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!
There will be reviews, brief chats with a filmmaker or two, and hopefully more my creativity can conjure. Due to the extent of coverage and travel, new content over the next few weeks will be a bit sparse. But this is only to ensure I deliver the best Fantastic Fest reviews I possibly can.
As far as representation from women of color in front and behind the camera, here's a preview of the screenings that are making my radar pulsate:
*From The Press Release
Laos, France, Estonia
Director: Mattie Do
World Premiere, 100 min
After moving to the city, a poor woman realizes her recently blinded cousin can not only commune with the dead, but they can provide a path to much-needed wealth.
Repping: Asian woman writer/director/filmmaker. Film features Asian women leads.
Belief: The Possession Of Janet Moses (2015)
Director: David Stubbs
US Premiere, 89 min
The true story of the Wainuiomata exorcism provides the basis for David Stubbs’ striking debut feature, a documentary exploring the tragic death of Janet Moses in a traditional Maori exorcism ceremony.
Repping: Woman of color lead and cast whom idenitfy as Maori, "the indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand."
The Bad Batch (2016)
Director: Ana Lily Amirpour
US Premiere, 115 min
Repping: Woman of color writer/director/filmmaker. Featuring Yolanda Ross (The Get Down, Lila & Eve)
The Girl With All The Gifts (2016)
United Kingdom, United States
Director: Colm McCarthy
US Premiere, 111 min
In a dystopian future, young Melanie must go on a trip with the soldier who needs to kill her, the doctor who wants to use her and the teacher who wants to help.
Repping: Young Black female lead, Sennia Nanua (Melanie). Featuring Dominique Tipper (The Expanse)