This past weekend, JennyD and I were asked to take part in a panel for Philly Loves Women in Horror, an event of short films and film discussion created by Ashlee Blackwell. The event was moderated by Hannah Neurotica (whom it was incredible to meet), the creator of Women in Horror month, and it was an incredible, inspiring and exciting event that we were thrilled to be a part of! We got to meet some awesome and creative women, see some excellent shorts, and be on a panel with other lady horror lovers like us. What’s not to love?
Let’s start with the films. We got to see 10 shorts, and there were some very strong offerings. I really loved the opening short, “The Dump”, directed by Rebekah McKendry (2012) – she seamlessly blended horror and comedy in her story about two killers who run into each other at a dump site they both want to use. Discussion and laughter ensues. Looking forward to more from Ms. McKendry!
We found at this event that we had more fun with horror comedy shorts than the more serious ones, which for me at least is different from normal – horror and comedy can be very tough to combine, but many of these ladies handled it with ease. “My Mom and Other Monsters” (dir. Kate Tsang, 2011) kept it creepy until the end, “Sheeties” (dir. Paula Haifley, 2012), a mockumentary about the lives and relationship trials of those who dare to embrace their love of wearing the classic ghost sheet, had me laughing the whole time, and “OowieWanna” (dir. Bridget Palardy, 2011), takes an adventure at a laundromat to a whole new (and musical!) level. Out of all the shorts, I definitely enjoyed these the most, but all of the films had something interesting to offer.
We also got to see two trailers, one from Lil’ Filmmakers, an organization that helps youth and teens learn to make movies and explore their love of cinema. Their upcoming film is called “Erudition”. For information, including how to donate, please check out http://www.lilfilmmakersinc.com/
The other trailer was for a documentary entitled “My Final Girl” by Kristina Leath-Malin, who also joined us on the panel, about the role of American black women in the Blaxploitation and horror genre, something that I can’t wait to watch. Check out the trailer here: http://vimeo.com/62552635
After the films, JennyD and I got to speak on a panel alongside Kristina Leath-Malin and Ashlee Blackwell, moderated by Hannah Neurotica! We discussed our first encounters with the word/understanding of the final girl, how our gender has affected our experiences within the genre community (both positively and negatively), and much more!
Jenny and I were honored to be part of an event for Women in Horror Month! We hope next year we can do even more! But February isn’t over yet, people – get out there and support ladies in the genre community! In fact, who cares if it’s not February? Celebrate women in horror all year round!