"Laos' first horror film director" Mattie Do is in fact, groundbreaking. One of four film directors working in Laos, she describes herself as, "the crazy horror chick that's calculating how much pig blood I can buy for the cash I've got in my pocket." Her first film Chanthaly was an international success, making waves at a past Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas.
She states that a Laos screening of Chanthaly was "the first time a Lao audience saw a horror film in their own language. THE FIRST TIME. Seriously, how cool is that?" While that blows me away, it shouldn't. It seems many countries are confined to extremely limited resources. for even the smallest of film industries to tell their stories.
Mattie's latest venture: Nong Hak (translated to Dearest Sister) is currently in full swing fundraising on indiegogo. The horror tale is described below:
Mattie discusses in more detail film distribution and the difficulty of getting films in Laos not only produced but shown, noting that there's only one theater in the country's capital. With the financial momentum of $15,000 she was able to raise locally, Mattie got the support to enhance the quality of Dearest Sister with a better camera, practical (no CGI) effects, and more.
The campaign pitch video is here!
Many thanks to @Dragonsong73 on Twitter for pointing me in the direction of a filmmaker that's full of life, passion for horror, and solid talent. I'm looking forward to seeing Mattie's work evolve into some of the best in horror, period.