Wednesday, October 31, 2018

The 4th Annual Ax Wound Film Festival Features WOC Filmmakers Exploring Social Issues Of Debt, Self-Harm & More!

The Ax Wound Film Festival continues to foster a community for fans and female-identified filmmakers in the horror genre. Now in its fourth year running, the event begins on Friday evening, November 9th and all-day Saturday, November 10th 2018 at the Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery in downtown Brattleboro, Vermont. Recently named one of MovieMaker magazine’s 30 Bloody Best Genre Fests in the World, Ax Wound Film Festival’s expanding mission includes becoming a space that promises opportunities for professional connections amongst all filmmakers and creatives in order to shatter the glass ceiling of gender inequality in the film industry, starting with each other.

This year is packed with a wicked variety of international film selections from both first-time directors such as American Mary actress Tristian Risk bringing to life a séance with a darkly quirky family in PARLOUR TRICKS, and award-winning, fresh voices like Kyra Gardner, back at Ax Wound with her latest zombie comedy, INKED. Director and screenwriter Mitzi Peirone’s 2018 Tribeca Film Festival Midnight selection and much buzzed about, BRAID is Ax Wound’s feature film to cap off the event, a “whimsically insane journey of madness and unnerving violence”. We’re excited about each filmmaker’s stories that bring humor, awareness, and entertainment to their artistic expressions, offering horror some of its most original and darkest work to date.

Here's what you can expect from women of color filmmakers at Ax Wound this year:

Searching For Isabelle (2017)

Writer & Director | Stephanie Jeter
Runtime | 16:15
Country | USA

While being held captive, Isabelle discovers her ability to project. When she appears to her friends for help, they work to find her before time runs out.

Don’t Think of a Pink Elephant (2017)

Writer & Director | Suraya Raja
Runtime | 7:20
Country | United Kingdom

Layla is terrified by her potential to do harm, until challenged to face her darkest fears.

I Stole Your Baby (2018)

Writer & Director | Paulina Bugembe
Runtime | 8:18
Country | USA 

A skeptic convinces her friend to call on a malevolent ghost to prove that it doesn’t exist.

One For The Road (2017) 

Original Story | Stephen King
Writer | Kristina Leath-Malin
Directors | Kristina Leath-Malin and Alka Khushalani
Runtime | 12:55
Country | USA 

A family road trip takes a crimson shift as mother, father, and daughter become prey to a coven of female vampires.

They Will Know You By Your Fruit (2017) 

Writer & Director | Valerie Bah and Monika Estrella Negra
Runtime | 2:42
Country | Canada

A look into the transgenerational horrors of infertility/fertility, anti-blackness, and sacrifice.

Sell Your Body (2017)

Writer & Director | Jaanelle Yee
Runtime | 11:09
Country | USA 

A med school dropout in crippling student debt swipes a wild couple on a dating app to make some fast cash.

Penance (2018)

Writer & Director | Kayden Phoenix
Runtime | 3:50
Country | USA 

Latinnials usurp their conversion therapy class and take their justice.

Doors open to the public on Friday, November 9th at 7:30PM and Saturday, November 10th at 10:30AM. Expect free giveaways, raffles, vendors, workshops, presentations, and more, with percentages earned going towards the Hooker-Dunham and the Scleroderma Research Foundation. 

You can purchase an All-Access wristband at the door or online now for $25.00 here. Tickets for individual film blocks and other programming is $10.00. 

About Ax Wound Film Festival

The Ax Wound Film Festival is an annual event featuring a diverse selection of horror films written and directed by women around the world. Our showcase includes short films, one feature, and a full day of workshops, panels, and excellent networking opportunities. Described as having a “family vibe,” we aim to empower, inspire, and provide an inclusive space deeply dedicated to expanding the visibility of women in the industry. 

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