As previously announced, Dread Central is hosting Jen and Sylvia Soska’s Massive Blood Drive 2020.
Every February The Soska Sisters (American Mary, Rabid) invite filmmakers and feminists from across the world to celebrate Women In Horror Month by creating short PSAs encouraging blood donation. They can be as short as and uncomplicated as an artist desires, but they do limit the maximum run times to ten minutes.
“This will be our 11th year celebrating Women In Horror Recognition Month,” Jen explains. “It all started over a decade ago when founder Hannah Neurotica pointed out that women are not getting the recognition they deserve; in fact, they’re often being written out of history! And so Women In Horror Month was born and alongside it the Massive Blood Drive.”
All February long Dread and the Soskas are encouraging people to donate blood. That’s all. There’s no catch. You donate blood and everyone wins.
“It’s a civic duty that’s often overlooked,” Jen continues. “Not everyone has cash, but blood is just about the most selfless donation one can make.”
This year’s theme is Transformation and this year’s tag line is “Be The Change”. And, of course, there’s the classic: “Blood. It’s In You To Give.”
Today’s PSA is “The Nightmare” by Andrew Hass and Kynda Laufmann! Give it a spin embedded at the top of the article!
“The Nightmare” – Lost in the Woods Productions
Andrew Hass – Director, Cinematographer, Editor
Andrew was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. He moved away in his late teens and has spent most of his time since in the PNW. He is married to his partner in both life and art, Kynda Laufmann, with whom he has two sons. Andrew’s family has been involved in filmmaking since the 1930’s when his great-grandfather first worked as a stuntman. Andrew had never worked in film until, in 2014, an opportunity to provide sound work for an independent feature horror film was brought to him and sparked an interest that has led to writing and directing. He has worked on both feature and short films, working as director of photography, editor, sound department, writer, and director. Andrew’s passion and focus lie in making independent horror films.
Kynda Laufmann – Writer, Director
Kynda grew up in Colorado and moved to Washington for school. She graduated with a degree in Psychology and loves her day job working as a Clinical Supervisor helping kids with developmental disabilities. Kynda caught Andrew staring in 2009, and hasn’t let him go. Andrew has since piqued Kynda’s interest in film production and they decided to team up on their own projects, leading to the creation of Lost in the Woods Productions. Kynda enjoys being on set and contributing to the creative process, and likes to think her perfectionistic tendencies lend themselves to a better film.
Mikayla Daniels – Mom
Mikayla Daniels is a writer, actor and director originally from Alaska. She is an on-camera host and writer for KSPS Saturday Night Cinema on KSPS, an Emmy winning post-production editor for the NBC affiliate, KHQ. Mikayla has written articles and reviews for The Journal of Screenwriting, Directed by Women, and Netflixlife.com, as well as having an essay published in the book “When Women Wrote Hollywood”. Currently she is consulting on a pilot for a production company, as well as having optioned a feature script. Find her on twitter and instagram @Palealaskan.
Kiah Owen – Dad
Kiah Owen is An exceptional athlete and courageous man, Kiah was dubbed “”King Of the Impossible”” due to many fantastic adventures and accomplishments including thwarting an invasion from the planet Mongo orchestrated by his arch nemesis Ming the Merciless.
Caroline Sisk – Daughter
Caroline Sisk is a unique yet traditional all American 11- year old girl. Caroline was born in Hayden, Idaho and loves all the opportunities she has in this gorgeous lake city! Caroline plays club basketball and volleyball year round, and sneaks in time for cheerleading in the fall. She is an avid aspiring artist. She loves making jewelry, drawing, and painting. She loves camping and hiking and playing with her golden retriever Thor. Caroline excels in school and is a friend to everyone.
Tresa Black – Makeup FX
Tresa Black has been working in SFX makeup and face & body art for 12 years. She has worked for many short films, theater and the TV show Znation. Her ability to create transformational characters quickly and on a low budget make her work a favorite with many directors. Tresa’s degree in visual communications and her experience working in graphic design and illustration has helped her design and create her makeup creations, allowing her to view each actor as a blank canvas to transform. Living in Spokane, Washington, Tresa can be seen on instagram @fabulouslyartsy.
PSA’s from the Soska’s Sister Massive Blood Drive 2020 will air every other day in February, so stay tuned and check back often!