There isn't a figurative wall Stephanie Jeter visions her work blocked by. All parts fantasy, comedy, drama, sci-fi, thriller, horror, and beyond, this Chicago creative never misses an opportunity to balance her time leading production for Open TV, working behind the scenes on Showtime's Shameless, binging The Leftovers, and writing/directing eerie and reflective cinema.

The atmosphere for Jeter's directorial debut, Searching For Isabelle began as a string of thoughts on the lack of coverage on the alarming number of women of color who go missing. By using the very media that underserves this fact, Jeter created factual fiction by shifting the narrative to an autonomous protagonist who has a direct, special ability to flash focus on this issue. With all of her research, including spending time with two Chicago PD detectives who work on missing persons cases in minority communities, Searching For Isabelle ends up being a frightening and holistic snapshot of a real deal.

The Ax Wound Film Festival continues to foster a community for fans and female-identified filmmakers in the horror genre. Now in its fourth year running, the event begins on Friday evening, November 9th and all-day Saturday, November 10th 2018 at the Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery in downtown Brattleboro, Vermont. Recently named one of MovieMaker magazine’s 30 Bloody Best Genre Fests in the World, Ax Wound Film Festival’s expanding mission includes becoming a space that promises opportunities for professional connections amongst all filmmakers and creatives in order to shatter the glass ceiling of gender inequality in the film industry, starting with each other.

With the news of a serial killer still at large in a rapidly changing Brooklyn neighborhood, three millennials spend an evening trying to figure out the killer's pattern: if it has anything to do with those changes, and if they're next.

Written & Directed by Xavier Coleman

After a family receives a chilling chain letter on Halloween, strange things begin to happen that force them to confront not only their own nightmares, but their feelings for each other.

Written by Diane Michelle and Luke Jaden
Directed by Luke Jaden

The topical approach to Halloween is costumes and candy. Research has unncovered the traditions and numerous rituals that have evolved with the ancient holiday spanning the globe. What's new to me, is the act of being Boo'd. Perhaps because my family was never big on Halloween, much like the fragmented Detroit, Michigan family in this 91 minute bluesy treat. Shading the rhyme in a more sinister color, writer/director and Detroit native himself Luke Jaden uses the act of "Boo Your Neighbors" to traverse the supernatural's intimate relationship to the stormy reality of four people living under the same roof.

Never seen before by me picture of my mom until recently.

In 1989, I was a sprite seven years deeply hooked on the strange, imaginative spaces of genre cinema. Having a young, uncoiled mom afforded me the opportunities to 'just happen' to be in the living room while she watched questionably legal/video store rental copies of Poltergeist, Beetlejuice, Hellraiser, and so many more with the magic of a VHS record button and HBO. Those moments were hypnotic. Sometimes frightened but always fascinated, my mother noticed my resilience so took me downtown where in Philadelphia during this period was a twinkle of 1970's Times Square to see Ghostbusters 2. It was friendly enough, not-horror for the both of us to enjoy without any discomfort. It was an experience I'll never forget; one, because Bobby Brown had a cameo and you could not avoid his mega-star status and two, those Titanic ghosts creeped me the fuck out!

It would be impossible not to notice the care and detail Chelsey, a.k.a. The Stitchkeeper puts into her handmade collectible likeness of horror's most known and obscure figures. Her grandmother taught her how to master the craft and since, the Edmonton and Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada native spends much of her time recreating our nightmares into coveted collectibles. There isn't a character she can't replicate with a pair of knitting needles or a crochet hook. As the owner of TalesFromTheStitch, she takes custom requests and has a modestly-priced stock of nods to Alien, Gremlins, American Horror Story to name a very few. Chelsey's creations have garnered the attention from Bloody-Disgusting, Joe Bob Briggs, Horrorfreak News, Demons star Geretta Geretta, and more. Catching her during a busy custom rush, I wanted to find out more about the craftswoman behind the 'went there' Angela Baker-Sleepaway Camp creation.

For Black people in America, surviving the violence of racism is like trying to survive in a horror film; and like all horror films, not everyone makes it. Sherman Park puts the audience in our shoes.

Well, damn...

Paulina Bugembe, a familiar face for those who've watched NBC's The Good Place, LOVE on Netflix, and ABC's Scandal has an additional burning passion for crafting visuals behind a pen and lens. A director with nine shorts on her resume, she's taking her award-winning talent even further in the horror genre. Not caught up in "what's hot" for execs attention, she's always wanted to use horror to cleverly convey social ills facing marginalized people.

Family is known idealistically as the very foundation of cognitive growth, love, and trust of those who live in your home. It's supposed to be on of the safest places you can be. But family on screen, and in horror, is an evergreen site for flipping any of these positive connotations right on their head. All families have their trials, and what if monsters are waiting to feed on the conflict? Ready to consume?

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