It’s that wondrous time of year once again when the Etheria Film Night brings the world a fresh crop of female filmmakers who know all too well how to send shivers down our spines! Read on for what’s in store this coming June at the event’s new venue.
From the Press Release:
Etheria Film Night is proud to present the 2016 Official Lineup of Shorts & Special Presentation Feature Film on Saturday, June 11, 2016. Nine short films and a sneak peek of the feature-length film The Love Witch – a “fiercely intelligent, visionary work hiding in the skin of a trashy exploitation movie” (Shocktillyoudrop.com) directed by Anna Biller – will be screened at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica, 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 and TV series. Past recipients include Jane Espenson (“Once Upon a Time”), Lexi Alexander (Punisher: Warzone), Jennifer Lynch (“The Walking Dead”), 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.”
Etheria Film Night 2016 is co-presented by the American Cinematheque and will take place at the Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, CA, on June 11, 2016. The evening will include a cocktail reception and red carpet ceremony sponsored by Birns & Sawyer and Girls and Corpses Magazine. 2016 Etheria awards and screenings are sponsored by Digital Bolex, Birns & Sawyer, and The International Screenwriter’s Association. 2016 community partners include Film Fatales, The Alliance of Women Directors, Seeking Our Story, Women in Media, MUFF Society, Film Thrills, Horrible Imaginings, Slaughter Movie House, and Days of the Dead, among many others.
The start times, screening schedule, and detailed information can be found on the official Etheria Film Night website.
The 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), Steve Barton (DreadCentral.com), Debi Moore (DreadCentral.com), and more to be announced.
For more info about Etheria, visit the official Etheria Film Night website.
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 medieval 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 Olga Osorio (15:00) (Science Fiction) (Spain)
Andrea is trapped in a temporal loop. Will she be able to break it?
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.
Directed by Mindy Bledsoe (10:00) (Dark Comedy) (USA)
Three women have to transport a celebrity’s body without anyone knowing she’s dead.
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.