Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Ganja & Hess DVD Giveaway

Graveyard Shift Sisters is happy to announce our second DVD giveaway for one lucky person, the 1973 art-house/not-blaxploitation classic Ganja & Hess!

This piece of cinema is true treat for cinephiles and Black genre film completists and everyone in between as this quiet work has made some serious inroads in recognition within the past few years, most notably with Spike Lee's very-much-a-remake, Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus (2014).

But trust me, you'll appreciate the original more.

Wanna know what this giveaway requires?

Monday, June 29, 2015

Girls Will Be Ghouls Episode 4: Voodoo & A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night

Introduction Zena got a chance to go to Spooky Empire where she was somewhat of a celebrity. She made it! Plus she picked up some cool stuff from Unorth0doxx which makes horror accessories and apparel.

Zena & Petey Mongelli of Spooky Empire!
Real Queen Of Horror 4th Anniversary
Zena on Watching Movies and Shit Podcast
Zena on Nightmare 365 Podcast

Theme Discussion Voodoo-Themed Horror Films

Voodoo Themed Horror Films
Zombies: The Real Story Of The Undead

Film Discussion A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (2014)

Reel Talk Online [Review]

Zena & Ashlee's Recent Watch Recommendations

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Sci-Fi Sunday: Filmmaker Sharon Lewis Adapts Nalo Hopkinson's Brown Girl In The Ring For The Screen

*From the press release

Director Sharon Lewis has launched a crowd-funding campaign to create the first caribbean canadian sci-fi feature film Brown Girl in the Ring: The Prequel. A coming of age story set in a futuristic ghetto, inspired by the award-winning novel by Nalo Hopkinson! The campaign Brown Girl in the Ring: The Prequel will run from June 15 - July 17, 2015 on with the goal of raising $30,000.

Nalo’s depiction of Ti-Jeanne, a young caribbean canadian girl and her fantastical world of spirits has haunted me ever since I first read the novel. As with any adaptation I had to hone in on one aspect of the story, so I went to, the beginning of the beginning, the first steps Ti-Jeanne takes towards becoming a hero. -Sharon

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Scream Queens Season 1: A Love Shout Out To Tanedra

I didn't watch the first season of VH1's horror-themed, acting competition Scream Queens when it first aired in 2008, and I am utterly elated that I didn't. If I had to watch ten hopefuls, one of which being Black, talented and likeable without any of the acting training that the other competitors had, plus confront blatant racism and obnoxious micro-aggressions, all for a shot in one of the Saw sequels, all without knowing who came out of the mud victorious until the finale, it would've literally drove me insane. I'm not exaggerating. I love horror that much and want to see more Black people involved, that much more.

Look who's #winning

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Sci-Fi Sunday: Afrofuturist Films, Part 2

I decided to split this list into a healthy handful of films that could be argued as Afrofuturist. In the digital age, there's so much more to explore in regards to Black people creating imaginative cinema. There is a relatively well rounded, diverse array of interpretations of this movement in cinema as well as a deep investment in science fiction and Afrofuturism respectively.

Wanuri Kahiu's Pumzi (2009)
Part 1 gives a succinct definition of Afrofuturism. In Part 2, there are more films explore, primarily from women of color than likely ever before in the movement's film history.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Five Of The Best Horror Film Shorts You've Never Seen

Over the past five years, I've had the honor and privilege to be in and on the accessible periphery of screenings of some of the most original, funny, disturbing, and overall entertaining genre films being created outside of major studios. With call-to-action's and film festivals created by impassioned women who look to neutralize discriminatory practices in the entertainment industry that keep women behind the camera consistently in the wilderness, some of the most innovative filmmakers have been made visible with a lot of virtual chatting and mobilization.

I get notifications about great genre shorts that include women of color in significant roles that are a part of the action as much as their other cast mates and more. Below are five of the best horror shorts you'll be happy you watched that are available online.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Sci-Fi Sunday: Afrofuturist Films, Part 1

Ever since Wanuri Kahiu blessed the public with her sci-fi short Pumzi, I've been interested in the ways in which Afrofuturist themes are used and defined in film. The term, a cultural catchall for diasporic Black artistic expression in music, art, writing, etc. that positions Black bodies in the imagined future with their own set of aesthetic and philosophical concepts, has a growing base in today's active arts and online social communities. Many in admiration of past practitioners who've laid the foundation such as Octavia Butler.

Lizzie Borden's Born In Flames (1983)
Since film is my wheelhouse, I wanted to highlight some of the more centrally focused Black character narratives that tap into Afrofuturism's core to offer up an example of how it flows in a cinematic force field. Below are four films to begin our journey. Part 2 will examine present works.