The 6th Annual Idaho Horror Film Festival
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Chelsea Stardust

Chelsea Stardust has been a horror film fan since the age of 10 when her father showed her George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead and Tod Browning’s Dracula. When she wasn’t racing sled dogs in the snowy Midwest, Chelsea consumed all the cinema she could get her hands on. During high school she attended night classes at the Cleveland Institute of Art, where she assisted filmmaker Robert Banks Jr. in shooting Super 8 experimental horror films. Robert also introduced her to films like Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Larry Cohen’s God Told Me To and Wes Craven’s The Hills Have Eyes.

After high school, Chelsea attended Ohio University’s Honors Tutorial College School of Film program where she focused on Directing. Upon graduating, Chelsea moved to sunny Los Angeles to pursue her filmmaking dreams. After working for comedy legends Ivan Reitman and Judd Apatow, Chelsea found her horror home at Blumhouse Productions (Paranormal Activity, Insidious, Sinister, The Purge, Whiplash, Get Out, Split) where she served as the executive assistant to Jason Blum for several years.

Since leaving her post at Blumhouse Productions, Chelsea started directing full time. Her first short film, Where Are You?, was part of the 2016 Etheria World Tour and was also featured on Nerdist’s SHORT ENDS on
Alpha. Chelsea also released four short films on Crypt TV, Slay Per View, Marco Polo, Project Hope, Under The Bed, two of which have exceeded 1M views.

She recently directed a horror-musical-comedy for the stage titled Slashed! The Musical for the 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival, which was nominated for Best Musical and Screamiest Show and won the Encore Award.She also directed the holiday-horror radio play Christmas Eve for Earbud Theater, which was released in December 2017 and had over 10K downloads. Chelsea’s first feature film, All That We Destroy,is being released as part of the Blumhouse-produced anthology series Into the Dark on Hulu.

She is repped by United Talent Agency and Heroes & Villains Entertainment.