charming... Read More

Teaser Trailer for “Found” Released

The first teaser trailer for “Found” has been released and is already being distributed through several film and horror websites, including Dread Central, Horror News, AlienBee, Beyond Hollywood, Horror Society, Slashing Through, CinemaFantastique, HorrorBid, JoBlow, Ghost Radio, IgorSlab, and a few sites overseas, like IlCinemaniaco and Gruselseite. Check it out and leave a comment — let us know what you think!  Read More

First Grisly Images from Scott Schirmer’s “Found”

Shane Beasley plays a skull-masked serial killer in "Headless," a movie featured within "Found." Beyond recently released the first batch of publicity stills from Found. These images are from “Headless,” a brutal slasher film that is featured within the main movie. Click here to read the complete article and view the images.  Read More

Indie Film Revue: The Mini-View Featuring Scott Schirmer

Brandon Bennett from The Indie Film Revue asks Scott five questions about indie filmmaking in Indiana. Full interview here: The Mini-View featuring Scott Schirmer  Read More

Interview with Scott on Yahoo! Contributor Network

Scott was recently interviewed by Amanda Crum for Yahoo!’s Contributor Network. The conversation includes his next movie, Found, and how Bloomington, Indiana, is becoming a burgeoning community of horror filmmakers. Click here for the full interview at Yahoo, or read the transcript below.   Indiana Filmmaker Creating a Name for Himself By Amanda Crum | Yahoo! Contributor Network – Fri, Jan 14, 2011 4:27 PM EST It’s refreshing... Read More

“Off the Beaten Path” Now Available on DVD and Instant Video

Off the Beaten Path is now available on DVD and Instant Video at  The gay-themed road trip movie premiered in 2005 at the Bloomington Pride Film Festival and has since been available only on YouTube. The DVD release includes a nine-minute featurette of outtakes and behind-the-scenes footage, as well as a solo audio commentary track by writer/director Scott Schirmer. Off the Beaten Path is a 63-minute documentary-style comedy/drama... Read More

“House of Hope” to screen at Dark Carnival Film Fest

House of Hope will make its festival debut at the 4th Annual Dark Carnival Film Festival this November. The three-day festival, which features indie horror films from around the world, will be held in Bloomington, Indiana, November 19th through the 21st. Master of ceremonies is none other than Monstervision host Joe Bob Briggs. Other special guests include indie scream queens Deneen Melody and Tiffany Shepis, the Men of MuscleWolf, and the hosts... Read More

The next indie horror sensation is “found.”

Waiting for your muse to sing can be a trying experience. Five years have passed since my last shoot, and during that time I decided whatever the next movie is, it would have to be special — special enough to take things to a whole new level. Unfortunately, my determination did not sway the muse. She made a few peeps here and there, mostly about unfilmable post-apocalyptic horrors, but nothing that stirred me to action.  So I sent her packing... Read More

“House of Hope” DVD and Instant Video Now Available at

House of Hope is now available on DVD and Instant Video at The DVD includes a behind-the-scenes featurette, deleted scenes, and three audio commentary tracks with: writer/director Scott Schirmer; actors Nicole Bruce and Nathan Stanger; and makeup artist Arthur Cullipher and actor Kirk Chastain. The hour-long movie was shot on mini-DV in 2002 and has gathered a YouTube following over the past several years. The story features a young... Read More

“The Day Joe Left” Finalist in Festival

“Besieged by a shadowy figure that has controlled his life for many years, Joe embarks on a surreal night’s journey to confront his demons and prevent a future in which he becomes a murderer…” Scott Schirmer’s ten-minute supernatural drama, The Day Joe Left, was a top-ten finalist in’s third on-line film festival. Watch the video at or YouTube — and share your thoughts... Read More