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Directed by Hunter Hopewell
Narrative Feature
USA | 82 min | 2020

A coming-of-age comedy enhanced by a bit of stop motion animation. Amidst mounting parental pressure to find a real job, college filmmaker Keller has one week to secretly produce a short film with his brother and longtime crush. When their shoot goes wrong, they confront each other about much more than production issues. Faced with his own selfishness, Keller must decide which is more important, his filmmaking or close relationships.

‘Shellfish’ is the result of a hungry team of students with limited budget and resources, giving it their all to produce a coming-of-age comedy with a bit of stop motion animation.

Stop motion sparked my love of filmmaking at nine years old. Now at 25, I hope the uplifting, fun-filled nature of my team’s first film brings joy and emotion to any festival we’re fortunate to screen at, especially following a year that was anything but fun-filled.

Many young filmmakers poured their blood, sweat, and tears into this, and we learned A LOT in the process that we hope to share. Thank you so much!

Shellfish Poster, Hunter Hopewell, Director

Hunter Hopewell, Director | ShellfishHunter Hopewell

Supported by friends and family, Hunter has won over 40 awards for the 20+ short films he has written, directed, edited, and scored, including a first place award at the United Nations for his anti-bullying short film, ‘Numbskull.’

Now, Hunter is a Video Producer at The Walt Disney Company and just wrapped writing and directing his debut feature film, ‘Shellfish.’ Looking ahead, Hunter plans to give back through filmmaking and Rock*Comedy*Film Festivals benefiting arts education programs.

Film Information

Director: Hunter Hopewell
Country: USA
Year: 2020
Language: English
Runtime: 82 min.
Rated: PG


Writer: Hunter Hopewell
Producers: Nadine Natividad, James Hopewell
Executive Producers: Johnny Brenden, Warren Cobb, Michael Buhlman, Karla Buhlman
Director of Photography: Joel Martinez
PR: Liz Rodriguez
Asst. Director: Tyler Yarbro
Composer: Hunter Hopewell
Production Designer: Brittany Deal

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