Bold Film Festival Showcases the Horror of Female Filmmakers in Vancouver
Vancouver's newest media company, Curio Media Inc. presents it's inaugural event and film festival on Friday, January 13th with the Western Canadian premiere of The Viscera Film Festival - a festival of horror short films directed by women.
To the Norse, Friday is “Freyja's Day,” devoted to the goddess of love and war, death and witchcraft, who scours the sky collecting the souls of slain warriors and hunting for secrets that have been lost. The number thirteen is the cursed number and the odd one out, the outsider who stares in at the group's happy perfect dozen. It is appropriate then that next Friday the 13th, a cabal of outsiders and Freyja's children will demonstrate their craft. Dare you, on this dark night, view the ghoulish cinematic creations of these witchy women?
The Viscera Film Festival has been a yearly event for the last three years that showcases the fearsome creations of female filmmakers from all over the world. The festival begins with a dedication ceremony in Los Angeles and then travels all around the world, appearing at both film festivals and specially curated events for museums and post-secondary academic institutions. Following the screening in Vancouver, this year's Viscera films will travel to Penn State in the USA, where they will be to be discussed by academics as part of a new category of gender studies and cinema: “Feminist Response Horror.”
The Viscera Film Festival's creations range from the gorgeously gory to the sinisterly cerebral. Some explore deep-set nightmares and the repressed corners of the psyche while others homage Japanese splatter films and B-movie flicks or spit-roast the sacred cows of pop culture. See the Easter Bunny commit murder, see an obsessive-compulsive confront what lurks behind the doors of his mind, see Little Bo Peep slaughter her sheep, see the shade of Edgar Allan Poe hunt for three versions of his lost love. There are ghosts and zombies, serial killers and lost hitchhikers, girls violently working out their daddy issues and women facing the dangers that lurk in their beds. See all of these and so much more saunter and scream for you on-screen. Horror fans of all stripes and species, prepare to be disturbed, disquieted, and thoroughly delighted.
Already the geek community can't stop talking about this year's Viscera Film Festival. The Daily Nightmare describes it as “a fresh and different kind of disturbing, and frankly, aren’t we getting a little bored with the same old kinds of revulsion? These – dare I call them 'sick chick flicks?' – are quite inspiring because of the new vision they promise.” Bizarro Central adds “GO, VISCERA WOMEN! I’m behind you a trillion percent.... Keep making it so good that movie moguls finally figure it out, and realize how many of us in the audience-o-sphere are deeply hungering for your insights, talents, and skills.”
The special one-night Vancouver screening will be at the RIO Theatre, 1160 East Broadway, Vancouver. The show will last from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM, with doors opening at 7:30. It will be hosted by Urban Rush's Fiona Forbes and feature special guests, including filmmaker/actress Shannon Lark, founder of the Viscera Film Festival and former CEO of the Chainsaw Mafia, as well as Rachel Talalay, director of Tank Girl, Ghost in the Machine, and Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare. Tickets are $13 at the door or available for advance purchase on the IRL and Rio Theatre websites. Full details available at the following links:
Curio Media's primary focus is to create and/or distribute quality films, television shows, art, and web series derived from female genre filmmakers and other artists and their fans. Traditionally, genre pieces are poorly represented in mainstream media and funding sources are typically geared towards more traditional “high art” creations since genre is mistakenly considered a “juvenile, adolescent male” demographic. While women are grossly underrepresented in traditional film and other entertainment industries, they are even more so in genre entertainment. Yet genre-specific films, television and art are commercially lucrative, and the female audience is extensive and passionate. Overall, women form 50% of film ticket sales, even for films typically marketed towards men, and when the female gender is specifically targeted in genre fare, such as the prominent franchises Twilight and The Hunger Games, sales and interest spike substantially.
About Viscera Film Festival
Viscera is a 501(c)3 non profit organization committed to expanding opportunities for contemporary female horror filmmakers and educating the public by raising awareness of the changing roles for women in the film industry. www.viscerafilmfestival.com.
About Curio Media
Curio Media is a digital media and entertainment company that promotes and distributes carefully curated film, television, art and web series created by female filmmakers and artists focusing primarily on horror, sci-fi, and dark fantasy genres. www.curio-media.com.
For more information about this event, such as press materials or to request an interview, contact AdaPia d'Errico of Curio Media at adapia@curio-
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Curio Media is a digital media and entertainment company that promotes and distributes carefully curated film, television, art and web series created by female filmmakers and artists focusing primarily on horror, sci-fi, and dark fantasy genres.