Josh Hasty is a self-taught filmmaker, musician, and entrepreneur from Cincinnati, Ohio. Since 2009 Josh has directed several micro budget horror films, designed and directed three award winning haunted attractions, co-founded a successful creative agency, directed and edited a 5 hour long documentary for Rob Zombie, and most recently created the indie horror sensation, CANDY CORN.
Josh got his start in filmmaking by learning how to shoot and edit his own 8mm films. He created several experimental short films on the medium, which would eventually lead to his acceptance to the New York Film Academy. Josh ultimately decided not to attend film school after a former graduate encouraged him to take the money, invest in his own film equipment, and learn the craft on his own. This led to several more no-budget short and ambitious feature film projects that Josh would encourage his friends and family to assist him in doing. In 2011, Josh’s film work caught the eye of an entrepreneur who wanted to hire Josh to direct a haunted attraction for his company. Josh partnered with the company and together they created SCAREDOWN, which grew into three award winning haunted attractions in just three years.
In 2015, Josh co-founded founded the production company, Relavox, a niche creative agency specializing in high end cinematic video production for passion-focused businesses and brands. In three short years, Relavox has grown to accrue clients that include several New York Times Bestselling Authors, TEDTalks Speakers, Fortune 500 Companies, and Billboard chart-topping artists. During the same year Relavox was founded, Josh was hired personally by Rob Zombie to direct and edit a feature length documentary on the making of Rob Zombie's 31 titled, IN HELL EVERYBODY LOVES POPCORN. While shooting the documentary, Josh was additionally hired by Saban Films to create all of the promotional video content for 31's VOD and theatrical releases. A condensed version of Josh's documentary was shown in theaters nation-wide alongside the theatrical screenings of 31, and was released on DVD/Bluray by Lionsgate as a standalone documentary. Josh's work on the documentary was praised by critics across the board, including Forbes Magazine as an "Impressive" and "Comprehensive" film. Ultimately Josh's original 5 hour version of the documentary was released limitedly by Lionsgate in the U.S., and has become a desired collectible by Rob Zombie fans.
After the success of IN HELL EVERYBODY LOVES POPCORN, Josh used the momentum to embark on his debut feature film, CANDY CORN. The film is written, directed, and produced by Josh Hasty, and stars horror cult icons PJ Soles (Halloween, Carrie), Courtney Gains (Children of the Corn), and Tony Todd (Candyman, Final Destination), as well as newcomer, Pancho Moler (31, American Horror Story). In late 2017, CANDY CORN was put on a brief hiatus when Josh felt the producers were getting in the way of his artistic vision, and decided it would be better for the film to find more aligned producing partners. In November, 2018, Local Boogeyman Productions came on board to fund the remainder of the film. CANDY CORN was production wrapped in December, 2018 and sold to Epic Pictures the following May for international release. CANDY CORN releases in theaters September 13th, 2019 and on Blu-ray and VOD September 17th.