Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Filmmakers You Should Know: Ana Lily Amirpour

Writer/director Ana Lily Amirpour is responsible for "cinema's first Iranian vampire western". Amirpour is a graduate of UCLA film school and has directed both films and music videos. Painter, sculptor, rock band fronter, she has a wealth of artistic talent that's been described as "stunning" and "entirely unique". Once 12 years of age at a slumber party, she directed her first film. To no surprise to us here, it was in the horror genre.

I made my first film when I was twelve. My dad bought this giant, bright yellow Sony Handycam. As soon as he bought it, I started making movies, commercials, and skits. My first short was a slasher film, and it was pretty good. It was about one girl who just goes around killing everybody.
-Courtesy of My First Shoot

Her 2014 debut feature, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Nighthas recently been picked up for American distribution and is produced by Elijah Wood. It's still undetermined when us 'mericans that weren't at Sundance will get to see it. The synopsis reads:

In the Iranian ghost-town Bad City, a place that reeks of death and loneliness, the townspeople are unaware they are being stalked by a lonesome vampire. 

Below is the very definition of a teaser trailer:

Learn a bit more about A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night here
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