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Herd (2023)

Opens on October 13

Director: Steven Pierce Run Time: 97 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 2023

Starring: Amanda Fuller, Dana Snyder, Ellen Adair, Jeremy Holm, Mitzi Akaha

Country: United States
Language: English

About the film:

Official Selection, FrightFest 2023

When Jamie Miller and her wife, Alex Kanai, try to save their failing marriage by going on a canoe trip in rural Missouri, they find themselves stranded after an accident, with the nearest town overrun by virus-infected “Heps” and extreme right wing local militias who are battling them. The leader of one of the groups, “Big John Gruber”, shuttles them to safety at his bunker where they are welcomed by a seemingly friendly group of locals, but after witnessing personal and gruesome horrors, the women know they must escape.

“It has been 38 years since anything has shaken up the genre quite like Herd.”

—Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film

About the filmmaker:

Steven Pierce is an award-winning director and writer with a body of work that spans narrative, documentary, live music, and commercials. He began his career as an actor, and returns in the role of Doctor L’ainur in his first narrative feature, Herd (2023), which screened at FrightFest 2023 in London. Among other projects, he helmed the online competition series “Top Photographer” starring Nigel Barker, “What It Takes” for the NHL and Hulu leading up to the 2019 Stanley Cup, and has received four collaborative Emmy awards and one A.C.E. nomination for his work on Saturday Night Live. His work in music includes directing a feature length documentary/concert film surrounding the breakout indie band, Buke & Gase. As a live director, he has led performances for the Lumineers, Blake Shelton, Jason Mraz, Ed Sheeran, Regina Spektor, twentyone pilots, Sheryl Crow, and others.

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