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Black Woman, Why the Hell Did You Make a Horror Film?

You’re a black woman. You just made a horror film. How? Why?” 
By R. Shanea Williams (@rshanea722)

This is me paraphrasing an audience member after a very well-received screening of my short psychological horror-thriller Paralysis at the BlackStar Film Festival in Philadelphia in early August. The audience member meant no harm. He was genuinely clueless. I wasn’t at all offended because let’s face it, it’s still a very a rare combination: a black woman directing a psychological horror film with a black female protagonist.

Making Genre Films With Alessandra Pinkston

Resiliancy seems to be just one of the words actress, writer, and award-winning filmmaker Alessandra Pinkstonstands by. Every artist understands that to fully persue your craft takes an almost inhuman amount of patience and double the effort. Alessandra not only has an inspirational reminder etched on her arm, the Chicago native is currently navigating Los Angeles with television network appearances and her own film production space, KindredQuest, Inc., a map for diverse, leading roles in genre projects. 

Catching up with Alessandra in the thick of a volatile summer, all in temperature, entertainment and political tone, it is again crucial to highlight the necessity of hope. Of remaining steadfast in one's vision. Alessandra's clear on where horror has been and holds the key on where horror is going.

Black Women In Horror: Altschmerz (2016) Movie Review

Altschmerz
n. weariness with the same old issues that you’ve always had—the same boring flaws and anxieties you’ve been gnawing on for years, which leaves them soggy and tasteless and inert, with nothing interesting left to think about, nothing left to do but spit them out and wander off to the backyard, ready to dig up some fresher pain you might have buried long ago.

Written by Josh Carples & Somica Spratley Directed by Somica Spratley
I tend to be a huge fan of narrative shorts that leave an audience with more to discuss by what isn't explained. Horror films in particular work to prompt your physical and emotional senses into a challenging space of discomfort while comforting in its acceptance of whatever your imagination conjures. Give me enough in visuals to create a meaningful story that may say more than dialogue can. It's not a cinematic approach that everyone vouches for. But it consistently provides room for debate, making a film much more memorable.