A ruggedly handsome, single local lighthouse keeper is pulled out of mourning after a plane full of stewardesses crashes with (almost) no casualties on his Canadian island. Together, they help battle a crooked clean gas company intent on fracking on their land, which has already caused enough deadly pollution to have stirred the ire of the mysterious sea monster, Ghostapus – a ghost octopus! - The mother octopus and her babies were murdered by the corrupt fracking company and now the town must act fast before the corporate monster and grieving sea monster cause any further carnage!

GHOSTAPUS. ~ It’s a fracking GHOST OCTOPUS! ~

  • Lisa Hammer
    Maybe Sunshine, Sweetheart Roland, The Willows, The Bitch, The Invisible Life of Thomas Lynch
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  • Mindfield Film Festival
    Albequerque, New Mexico
    Winner: Best Screenplay
  • Hollywood Hills Film Festival
    Hollywood, CA
    Winner: Best Screenplay
  • European International Film Festival
    St. Petersberg, Russia
    Winner: Best Screenwriter
  • LA Live Film Festival
    Los Angeles, CA
    Nominated Best Screenplay
  • Shutter Speed Film Festival

    Semi Finalist Best Screenplay
  • Austin Revolution Film Festival
    Austin, TX
    Semi FInalist Best Screenplay
  • Reel Time International Online FIlm Festival
    The Interwebs
    Finalist Best Screenplay
Writer Biography - Lisa Hammer

Lisa Hammer is an award-winning film director, screenwriter, video editor and musician. Hammer began her career as an art-house darling, creating cult films, like Pus$bucket, which screened all over the world, causing near riots and landing on Blockbuster and Tower video’s Top Midnight Movie lists. In 2016 her feature film The Sisters Plotz was screened at prestigious venues: the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood and The Anthology Film Archives in NY, and has since been acquired by Amazon Prime with great reviews. Her surrealist film Empire of Ache was acquired by The Getty Museum, in the feminist filmmakers archive curated by Miranda July. She co-directed the hitman mockumentary feature The Invisible Life of Thomas Lynch with James Merendino (SLC Punk) which went on to win best feature film at the CMJ Music and Film Festival. Her original comedy series Maybe Sunshine has won numerous awards and gained thousands of fans, but she is perhaps best known internationally as the character Triana Orpheus on the Cartoon Network show The Venture Bros. Lisa has honed her filmmaking craft by directing some of the world’s greatest and most notorious talents: H. Jon Benjamin (Archer), Jonathan Katz (Dr. Katz), Arden Myrin (Orange Is the New Black), Clayne Crawford (Lethal Weapon), Jimmy Duval (Donnie Darko), Aarti Mann (Big Bang Theory), Russell Sams (The Rules of Attraction), Eve Plumb (The Brady Bunch), Allen Lewis Rickman (Boardwalk Empire), Yelena Shmulenson (A Serious Man), Gemma Massot (Revenge), Michelle Hicks (Billions), Andrea Cirie (House of Cards), Mario Corry (Bridge of Spies), Lori Hammel (Burn After Reading), Christiane Seidel (Godless), Leo Allen (SNL), Gary Wilmes (Louie) and celebrity personalities such as director Jeff Lieberman (Squirm), performance artist Selene Luna (Coco), and musicians Courtney Love (Hole) and Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth). Hammer's films have screened in hundreds of film festivals, one-woman shows, galleries, museums, schools, art-house theaters, rock and multi-media events all over the world. Lisa is currently editing a new horror-comedy feature film starring Molly Ringwald.

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Writer Statement

“Ghostapus is a hip, darkly funny, sarcastic monster-movie spoof with a climate change message. It's "Jaws" with a ghost-octopus, "Airplane!" with an airplane, "Wicker Man" without the wicker. I wrote it while recovering from cancer, and while following the saga at Standing Rock and sending supplies to the water protectors. I was becoming more angry with each passing day, seeing the injustices served to the people who are protesting for the good of ALL of us. It doesn't stop at Standing Rock. Even as you read this, illegal and unwanted fracking is happening all over the globe, and especially where our story takes place, in Eastern Canada, the Maritimes, which have been opened to fracking, and protesters are working hard for the good of the planet. I am happy to deliver laughs in this fun comedy, but I am very serious about addressing climate change and the destruction of wildlife, while being inclusive of diverse voices: Aboriginal Canadians, women, LGBTQ, the disabled and many other minorities. Ghostapus represents all the destroyed and displaced creatures of the earth, ruined by corporate and political greed. I chose to present my message through absurd comedy. It’s time for the underdogs to become overdogs!”