Jennifer Stang's Pied Piper-Inspired Short 'The Whistler' To Screen At SDCC

Jennifer Stang The Whistler San Diego Comic Con

The Whistler, the latest indie fantasy-horror short film, from award-winning director Jennifer Nicole Stang of Round Table Pictures, will be screening at San Diego Comic-Con next week as a part of the Comic Con International Independent Film Festival.

Jennifer will be a part of a Q&A panel following the screening along with the film’s composter, Emmet Lee Stang. Special appearances may also be made by producer Sasha Filipovich and actor John Emmet Tracy.

"Inspired by the story of The Pied Piper of Hamelin by Robert Browning, The Whistler tells the story of Lindsey (Karis Cameron) who is forced to babysit her younger sister Becky (Baya Ipatowicz) one night. After falling asleep, Lindsey awakens to find her sister missing. Someone has taken Becky and may be after Lindsey as well."

I was fortunate enough to review the film out of Blood in the Snow last year, where I wrote that "the film succeeds in creating an eerie atmosphere that's full of tension."

"Our intention with The Whistler was to portray a classic horror story of a night of babysitting gone wrong with an original Pied Piper like monster who has been stealing children since the founding colonies of America in the 1600s. It’s a suggestive piece that evokes questions about the time-old theme of purity and sin, a theme; that despite ideological changes, remains strong. I hope that viewers enjoy putting the pieces together and are surprised by a few jump scares as well," says Jenny.

Co-produced by Karen Wong and Sasha Filipovich, the film has been awarded accolades on the festival circuit such as Best International Horror Short Film at Women in Horror Film Festival. In addition, the film has also won Best International Horror Short Film at HEMOGLOZINE Film Festival in Ciudad Real, Spain, Best Horror Short at the NYC Horror Film Festival and Best Fantasy Short from Flickers’ Rhode Island Vortex Film Festival.

The Whistler will screen on Friday, July 19th, 2019 at 7:20 pm PT at the Marriott Grand Ballroom 6 at the Marriott Marquis and Marina Hotel on 333 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101.

Jennifer Stang The Whistler San Diego Comic Con