I knew you'd read that headline. LITTLE FISHES is the new narrative project from director Alexia Anastasio: an adaptation of the erotic writings of D.H. Lawrence. (If you don't know who D.H. lawrence is, go kill yourself.) The film takes its name from the Lawrence poem "Little Fish":
"The tiny little fish enjoy themselves
in the sea.
Quick little splinters of life,
their little lives are fun to them
in the sea."
This lesbian-love-triangle-coming-of-age story is actually more poetry than narrative – something for which Anastasio had a knack. Her short adaptation of SALOME by Oscar Wilde not only reversed gender roles but was more like an interpretive dance than anything else (you can watch the trailer here). Anastasio has a kind of unrelenting passion and originality that comes through in everything she makes, which makes her films innately fascinating to me.
Donna McCrae's supernatural feature "Johnny Ghost" won Best screenplay and special jury prize at Melbourne Underground Film Festival Yesterday!
"American Mary"'s Katharine Isabelle scores Best Actress at London' sFright Fest courtesy of Total Film. Also – you can read about 900 positive reviews of Jen and Sylvia Soska's horror feature on their Facebook Page. It's incredible! I'd link them all but I'd be here for hours. That's how many people loved it.
Deanne Foley's action feature "Beat Down" got a great spread in local Canadian rag "Telegram":
Jennifer M. Kroot's documentary "It Came From Kuchar" got a great write-up in EYEBLAZE #3: "It certainly gives us an invaluable insight on the men behind the no-budget masterpieces Hold me While I’m Naked, Craven Sluck, Sins of the Fleshapoids, The Secret of Wendal Samsom and Eclipse of the Sun Virgin, amongst others."
Check out this awesome Q n A with cartoonist Bill Plympton and director Alexia Anastasio at the 2012 Animation Film Festival in Los Angeles about their film "Adventures in Plymptoons":
Well, 9 Million is a (slight) exaggeration. But here's the thing: So many things happened over the past two weeks, and because of my two-week vacation in Barcelona (no that didn't happen) I didn't get to tell you about any of it. Here it is, en masse (French for ALL OF IT):
Kristy Guevara-Flanagan and Kelcey Edwards' documentary about superheroines and comic book females "Wonder Women!: The Untold Story of America's Superheroines" got a pretty sweet write-up in The Huffington Post in which they're interviewed extensively and in which they say intelligent arty things like, "I love the idea of looking at something really populist like comic books and action movies to see what they saw about our society and values."
Director Julie Ufema ("Caveat") actually went ahead and did what I want to do, every day, which is write an article about herself (in my case that would be "myself") and tells quite a poignant story about how she got herself into a feel-good state of genre filmmaking at the ripe age of 37 (that's young for me) after numerous self-decprecations. Read it here.
Alexia Anastasio ("Adventures in Plymptoons") was interviewed on MediaMikes about her new documentary on cartoonist Bill Plympton in which she says uplifting things like, "I am very proud of the film and I hope that it inspires as many people as possible to make their art no matter what."
The Viscera/Curio mashup in January was covered by the Cinema Dame on her site, er, CinemaDame.com. She provides a great review of and embeds trailers for all of the films, and she says,
I really loved some of the films at Viscera, and I also kind of hated some of the films at Viscera. But one thing I can say about all of the films is that they were, just as [Rachel] Talalay said, interesting — and for me, “interesting” is probably the best thing a film can be. Even if it makes you want to knock yourself unconscious using the head of the person sitting next to you.
So, the next time someone asks you, "Why don't you know of any female horror film directors?" or something like that, and you say, "Well, I just never hear about them, I guess there aren't that many" just go fuck yourself.