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5 Questions With Cinematic Southern Gothic Storyteller, Kenetha Lanee

There is no shortage, but a slow rise in the numbers of women of color, particularly Black women in front and behind the camera in horror films and television. And the independent spirit of being the master of your own house with your tools is still alive and well. Ask the ever inspirational Kerry and Viola. Black women with an investment in the horror genre are certainly on this path. Consider Kenetha Lanee.

A Midwest woman with southern sensibilities, Kenetha is a trained actor and arts educator who additionally runs a production company. With New Orleans-based, Free Colony Pictures and its horror division, Dark Horse Media, Kenetha is in the thick of creating a resume of compelling horror films as a writer, producer, director, and actress with titles such as Magnolia M, Composite, The Halloween Club, Analogous, and yes, Laveau, as in, Marie.

After connecting with Kenetha, I was pleased to do some digging into the distinct tone that Free Colony/Dark Horse is setting: Black produced…

Black Women In Horror: Waiting For You (2016) Movie Review

Is someone waiting for you?

Written & Directed by Zena Sade Dixon (@LovelyZena)

When I first began working with film festivals, I discovered the practice of the "micro short" film that tended to range from thirty seconds to two minutes. As simply a lover and overthinker of the craft, I never imagined it possible. How do you tell or evoke emotion in that short a time? Beginning, middle, and end. I was naive. And I got wise quick. Currently some odd years later, I fully embrace this strategy as a consumer and remain extremely impressed by those who can pull it off successfully.

Filmmaker Zena Sade Dixon's latest, Waiting For You answers my once ignorant question with a slight jolt I haven't gotten from a newer horror film in a few years. Yes, there have been memorable, nightmarish unnerving images I'll never forget and obvious jump scare attempts that have fallen flat. But a genuine jerk from a split second rush of fear is difficult to arouse for the horror inc…

#SciFiSunday: Niobe, Comic Book Series

Having a genre fueled Twitter timeline has exposed me to many products in the stew. Admiring the hard work of Amandla Stenberg, a young actress, educator, and artist most known for her role as Rue in the first Hunger Games film, it was impossible to pass on the allure of Niobe, a comic book and title character she was intricate in further developing from a character first introduced in The Untamed: A Sinner's Prayer developed by Stranger Comics CEO Sebastian A. Jones.

Niobe is a universe with a loaded mythology and heavy spirit. If my approach to fantasy seems "academic" for lack of a better term, it is because it reads to me like a fantastic, alternative cosmology that begs to be unpacked. I am in awe of writers who work tirelessly to create such an immensely popular genre. And it is unsurprising that Amandla had a hand in such detailed storytelling that she's publicly noted has roots in her own experiences as a young, biracial woman.