We’ve known Roxanne Benjamin for a long, long time, from way back when she reviewed films for Bloody Disgusting out of various festivals. She then ended up producing both V/H/S and V/H/S/2 with us before making her directorial debut on our Southbound anthology. Next up for this up-and-comer is the below music video for Cherry Glazer. The vicious video is for the song “Nurse Ratched” off Apocalipstick, which is out on January 20, 2017 on Secretly Canadian. The video was shot by super DP Tarin Anderson and edited by, get this, Jason Eisener (Death Note, Hobo With a Shotgun, V/H/S/2)!
“I wanted to make the video for ‘Nurse Ratched’ feel like a throwback to ‘70s era exploitation films in both theme and style-something totally over-the-top violent-but with a surreal and dream-like quality,” Benjamin tells us. “For the look, we shot day-for-night and then added an archival 16mm Fujifilm process. It seems like in road horror movies, it’s split down the middle between whether the hitchhiker or the driver is the one to be afraid of, but almost always the predatory one is male. It was fun to play with the idea of who we should be scared for and who we should be scared of with Sasami and Clem’s dynamic.”
But that’s not all, looking over at IMBd for some info I discovered that Benjamin not only wrote and produced a segment of XX for musician St. Vincent (Annie Clark), but she also directed one of her own. While we don’t have information on that yet, she joins an elite squad of female filmmakers that include Karyn Kusama (Girlfight, Jennifer’s Body, The Invitation), Sofia Carrillo, and Jovanka Vuckovic.