Founded in 2010 by partners Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah and Josh C. Waller, SpectreVision was created to tell character-driven stories tackling emotional and human experiences that test the boundaries of the genre space.
The SpectreVision productions of Cooties and A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night made their premieres at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Cooties was acquired by Lionsgate Films at Sundance. A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night was acquired by Kino-Lorber. It has been the recipient of numerous awards from film festivals throughout the world, and was nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards. SpectreVision has also served as Executive Producer on such critically acclaimed films including Toad Road, LFO:The Movie and Open Windows. Their production of The Boy, premiered at the 2015 South By Southwest film festival. It opened in the U.S. in August 2015, and continued to play at festivals worldwide throughout the year.
In the five years since its inception, SpectreVision has expanded its focus, with new and exciting forays into the worlds of music, television, gaming and digital media.
Wood, Noah and Waller were honored with the Visionary Award at the 2014 Stanley Film Festival for their contribution to independent film. They also delivered the Keynote Address for the Fantastic Market in Austin, leading into the 2015 Fantastic Fest.
In January of 2016, SpectreVision announced a new partnership with gaming giant Ubisoft, to create, develop and produce original content for their virtual reality platform. The SV production of The Greasy Strangler made its world premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival to wide acclaim and controversy, making it one of the most talked-about titles at the festival.
Elijah Wood has been working as an actor for the past 26 years with credits such as “The Lord Of The Rings” trilogy, “The Ice Storm,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” and most recently “Maniac,” “Grand Piano,” “Wilfred,” and “The Last Witch Hunter,” as well as the SpectreVision productions of “Open Windows” and “Cooties”. He’ll next be starring opposite Nicolas Cage in the crime thriller “The Trust.”
Based on a mutual love and respect for horror and genre cinema, Wood, alongside friends Daniel Noah and Josh Waller, established SpectreVision to support and facilitate writers and directors in the genre space. As Creative Director of SpectreVision, Elijah oversees the identity and vision of the company.
When not in front or behind the camera, Wood can often be found behind a turntable, spinning vinyl with his partner Zach Cowie, as the DJ duo, Wooden Wisdom.
Raised on a cattle ranch on the Central Coast of California, Josh C. Waller was simultaneously weaned on theatre, character-driven films, and labor intensive chores. Following an eight-year tour in the US Marine Corps, he studied acting in NYC, and directed over 10 short films within a seven-year time span, including the Award-winning dark comedy “Escape.”
Josh made his feature film directorial debut with the critically-acclaimed, female action film, “Raze,” starring Zoë Bell, which premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. Waller also wrote the original story, and produced the film. He immediately followed by producing and directing “McCanick,” a gritty cop drama penned by Daniel Noah, and starred David Morse. The film made its premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, and was released theatrically in 2014.
His most recent directorial effort is “Camino,” a political action film set deep within the jungles of 1980’s Colombia, which reunites Waller with his “Raze” star Zoë Bell.
Daniel Noah grew up in a family of musicians several blocks from Chicago’s Wrigley Field, and graduated from the Dramatic Writing Program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. As a writer, Daniel developed numerous screenplays and television pilots for major studios and networks including Universal, Paramount, Warner Brothers, Twentieth Century Fox, and Sony Pictures. Daniel co-wrote the screenplay “Believers” (2007) for director Daniel Myrick and Warner Brothers Pictures. He has written two original screenplays which have been directed by his friend and business partner Josh C. Waller, the gritty detective drama “McCanick,” and most recently, the action thriller “Camino.”
Noah served as both writer and director of the upcoming “Max Rose,” starring the legendary Jerry Lewis, which premiered in the official lineup of the Cannes Film Festival. Noah also serves as the Programming Director of SpectreFest, held annually in Los Angeles.
Born and raised in the Midwest, Lisa Wolk Whalen started her career in the motion picture industry at the age of 14, serving popcorn at a movie theater. She went on to attend Syracuse University where she studied Communications, Political Science, and Management while specializing in Pop Culture.
Lisa came to the position of SpectreVision CEO directly from her former post as Senior Director, Program Strategy at NBCUniversal’s Chiller, where she first met Daniel Noah, Josh Waller and Elijah Wood while working on the SpectreVision/Chiller Films production of “The Boy,” which made its premiere at the 2015 SxSW Festival in Austin. Lisa has also held corporate positions with FOX Broadcasting and Katz Media, focusing on Scheduling and Research.
Following stints at Handsome Boy Records / Swell Management, Tim Husom was with Emperor Norton Records where he shepherded projects including the “Lost in Translation” and “The Virgin Suicides” soundtracks. After a successful stint at Rykodisc (prior to its sale to Warner Brothers), Husom launched Redbird Management, representing composers including the likes of Johann Johannsson, Dustin O’Halloran, Hauschka and Kreng, as well as independent artists such as Ladytron, Great Northern, Nicole Morier and Sea Wolf. In 2013, Redbird merged with SpectreVision to become SpectreVision Music.