A darker retelling of Beauty and the Beast shot entirely in Iceland. 


Once upon a time, a greedy prince cut down all the trees to build his castle. As punishment, he was transformed into a flesh-eating Beast. For years the Beast has haunted the land; his curse can only be broken by true love. But who could ever love a Beast? When her father becomes sick, a compassionate farm girl becomes prisoner to a flesh-eating beast to cure him.


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About the project:

Beauty and the Beast is a love story told as a horror film. It has the pulpy thrills of an elevated genre movie, with the charm of a classic fairy tale. Our film centers around a complex female protagonist and engages with themes of environmentalism and the healing power of love. Beauty and the Beast will be completely shot in Iceland, leveraging local connections for production support and stunning locations.


Writer/Director: Max Gold

Max Gold grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He lives and breathes Beauty and the Beast. He has traveled Iceland for five years developing the project. But he has also been directing other projects including acclaimed feature film Silicon Beach, sci-fi pilot Surfer’s Paradise and commercials for top brands including Mercedes-Benz, Disney, Square, Marvel, LucasFilm and CoolHunting. 

Andrea Snaedal (“Belle”)

This is Andrea Snaedal. She is as Icelandic as they get, as she can in fact trace her ancestry back to the founder of the country. In Iceland, she was active in the amateur theater scene for years before moving to Los Angeles. There, Andrea attended a two year conservatory program at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, where she trained both for theater and film. After graduating, she spent a year acting in various projects in LA – including Silicon Beach with Max Gold, which can now be accessed on Amazon Prime. When she’s not working on a project, you will find her at the piano, on the yoga mat, or lounging on the couch with a cup of tea and a book in hand.


Ingi Hrafn Hilmarsson (“Beast”)

Ingi Hrafn Hilmarsson is an Icelandic actor who graduated from one the UK’s leading drama schools, Rose Bruford. He also trained at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre with a focus on the art of physical theatre. After graduating in 2009, Ingi has worked continuously as an actor, director and writer on stage, in commercials, music videos, and film. 

Ingi played a principal role in Gåsmamman, one of Sweden’s most popular drama series, directed by Richard Holm. He was also the lead role in the Icelandic TV series, True Icelandic Crimes and a principal role in the feature film, Silicon Beach directed by Max Gold. 

Callie Stein – Producer

Callie has been in the Bay Area for almost a decade and currently works full time at Square on their Creative team as a project manager/producer. She also sits on the board of Geography of Hope, a 501(c)(3) that allows children to travel on environmental service programs all over the world. When she’s not in the office, she’s geeking out about sustainable environmentalism and agriculture, and most likely in the water or in the woods.


Zoey Gold – Producer

Born and raised in Minneapolis, Zoey Gold is a San Francisco-based producer and Head of Growth for a Fintech start up. Zoey has a background non profit based education and tech sales. In her free time you can find her on the yoga mat, or curled up with a good book enjoying a glass of wine.

Executive Producer: Sharon Powers

Sharon Powers started her career in accounting and worked as a controller for a manufacturing company. In 1997, she founded Pink Lava in La Jolla, CA, which was the sixth women’s surf shop to open in the country.

Her love of the movies started her writing and she’s worked as a writer-for-hire, been optioned, and has placed 1st in screenwriting contests for multiple scripts. She’s self-published with her MySeaBuddies children’s book series. She was also an Associate Producer on Max Gold’s Ófreskja and is now in development on her upcoming film “One More”. Visit Powerswrites.com for more information.


Producers: Black Feather Creative (Ingrid Lyons & Kellen Witschen)

Ingrid Lyons is the co-founder, co-owner, and Producer at Black Feather Creative, a production company based in Minneapolis, MN. With  a passion for art and story telling, she supports BFC conceptually and administratively with the goal of producing exceptional media.
Kellen Witschen is the co-founder, co-owner, and Director of Photography at Black Feather Creative, a production company based in Minneapolis, MN. Through his work, Kellen hopes to share his take on everyday life by creating impactful visual narratives.