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Fantasia Review: Clapboard Jungle Explores the Struggles of Independent Filmmaking

Fantasia Review: Clapboard Jungle Explores the Struggles of Independent Filmmaking
If you know anything about the independent film world, it won’t be surprising to discover the project writer/director Justin McConnell is hoping to get off the ground at the start of Clapboard Jungle isn’t going to be much further along in its pre-production process four years later. That’s the nature of the beast. You’re going to have moments of elation when it appears that funds have come through and the inevitable spiral downward when those plans evaporate. You’re going to hit your head against a wall to draw blood from that stone until you realize stagnation isn’t doing anyone any favors when you have other ideas that may bear fruit quicker. Guess what, though? The next one probably won’t get made before the end of this journey either.

To see that adversity first-hand is what drives McConnell’s documentary about the industry
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Fantasia 2020 Review: Clapboard Jungle is an Insightful and Engaging Look at the Trials and Tribulations of Indie Genre Filmmaking

Fantasia 2020 Review: Clapboard Jungle is an Insightful and Engaging Look at the Trials and Tribulations of Indie Genre Filmmaking
With Clapboard Jungle, filmmaker Justin McConnell brings together two things I’m extremely passionate about: genre-driven documentaries and independent horror. Most people may not know this about me, but years (and years) ago, I created and spearheaded a movement known as Indie Horror Month as a means to help underrepresented content creators in the horror filmmaking community have an opportunity to get their moment in the spotlight. It’s been something I’ve wanted to resurrect, especially because it seems so hard these days for truly independent voices to be heard, but trying to carve out that time has been difficult.

That being said, when I read the description for Clapboard Jungle, I knew this was going to be something that would be extremely pertinent to my interests and McConnell didn’t let me down. The project is an enlightening look at the ups and downs that many indie filmmakers are constantly facing,
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Black Christmas Remake Gets Rated PG-13, Ignites Huge Horror Debate on Twitter

Black Christmas Remake Gets Rated PG-13, Ignites Huge Horror Debate on Twitter
The original Black Christmas released in 1974 and the first remake released in 2006 are both rated R. That's not something the new Black Christmas can boast, as the holiday killer thriller has been stamped with what some feel is the dreaded PG-13. A move to pull in tween girls who aren't old enough to see darker fare. Well, horror fans aren't having it, lighting up a healthy discussion on Twitter. Now, the screenwriter of the movie has come out to defend the PG-13 rating.

Writer April Wolfe, who is behind this latest take on the Holiday horror classic, has some things to say about her new horror movie receiving a PG-13 rating. She admits that they set out to make something a little more harsh and covered in a lot more blood. But test screenings changed their thinking. In a Twitter post, she says this.

"Here's the deal: We wrote it with an R in mind.
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Blumhouse’s ‘Black Christmas’ Was Written For R Rating, Then Test Screenings Forced PG-13

After releasing box office hits like “Happy Death Day 2U” and “Ma,” Blumhouse will return one last time in 2019 for the holiday horror movie “Black Christmas.” The latest remake of the 1974 horror classic is directed by indie film favorite Sophia Takal (“Always Shine”) and co-written by film critic April Wolfe. The MPAA has given the new “Black Christmas” a PG-13 rating, making it the first version of the horror property not to be R rated. Some horror fans are scoffing at a PG-13 “Black Christmas,” but Wolfe took to social media to defend the more restricted rating.

“Here’s the deal: We wrote it with an R in mind,” Wolfe wrote. “When they did the test screenings, [it] was clear that this movie needed to be available to a younger female audience because the subject matter is timely. Also I want to indoctrinate girls into horror. Doesn’t make it any less vicious!
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Jovanka Vuckovic & Carly Usdin Sign With CAA; Aisling Chin-Yee Inks With Wme

Jovanka Vuckovic & Carly Usdin Sign With CAA; Aisling Chin-Yee Inks With Wme
Jovanka Vuckovic has signed with Dan Rabinow, Jordan Berg, Wilhelmina Ross, Ruby Kaye and Hannah Wright at CAA.

Vuckovic recently directed the teen punk apocalypse feature Riot Girls which was released by Good Deed Entertainment in the U.S. She is the co-creator, writer and director of Xx, an all-women horror anthology feature film which premiered at Sundance in 2017, produced by Xyz Films and Magnolia Pictures. Vuckovic adapted and directed The Box by Jack Ketchum in Xx.

Vuckovic’s first short film, The Captured Bird, executive produced by Guillermo del Toro, played over 60 festivals, winning four Best Short Film awards. She is a Gemini Award-winning visual effects artist and cemented a reputation as a genre film authority during her tenure as editor-in-chief of Rue Morgue Magazine. She is also the author of Zombies! An Illustrated History of the Undead, (St. Martin’s Press) and Vuckovic’s Horror Miscellany’(Ilex Press).

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Bloody ‘Riot Girls’ Clip; Jovanka Vuckovic Reveals Surprising Connection to ‘Dead & Buried’! [Exclusive]

Here’s an exclusive clip from Xx director Jovanka Vuckovic‘s post-apocalyptic thriller Riot Girls, now in select theaters and on VOD platforms. In the film set in an alternate 1995, a mysterious disease has wiped out all of the adults. In this new age, two gangs are pitted against each other in a brutal war for territory, resources and survival. […]
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‘Riot Girls’ Film Review: Teens Battle It Out in a World Without Adults

‘Riot Girls’ Film Review: Teens Battle It Out in a World Without Adults
Potter’s Bluff used to be a nice place to live. Idyllic, even. Then, we’re told during the comic-book-style intro to “Riot Girls,” a mysterious wasting disease all but destroyed the entire population — except the kids, that is.

Jovanka Vuckovic’s feature directorial debut has a punk-rock energy befitting the rebellious youths who inhabit it, a not-so-merry band of survivors doing what they can to eke out an existence in post-apocalyptic suburbia circa 1995.

On one side of that conflict are the villainous Westside Titans, a militia-esque group of jocks easily identified by their blue-and-yellow letterman jackets, and on the other are the ragtag Eastsiders. There’s something of a revenge-of-the-nerds dynamic to it, only instead of nerds, it’s misfits more generally; though suspicious of outsiders, they’re generally welcoming of anyone in need.

Watch Video: Kerry Washington on Why Her Kids Are Not Immune From Police Brutality Just
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Review: Riot Girls Introduces the Gay Avengers of the Apocalypse

Zombies, aliens, mysterious diseases, and natural disasters: these are the elements that most frequently drive the post-apocalyptic narratives dominating our movies, TV shows, and video games. It can seem monotonous, as their similarities begin to blend together, but Jovanka Vuckovic’s feature debut, Riot Girls, succeeds in separating itself from the mould, with a hard rock survival tale that feels like something The CW could produce at their full potential.

Riot Girls is introduced cleverly through a comic strip, walking the audience through the aftermath of a mysterious disease that decimated the fictional mid-’90s town of Potter’s Bluff, with all parents succumbing to the disease. What’s left of the town is split in two: a battleground between the town’s children.

Death to the patriarchy is something we often express a desire for, and when it finally comes, we imagine that an anarchic town would thrive under its freedom,
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‘Riot Girls’ Review: A New Generation Takes the Reins in Post-Apocalyptic Actioner

Following her success helming a segment in the well-received, woman-directed horror anthology Xx, former Rue Morgue editor Jovanka Vuckovic delivers her feature film debut with the high concept, post-apocalyptic teen actioner Riot Girls. Obviously borrowing from the underground feminist punk movement Riot grrrl for its title (with an appropriate aesthetic and love for Joan Jett), screenwriter Katherine Collins’ tale of rival gangs also takes many cues from “The Walking Dead” by applying that 90s-era subculture to its social commentary separating humans into two categories: those who kill to survive and those who kill for power. In a world where adulthood spells death via an unexplained gut rot, teenagers are forced to take control. And if the microcosm of Potter’s Bluff is any indication, youthful exuberance divides on the poverty line.

On one side of the bridge reside rich kids who’ve transformed their high school into a fortress run
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Exclusive: Turbo Kid’s Munro Chambers Tries To Assert His Dominance In Riot Girls

On September 13, Xx‘s Jovanka Vuckovic will release her sci-fi/action film Riot Girls in limited theaters as well as On Demand, via Cranked Up Films. Ahead of the release, we’ve got our hands on an exclusive clip from the film, which sees Munro Chambers of Turbo Kid fame – as well as our upcoming Dread […]

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Female Driven Horror Anthology Xx Getting Series Spinoff

We have good news for fans of the 2017 horror anthology film Xx. The female-directed and written stories are back for the small screen, where they will hopefully be able to expand and thrive. SyFyWire was able to catch the news from producer Jovanka Vuckovic, who shared some details on the project at Fantasia International Film Festival.

Vuckovic described the series as, "sort of like a Black Mirror, but for women, all written and directed by women." She went on to describe the tone of the series by saying, "I know everyone hates the term ‘elevated horror.’ But let's say 'thinking person's horror,' feminist thinking person's horror."

So, yeah. I’d say that if you were a fan of the stories in the film, you’ll probably like the series. I haven’t seen the film, but it sounds like something that will definitely support a fanbase. They have not
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TV Series Based on All-Female Horror Anthology Xx in the Works

The horror anthology Xx, comprised of four short films written and directed by female filmmakers, was one of the surprise horror hits of 2017. Now, we’re getting word that a TV series based on the film is in the works. Our friends at Syfy got the exclusive: Producers Jovanka Vuckovic, Todd Brown, and Raquelle David […]

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Horror anthology Xx is being developed as a TV series

Syfy has announced that the female-crafted 2017 horror anthology film Xx is in development as a TV series courtesy of producers Jovanka Vuckovic, Todd Brown, and Raquelle David.

“Raquelle [David], Todd Brown and I, are developing Xx as a television series,” said Vuckovic, who directed one of the four segments of the original movie alongside St. Vincent, Karyn Kusama, and Roxanne Benjamin.

“[It’s] sort of like a Black Mirror, but for women, all written and directed by women,” she continued. “I know everyone hates the term ‘elevated horror.’ But let’s say ‘thinking person’s horror,’ feminist thinking person’s horror.”

Development on the Xx TV series is in its early stages and is yet to be shopped to potential outlets, nor is there any word on additional talent involved.

The post Horror anthology Xx is being developed as a TV series appeared first on Flickering Myth.
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Fantasia 2019: ‘Harpoon’ & ‘Riot Girls’ Review

As our Fantasia Fest coverage winds down, here’s a double-bill of two new films from actor Munro Chambers, who came to prominence back in 2015 with a little film called Turbo Kid. His latest films see the actor embrace both ends of the character spectrum: hero and villain. Or do they?

Harpoon

Stars: Munro Chambers, Christopher Gray, Emily Tyra | Written and Directed by Rob Grant

Wealthy Richard (Christopher Gray) is prone to fits of violent anger, particularly when he believes his girlfriend Sasha (Emily Tyra) is cheating on him with his best friend Jonah (Munro Chambers) — who’s been having worse luck than even his Biblical namesake. Once they reassure him that his fears are unfounded, Richard invites Sasha and Jonah on an excursion aboard his yacht The Naughty Buoy to make amends. What starts out as a pleasure cruise becomes a fateful trip when festering suspicions and resentments bubble to the surface,
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Fantasia 2019: Riot Girls is Uneven But Fun [Review]

An award-winning visual effects artist, editor, writer and now director, Jovanka Vuckovic has been pushing the envelope for women in horror for years and when she transitioned to making films, the excitement for horror fans was palpable. With four short films under her belt, Vuckovic makes her feature film debut with Riot Girls.

Set in a future where adults have disappeared and teenagers are the oldest people on earth, Paloma Kwiatkowski and Madison Iseman star as Scrath and Nat respectively, a pair of teens who venture into unfamiliar territory to rescue Nat's brother who has been taken by a rival gang.

It's a simple story but one that unfolds in a fascinating world built by TV writer Katherine Collins. This universe feels like a post-apocalyptic version of
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‘Riot Girls’ Poster Promises No Rules

Here’s the latest poster art for Xx director Jovanka Vuckovic‘s post-apocalyptic thriller Riot Girls, opening in select theaters and on VOD platforms September 13th. Madison Iseman (Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle) and Paloma Kwiatkowski (Bates Motel) star in Riot Girls, which takes place after a mysterious illness has killed all adults, leaving the town of Potter’s Bluff divided into two factions – the ‘East […]
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Madison Iseman & Paloma Kwiatkowski in Punk Rock 'Riot Girls' Trailer

"There's people out there, they want to kill us!" Cranked Up Films has unveiled an official trailer for a punk rock apocalyptic love story titled Riot Girls, the feature directorial debut of Canadian filmmaker Jovanka Vuckovic (of "The Box" segment from Xx). After all the adults are wiped out from a mysterious disease, the surviving kids split into two groups: the have not Eastsiders vs. the tyrannical Westside Titans. When one of their own is captured by the Titans, it's up to punk rockers and best friends Nat and Scratch to lead the East side teens on a deadly, high-octane mission that will forever alter the future of Potter's Bluff. Madison Iseman and Paloma Kwiatkowski co-star, with a young cast including Alexandre Bourgeois, Ajay Friese, Munro Chambers, Carson MacCormac, and Jenny Raven. This looks gnarly, a spunky mash-up of genres and concepts, might be a big debut to keep an eye on this fall.
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‘Riot Girls’ Trailer Looks Like an Apocalyptic Punk Rock Love Story [Exclusive]

Xx director Jovanka Vuckovic‘s post-apocalyptic thriller Riot Girls is screening at both Fantasia Film Festival and Outfest, and will then open in theaters and on VOD platforms September 13th, Bloody Disgusting learned. We also have the exclusive trailer premiere, which looks like a teen-based Mad Max with a love story wedged in the middle! Madison Iseman (Jumanji: Welcome To […]
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Jovanka Vuckovic‘s Post-Apocalyptic ‘Riot Girls’ Heads to Fantasia [Images]

Jovanka Vuckovic‘s Post-Apocalyptic ‘Riot Girls’ Heads to Fantasia [Images]
Before Cranked Up Films releases the film, Xx director Jovanka Vuckovic‘s post-apocalyptic thriller Riot Girls will screen at the coming Fantasia Film Festival. The movie will allegedly open in limited theaters and on various VOD platforms this coming summer. Check out a batch of new images below. Madison Iseman (Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle) and Paloma Kwiatkowski (Bates Motel) star […]
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Fantasia 2019: Five Female-Centric Films We Can’t Wait to See

Whether behind the camera or in front, this year’s Fantasia Film Festival boasts many female stories. Horror has evolved over the years, not only creating a genre that’s nonlinear, but has allowed women in its narratives to become something other than the final girl. No one film in our list of most anticipated female-centered films is like the other, and no female character is similar to the next. Here’s just a taste of what can be expected throughout the festival’s 22-day run:

Knives and Skin, USA dir. Jennifer Reeder

Described as pertaining elements reminiscent of David Lynch, high school dramedies, and Italian giallo, Knives and Skin takes place in the aftermath of a girl’s vanishing. The film explores the days that follow as Carolyn Harper’s friends and family attempt to cope with her disappearance, and these coping mechanisms develop into something unusual. It's a
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