An artist of many trades, Tarik R. Davis knows horror. He's discussed the genre as a site of endless exploration; its tropes, its transformative power, its lean towards social concerns, all while being highly entertaining. For ten years now, an idea has been brewing that combines these aspects. Between this period, he's stretched his genre chops on screen as the sobering, gothic storyteller Addison Hadley and on page with his riveting Stakes is High series on how horror films, with care to the vampire subgenre, are a direct reflection (pun intended) of our current political climate using an abundance of references from Fright Night, Blade, Salem's Lot, Buffy The Vampire Slayer and more (you can read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4 now).
What I have enjoyed about working with Tarik so much is his commitment to both getting his own stories made and his emphasis on the value of the speculative universe. When I first got word that his horror short, Page One was embarking on post-production fundraising efforts, it was the immediate mood booster I needed. Supporting people of color making genre films in front and behind the camera is an evergreen ethos here. Because it's where you will currently find some of the most intriguing and original stories ever put to screen. Observe:
Abel is a black actor who's made his living getting killed on page one of countless horror films. When a film set is attacked, the cast + crew turn to Abel - the guy with the horror film know-how needed to survive.
More details are in the video below:
Page One will not just make festival rounds, but beyond, be a launching pad for a feature length film (think Lights Out) that will gain more exposure. I'm excited to see the future of this project blossom and if this looks like something you're interested in seeing, please donate and share for the next 20 days and help Page One reach its goal!
Here's the official link to the fundraising page - Additionally, a featured link to your right -->