Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Graveyard Shift Sisters Summer School Schedule

Back in 2014, we introduced some of the Black women whose scholarship is within horror during that annual milestone of September that prompts our back-to-school feels. Good, bad, daunting, or a little bit of each, this series has been the most fun and unique to put together. It's truly a labor of love and a testament to an even more varying legacy of Black people as participants in the genre as well as how seamlessly horror is translated in lecture halls and seminar rooms.

For 2016, Graveyard Shift Sisters has a new batch of #HorrorBlackademic work for our special Summer School series all month long. We will cover four particular terrains; one of my favorite summer horror films, more Horror Blackademics, and even a draft of what would a Black Women's Horror Studies look like.

Honorable thanks to Dr. Kinitra Brooks who is in the thick of working hard alongside Linda Addison and Susana M. Morris to provide more scholarship on Black women in horror which I will be a part of with the exploration of solidifying the concept of the Black Final Girl.


Thursday, June 23, 2016

Audre's Revenge Film: Flesh (2016) Teaser Trailer

Audre's Revenge Film (ARF) has finally released the teaser for their inaugural project, Flesh. We covered this radically ambitious vision back in February with writer/director and founder of ARF Monika Estrella Negra fueling the conversation.

Monika is leading a path for queer people of color genre narratives, aware of how delicate and dynamic they have the potential to be. Flesh upon description may demonstrate a complexity that isn't succinctly pitched, but it certainly has pull that'll get butts in seats. Centered on a Black queer womyn named Rae who battles the life of an artist, escaping poverty, and racial micro-aggressions from her white and economically privileged peers, she descends into an obsessive desire for societal acceptance that ultimately dives into Buffalo Bill-ing to mask and assimilate.


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

2nd Annual Ax Wound Film Festival 2016

Ax Wound Film Festival, a celebration of women horror filmmakers is heading confidently into its second year after prosperous inaugural round. This festival has been a long time coming for founder and organizer Hannah Neurotica, who coined the term from her groundbreaking zine of the same name back in 2003. She's very much hard at work making her current residence in Vermont a haven for horror enthusiasts. Horror At The Hooker is a monthly film series for locals to attend and see independent genre works, keeping the fire stoked for what Ax Wound provides in hopefully, many more seasons to come.


Thursday, June 16, 2016

5 Questions With Cinematic Southern Gothic Storyteller, Kenetha Lanee

There is no shortage, but a slow rise in the numbers of women of color, particularly Black women in front and behind the camera in horror films and television. And the independent spirit of being the master of your own house with your tools is still alive and well. Ask the ever inspirational Kerry and Viola. Black women with an investment in the horror genre are certainly on this path. Consider Kenetha Lanee.

A Midwest woman with southern sensibilities, Kenetha is a trained actor and arts educator who additionally runs a production company. With New Orleans-based, Free Colony Pictures and its horror division, Dark Horse Media, Kenetha is in the thick of creating a resume of compelling horror films as a writer, producer, director, and actress with titles such as Magnolia M, Composite, The Halloween Club, Analogous, and yes, Laveau, as in, Marie.

After connecting with Kenetha, I was pleased to do some digging into the distinct tone that Free Colony/Dark Horse is setting: Black produced, southern gothic cinematic depictions. Something I feel is missing from today's horror landscape that could use a boost in this 21st century era. Along with projects still frustratingly for me as a consumer seemingly on hold such as Skin Folk and The Repass, I hope to see Kenetha's work fall in line with them as a continued tradition in Black American storytelling and genre work. And in the near future!

As the latest edition in our 5 Questions series, we learn about how locations innately help us tell haunting tales and Kenetha's commitment to add meaningful work to the horror film genre.


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Black Women In Horror: Waiting For You (2016) Movie Review

Is someone waiting for you?

Written and directed by Zena Sade Dixon (@LovelyZena)

When I first began working with film festivals, I discovered the practice of the "micro short" film that tended to range from thirty seconds to two minutes. As simply a lover and overthinker of the craft, I never imagined it possible. How do you tell or evoke emotion in that short a time? Beginning, middle, and end. I was naive. And I got wise quick. Currently some odd years later, I fully embrace this strategy as a consumer and remain extremely impressed by those who can pull it off successfully.

Filmmaker Zena Sade Dixon's latest, Waiting For You answers my once ignorant question with a slight jolt I haven't gotten from a newer horror film in a few years. Yes, there have been memorable, nightmarish unnerving images I'll never forget and obvious jump scare attempts that have fallen flat. But a genuine jerk from a split second rush of fear is difficult to arouse for the horror inclined.


Sunday, June 12, 2016

#SciFiSunday: Niobe, Comic Book Series [Review]

Having a genre fueled Twitter timeline has exposed me to many products in the stew. Admiring the hard work of Amandla Stenberg, a young actress, educator, and artist most known for her role as Rue in the first Hunger Games film, it was impossible to pass on the allure of Niobe, a comic book and title character she was intricate in further developing from a character first introduced in The Untamed: A Sinner's Prayer developed by Stranger Comics CEO Sebastian A. Jones.

Niobe is a universe with a loaded mythology and heavy spirit. If my approach to fantasy seems "academic" for lack of a better term, it is because it reads to me like a fantastic, alternative cosmology that begs to be unpacked. I am in awe of writers who work tirelessly to create such an immensely popular genre. And it is unsurprising that Amandla had a hand in such detailed storytelling that she's publicly noted has roots in her own experiences as a young, biracial woman.


Thursday, June 9, 2016

My Final Girl: The Internet Archive and Database

The evolution of My Final Girl: Black Women in American Horror Cinema continues! Scholar and archivist Kristina Leath-Malin is working hard on making http://www.myfinalgirl.com/ one of the most extensive resources committed to preserving the stories and historical trajectory of Black women in the genre.


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The Horror Honeys Produce All-Women Ran Horror Magazine, Belladonna

Long standing online horror multimedia experience with heart, The Horror Honeys are using this summer to launch a brand new venture which opens more doors for women writers who love horror. With the enormous amount of content accumulated over the years, Head Honey Kat has decided to turn it into a "print on demand and digital download magazine," Belladonna. Note this venture in horror history as one of "the first female staffed and written horror magazines, and we're determined to make it bloody amazing."


Thursday, June 2, 2016

The Conjuring DVD Giveaway

It's no accident that horror is such a huge component of my existence. I have always been in a permanent state of challenging my fears. Even the most visceral attachments I find myself having with certain films live up to this challenge. 2013's The Conjuring is one of the most recent examples. Not only do I succumb to the re-watch, but this loosely based, true life paranormal experience drives ponderings that lead to chilling discoveries of what to believe, and how to interpret the 'facts'.

Malevolent entities and haunted houses scare me. Every home I've lived in, I make sure certain sounds and shapes in the dark are earthly. I'm hyper aware of descending stairs at any given time of the day. I make sure there are patterns to the character of the house in order to be on my heels for anything, out of character. I watch too many horror movies I suppose. But I know that they, in a hyper-neurotic sense make me smarter.

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