Nuevo Rico (2020) [SXSW 2021]

Director Kristian Mercado Figueroa’s short musical is a brilliant and excellent look at the end of the potential creeping end of the American territory known as Puerto Rico. Though fiction, Mercado brings to light the very troubling developments that could change how Puerto Ricans connect to their homeland. In the near future, the raw land of Puerto Rico has been destroyed in favor of a futuristic dystopia now known as Nuevo Rico.

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Running Time (1997): Special Edition [Blu-Ray]

It’s not often that we get crime thrillers that unfold in real time, but Josh Becker’s indie “Running Time” takes a shot and does a great job of it. “Running Time” is true to its word, a movie that unravels over the course of a little over an hour, and the run time for the narrative is apt. The movie is not too long, refusing to pad the story, buts it’s never too short to where we’re left asking questions. It runs a good pace as a tense drama that feels kind of like a prologue to “Reservoir Dogs.” Campbell is stellar and the movie almost makes it to the finish line without a hitch. Almost, but not quite.

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Interview with Rachel Belofsky, Founder of LA Scream Festival [Women in Horror Month 2021]

Belofsky Pictured in Middle

Please introduce yourself.
I’m Rachel Belofsky, the founder of Screamfest Horror Film Festival and producer of the documentary Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Genre.

What is it that attracts you the horror genre for your chosen field of creative work?
I love supporting and meeting so many talented filmmakers from around the world in the horror genre. It is an honor to be able to screen their films in our festival. I truly find joy in helping them make connections.

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Adverse (2021)

Director-Writer Brian Metcalf brings with him a strong crime drama that he hands over to a wonderfully seasoned cast of character actors. While a movie like “Adverse” could have stumbled right out of the gate, it manages to only improve by the time the movie has closed and ends as a sharp crime thriller. It’s a bold mix of “Taxi Driver,” and “Drive,” with a nigh unrecognizable Thomas Ian Nicholas staring.

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Interview with Filmmaker Rakefet Abergel [Women in Horror Month 2021]

Please introduce yourself.
I started out as an actress, with varying degrees of success over the years. When I realized I wouldn’t get cast in things I wanted to do, I decided to start writing and producing my own work for me to star in. On my second short I decided to direct as well. It’s been a journey!

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Interview with Founder of Bad Wolf Films K/XI [Women in Horror Month 2021]

Photo Credit: Saira Niazi

Please introduce yourself.
My name is K. I am a British filmmaker with a Pakistani background, and I write, direct, and produce my own work, as well as doing many other roles. The XI in my name is for ‘11’ because energy and good vibrations are important to me, and the number itself is significant. I studied film theory and a class about text to film adaptations changed everything as I was always a writer, and this transition allowed me to visualize my own work and be the creator of it. In 2007 I created my company Bad Wolf Films by studying and working full-time to buy my own equipment so that I could continue making short films in order to experiment with ideas.

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Interview with “The Stylist” Actress Najarra Townsend [Women in Horror Month 2021]

Please introduce yourself.
Hi! My name is Najarra Townsend. I’m an actress who has been in the business since I was a kid. You may recognize me from films such as ME AND YOU AND EVERYONE WE KNOW, CONTRACTED and most recently THE STYLIST.

What is it that attracts you the horror genre for your chosen field of creative work?
My love for the horror genre really grew when I realized what a incredible community the genre has. I’ve always been a fan of horror films but once I started making them and meeting the people who continually work in them along with the fans who love them, I really became hooked. Making a horror movie is always exciting because of the filming process with all the heightened emotions and special effects but also, knowing that once the film is released, there is a community who will love it just as much as you loved making it.

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Interview with Filmmaker Eve Edelson [Women in Horror Month 2021]

Photo Credit: Hans Kellner

Please introduce yourself.
I’m a writer and filmmaker living in the San Francisco Bay Area. I started out in theater, training at the Drama Studio London at Berkeley. At the time, new arrivals were required to either adopt a cat or play in a band. Since I play piano, guitar and bass, and was assembled from parts of previously used bass players, the choice was clear. Since then I’ve crewed on films and made 6 shorts. I run the Weird Film Festival, now in its 7th year. My play Scamoramaland, about people who prank email scammers, produced in San Francisco, was based on my website scamorama.com and my book of the same name published by The Disinformation Company.

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