Filmmaker Melonie Gartner shot her horror film, Shadows, in one weekend at an Airbnb she rented in the City of Kewaunee last summer. She used local talent, including a leading man from Sturgeon Bay, and that effort was recognized Saturday night at one of the preeminent film festivals in the entire state. Gartner spoke to DoorCountyDailyNews.com in September, where she laid out the goal of having her movie screened in Appleton.
Gartner says her work is influenced by Alfred Hitchcock. The hope is that the accolades for the short film will result in funding for a feature-length production down the road. Gartner says the screenings of Shadows in Sister Bay at the Door County Short Film Festival, and now the accolades from Wildwood are leading to an interest in potential future projects. Shadows was named winner in the best horror/thriller category.