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Macabro 2013, Mexico City's International Horror Film Festival, Begins Today! Luigi Cozzi, Lamberto Bava And More!

The 12th edition of the Mexico City International Horror Film Festival, simply known as Macabro (Spanish for macabre), will be celebrated from August 23 to September 1, in seven venues around the city: Cineteca Nacional (the Cinematheque), Centro Cultural Universitario, Cinematógrafo del Chopo, Centro Cultural Carranza, Cine Lido, Museo Laboratorio Arte Alameda, and the Museo Panteón de San Fernando. Macabro 2013 is paying homage to "horror divas". There are films with female characters (Eyes Without a Face, The Innocents) and by directors like Elisabeth Fies (The Commune) and Antonia Bird (Ravenous), as well as a short film retrospective of Sharon Toribio and a Viscera Film Festival selection. The festival's definitive highlight is a "giallo retrospective", dedicated to Luigi Cozzi and Lamberto Bava (Mario Bava's son). Both Italian directors...

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Short Sharp Shocks: The Work of Maude Michaud

Planet Fury recently ran a piece titled "Ten Canadian Genre/Horror Filmmakers to Watch For," and while it was a fine overview of up-and-coming directors from America's neighbor to the north, one name was conspicuous in its absence: Montreal-based filmmaker Maude Michaud.

Over the last few years, Michaud has been going about the business of quietly building an estimable catalog of films that, though nominally horror flicks, might best be classified as Cinéma Fantastique. Since 2005, Michaud has co-produced an arthouse drama and written, directed, produced and shot eight dark, ambitious short films as well as a five-part documentary web series, all of which were lauded by critics and played extensively on the festival circuit.

It's true Michaud is still something of an indie darling, yet that's all the more reason she should've been included in a list of emerging filmmakers. But with production of her first feature, Dys-, set to begin later this year,
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Interview with Kit Williamson

Think of Topher Grace (That 70's Show, Spiderman 3). Now think of indie horror vet Jeff Dylan Graham (Bloody Bloody Bible Camp). Now imagine if the two were crossed and you would get something, or in this case someone, resembling Kit Williamson. Still, there is something unquestionably unique and different about Kit compared to a lot of the other young hopeful actors who come to La in hopes of making it. In just a short amount of time, Kit Williamson has been featured in a variety of horror film productions including Last Halloween - a romance in the vein of Before Sunrise, but with a horror twist. There's also Opious, which could be described as a cross between The Evil Dead & Ghostbusters, & a role in Elisabeth Fies second feature length film - I Hate L.A. On top of everything, Kit Williamson will be joining the cast of my very own production - Drive-In Massacre as Trey.
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Bleedfest is Back!

by Colleen Wanglund, MoreHorror.com

Brenda and Elisabeth Fies’ film festival for basass women Bleedfest is back this Sunday, September 25th. Bleedfest is proud to present the first full-length fantasy feature directed by a woman. The film is Dawn Of The Dragonslayer and is directed by Anne K. Black and is written and produced by Kynan Griffin. Both women as well as cast members will be on hand for a Q&A session.

Read more about September’s Bleedfest here:

“September 18, 2011 --Los Angeles, California-- BleedFest Film Festival, the monthly networking mixer, screening, and charity event promoting women who make badass movies, is ecstatic to present the World Premier of Dawn Of The Dragonslayer. It the world's first fantasy dragon feature directed by a woman. BleedFest runs Sunday September 25th from 1-5pm, with the feature screening at three pm. There will be a Q & A with writer/director Anne K. Black,
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It's That Time of the Month….

by Colleen Wanglund

....and we all know what that means. Yep, it’s time for BleedFest, the monthly film festival showcasing independent female filmmakers and their work. Established by badass maverick filmmakers Elisabeth and Brenda Fies, BleedFest opened in L.A. July of 2010 and a few months later became a monthly staple on the film festival circuit. According to the festival’s website, “BleedFest fetes the women who love writing, producing, directing, and watching badass genre movies.” Those genres include horror, fantasy, sci-fi, erotica, action, western and exploitation (but Not of women).

The goal of BleedFest is to raise awareness of the talented female genre filmmakers who are being ignored by the Boy’s Club of Hollywood…..and there are many. The award given out at the festival is called the Inanna, named for the ancient Sumerian goddess of love, war, lust and fertility. The Innanna Certificate Award is given
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What Are The Women Directors Doing? Current Sci-Fi, Horror, And Fantasy You Want To Know About

So, you normally don't hear about what women are directing in horror, sci-fi, and fantasy? That's because other assholes don't write about it. Only this asshole does. And there's a lot of new films projects you'll want to check out, if you're a real fannerd.

Aside from German-language release Lollipop Monster by Franziska Riemann and Larysa Kondracki's thriller in mainstream theaters, The Whistleblower, there's a bunch of shit to check out this summer.

Also in theaters is director/writer Miranda July's fantasy film The Future (see our review) opening on August 5th, 2011. This is July's second feature as director, the first being Me and You and Everyone We Know, which everyone who loves arty movies said was amazing. There's a talking cat and romance and a goregous beauty to The Future. Watch the stunning trailer:

At the end of August, 2011, FrightFest UK in London is screening Emily Hagin's
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Heather Langenkamp's "I Am Nancy" makes West Coast premier at Bleedfest

I Am Nancy From the mistresses of horror, Elisabeth Fies & Brenda Fies, comes Bleedfest, a monthly film festival whose goal is to empower female horror filmmakers. The festival which has honored such visionaries as Katt Shea (The Rage: Carrie II, Stripped to Kill) and featured such horror genre regulars as Tara Cardinal (Delivery), will feature one of the original female badasses of horror, Heather Langenkamp of A Nightmare on Elm Street, in June. Considered by many horror fans to be the ultimate final girl, Heather Langenkamp gears up to make the west coast debut of her documentary "I Am Nancy" on June 5th.

In "I Am Nancy", produced by & starring Heather Langenkamp and directed by Arlene Marechal, the focus is squarely on Heather Langenkamp and her unique experience playing Wes Craven's legendary teen heroine Nancy Thompson. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, Heather asks the burning question: "Why Freddymania,
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Bleedfest Announces June Event: Special Guests-Heather Langenkamp And Lucky McKee

Hey peeps! It's that time again where our talented women of horror come together for this cool event, Bleedfest! Badass genre film festival Bleedfest's Women of Horror event is back and better than ever! Genre stars Heather Langenkamp and Lucky McKee will be at the Cap Theatre for live appearances, as well as rapper Lil' Zane!

BleedFest is a monthly Badass Genre Film Festival in Los Angeles spotlighting female filmmakers making cool movies we all love watching. The goal of BleedFest is to introduce Hollywood to the hundreds of awesome genre filmmakers missing a Y chromosome, get these rad women's movies more of an audience, and form a networking community of empowered filmmakers of both sexes working together on new projects. It's run by co-founders and filmmaking duo Brenda Fies and Elisabeth Fies. BleedFest is supported totally through sponsor Film Radar and the genre communities' donations at IndieGoGo: http://www.
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'Bloody Breasts' - Maude Michaud's horror documentary web series arrives!

What began as a feature-length documentary two years ago has now evolved into a webseries about women and horror films directed by Montreal filmmaker Maude Michaud, debuting April 3rd, 2011.

When we first reported on the making of Bloody Breasts, interviews were still being conducted. Now, Michaud has changed the way we'll experience her exploration of the intersection of gender and horror films.

The first episode is titled “Women love horror?” and features interviews with directors and festival owners such as , Devi Snively, Reyna Young, Shannon Lark, Katt Shea, Kier-La Janisse, Denise Gossett, Heidi Martinuzzi and Elisabeth Fies.

A new webisode will be released each month on the official website for free starting tomorrow. We can't wait! Bloody Breasts is bound to be a scholarly, well-made take on a fascinating subject.
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BleedFest April Event ThrillHer: World Premier of I Hate L.A. Feature, Retrospective of Maude Michaud

For Immediate Release

March 25, 2011 - Los Angeles, CA -

The lineup for the April 3, 2011 BleedFest event in Los Angeles from 11am-4pm has been announced. The theme is ThrillHer: Suspense films by women. For $10 and free street parking, attendees will view four hours of genre films by women, partake in the open bar, network with industry luminaries, and have three opportunities to be interviewed on the red carpet and have their photos featured on PRPhotos.com and Exposaay.com.

BleedFest Film Festival is a monthly screening and networking event in Los Angeles that fetes the women who love writing, producing, directing, and watching badass genre movies: action, thriller, sci-fi, horror, western, exploitation (of men or audience only), B-movie, and erotica. BleedFest Film Festival's Charity for the Month of April is the American Red Cross of Greater Los Angeles-Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief Fund. A donation stand will be set up,
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'I Hate L.A.' trailer and screening date!

The trailer for all-female-directed anthology horror film I Hate L.A. (who doesn't?) is out, and they've got a Los Angeles screening date too.

Eleven horror vignettes written and directed by seven directors: Barbara Stepansky, Tyrrel Schaffner, Maude Michaud, Heidi Hornbacher, Marichelle Daywalt, Elisabeth Fies and Brenda Fies.

We've already seen several of the shorts, but some are debuting for the first time at the film's official premiere on April 6th in Los Angeles! (see www.IHateLAMovie.com for details).

Enjoy the official trailer:
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From the 7 mistresses of horror comes "I Hate L.A."

I Hate L.A. From the creative minds of Elisabeth Fies & Brenda Fies (The Commune: A New Cult Classic ) comes a shocking new horror film which brings together seven talented mistresses of horror to unleash the unspeakable horrors that await in I Hate L.A. Joining up the talented female directors at the helm of this project is an all star indie cast including Keiko Agena (Gilmore Girls), scream queen Tara Cardinal (Legend Of The Red Reaper), Chauntal Lewis (star of Toolbox Murders 2), newcomer Melanie Leanne Miller, and Latino legend Carlos Carrasco (Blood In Blood Out, Speed). 

I Hate L.A. is a bold new feature film of eleven interlocking horror vignettes that mixes big laughs with gory kills in this Twilight Zone-esq suspenser which is getting ready to have its world premier, to fan anticipation, on April 3rd, 2011 at BleedFest Film Festival in Los Angele (http://www.bleedfest.
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FantAsian: Fantasy Films by Asian Women Invade March 6th BleedFest!

Hey peeps! My girls behind Bleedfest are throwing a Fantasian event on March 6th. Fantasian you ask? The theme is films and musicals by female asian filmmakers! Check it out below and if you're in the area go hangout with these talented women in film. For immediate release:

Los Angeles, California-- March 4, 2011 --

Monthly badass genre film festival BleedFest continues its quest for gender equality in movies and moviemaking with its March 2011 charity and screening event. The theme of BleedFest's March 6th event is FantAsian: Fantasy and musicals by female Asian filmmakers.

Deepika Daggubati will be present for a Q &A after her fantasy musical feature Waking Dreams, as will Anna Biller for a retrospective of her subversive retro shorts including Three Examples Of Myself As Queen. Carly Lyn will receive her Inanna Award statue for A Foundling, and Nora Jesse will receive the Best Producer certificate award for her satirical short Grandpa.
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Women in Horror Month: Writer & Director Elisabeth Fies

Women in Horror Month: Writer & Director Elisabeth Fies
Throughout the month of February, FEARnet will be profiling Women Who Make You Scream in celebration of Women in Horror Month. Read our first interview with writer and WiHM founder Hannah Neurotica, our second interview with Jovanka Vuckovic, our third  interview with filmmakers Jen and Sylvia Soska, our fourth with Viscera Film Festivals' Shannon Lark, our fifth with blogger Heidi Martinuzzi, and our final interview with Director Elizabeth Fies below. If Elisabeth Fies could pick one secret society or cult to join, she would pick the Talamasca. If you are at all familiar with the writer/director (and sometimes actor) of The Commune: A New Cult Classic,  Psychosexual, Pistoleras, the upcoming I Hate La...
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12 Hot 'Women in Horror' Invade CA for Food/Clothing Drive

by Seth Metoyer, MoreHorror.com

It's finally here, the Second Annual Food and Clothing Drive is taking place today, Saturday Feb. 12 at Dark Dels in Burbank CA. What a kick ass way to celebrate Women in Horror Month!

So if you are in the area, have some non-perishable food, gently used clothing and want to hang with some awesome women, be sure to check this one out!

Read more details below and if you can't make it, you can send your donation as well, we've included the address below.

3512 W Magnolia - Burbank - CA (2-6pm) Saturday Feb 12, 2011

Women in Horror Recognition month is all about women in horror. And these women are all about giving back.

Join These Women in Horror:

Dai Green

Reyna Young

Brooke Lewis

Mo Whelan

Eileen Dietz

Monique Parent

Victoria DeMare

Elissa Dowling

Rachel Grubb

Michelle Tomlinson

Christie Bastet

Melissa Krimsky

Tara Cardinal

For
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BleedFest Blood Drive & BleedFest Film Festival Pictures

Elisabeth Fies attends BleedFest Blood Drive & BleedFest Film Festival.Photo copyright Winston Burris / PR Photos. Diana Hart attends BleedFest Blood Drive & BleedFest Film Festival.Photo copyright Winston Burris / PR Photos. Michelie Tomlinson attends BleedFest Blood Drive & BleedFest Film Festival.Photo copyright Winston Burris / PR Photos. BleedFest Blood Drive & BleedFest Film Festival.Photo copyright Winston Burris / PR Photos. Susan Bell and Tara Cardinal attend BleedFest Blood Drive & BleedFest Film Festival.Photo copyright Winston Burris / PR Photos. 02/06/2011 - Elizabeth Ashley and Jeffrey Damnit - BleedFest Blood Drive & BleedFest Film Festival 2.0 - Arrivals - Cap Theater, 13752 Ventura Boulevard - Sherman Oaks, CA, USA © Winston Burris / PR Photos
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'Masters of Horror' Dinners — Why Women Need to Direct More Horror Movies

Anyone who knows what a Masters of Horror dinner is also knows that Mick Garris is probably cringing as he reads this sentence, because I've been somewhat of a thorn in his side regarding how many women attend them.

I've actually had Joe Lynch yell at me (virtually, anyway) and James Gunn chastise me publicly for saying that women don't get invited to the Masters of Horror dinners.

But I'm not bitching about that today, so Mick and James and Joe can relax. This is not a critique of them and their invitational habits. What I'm bitching about is how few women horror directors are actually available for them to invite.

What Is a Masters of Horror dinner, you ask, layperson?

Well, it's a gathering of the directors of some of the best horror films of the last several decades. This gathering, which takes place in Los Angeles, is invite-only,
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Soskas Perform a Public Service and Announce Their American Mary

It's time for the big reveal, my friends. As promised, embedded below is Jen and Sylvia Soska's new PSA for the Massive Blood Drive. And embedded within this video is the actress they've chosen to star in American Mary, their sure-to-be-shocking follow-up to last year's absolutely-was-shocking Dead Hooker in a Trunk.

After a grueling search that took them from the hills of Hollywood to the canyons of Manhattan, the Twisted Twins finally found their Mary in their very own backyard. I'm excited to announce that talented Canadian actress Katharine Isabelle is the woman who will bring American Mary to life.

While I'm sure you all remember Isabelle from the 2000 film Ginger Snaps, you probably don't realize that she's more than a scream queen. In the years since that classic slice of Canadian horror was released, Isabelle has established a solid career as a well-rounded, hard-working character actress. But this
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All Things Horror: Ladies Night

Feb. 2

8:00 p.m.

Somerville Theatre

55 Davis Square

Somerville, Ma 02144

Hosted by: All Things Horror

The All Things Horror screening series salutes female horror directors with this special screening of one feature-length movie and three short films all directed by women.

The feature film that will be screening is Fugue by Barbara Stepansky, a modern-day haunted house movie. Charlotte (Abigail Mittel) moves in with her boyfriend Howard (Richard Gunn) and immediately begins to see ghostly figures haunting the property. Things get even weirder when Abigail learns that the last eight months of her life have been completely erased from her memory. You can watch the Fugue movie trailer below.

In addition to Fugue, All Things Horror will also be screening these short films:

Morbid Curiosity, dir. Cindy Baer

Ugly on the Inside, dir. Whitney and Steven Boe

Scream Queen, dir. Elisabeth Fies

Fugue is Stepansky’s second feature film after
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Don't drink & drive or you'll get "Slaughtered". Slaughtered premiers at Bleedfest

As if getting to meet icons of the horror genre such as Katt Shea (Stripped to Kill, The Rage: Carrie II), Tara Cardinal (Song of the Shattered, Delivery), Kevin Tenney (Night of the Demons, Witchboard), Dave Reda (Bit Parts) and Stacy Title (Hood of Horror) wasn't enough while at Bleedfest, you'll also be in store for the Us premier of

Slaughtered

Everyone's getting slaughtered in the pub tonight! 

Slaughtered is a classic slasher horror, backed by a love story and set in an outback pub. It is simple and savage, but with a unique twist. Slaughtered is an independent horror film that combines love, horror and gore in a slasher style narrative. The story follows a masked killer who stalks an isolated pub in a small town known as Sutton Forest. The body count rises as night falls, slowly eliminating who the killer might be and leaving the remaining few to fight to stay alive.
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