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.


“The event turned out to be such a wonderful and successful experience for the local community, the filmmakers who attended, and the family vibe that developed into the second year,” says festival founder Hannah Neurotica. “There were also so many incredible films, workshop and panel ideas that I wanted to have and one day just wouldn’t cut it. Due to our generous sponsors, we were able to stretch our programming. Everyone involved from organizers, speakers, guests, sponsors, and attendees are involved for the love of horror and helping create visibility for women filmmakers and inspiring new ones of all ages.”

The Ax Wound Film Festival continues to grow in both interest and popularity with an eclectic program that everyone from film buffs to filmmakers will love. Alison Lang, author of Rue Morgue Library’s Women With Guts issue will be leading a discussion on “Horror in the Trumpian Era,” artist Cassandra Sechler will host a video workshop on how to create gory special effects, Jay Kay of Horror Happens Radio is back to facilitate his own brand of ‘Inside The Filmmakers Studio’ with a Q&A session, Brooklyn-based media company 4Mile Circus will be broadcasting live with a discussion about how filmmakers can utilize trans/ crossmedia, and the crowdfunding platform Seed&Spark will be represented by filmmaker Christina Raia with a workshop on how crowdfunding can be a step towards building a filmmaking career.

The film selection is equally diverse in representing both who’s telling the story and horror’s many subgenres. Hannah notes the importance of Ax Wound’s evolving mission to show that women interested in directing horror films come from a variety and social and cultural experiences. Ax Wound has carved out a space for diverse voices and perspectives, from first-time filmmakers to industry movers such as Gigi Saul Guerrero and Devi Snively. Only through this action will horror become more rich, enjoyable, and fresh. Combined, this talented 2017 class of film selections demonstrate the ambition of artistic creation and Ax Wound’s attraction to those on the cusp of mainstream prominence.


The 2017 Ax Wound Film Festival is sponsored by Shudder, Rue Morgue magazine, Final Draft screenwriting software, 4Mile Circus, Belladonna magazine, Capricorn Rising, Dreams For Dead Cats Productions, Ghoulish Delights Bath Shop, Gonzoriffic, Graveyard Shift Sisters, Homicidal Homemaker, Horror Décor, Horror Happens Productions, The Horror Show, Jersey Ghouls, Hot Bit VR, Living Dead Girl Nicole, Magnetic Magic, Miki Hickel Art & Design, Morbidly Beautiful, My Pretty Zombie Cosmetics, Seed & Spark, Speed Banana Media, Sticker Mule, Twisted Twins Productions, and Wretched Productions.

About Ax Wound Film Festival

One of the Top 100 best reviewed festivals on FilmFreeway and described as fostering a “strong sense of community,” the Ax Wound Film Festival is an annual event showcase for women who write and/or direct films within the horror genre. Ax Wound is a part of the grassroots movement towards equitable opportunities for women from all walks of life in the entertainment industry. The festival offers additional programming with panels, discussions, and networking opportunities in order to turn conversation into action.

Ax Wound Film Festival and Ax Wound—the official Women in Horror Month blog—are subsidiaries of Women in Horror Month (http://www.womeninhorrormonth.com). Women in Horror Month (WiHM) is an international, grassroots initiative, which encourages supporters to learn about and showcase the underrepresented work of women in the horror industries.



Bride Of Frankie

Peel (2017) - Written & Directed by Zena Sade Dixon 

Have you ever listened to the sound a tangerine makes when you peel it?

Bestia (2017) - Written & Directed by Gigi Saul Guerrero

The lone survivor of a disaster as he awakens on a deserted beach. It becomes clear that there are more dangers lurking in the woods than a hungry beast.

The Vicar (2015) - Written & Directed by Chanelle Eidenbenz

Two film students with a desirous goal: to let the humbug fly around the exorcist Lorenzo Fasetti - a cinematic “frightmouse”.

Cowboys & Indians (2016) - Written & Directed by Emilia Ruiz

A young boy learns a new way of having his action figures interact with each other.

Beautiful Injuries (2016) - Written & Directed by Judith Beauvallet

Whenever she feels sad, Rebecca has morbid images popping up in her mind. When the man she loves starts dating another woman, her visions seem to merge into reality.

Jules D. (2016) - Written by Aitor Eneriz, Directed by Norma Vila

At night, lying on the floor of a dark grotto left by the hand of God, agonizing among mountains of garbage while a small bat quietly laps at his bloody neck, Jules caresses the dream of his entire short life: to become a vampire…

Mab (2017) - Written & Directed by Katie Bonham

A magical realism short that uncovers the sacrifices people make to take control of their lives and the evil that lurks in the darkness of desperation.

Plastic Bodies (2014) - Directed by Melissa Whitman

Lucy, an average sized woman living in a “skinny” world takes an experimental weight loss medication that has unintended side effects.

Peel
Childer (2016) - Directed by Aislinn Clarke

An introverted mother’s worst fears are amplified when she is seemingly stalked by the feral children living in the woods surrounding her home.

Nothing a Little Soap and Water Can’t Fix (2017) - Directed by Jennifer Proctor

Using appropriated movies, this experimental found footage work deconstructs the representations of women in this domestic space as historically framed in popular film.

Blood Sisters (2017) - Written by Hannah White, Directed by Caitlin Koller and Lachlan Smith Two friends whose attempts to dabble in witchcraft have unintended results.

Hooker Assassin (2016) - Written by Misty Dawn & Hanna Campbell, Directed by Misty Dawn

They say a mother will go to hell and back for their child, but Jessi’s already there. How much further is she willing to go, to ensure the safety of her daughter?

Rainy Season (2017) - Story by Stephen King, Screenplay & Directed by Vanessa Ionta Wright

A young couple arrives in the town of Willow, ME for summer vacation and after repeated warnings from town locals to leave, they stay and learn the horrific price the town must pay for prosperity.

Domestic Affairs (2015) - Written & Directed by Alexia Muiños Ruiz A love horror triangle and a cruel tale that happens on a summer night where the full moon drives everyone’s destiny.

Soul Mother (2017) - Written & Directed by Catherine Stepien

When grieving mother Belle hits rock bottom, the mysterious Ivy comes into her life and seems to offer her a solution, a chance to be reborn and start afresh.

Prelude: A Love Story (2017) - Written & Directed by England Simpson

A woman becomes obsessed with a horrific event that shapes her life forever.

The Scarecrow (2017) - Written & Directed by Leah Pollack

Farmer Bates’ new scarecrow starts to grow a human face, and hears and sees things that may or may not be there.

The Dollhouse (2017) - Directed by Kyra Gardner

Kyra Gardner’s loving tribute to growing up in the world of the psycho killer doll, Chucky.

Gemma's Monster

Body Image (2017) - Written & Directed by Kim Garland

A woman is tormented by her compulsion to stay thin.

Satanica (2017) - Written & Directed by Vivienne Vaughn A psychiatrist is summoned to treat a famed former singer, and begins to discover she may not be who she appears to be.

The Hider (2016) - Written & Directed by Deborah Jayne Reilly Smith Little Megan’s fear of the dark is so severe that she is being treated by a psychiatrist.

Ready to Burst (2016) - Written & Directed by Ariel Hansen

Kate and Dylyn have been dying to have a baby. When they finally find success, what follows is Kate’s struggle with the early stages of an unusual pregnancy as it takes a horrific turn.

Twin (2016) - Written by Amanda Reno & Sannah Parker, Directed by Sannah Parker Some bonds can never be broken.

Undress Me (2017) - Directed by Amelia Moses

A socially awkward college freshman begins to experience a mysterious and gruesome physical deterioration after a chance encounter at a frat party.

Watch Me (2016) - Written by Claire D’Este, Directed by Briony Kidd

A glamorous, attention seeking actress will do anything to make sure you never look away.

Girl Trip (2017) - Written by Catherine Black & Brooke Lenzi, Directed by Catherine Black

A fun road trip ends in murder and mayhem when hidden resentments between best friends surface and everyone learns the hard way never to get in the middle of a catfight.

Clear as Day (2017) - Written & Directed by Gemma B. Valentine

A Sheriff encounters an older man with psychic abilities whom believes that his past has come back to haunt him.

Brown Wreck-Loose (2017) - Written & Directed by Tristian Montgomery

A troubled young artist, goes for a drive one restless night to quiet the obsessive thoughts that are swirling around in her head, and finds that her troubles run deeper than she thought.

Mr. Flossy (2016) - Written & Directed by Megan Petasky

A boy in search of Mr.Flossy’s spectacular candy floss will lead to a horrific realization.

Beneath (2017) - Written & Directed by Lindsay Serrano After a naughty video is uploaded online, a girl plots revenge against her deceptive boyfriend.

Gemma’s Monster (2017) - Written & Directed by Julia K. Berkey

In this silent sci-fi/fantasy short film, a queer teenage girl creates a monster to help fight her battles after she is outed by her peers.

Strange Harvest (2016) - Written & Directed by Stee McMorris

Two strangers wake up under mysterious and slimy circumstances, unable to move, and with no memory of how they got there.

Doll (2017) - Written by Jia He, Jin Chen, and Tony Yang, Directed by Jia He

A girl trapped in a house where an evil nesting doll captures souls.

Beautiful Injuries
Buck Moon (2017) - Written & Directed by Kylie Anderson & Zoie Harmon

The Buck Moon marks a time of the year when buck deer push sharp, new antlers out of their foreheads in coatings of bloodied, velvety fur. When two estranged friends can’t bring themselves to talk about their feelings, their fears find another way out...

Blood Shed (2017) - Written by Cat Davies & James Moran, Directed by James Moran

When Jack buys suspiciously cheap second-hand parts to build his very own dream shed, he and longsuffering wife Helen find they’ve got more than they bargained for.

Entropia (2017) - Written & Directed by Marinah Janello

A lonely woman attempts to regain her youth through her spells and taxidermy.

Inside The House (2017) - Written & Directed by Jennifer Bonior and Dycee Wildman

One girl learns the hard way that being home doesn’t mean you’re safe.

Rites of Vengeance (2017) - Written & Directed by Izzy Lee

A trio of nuns take matters into their own hands when a priest commits a terrible sin.

Helminth (2017) - Written & Directed by Merinda Staubli

An exploration of beauty ideals and the innate abject/grotesque nature of the human body.

Dark Hole (2017) - Written & Directed by Jaclyn Chessen

While spring cleaning, a young woman notices a hole in the wall that wasn’t there before.

Jules D.
Knock Knock II (2017) - Written & Directed by Katherine McManus

A woman is a captive audience member to a private show, until it comes to a shocking end.

Bride Of Frankie (2017) - Written & Directed by Devi Snively

A feminist nod to Mary Shelley’s FRANKENSTEIN, a not-so-mad scientist builds a mate for her mentor’s lonely creature with electrifying, and deadly, results.

FLESH (2016) - Written & Directed by Monika Estrella Negra

An avant-garde horror mash-up that follows a Black woman’s journey in destroying harmful habits.

From Hell She Rises (2017) - Directed by Ama Lea

Elizabeth loses her brother in a supernatural battle that has decimated all the men in the town. In mourning, an intoxicating vampire duo comfort her and lead her into darkness where she discovers her own strengths.

Night In (2016) - Written & Directed by Christina Raia

During a quiet night in, a young woman knows she’s not so alone.

Mare (2016) - Written & Directed by Nicole Solomon

An anxious and isolated man’s mundane daily routine is put to the test, culminating in an unexpected and deadly confrontation with a mysterious, demonic creature.

Little Red's Pie (2017) - Written & Directed by Rae Shaw

Explores how much we contribute to and have failed at dismantling the societal structures of victimization, leaving to the victim to fight her own battle.

Additional Film Festival Events

Crowdfunding to Build Independence
Saturday, November 18, 2017 
A presentation by Seed&Spark Director of Crowdfunding Christina Raia

Identifying and then enthusiastically engaging your supporters is essential to a career of successfully funding and distributing your films. That’s why in our class, we teach you how to find and engage your fans, run an effective crowdfunding campaign, and then distribute your film—all while preparing you to make your next film. Because after all, this class isn’t about crowdfunding: it’s about career building. Your film career starts here!

$10.00 for single event or free with full event pass

Stories about Stories: Using Ancillary Content to Support Your Film
Saturday, November 18, 2017 
Hosted by Nicole Solomon and Sean Mannion

How do (and don’t) filmmakers use trans/crossmedia to their advantage? 4Mile Circus media service partners Nicole Solomon and Sean Mannion host a panel discussion with other filmmakers to discuss their approaches to supplemental media and materials from podcasts to product tie-ins.

$10.00 for single event or free with full event pass

All About Guts: A D.I.Y. Effects Workshop
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Hosted by Cassandra Sechler, Writer, Director, SPFX Makeup

Cassandra will be providing a special D.I.Y. gore effects tutorial video for the Ax Wound Film Festival that goes over an inexpensive, resourceful technique for making your own guts! Cassandra Sechler also known as the “Mistress of the Weird and the Wonderful,” is a conceptual artist based in San Francisco, California. Sechler manages alongside film partner Craig Jacobson the film company Dreams For Dead Cats Productions LLC, where she specializes in writing, directing, editing, photography, character & special effects makeup. Her background and interest is in fine art photography and psychology, which aids in providing viewers with expressionistic works that are both personal and poetic.

$10.00 included with Filmmaker Film Block

2017 Ax Wound Filmmakers Q&A Panel
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Hosted by Jay Kay

New Jersey-based journalist, photographer, programmer, and radio host Jay Kay has been a welcomed presence in the horror community for years working with Fantastic Fest, HorrorHound, Shriekfest, Icons Of Fright, Fantasia International Film Fest, and more. He has hosted The Horror Happens Radio Show since 2012, interviewing hundreds of the most renowned professionals in the horror film industry. He’s back with Ax Wound for a third subsequent year with his distinguished moderation and insightful questions for each filmmaker in attendance ready to take the stage and discuss their selected films and inspire others to use film as a tool for expression.

$10.00 package with Filmmaker-In-Attendance film block prior

Horror in the Trumpian Era
Saturday, November 18, 2017
A presentation by Alison Lang

In times of political turmoil, many of us turn to horror as both a source of comfort and a critical mirror through which our darkest anxieties about the world can be reflected. Horror in the Trumpian Era will present and discuss a selection of films that in many ways pre-imagine the nightmarish scenario envisioned by Donald Trump. We’ll also examine films that (intentionally or not) have promoted themes of resistance and retaliation following Trump’s election in November 2016. The presentation will end with a discussion of how filmmakers in the audience have used (or plan to use) anti-Trumpian imagery, storytelling and rhetoric in their own work.

$10.00 for single event or free with full event pass

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