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Heather Wixson. Honestly, this “horror chick” is a bit of an enigma. Where she finds the time to get the amount of things done that she does is beyond me, but I can tell you that we are beyond thrilled to have her on our team and love her more than words can fully illustrate.
Indie films have always been a passion of hers, and as a result several years ago she came to me with an idea to make the month of March officially Indie Horror Month. Over the years the feature has grown immensely, and for 2013 it came out guns blazing with the first ever CineMayhem Film Festival, which took place March 2nd and 3rd at the Muvico Thousand Oaks located at 166 West Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA.
To say we were proud to be a part of something like this is an understatement. With the festival Heather was able to offer prime theatrical time and space to filmmakers who normally wouldn’t have the resources to get their films shown on the big screen. Indie films are our genre’s life’s blood because you just never know where the next master of horror is going to come from. The main difference between indie films and studio-driven fare is that we’ve seen time and time again that a filmmaker with some imagination and inspiration can easily trump a half-baked project with a bloated budget. Every second and every dime counts when it comes to independent projects, and the CineMayhem line-up of films, both short and feature length, underscored this fact in the most sterling way imaginable.
Being a sponsor of the event, it would not be appropriate for us to judge it on its merits, so for that we suggest you check out Brian Collins’ report here and also dig on some words from Heather herself here.
At this time we’d like to thank all of our sponsors who helped to make the first CineMayhem Film Festival the success that it was. Big heartfelt thanks go out to Muvico Theaters, Sideshow Collectibles, Magnet Releasing, Scream Factory, Breaking Glass Pictures, and most of all… you guys. Even if you couldn’t make it to the event, it’s great to know that indie horror occupies such a warm and integral part of your hearts.
Here’s to a bigger and better show next year! Cheers!
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