Five Australian Women Directors, One Horror Anthology

So delighted that, following on the heels of XX, there's a new all-female-horror anthology in the works from the gals down-under in OZ. The anthology will be set in a small Tasmanian town and will be produced by Lizzette Atkins under Unicorn Films’ ‘Horror from Down Under’ brand.

Isabel Peppard (BUTTERFLIES),  Donna McRae (JOHNNY GHOST),  Ursula Dabrowsky (the DEMON Trilogy), Briony Kidd (THE ROOM AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS) and Rebecca Thomson (ZOMBIE LESBIAN MUSICAL) are the five Australian women directors, and this is the film's synopsis:

Australia`s hottest female directors grab horror by the balls and deliver tales of terror and mayhem. Apocalyptic visions, bloodthirsty curses, creatures gone mad, a voodoo granny, a rape revenge reversal and a sadomasochistic sugar daddy make up one gory and gruesome horror flick that will change the cinematic landscape forever. In a small Tasmanian town, haunted by its past and terrified by its future, five stories play out…

In a recent interview in ScreenHub, project helmer Briony Kidd said,

“First of all we have to have another ‘horror camp’ – like we did earlier this year – where we get together and have a road trip and look at spooky locations and discuss and develop our ideas. We all have pretty solid stories, but what we’re working on now is how to twine them all together in the most interesting way. Standard anthologies can often seem a bit slapped together, but we are very concerned that they fit together and have an overall story arc. We have very different styles but we have a lot in common, and we can each play to our strengths. The idea is to create quite a sophisticated story world that’s quite realistic, but within that realist world outrageous stuff starts occurring – as you’d guess from the project description!”

You can read the entire Screen Hub article by Rochelle Siemienowicz right here.




So Much News: Women-Directed Kiwi and Aussie Sci-fi, Heather Langenkamp, and New Festival Winners!

Kiwi filmmaker Juliet Bergh's new sci-fi flick "Existence" was written up on the Kiwi site Bearing News, which says,

The film, written and directed by Juliet Bergh, dips into the relatively modern genre of “salvagepunk,” a theme that explores post-apocalyptic worlds and dystopian societies. In “Existence,” young mother Freya lives with her two children, husband and father-in-law on a windy, ruined coastline. Opposite the ocean is an ominous, ever-running wind farm, accompanied by an electrically-charged fence called the Boundary Fence. The Fence is guarded by cowboy-esque law enforcers, titled The Riders, whose sole duty is to make sure none of Freya’s people get through the gate. Freya, desperate for freedom, enters into a physical relationship with one of these Riders, hoping he will allow her access to the “other side.”

New Zealand Film reported recently that "Existence" will screen in Hanoi, and was made as part of the New Zealand Film Commission’s low-budget Escalator scheme.

Speaking of sci-fi, Inside Movies recently ran an article discussing female sci-fi directors amidst the outpouring of director suggestions for the new "Star Wars" films Disney's going to make. In that article, my fave lady from Australia Briony Kidd ("The Room at the Top of the Stairs") along with  Maureen Perkins ("Laura Keller – NB"), Lynn Hershman Leeson ("Teknolust") and Letia Clouston ("Broken Toy") were interviewed about their feelings on women and the new "Star Wars". Leeson says things like,

“It’s about time this story takes on a real and vital transfusion which will only happen with an empowered female director — like Miranda July or me!” Hershman Leeson exclaimed. “While there is a new understanding that women too buy tickets, I don’t think a significant shift will occur until an enlightened woman team also directs and rewrites the characters.”

Incidentally, Perkins won Best Film for "Laura Keller" at the first Etheria Film Festival, at which Leeson was a judge. Small world! (my small world).

Continuing on sci-fi news, "Cloud Atlas" was reviewed by Thelma Adams and cross-posted on Women and Hollywood, where Adams says things like,

In the "Cloud Atlas" universe, the us-versus-them split that often characterizes Hollywood discussions about women is beside the point. In the six narrative threads braided into the film, the boundary is not between male and female but between good and evil. Those who enslave, exploit, or degrade are not restricted to a specific sex (or age or race), and they write their fates with their actions. It's up to those who salvage, fight against injustice, and create to remake the world every day and in every generation. The chaos between these elements, the dynamic, is what makes all the variety that is life in the past, present, and future. Today, you may be a sister fighting bitterly with another sister (I am!); in your next life, you might be married to that person (eek!). The trick is to resolve the conflict and to understand that the battle isn't between male and female but between darkness and light, extermination and survival.

Watch Wachowski talk about being a transgendered person and on being seen as a woman in the industry:

Moving on to horror, a recent article on horror blog Quirks and Splatters about the 2010 documentary "I am Nancy" about the career of actress Heather Langenkamp, directed by Langenkamp's family member Arlene Marechal. The author says,

When Heather talks to Wes Craven, she gains some understanding of how and why Nancy was created to be who she was. This is in conjunction with how fans feel about Nancy. All sentiments from here on out truly pay homage to her strength and how she has inspired others to be fearless in the face of fear.

You can listen to Katie Toomey talk about the sci-fi film she recently edited,"Ingenue", directed by Kate Chaplin, on That Post Show. Toomey herself directed a short horror film called "He Who Watches" – the incestuous world of women directors stikes again!

And now for some awards news…

Ali Scher's sex-and-gender-bending fantasy "The Maiden and The Princess" won Best Lesbian Film at the Hamburg International Queer Film Festival!

At the recent Salty Horror Film Festival, Emily Lou's comedic horror "The Selling" won Best Feature Film!

Katie Yu's short fantasy  "Anna- May Got Lost" won Best Canadian Short Award from the National Film Board of Canada!

And Jen and Sylvia Soska's "American Mary" takes home Best Director, Best Canadian Feature,  Best Leading Actress, Best Cinematography, Bets Antihero, and Most Disturbing Film at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival.


In The News: Aussie Mags, American Maries, and Terror Scribes

Arguably, I have been slacking on posting "the news" – do you have any idea how many reviews of "American Mary" there are out there? I'd kill myself trying to post them all here. So, instead of dying, I'm going to take a minute to let you know about  new effing cool things you can read for free right now:

Director Lori Bowen ("Stella Buio") wrote a piece called, "What do horror fans want?" for TerrorScribe, in which she says things like,

 Let’s be honest, did you see Night of the Living Dead in a theater in 1968? Halloween in 1978? Elm Street in 1984? Chances are that when you saw the classics, they were on video and while you won’t get the same pleasure of sneaking some forbidden horror behind your parents’ backs by following this suggestion, you will help a struggling filmmaker and you will support the market for indie horror: check out something you’ve never heard of on Netflix or blind buy something from a filmmaker who is self-distributing or even a direct-to-DVD title that catches your fancy. iTunes/xBox/PS3 have indie horror. How is regretting that purchase different from regretting a shitty mainstream movie that you paid for?

Aussie Online Mag ArtsHub interviewed Briony Kidd ("The Room at the Top of the Stairs"), Ursula Dabrowsky ("Inner Demons"), Heidi Lee Douglas ("Little Lamb") and Isabel Peppard ("Butterflies") (alongside Cassandra Peterson) about being women creating horror. They say stuff like,

 ‘As I have been wrapping up the edit on Little Lamb, misogyny has become a mainstream issue again since Julia Gillard’s dynamite speech on the subject. It is a relief to me that we are talking about these subjects openly as a society… Women making horror films about strong female characters is a way we can challenge these problems in a way that both genders can enjoy because horror films can be sexy, playful, entertaining and profound,’ says Douglas.

Not to be outdone, the managing editor of my other site, Planey Fury, Theron Neel, interviewed Jen and Sylvia Soska (alongside their cast) about "American Mary" and observations such as this are made:

Katie continues. "That's the thing, to see a woman in a film— it's usually 'the bitch, 'the slut' or 'the girl next door.' And there is no room for these complicated, dark women." Motioning to the Soskas and Tristan, she says, "All of us, we're a little bit dark. You know? We're smart or we're dark, we're funny, we're eccentric, we're weird. And we don't see that reflected back to us all that often in films."

Also on my site, and also by Neel, is an interview with Maude Michaud ("Red") about Halloween memories:

 One year, I decided to dress up as the Bride of Frankenstein. So, as usual, my grandma made the costume ahead of time, and it fit perfectly. Then, two weeks before Halloween, my parents' house got robbed and I'm guessing the robbers were looking for something to carry the VCR, radio, etc., because they ended up grabbing this thing that looked like a folded white bed sheet to wrap what they stole — this was my costume! However, we didn't find out about it until the night of October 30th when I got home from school and started looking for my costume to try it on for the next day.


Horrible Imaginings in San Diego, CA Screens Numerous Horror Flicks Directed by Women

San Diego's Horrible Imaginings Film Festival, curated by Miguel Rodriguez (the Viscera Organization's Director of Sponsorship) is happening November 10th and 11th in San Diego, California, USA (of course). Over the course of these two days, Rodriguez will screen numerous horror films directed by women, such as Jovanka Vuckovic's "The Captured Bird",

Lori Bowen's Argento/Fulci tribute "Stella Buio" (Bowen is, incidentally, the Director of Operations for the Viscera Organization. Incestuous small world, isn' it?

 Julie O'Connor Ufema's short "Killing Candi,"

Like it or not, Candies parole officer says the reality star has a PSA to shoot. And although she’ll do just about anything for fame, the little people she continues to step on are even more willing to do anything to take it all away. What could be sweeter than killing Candi?

Briony Kidd's "The Room at the Top of the Stairs" (a 2011 Viscera Film Festival selection),

Hadas Brandes' animated horror story "Escape from Hellview" (also a Viscera 2011 selection) (watch the whole thing below),

Rebekah McKendry's darkly comedic horror tale "The Dump" (incidentally, 2012 Viscera winner of Best Direction),

Fabiana Servilha's Brazilian horror film "Vontade" (watch the making-of video below),

Karen Lam's ever-popular short horror fairy tale "The Stolen" (an official Etheria Film Festival 2012 selection),

Maude Michaud's Montrealean vouyerism tale "Red" (a Viscera 2012 Tour Selection),

And last, Lindsay Denniberg's feature film "Video Diary of a Lost Girl" an amazing, colorful, crazy and joyfully original movie:



'Women in Horror' Article in Metro Magazine

In the latest edition of Metro Magazine, stomach Briony Kidd ("The Room at the Top of the Stairs" has written an article entitled "Scream Time: Women Take Power over Horror."

The article includes quotes from  directors like  Ursula Dabrowsky ("Inner Demon"), patient Victoria Waghorn ("When Sally met Frank") , tadalafil  Karen Lam ("The Stolen"), Donna McRae ("Johnny Ghost"), Jennifer Kent ("The Babadook"), Hannah Neurotica (Women in Horror Month), Sylvia Soska and Jen Soska ("American Mary"), and from The Viscera Film Festival from Shannon Lark (the upcoming "The Philosophy of Milk") and myself!

Wikipedia Entry On 'Horror Films' Completely Leaves Out Women Directors

Aussie filmmaker Briony Kidd ("The Room at the Top of the Stairs", Stranger With My Face Film Festival) recently pointed out the entry for "horror film" on Wikipedia seems to be, er, lacking in input not only about women directors, but about women as horror fans, and basically about women in general.

In a general discussion about horror films today, the entry states that:

Movie makers also go as far as to integrate women relatable topics such as pregnancy, motherhood, lesbian relationships, and babysitting jobs into their films in order to gain even more female oriented audiences

The source of this information is an academic article entitled "There's More Than One Way to Lose Your Heart: the American film industry, early teen slasher films, and female youth" published in the Cinema Journal, published in September 2011 by Richard Nowell, author of the film book "Blood Money" (Cinema Journal Volume 51, Number 1, Fall 2011 pp. 115-140 | 10.1353/cj.2011.0073).

Now, while I can't read that article because my fucking old university won't give me database library access, I can assure you that this is insulting and vapid. I'm going to give Richard Nowell the benefit of the doubt and assume that the Wikipedia writer interpreted everything Nowell said in the most rudimentary, unimaginative way and that what Nowell actually wrote was poignant and relevant.

Let me explain:

Nowhere in this Wikipedia article does the author state, "Horror films are for men, made by men, mostly for men" but that is exactly what is implied by the sentence I quoted above. Not only are horror films of, by, and for men, but the entire WORLD is of, by, and for men. Women as fans, artists, audience members, actresses, and filmmakers can be summed up in several stereotypes. In fact, it is so well understood that horror is all for dudes that we have to specifically mention that "oh yeah, and to get chicks to watch the movies they stuck in, like, real-life situations chicks deal with like being a lesbian, or babysitting. Or whatever chicks do. I'm not sure."

This attitude, while seemingly harmless and stupid, is actually the attitude that most men, in general, have of most women, in general, in the film industry, and I fucking think it stinks. Why can't we have a Wikipedia entry on "horror films" that includes some paragraphs about how women were kept out of the film industry in most capacities until the 1970s, so many horror films were not made by women until then? And that until the 1970s, most people were sexist and thought women were stupid, so didn't bother making horror movies that might appeal to such an oppressed and overly stereotyped group? Or that there is a REASON why women have been turned off by horror films in the past and are only now emerging as the creators of their own, equally important, versions of what horror is?

The reason there is no paragraph about that is that people don't care. If you're  a man in this country (USA, and for all intents and purposes Canada, the U.K., Australia, and probably a few other Western countries) you grow up thinking that everything is kind of for dudes, and if you want women to watch something/buy something/be interested in something, you need to make a specific ""women's interest"" version of that normal thing. Just like the assumption that the world is all white people and if you want to include black people you need to target them with a black-people only magazine or TV channel. Instead of including black people and women in whatever the mainstream media thing is, you just tack on a separate but equal aspect to whatever the "normal" heterosexual white male people are doing and you're all good.

So, "oh, you know what? We should get WOMEN, you know, half the population, to watch horror movies and be less bitchy about them. Maybe have, like, a babysitter in the film?"

This is what the author of the Wikipedia article believes happened. This author has no concept of hegemony, patriarchy, or even of his own stupidity and bad writing skills. And honestly – no mention of women as filmmakers in the entire Wikipedia article on ALL horror films?

So fuck the author, right? Who cares what this one person thinks?

Well, unfortunately thanks to that ignorant author we now have a Wikipedia entry that's the first thing that comes up on Google when you type in "horror films." This really vapid and childish sentence is now forever etched as "truth" in the world of the Internet. Great.

Women-Directed Horror at University College, Dublin May 17th/18th

On May 17th-18th, there 2012 a whole slew of short horror films directed by women will play at the University College, Dublin, Ireland through the Viscera Film festival.

University College of Dublin (UCD) is hosting a 2-day symposium involving scholars and professors on May 17th-18th, 2012. Viscera founder Shannon Lark is hosting the Event. On May 20th, there will be a follow-up After Party at the Sugar Club in downtown Dublin.

Adventure Girls by Dara Jade Moats and Jon Deitcher
Barbee Butcher by Sophie Lagues
Blood Bunny by Molly Madfis
Nursery Crimes by Laura Whyte
Bon Apetit by Kate Shenton
Brains by Shannon Lark
Candy by Sage Hall
Consumed by Lis Fies
The Ghost and Us by Emily Carmichael
Together by Gigi Romero
I was a Tranny Werewolf by Lola Rock n Rolla
Taste of Flesh, Taste of Fear by Stacie Ponder
Snow Day, Blood Snow Day by Jessica Baxter and Faye Hoerauf
Confederate Zombie Massacre by Devi Snively
The Many Doors of Albert Whale by Marichelle Daywalt
Switch by Melanie Light
The Party’s Over by Gigi Romero
I’m a Little Teapot by Sallie Smith
Salome’s Picnic by Victoria Waghorn
Aftershock by Lori Bowen
Mary Jane Go Round by Ginnetta Correli
Box by Nikki Wall
A Fever and a River by Rachel Deacon
The Key to Annabel Lee by Staci Layne Wilson
The Bride by Ana Almeida
Belle Nouveau by Cassandra Sechler
Modern Grim by Kate Shenton
Belated by Valentines Lover by Ruby La’ Rocca
Hollywood Skin by Maude Michaud
When Sally Met Frank by Victoria Waghorn
Don’t Lose Heart by Matt Mitchell and Taliesyn Brown
The Room at the Top of the Stairs by Briony Kidd
Gasp by Thomai Hatsios
Beautiful as You Are by Doug Mallette and M.K. Sisco
Mockingbird by Marichelle Daywalt
12/15/1996 by Mae Catt
Doll Parts by Karen Lam
Fantasy by Izabel Grondin
Lip Stick by Shannon Lark
Wretched by Heidi Martinuzzi and Leslie Delano

Fangoria, Fright Nights, Curio Media and The Viscera Film Festival screen horror by women in Toronto, Canada on May 15th, 2012

On May 15th, decease 2012, viagra The Viscera Film Festival, remedy Curio Media, Fangoria Magazine, and Fright Nights join forces to screen horror directed by women on the big screen in Toronto, Canada. Following the feature film "Stained" by Karen Lam, a series of Viscera Film Festival shorts will screen, followed by a Q n A with Karen Lam, Jovanka Vuckovic, Chris Alexander and Dara Jade Moats, with local hosts  Kelly Michael Stewart and Lianne Spiderbaby. Check out the lineup:

"ADVENTURE GIRLS" by Dara Jade Moats, Dan Emery, and Jon Deitcher

"AFTERSHOCK" by Lori Bowen

"BOX" by Nikki Wall

"THE PARTY’S OVER" by Gigi Romero

"BON APETIT" by Kate Shenton

"DOLL PARTS" by Karen Lam

"BLOOD BUNNY" by Molly Madfis

"A FEVER AND A RIVER" by Rachael Deacon

"THE KEY TO ANNABEL LEE" by Staci Layne Wilson

"THE MANY DOORS OF ALBERT WHALE" by Marichelle Daywalt

"TOGETHER" by Gigi Romero

"NURSERY CRIMES" by Laura Whyte

"12-15-1996" by Mae Catt

"THE GHOST AND US" by Emily Carmichael


"Daddy’s Girl" by Helen Komini Olsen

Soksas, AllThingsHorror, Donner Pass, Stepansky, Paladin: This Week's News About Women Genre Film Directors

So, what kind of shit did you miss this week? I made it nice and concise for you so you can follow and don't get left behind.
AllThingsHorror celebrated Women in Horror Month by writing about four up-and-coming female horror film directors: Julie Ufema ("Caveat"), Ashleigh Nichols ("Summer of the Zombies"), Karen Lam ("Doll Parts"), and Elise Robertson ("Donner Pass").

Elise Robertson was interviewed by Fearnet about her horror feature "Donner Pass". She says,

On my first reading of the script, I thought, "This is going to be fun." Once I got into it, I discovered that I really liked this genre. You are dealing with such high emotions, and there is so much to do, visually. You are always trying to create suspense or do a lot with the camera to create mood and tone.

ScreenHub Australia featured an article written by filmmaker Donna McCrae ("Johnny Ghost") about Tasmania's Stranger with My Face Film Festival curated by Aussie directors Briony Kidd ("The Room at the Top of the Stairs") and Rebecca Thomson ("Cupcake"). Unfortunately, it's a paid-view site, so go ahead and disable "javascript" in your browser and you can bypass that crap and read it anyway. This also works for any paid news site, including The Hollywood Reporter and The New York Times. Suck it, Times!
Anne K. Black's fantasy feature "Paladin" is out on DVD and was reviewed by Heropress, which said:
Writer/director Anne K Black has also taken the time to weave Will's story into a well-thought-out world – with a number of Dungeons & Dragons-style "character classes" being name checked through the script from the mystical, dragonslaying paladins to the magically-gifted (and feared) conjurers.
Fangoria Magazine #31, out on newsstands now, features an interview with Canadian filmmakers Jen and Sylvia Soska, directors of "Dead Hooker in a Trunk" as well as preview of Laura Lau's theatrical "Silent House":

Barbara Stepansky ("Fugue", "Hurt") got the interview treatment by Women in Horror Month blogger Justin Hamelin and she says witty, introspective things that I like such as:

I don’t know if it’s necessarily easier for female directors to tap into that. Of the top of my head I could think of at least ten male directors who are incredible psychological horror masterminds. Brad Anderson’s “Session 9” is my personal pinnacle in terms of the types of movies I want to make. I do feel that female filmmakers have a more natural tendency to bring character and motivation to the forefront before getting to the gore and violence part of it all. I have a hard time diving into a slew of kills before I’ve gotten to know and started to care for my characters. I don’t think there’s much fun in just going from one violent death to the next without a point. Then again, I was never a huge fan of one-night-stands either. Maybe there’s a correlation.

MovieMaker Magazine has a long interview with Emily Hagins ("Pathogen", "My Sucky Teen Romance") on their website. She speaks a little about her second and third films, the ghost story "The Retelling" and the vampiric teen comedy "My Sucky Teen Romance":

I made some more shorts and music videos before making my second feature film, The Retelling. That movie was definitely another stepping stone for me as a filmmaker, because I was faced with the most challenges I’ve ever had on making a movie. I think a huge difference between my first two features andMy Sucky Teen Romance is that, for the first two, I just wanted to make a feature.


Stranger With My Face Festival Wins

The first annual Stranger With My Face Horror Film Festival in Hobart, Tasmanier, Australier, went off with a huge bang! Curated by Aussie filmmakers Briony Kidd and Rebecca Thomson, the festival had a dark, fantastical edge and a focus on the female side of horror, and was an official 'Women in Horror Recognition Month' event.

Now, this is the kicker. MY short film, "Wretched", won Best Short Film of the fest. I'm not kidding! I would have reported the news whoever won (I swear) but I'm especially impressed with myself and my film today.

I made the film with director Leslie Delano and DP/Editor Jessica Gallant. I wrote and produced and co-directed the very personal story about a bulimic woman. There is lots of blood in the movie. It stars Joe Bob Briggs and Jamie Andrews (she's in, like, ever commercial in the USA right now as we speak).

The Best Short Film Runner-up wasVictoria Waghorn's  Viscera alumnus "When Sally Met Frank", a native Aussie film about the horrors of society's obsession with plastic surgery.

Hey, if I can't write about myself on my own blog, then where CAN I?

9 Million New Pieces of News About Women Genre Film Directors You've Missed

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):

Tasmanian director Briony Kidd ("The Room at the Top of the Stairs") did a radio show appearance on Joy 94.9 on the show Sci-Fi and Squeam on February 11th to promote her fantastical film festival Stranger With My Face (happened tonight. Tomorrow? I don't really understand how time works in Australier). Listen to it Here.

Australian ABC (who knew?) did a video newspiece on Kidd's festival Stranger With My Face called "Female Psyche Explored In Horror." You can watch Kidd speak and see some clips of amazing shorts by women. Watch it here.

Killer Aphrodite made sure to talk about Kidd's festival and the films screening there, as well. I guess the Aussies know how to support their own! It's true! Because Australian rag FilmInk mentioned Ursula Dabrowsky and her new horror film, in production, called "Inner Demonin this article.

Ashleigh Nichols' short horror "Summer of the Zombies" gets a very great 8/10 review from ILikeHorrorMovies. ILikeHorrorMovies also did a short review of Laura Whyte's "Nursery Crimes."

Nichols ALSO got an interview on the blog run by Justin Hamelin, who is Women in Horror Month by interviewing several female horror film directors including Barbara Stepansky ("Fugue"), Cindy Baer ("Odd Brodsky"),  Marichelle Daywalt ("The Many Doors of Albert Whale") and of course, Nichols.

On February 9th,  Lucy Cruell ("31") was on the radio show Smut Elves (Cory J. Udler and Paula Duerkson). Listen.

Speaking of Podcasts, listen to Shannon Lark talk Women and Horror Month and The Viscera Film Festival with TwistedGeeks here.

Speaking speaking of podcasts, a new horror podcast called "Dolls of Despair" featured an interview with director Claire "Fluff" Llewellyn ("Conscience") as their very first piece. Listen to it here: 

Susanna Lo was interviewed by Chad Cherry about her new thriller/horror "Manson Girls" on The article, called "The Devil Inside," is right here.

Scottish Women in Horror Month horror film festival Jennifer's Bodies creator Jennifer Cooper interviewed several of the women whose films are playing in her fest, including Tara Nicole Azarian, Jennifer Campbell, Maude Michaud, and Axelle Carolyn.

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."

Teal Sherer's web series "My Gimpy Life" finally got funded, and Shearer was interviewed on TubeFilter – oh, fuck it. Just watch this:

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, 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.

I couldn't have said it better myself.

Buried in a Book Crypt wrote a detailed article about Devi Snively ("Trippin'") for Women in Horror Month. She (the writer, Ashlee) also does a great piece on the Shannon Lark/Stacie Ponder collaboration "Lip Stick."

Speaking of Devi Snively and "Trippin'", here are two reviews of the upcoming release: one from LiberalDead and one from About Heroes.

Grace Huang talks about her role in Jen Thym's fantasy/horror/action "Bloodtraffick" to Eastern Film Fans (you know, because she's all Eastern, and shit). She admits that a feature-length version of the script is in the works…!

The wrote about five female horror film directors in honor of Women in Horror Month: Talalay, Bird, Lambert, Bigelow, and Harron (otherwise known as "the big five." No not really, but why not?)

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.

Finally, Freakin' Lineup For "Jennifer's Bodies" Film Festival

Even though it can be difficult to understand what Scottish people are saying, that shouldn't prevent you from attending Jennifer's Bodies: an officially recognized Women in Horror Month film festival screening horror directed by women. The festival is curated by Jennifer Cooper, and the official lineup looks to rock:

Features "Stained" by Karen Lam and the documentary "I Am Nancy" by Arlene Marechal will screen along with the following shorts:

Hike – Jennifer Campbell
The Last Post – Axelle Carolyn
Doll Parts – Karen Lam
Milton – Angela Pritchett and Mariah Johnson
Crestfallen – Jeremiah Kipp
Survivalismo – Jose Pedro Lopes and Ana Almeida
Red – Maude Michaud
T is for Torture – Elisabeth Fies
T is for Toothpick – Maude Michaud
Maya's Journal – Nadine L'Esperance
Sybling Rivalry – Tara Nicole Azarian
Scrutinize – Elisabeth Fies
Mr Bubbles – Angela Pritchett
Internal Thoughts – Lisa Coffelt
Nursery Crimes – Laura Whyte
The Morning After – Jen Moss
Just Us – Lori Bowen
Threnody – Tyrell Schaffner
Ambiguous Figure – Johnna Troxell
The Room at the Top of the Stairs – Briony Kidd
We're Just Like You – Chelsea Christer

Cooper conducted interviews with Carolyn, Campbell, and Azarian. This is the second year of the film fest. I'm not quite sure WHERE in Scotland this is happening, or on what day, as that info hasn't been released yet. I'll update when it happens