Friday, November 29, 2013

Inspirational Quotes: Filmmaker & Scholar Kristina Leath-Malin

"I wanna show you the wonderful things that did happen in the 70s...It's scratching the surface, there's so much more...It was important to get these stories before they were no longer there...kind of a historical archive for us...I wanted a legacy for my daughter...I thought I should bring it home, it was important to bring it home. To have something she could be proud of. Horror started off as fun, but I'm so proud to say that it's a scholarly pursuit and I'm so proud even with films like Night Of The Living Dead are taught in curriculums, because I think horror is the kind of genre that doesn't have boundaries and can ask the sensitive questions because of that fact. so I couldn't be prouder of the genre, I couldn't be prouder of being an African American woman in that genre... and I'm super proud to actually give this to my daughter when she's old enough to take it in and have her be proud of her heritage."


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

5 Questions With Horror Writer/Producer VeeVee

Writer and producer VeeVee, born Veetra King, is a native of North Carolina who began her infatuation with the arts at a young age. She grew up singing in church and everything changed in the fifth grade when her music teacher; thrilled with her singing voice, asked her if she wanted to be in a stage play. That one stage play turned into several, and she was featured in a variety of productions that culminated with her singing the lead in a tribute performance for the military troops returning home after Operation Desert Storm. Because of her love for music, she felt compelled to continue singing and taking up music courses until she graduated.

Once she finished her education, her dream of igniting the stage and screen remained in her heart but had to be set aside for a time to face the reality of needing to enter the workforce. In her adult career she started out working religiously as an extra on the TV show One Tree Hill and then on the pilot episode of Army Wives. This gave her an up-close look at how things worked in the industry and the time spent was a very helpful learning experience.

With a focus and drive now well established she appeared as a principal performer in plays, tried her hand at music videos and other independent projects. She also created and hosted her own online radio show, VeeVee's POV, which can be found on Blog Talk Radio.

VeeVee was gracious enough to spend some time to answer our 5 Questions during her graveyard shift!


Monday, November 25, 2013

On The Call For Black Women Horror Directors

Director of Eve's Bayou, Kasi Lemmons
Consistently on the lookout for Black female participation in the horror genre, Tambay A. OBenson recently published an article on the blog Shadow and Act, A Call For Black Women Horror Film Directors...

OBenson talks past efforts in order to highlight Black female horror directors, the 2010 Viscera Film Festival, and the big announcement of an all-female directed horror anthology XX:

It looks like the list of directors involved in this project isn't yet complete, so there's certainly a chance that a black woman director will be join effort. Who that might be, I can't say. Black women directors working within the industry aren't fully represented, let alone those that work specifically within a genre like horror. However, on the independent circuit, I'm sure there are several black women directors who would absolutely love to be given an opportunity like this one. 

But who?


Friday, November 22, 2013

5 Questions With Author Sumiko Saulson

From Sumiko's Facebook page: Sumiko Saulson is a science fiction and horror novelist, multiply published poet, and author of Solitude, Warmth and The Moon Cried Blood. A California native and Oakland resident, a frequent contributor to San Francisco Bay Area community and local publications over the years. She had been profiled in a San Francisco Chronicle article about up-and-coming poets in the beatnik tradition.

In addition, I am happy to add that Sumiko is a strong advocate for Black women and women of color speculative fiction writers and has taken active steps to celebrate these women during Women in Horror Month and year round. She is the first to tackle our 5 Questions series!


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Filmmakers You Should Know: Lakisha R. Lemons

Putting in the work to discover Lakisha R. Lemons was a rewarding find. She has been directing films for almost 10 years, developed her own production company, and is still currently active in producing, writing, and directing a film titled, The Day.

Her 2013 film Border Break is what makes the horror/thriller category so vast and has gotten some considerable attention. A chilling 'based on true events' story, it seems to be a docu-narrative that focuses on re-telling the events behind teenager Janet Taylor's disappearance in Mexico three years ago.


Monday, November 18, 2013

Black Final Girls... & Other Musings

Blogger Viktor Kerney made a short, but meaningful list during this past Halloween season pointing out that Yes, there are Black 'Final Girls' in Horror Films. I wanted to talk a little bit about these women, with one exception because I honestly have no interest in seeing Gothika, as I too have thought about their survival skills (...or, just luck) in the context of horror films.


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

My Obsession With Scream: Crossed Wires and Skeet Ulrich

I had an obsession with the 1996 sleeper hit Scream.  I remember when the movie trailer first aired on television; I saw Drew Barrymore wearing a white sweater and a tacky blonde wig that looked like it was purchased from a local five and dime store.  I was actually intrigued to see Barrymore in a horror film and I wanted to see what this movie was all about.


Monday, November 11, 2013

Black Women in Genre Television: 2013 In Review

2013 (ironically enough) seems to be the year of ground-breaking television in regards representations of Black women on both network and cable. Although a multi-array of multi-ethnic characters is still a challenge that has yet to be fulfilled in this medium, we can not ignore the great strides made where ten some odd years prior these actresses could've easily been banished to heavily minor roles or not even considered for the lead.

Here are three characters and actresses in particular who are doing phenomenal things for representation of Black women on genre television.

Nichole Beharie as Abbie Mills on FOX's Sleepy Hollow


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Filmmakers You Should Know: Karen Lam

Asian Canadian Karen Lam has been producing and making films for over 10 years now. The dark, fantastical, serious and morbid sense of wit she incorporates as her signature is why I and others are such big fans of her work.

Her latest feature Evangeline is currently making its rounds at screenings across the globe. Described as "a supernatural female revenge fantasy" by Lam herself, this is the tale of a young woman who "has left her sheltered upbringing to reinvent herself in college. As she begins to break out of her shell, she attracts the attention of a sociopathic fraternity leader and his two cohorts. Beaten and left for dead, Evangeline finds herself trapped in a supernatural nightmare, where she is caught between salvation and vengeance. But to save herself, Evangeline discovers she must make the most horrifying choice of all…".


Monday, November 4, 2013

Who Says Dynamics of Race & Class Don't Exist On The Walking Dead?

The Walking Dead is currently so popular, while at a conference in New Mexico I've seen a call for papers looking to create a whole academic nerd gathering around it. Which only says to me that a lot of smart people are investing a lot of time writing about what this show says about our lives and our world. And to me, that 'ish never gets old.


Friday, November 1, 2013

Terror Trailers: My Final Girl Accounts For The History Of Black Women in 70s Horror Cinema

Filmmaker Kristina Leath-Malin is currently in post-production on the documentary My Final Girl: The Black Women of 70s Horror Cinema. I am so excited about this doc, I watch the trailer once a week hoping to notice something I hadn't before. This project is one of a kind and deserves serious attention for archiving the little known history of Black women who were a part of one of Black horror's golden eras.

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