Etheria Film Night presents the 2016 Official Lineup of “Shorts & Special Presentation Feature Film,” which will take place on Saturday, June 11, 2016. I will be one of the judges for the shorts program (see the full list below).
Nine Short Films and a sneak-peek of Anna Biller’s feature-length film, The Love Witch, will be screened at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, CA. Both the Short Film and Feature Film Screenings will be followed by a Q&A with directors in attendance.
Prior to the screenings, Etheria will be honoring Jackie Kong with the Inspiration Award. Jackie Kong directed the low-budget 1983 creature feature The Being, the 1984 absurdist comedy Night Patrol, and the wacky 1987 horror film Blood Diner. Kong was a pioneering female director at a time when not many women were directing feature genre films. The Inspiration Award is presented to people who have inspired women to write and direct genre films & TV. Past recipients include Jane Espenson (Once Upon a Time), Lexi Alexander (Punisher: Warzone), Jennifer Lynch (“The Walking Dead”, Surveillance) and Mary Lambert (Pet Sematary).
“Jackie Kong is a bad-ass,” says Festival Director Stacy Pippi Hammon. “When we talk about inspiration, it’s not just the films, but the attitudes that we look up to. Kong’s unflinching determination to tell the stories that she wants to tell is so affirming to so many women. Combined with her having directed some of the most iconic genre films of the 1980s, this attitude makes her stand out as someone we would love to honor. She’s punk rock.”
Etheria Film Night is an annual showcase screening of a progressive slate of genre films directed by women for an audience including producers, managers, show runners, distributors, and genre fans. Women want to make exciting, provocative, entertaining, fantastic, and terrifying films. Etheria puts the women directors who want to make genre films and TV in front of the people who want to hire them. Past official selections have included films from directors Axelle Carolyn (Soulmate), Rose McGowan (Dawn), Karen Gillan (Coward), Chloe Okuno (Slut), and Amber Benson (SheVenge), among others.
“Every year, the submissions get better and better,” says Director of Programming Heidi Honeycutt. “In 2016, the horror submissions blew my mind. They’re shockingly good. I think our audience is going to freak out. I hope our audience freaks out.”
“I think we’re experiencing a unique time for women in film – particularly genre film – and we’re very proud to be at the forefront of that,” says Etheria’s Director of Creative Sevices Kayley Viteo. “But more than anything, we’re proud to be a venue for these directors who deserve all the recognition.”
The start times, screening schedule, and detailed information can be found on the official Etheria website.
The full 2016 Etheria Jury includes Elle Schneider (Digital Bolex), Elizabeth Stanley (Trailers from Hell), John Skipp (Book of the Dead), Peter Block (A Bigger Boat Productions), Guinevere Turner (American Psycho), Bryan Fuller (Hannibal”), Gale Ann Hurd (The Walking Dead), Rachel Talalay (Dr. Who”), Travis Stevens (Snowfort Pictures), Kailey Marsh (The Blood List), Sophie Sefried (Epic Pictures), Robert Parigi (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D”), Paul Feig (“Bridemaids”), Colin Geddes (Toronto International Film Festival), James McCarthy (International Screenwriter’s Association), Molly Kasch (International Screenwriters Association), Sean Keller (“Rage”), Jessie Lilley Campbell (Mondo Cult Magazine), Jay Kay (Horror Happens Radio), Chris Alexander (Shocktillyoudrop.com), Bill Kopp (Eek! the Cat”), Martin Olson (Encyclopedia of Hell), Larry Fessenden (“The Last Winter”), Brad Miska (Bloody-Disgusting.com), April Wolfe (LA Weekly/Village Voice), Jackie Kong (“Blood Diner), Rae Dawn Chong (Tales from the Darkside: The Movie), Darin Scott (“Tales from the Hood”), Elizabeth Kaiden (Tangerine Entertainment), and more to be announced.
Etheria Film Night 2016 Special Sneak Peek Screening:
The Love Witch
Directed by Anna Biller (120:00) (Supernatural Exploitation) (USA) (35mm)
“A modern-day witch uses spells and magic to get men to fall in love with her in this tribute to 1960s Technicolor thrillers.”
Etheria Film Night 2016 Official Short Film Selections:
Genghis Khan Conquers the Moon
Directed by Kerry Yang (17:00) (Science Fiction) (USA)
In Genghis Khan’s last days, an encounter with a wizard sends him to the moon. Just as the mediaeval anti-hero thinks he’s made his greatest conquest, he finds himself on a spiritual quest realizing the absurd clash between one man’s need and the silence of the universe.
Directed by Stephanie Cabdevila (14:30) (Fantasy/Sci-Fi) (France)
In this absurdist musical, a scientist afraid to face the outside world creates her own android clone replacement.
Directed by Christine Boylan (13:00) (Western) (USA)
When a devastating tsunami destroys the west coast, a cowgirl roams the now lawless Malibu hills looking for justice.
Directed by Toy Lei (4:47) (Action/Thriller) (USA)
A middle-aged contract killer must reconcile her life between her ruthless clients and her young, unquestioning son who wants to be just like her.
Directed by Jill Gevargizian (15:00) (Horror) (USA)
Claire is a lonely hairstylist with an unnerving desire to escape her disappointing reality. When her final client of the evening arrives with the request to look perfect, Claire has plans of her own.
The Puppet Man
Directed by Jacqueline Castel (9:08) (Horror) (USA)
A supernatural killer stalks a young woman and her friends in a seedy, neon-lit dive bar in this short film featuring horror legend John Carpenter.
Directed by Prano Bailey-Bond (15:09) (Horror) (UK)
It’s 1982. Twelve-year old Doug is drawn into the lurid world of VHS horror as he explores the mysterious disappearance of his father.
About Etheria Film Night:
Etheria Film Night is an annual showcase screening of a progressive slate of genre films directed by women for an audience including producers, managers, show runners, distributors, and genre fans. Women want to make exciting, provocative, entertaining, fantastic, and terrifying films. Etheria puts the women directors who want to make genre films and TV in front of the people who want to hire them. For more information, please visit http://www.etheriafilmnight.com