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Synopsis: 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.



Run Time

82 minutes


Hunter Hopewell (Keller Reid)
Savanah Joeckel (Harper Belloway)
Mackenzie Amar (Bailey Reid)
Serenity Garcia (Angela Belloway)
Perry Bruno (Kruko)

Directed by

Hunter Hopewell

Produced by

Phebe McCorkle
Tyler Yarbro

Executive Producer

Johnny Brenden


Joel Martinez

Director's Statement

‘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 the Queens World Film Festival, 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 can’t wait to share. Thank you so much!

Director's Bio

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.

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