still from Depraved MindUWindsor alumni who worked on the psychological thriller Depraved Mind include director Nick Shields and producer Mike Stasko. It will screen at the Windsor International Film Festival on Oct. 27.

Film fest to screen grads’ thriller

Film professor Mike Stasko (BA 2002) is excited that the Windsor International Film Festival will screen a feature he produced alongside a number of other grads, including director Nick Shields (BA 1995).

The psychological thriller Depraved Mind will hit the Chrysler Theatre in the St. Clair College Centre for the Arts on Friday, Oct. 27. It depicts a serial killer struggling with amnesia in a prison hospital. When a criminal psychologist helps him recover his memories, he must confront the harrowing truth buried deep in his psyche.

“We had so many UWindsor alumni working on this film,” Stasko says. “Teaming up with everyone at (Shields’ company) Suede Productions was an absolute joy and has elevated everyone’s game for sure.”

Depraved Mind has already played at film festivals across North America and picked up awards including:

  • Best foreign film, Bare Bones International Film Festival
  • Best feature, Motor City Nightmares Film Festival
  • Best of the Fest, Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival

Shields says the story will keep audiences on the edge of their seats from beginning to end.

“It’s a story of psychological suspense, exploring the darkest depths of the human psyche,” he says. “I can’t wait for audiences to experience it.”

Find tickets on the Windsor International Film Festival website.