Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Hard Feme Noir With Visual Artist, Amber Williams

The recognizable faces of the 1980's and 90's with the complimentary vibrant, multi-colors is the biggest draw. But staying for the commentary makes the memories that much more richer. If you're of a certain generation, and a Black woman who was once a Black girl in this particular period, there was a fertile inspiration in the artistic liberties and expression that an array Black singers, rappers, actress, etc. took on that in retrospect, inform many of our approaches to our current, personal endeavors as creators.


Thursday, November 9, 2017

Black Horror Films: Night Of The Witch (2017)

A man plagued by a reoccuring nightmare awakens one day to find that the barrier between his conscious and subconscious may have been broken.

Written & Directed by Zena S. Dixon

One of the most frightening images I remember seeing on screen as a child was a scene in Wes Craven's The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988) where Dennis Alan (played by Bill Pullman) confronts a mysterious, veiled figure that turns out to be an animated shell of a wrinkled, hollowed out corpse where a large, venomous snake shoots out of its agape mouth to attack his character. An apparent enchantment by the white guy's submersion into a spiritual practice in Haiti, in Craven fashion, dreams in this polarizing film become its strength in telling the story of Haitian vodou through an outsiders perspective. But stories from those inside can bring a much more fulfilling and richer angle that brings forth, a situation you may never have been through, yet becomes the spark of an emotional relatability. In a highly thoughtful depiction psychological terror, filmmaker Zena S. Dixon produces a narrative that is electrifying in exposing social ills and use of the supernatural in her latest, Night Of The Witch.


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Black Horror Films: Open The Door (2017)

This season's American Horror Story kicked off with the devastation for many of us that was the election of Donald Trump as the United States' 45th president. Here, the weight of the devastation revolves around a privileged, white queer woman (Sarah Paulson's Ally) and her personal anxieties about what this election means to her. Certain Black creators are using the 2016 election as a catalyst to tell stories from the varying perspectives of people of color.

Taylor Black, founder of Black Balance Productions seeks to "empower, educate, and liberate" Black women through the visual arts. With a heavy investment in utilizing the horror genre to "highlight the fears of African Americans in America as well as diversify the genre," Black Balance chooses to remain on the edge of social relevance by telling stories that have stark effects on our present. Open The Door, is a horror short that initiates their upcoming feature, Baada 11/9. Each entrenched in the same universe, Black and her production team are working hard on creeping into audiences' consciousness with the unfortunate evergreen commentary of how political theater and policy informs destructive acts of racism.


Sunday, November 5, 2017

Sci-Fi Sunday: The Girl with All the Gifts & The Science Of Survival

Ruzbeh Babaee, Ph.D., University Putra Malaysia
Sue Yen Lee, University Putra Malaysia
Siamak Babaee, University of Kashan


When a natural outbreak plagues England, turning most of the country's population into zombie-like cannibals, a biological discovery in an evolved population of children birthed inheriting the science of the plague with the capacity for human reasoning and control are used to find a cure for the remaining human survivors. One of those children and her relationship with her human teacher puts a wrench in this plan, prompting a challenge to the very questions of what is humanity and is it actually worth saving.


The strength of the story lies in the relationship between Melanie, "a cannibalistic hungry" and her human teacher Helen Justineau. In order to survive, they both develop psychological defense mechanisms, tasks of the unconscious mind that manipulates, denies, or distorts reality to defend oneself against anxiety in order to create a dependency on each other that prompts a "peaceful coexistence in [a] world dominated by non-humans."


Thursday, November 2, 2017

The 2017 Ax Wound Film Festival

2017 Ax Wound Film Festival AWFF Ushers in its Third Year With a Larger Celebration of Women Horror Filmmakers and the Horror Community!

(Brattleboro, VT) – The Ax Wound Film Festival (AWFF) is back with an expanded roster of thrilling and mind-expansive horror films from women filmmakers across the globe. This year, AWFF will offer two days of over 40 short films, a filmmaker-in-attendance Q&A, and engaging presentations from leading women horror writers, artists, and directors, all at the Hooker-Dunham Theatre & Gallery in downtown Brattleboro, Vermont beginning on Friday, November 17th at 7:30PM with a filmmaker reception and the first round of shorts starting at 8:00PM and Saturday, November 18th, doors will open at 10:00AM for an all-day affair. The entire event is $20.00 with individual event prices for film blocks and sub-events at $10.00. Students who present valid ID get 50% off their purchase. Badges and/or passes will be available to buy at the door. Anyone who buys a badge or pass will receive one free month of the increasingly popular streaming service for horror fans, Shudder.
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