Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Black Woman, Why the Hell Did You Make a Horror Film?

You’re a black woman. You just made a horror film. How? Why?” 

This is me paraphrasing an audience member after a very well-received screening of my short psychological horror-thriller Paralysis at the BlackStar Film Festival in Philadelphia in early August. The audience member meant no harm. He was genuinely clueless. I wasn’t at all offended because let’s face it, it’s still a very a rare combination: a black woman directing a psychological horror film with a black female protagonist.


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Graveyard Shift Sisters Is Headed To Fantastic Fest!

Graveyard Shift Sisters will be present for this year's Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas from September 22nd through the 29th! Fantastic Fest "is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action" at Austin's Alamo Drafthouse. We'll be spending eight amazing days viewing what will hopefully be some of the much buzzed about in upcoming genre cinema and more!


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The Miskatonic Institute Of Horror Studies Now In NYC

*From The Press Release

The Miskatonic Institute Of Horror Studies Opens New York Branch At Morbid Anatomy Museum

With successful branches in London and Montreal, The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies makes its first stateside stop at Brooklyn’s Morbid Anatomy Museum with a pilot semester of horror film, literature and pop culture classes, running from September through December 2016 and featuring classes by some of the most renowned voices in horror film, fiction and criticism.

Named for the fictional university in H.P. Lovecraft’s literary mythos, The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies is a community-based organization that offers university-level horror history and theory classes for people of all ages. The Miskatonic is a non-profit endeavour through which established horror writers, directors, scholars and programmers/curators celebrate horror history and culture with a unique blend of enthusiasm and critical perspective.


Thursday, September 8, 2016

Making Genre Films With Alessandra Pinkston

Resiliancy seems to be just one of the words actress, writer, and award-winning filmmaker Alessandra Pinkston stands by. Every artist understands that to fully persue your craft takes an almost inhuman amount of patience and double the effort. Alessandra not only has an inspirational reminder etched on her arm, the Chicago native is currently navigating Los Angeles with television network appearances and her own film production space, KindredQuest, Inc., a map for diverse, leading roles in genre projects. 

Catching up with Alessandra in the thick of a volatile summer, all in temperature, entertainment and political tone, it is again crucial to highlight the necessity of hope. Of remaining steadfast in one's vision. Alessandra's clear on where horror has been and holds the key on where horror is going.


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Black Women In Horror: Altschmerz (2016) Movie Review

n. weariness with the same old issues that you’ve always had—the same boring flaws and anxieties you’ve been gnawing on for years, which leaves them soggy and tasteless and inert, with nothing interesting left to think about, nothing left to do but spit them out and wander off to the backyard, ready to dig up some fresher pain you might have buried long ago.

Written by Josh Carples & Somica Spratley
Directed by Somica Spratley

I tend to be a huge fan of narrative shorts that leave an audience with more to discuss by what isn't explained. Horror films in particular work to prompt your physical and emotional senses into a challenging space of discomfort while comforting in its acceptance of whatever your imagination conjures. Give me enough in visuals to create a meaningful story that may say more than dialogue can. It's not a cinematic approach that everyone vouches for. But it consistently provides room for debate, making a film much more memorable.

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