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[Interview] Writer/Director Emily Hagins Talks 'My Sucky Teen Romance' and What She's Doing Next!

28 November 2011 7:41 AM, PST | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

Its difficult to talk about Emily Hagins without talking about her age, which now stands at nineteen. But, as she continues to grow and refine her craft, Im confident that shell gradually step out of being known for what shes accomplished in spite of her youth. Right now she stands as the wunderkind who wrote and directed three features (Pathogen, The Retelling and My Sucky Teen Romance) between the ages of 12 and 18. Though I would soon expect her emerge into being a conversation piece simply because of the merits of her work alone. Her new film, My Sucky Teen Romance, represents a significant leap forward in terms of her technical abilities, her knack for cool characters and the development of her voice as a filmmaker. Unlike many horror films submitted for review by more seasoned filmmakers it has a clear thematic agenda, emotional hook and consistent characters. »

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Teenage Vampire Romedy By 18 Year Old Filmmaker Lands Distribution Deal

19 October 2011 12:00 PM, PDT | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

No, we’re not talking Twilight but a vampire comedy called My Sucky Teen Romance by eighteen-year-old writer/director Emily Hagins of Austin, Texas. Don’t dismiss this as another spin-off teen vampire romance film. This work has so much bite that it has gained a theatrical distribution deal for the young filmmaker.

According to Variety, Mpi Media Group has snagged the North American rights to My Sucky Teen Romance. This is her third feature film and her first to get a distribution deal. The film is described as such:

“In a culture that is currently overrun with romanticized vampires, it is up to four geeky teenagers to defend their friend and beloved sci-fi convention from a group of very real, and very blood-thirsty vampires.”

The film stars Devin Bonnee (Chase), Tina Rodriguez (Inglourious Basterds) and Lauren Lee (The Retelling), and the new faces of Elaine Hurt and Patrick Delgado. »

- Lillian 'zenbitch' Standefer

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“My Sucky Teen Romance” to bloom in theaters

19 October 2011 7:08 AM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Austin, TX native Emily Hagins won a lot of attention when she made the zombie feature Pathogen at age 12, and now she’s scoring another landmark as one of the youngest filmmakers ever to get a movie theatrically released, as her third film, the vampire comedy My Sucky Teen Romance, has been picked up for North American distribution.

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“My Sucky Teen Romance” to bloom in theaters

19 October 2011 7:08 AM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Austin, TX native Emily Hagins won a lot of attention when she made the zombie feature Pathogen at age 12, and now she’s scoring another landmark as one of the youngest filmmakers ever to get a movie theatrically released, as her third film, the vampire comedy My Sucky Teen Romance, has been picked up for North American distribution.

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- gingold@starloggroup.com (Michael Gingold)

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Experience a Sucky Teen Romance Next Spring

19 October 2011 | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Mpi Media Group has acquired My Sucky Teen Romance the highly sought after breakthrough feature film from 18-year-old writer-director Emily Hagins. A spring 2012 theatrical release is planned for the film, to be followed by DVD and Video on Demand availability. My Sucky Teen Romance is the third feature written and directed by Hagins, who made her debut . at age 12 . with the horror film Pathogen . Working out of Austin, Tex., Hagins has created an original new movie about a group of teens whose normal romantic awkwardness becomes compounded when they discover that some of the kids they.ve just met at a sci-fi convention are honest-to-goodness neck-biting vampires. The young cast includes Devin Bonnée (TV.s Chase), Tina Rodriguez (Machete, Inglourious Basterds), »

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Mpi Media Group Acquires Emily Hagins' My Sucky Teen Romance

18 October 2011 6:42 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Mpi Media Group has announced it has acquired all North American rights to My Sucky Teen Romance, the highly sought after breakthrough feature film from 18-year-old writer/director Emily Hagins. A spring 2012 theatrical release is planned for the film, to be followed by DVD and Video on Demand availability.

From the Press Release:

My Sucky Teen Romance (review here) is the third feature written and directed by Hagins, who made her debut – at age 12 – with the horror film Pathogen. Working out of Austin, Texas, Hagins has created an original new movie about a group of teens whose normal romantic awkwardness becomes compounded when they discover that some of the kids they’ve just met at a sci-fi convention are honest-to-goodness neck-biting vampires. The young cast includes Devin Bonnée (TV’s "Chase"), Tina Rodriguez (Machete, Inglourious Basterds), Lauren Lee (Hagins’ The Retelling) and, in their movie debuts, Elaine Hurt and Patrick Delgado. »

- Uncle Creepy

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SXSW: Emily Hagins Proves The Next Generation of Filmmakers Isn’t Sucky

22 March 2011 9:21 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

When it was announced that the newest film from eighteen-year-old director Emily Hagins, entitled My Sucky Teen Romance, was going to premiere at SxSW, I was ecstatic. Almost every member of our SXSW coverage team either lives or has previously lived in Austin and knows Emily personally. Hell, some of us even donated our time to assist in the movie’s completion. That made it slightly difficult to lend our voices to reviewing the film. So do we decline to review it? Do we expend no words on it at all? Yes…and no. There is a story here, and a damn good one at that, completely divorced from the film itself. Emily’s story. Hagins wrote her first feature-length film, Pathogen, at age 11.  The next year, she earned a grant from the Austin Film Society to produce Pathogen, effectively becoming the youngest recipient of that award. Her tireless dedication to making her first feature film, and »

- Brian Salisbury

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Emily Hagins (My Sucky Teen Romance) | Video Interview - SXSW Film 2011

19 March 2011 3:16 PM, PDT | SmellsLikeScreenSpirit | See recent SmellsLikeScreenSpirit news »

On 17-year-old Kate's last weekend in town, she and her friends plan to spend it together at SpaceCON– the local science fiction convention they attend every year. At the convention Kate meets Paul, a recently turned teen-vampire (who is also dressed as one). But when Kate tries to make a move on him, he accidentally bites her in the neck. Kate and her friends soon discover Paul is not the only vampire at the convention, and it is up to them to stop the vampires and find a way to turn Kate back before it is too late. I will be perfectly honest with you, Emily Hagins really fracking amazes me. By the time she was 11-years old, Hagins had produced several shorts and penned the script for her feature-length debut, Pathogen. At age 16, Hagins wrote and produced her second feature, The Retelling. Hagins was 17-years old when Justin Johnson, »

- Don Simpson

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Teen Director Makes a Splash at SXSW 2011

19 March 2011 8:00 AM, PDT | Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal | See recent Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal news »

Courtesy of SXSW A still from “My Sucky Teen Romance

As the film festival segment of the South By Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas wraps up, most of this year’s participants will head home to their production offices or day jobs. “My Sucky Teen Romance” writer and director Emily Hagins will head back to her senior year of high school.

At 18, Hagins is easily the youngest filmmaker at SXSW this year and one of the few to be debuting a third feature. »

- Michelle Kung

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SXSW 2011: Review - My Sucky Teen Romance

16 March 2011 4:34 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Around DC we're big fans of Emily Hagins. For those unfamiliar with this crazy little scamp, she directed her first zombie film, Pathogen, at the tender age of just twelve years old. Ponder that if you will ... twelve! At that age most of us were more content trying to get as filthy as possible before going home, and this chick was making a movie!

We're lucky to have her and people like her in our genre. Talk about passion. Emily is back with her latest film, My Sucky Teen Romance, which just debuted at the SXSW 2011 Film Festival; and our man on the scene, Drew Tinnin, just checked in with a review. Read it by clicking on the one-sheet below.

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"On 17-year-old Kate's last weekend in town, she and her friends plan to spend it together at SpaceCON – the local science fiction convention they attend every year. At the convention Kate meets Paul, »

- Uncle Creepy

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Austin at SXSW 2011: Emily Hagins, 'My Sucky Teen Romance'

10 March 2011 7:30 AM, PST | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

Anywhere else but Austin, the idea of an 18-year-old veteran filmmaker would seem odd. Still months away from her high school graduation, Emily Hagins is the envy of many filmmakers with her third feature, My Sucky Teen Romance, world premiering at SXSW at the fest's biggest and most coveted venue, the Paramount.

If you’ve been living under a rock, or somewhere besides Austin, Hagins began her film career at the tender age of 11 or so when she penned her first script, for a zombie movie called Pathogen. That production ended up being the inspiration for the documentary Zombie Girl. Pathogen may not be available on Netflix, but it put Hagins on the radar of local film fans and the indie scene as someone to watch. She completed her second feature, The Retelling, in 2009.

Hagins met me for brunch at Olivia in South Austin, and with the gorgeous weather we were having, »

- Jenn Brown

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5 Zombie Movies You’ve Never Seen (for Better or Worse)

15 February 2011 12:25 PM, PST | Movie Cultists | See recent Movie Cultists news »

Zombies are such a prevalent force in today’s popular culture that it’s almost unheard of not to know what they are. Even if you haven’t seen it, you’ve at least heard of Night of the Living Dead. Everyone is familiar with zombies, and the most famous examples–the original Romero series and its remakes plus newer movies like 28 Days Later and Shaun of the Dead–are known across the globe.

Unless you’re a hardcore zombie fan, though, you might miss the wealth of undead B-sides. Even casual fans have seen lesser-known flicks like Return of the Living Dead, where the brain-lust comes from. But there are hordes of zombpocalyptic films that most people will never see. Like Mystery Science Theatre 3000 features before them, these B movies are typically pretty bad which, often, makes them pretty damn good. For instance, you’ve probably never heard of… »

- Austin Wulf

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