ALTER – a new horror brand from global studio Gunpowder & Sky – today announced that it will be a presenting sponsor of this year’s Chicago’s Cinepocalypse Film Festival. During the festival, ALTER will host the world premiere of its new film, DEADCON on June 15th at the historic Music Box Theatre; VILLAINS, acquired by ALTER out of SXSW, will also make its Chicago premiere on June 14th. ALTER will begin its year-long partnership with the Music Box after the festival, at which time more details will be announced.

Directed by Caryn Waecther, DEADCON tackles isolation in the age of social media and follows real-life YouTubers Lauren Elizabeth and Claudia Sulewski as they face vengeful ghosts even more horrifying than their devoted fans. Following the world premiere in Chicago, DEADCON will continue a festival tour this summer and fall, with more dates to be announced. Tickets for DEADCON’s premiere at Cinepocalypse are now available.

Also screening at Cinepocalypse is the crowd-pleasing comedic thriller and ALTER acquisition, VILLAINS. Starring Bill Skarsgård (Deadpool 2, It), Maika Monroe (It Follows, The Fifth Wave), Jeffrey Donovan (“Sicario”) and Kyra Sedgwick (“The Closer”), the film will make its Chicago premiere on June 14th in advance of a nationwide theatrical release this fall.

ALTER, a division of global content studio Gunpowder & Sky, is a new horror brand for novel stories exploring the human condition through warped perspectives.

Giving voice to emerging, diverse and established filmmakers, ALTER’s owned and operated channel is distributed across YouTube and Facebook where two short films or series are released each week. In addition to curating and distributing award-winning content, ALTER develops unique stories with some of the most innovative minds in the genre through its ALTER Studio projects – which are not bound to a particular platform or format.

Recent releases include the official 2018 Sundance Film Festival selection, Summer of 84, the thriller directed by RKSS (“Turbo Kid”); CAM (in partnership with Blumhouse), winner of Best Screenplay at this year’s Fantasia Festival, which was acquired by Netflix; and Goodnight, Gracie from Stellan Kendrick, one of ALTER‘s first exclusive premieres.

Projects currently in development include “50 States of Terror”, in partnership with Executive Producer Sam Raimi (Evil Dead, Spiderman) and DIGA Studios (MTV’s “Scream”). The anthology is the first announced series for Jeffrey Katzenberg’s new mobile video startup, Quibi.

Since 2017, Cinepocalypse has terrorized Chicago audiences at the historic Music Box Theatre with an annual slate of premiere films, guests, and bloodcurdling entertainment. Named a top genre festival in the world by MovieMaker Magazine, our 2019 festivities presented by ALTER features jury president Joel Schumacher, the world premiere of Glenn Danzig’s feature film debut VEROTIKA, award recipient Michael Ironside, Joe Bob Briggs, GWAR retrospective, a Child’s Play Speakeasy, along with many more world premieres, regional premieres, special guests, and repertory (both 35mm and 70mm) screenings!

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