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  • Tribeca introduces “OUT OF THIS WORLD: FEMALE FILMMAKERS IN GENRE”

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    As the cinematic world continues to evolve and new styles of filmmaking arise, the outlets from which budding artists are able to share their unique voices and stories evolves as well.  One such outlet, as obvious as it may seem, is the internet and the Tribeca Film Festival is making it a point to showcase outstanding filmmakers specializing in online filmmaking.

    In its fourth year running, Tribeca N.O.W. (New Online Work) is a specialty program within the overall programming of the Tribeca film festival, dedicated to the celebration of up-and-coming, online filmmakers. Even more so, within the last year, two additional programs have been added onto N.O.W., including OUT OF THIS WORLD: FEMALE FILMMAKERS IN GENRE, a special screening of three films created by three exceptional female filmmakers; Arkasha Stevenson, Vera Miao, and Nicole Delany.

    Liza Domnitz, current program director of N.O.W. notes, “Last year we further expanded Tribeca N.O.W. to include two additional programs; N.O.W. Special Screenings, which are more high-profile works from up-and-coming online studios or work that could be a feature film that’s going to be distributed just online. And then we started a private industry event called The Tribeca Creators Market, which is essentially a film festival market specifically for creators who are making works for the online space.”  She followed with, “And OUT OF THIS WORLD is one of the special screenings, the second part of Tribeca N.O.W.”

    After watching the films created by Stevenson (PINEAPPLE), Miao (TWO SENTENCE HORROR STORIES: MA), and Delany (YOYO), Domnitz knew instantly that these were something special. “I was genuinely impressed by all three of these pieces and all three of them have this very cool atmosphere and vibe to them, in very different ways. I’d seen PINEAPPLE at Sundance and it’s just visually spectacular. Then I’d seen the other two pieces and t struck me as a potentially really cool little program. And then I realized they were all women and it just worked out even better.”

    Now, with the growth of online studios such as Stage 13 and Adaptive Studios, more and more filmmakers are able to share their art with the world; this is only the beginning of the emergence of online filmmakers and strong female voices.  So, if you can, try to catch PINEAPPLE, TWO SENTENCE HORROR STORIES: MA, and YOTO, screening Saturday, April 29th at 6pm at the Cinepolis Chelsea 7. “It’s these three pieces back-to-back and then afterwards we are going to have a conversation with the three filmmakers and Cristina Cacioppo from Alamo Drafthouse will talk to them.”

    Tickets are still available so check out TribecaFilm.com for more info.

    Check out our conversation with Vera Miao and Nicole Delany HERE!

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  • Women to watch: Getting to know up-and-coming genre filmmakers Vera Miao and Nicole Delany

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    With the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival in full swing, a new slew of budding filmmakers and exceptional films are being showcased in New York City for all to see. Over the years, during this highly regarded film festival, careers have been made, dreams have been surpassed, and new talent has been discovered.  Well, this year is no exception.

    In the first annual, special screening program, OUT OF THIS WORLD: FEMALE FILMMAKERS IN GENRE, three films, which represent the very best in online film making, will be screened, for one night only on Saturday, April 29 at 6pm. Each piece of work is a unique interpretation of genre film making told through the perspective of three exceptional women.  

    The tension-soaked PINEAPPLE, written and directed by Arkasha Stevenson takes a single word and creates a web-series surrounding the assault of a coal miners daughter; Vera Miao offers up TWO SENTENCE HORROR STORIES: MA, which dissects the intense relationship between an overbearing mother and her live-in daughter; and the world premier of YOYO, Nicole Delany’s dark-comedy about the end of the world and a young girl dealing with the annoyance of still being a virgin.

    Miao, the daughter of Chinese immigrants, is no stranger to the festival circuit. In 2013 her first feature film BEST FRIENDS FOREVER premiered at Slamdance and in 2015 was a part of the Sundance Institute/Women in Film Financing. Delany, a graduate from Columbia University’s MFA Film program, has been making moves in the entertainment industry for some time now. After working at Flower Films and Paramount Pictures, Delany moved onto writing for the TV series SEARCH PARTY as well as developing an animated, sci-fi series. FANGORIA was lucky enough to catch up with Delany and Miao between crazy schedules and the excitement of their Tribeca premiers.

    Photo Credit: Stage 13



    FANGORIA:  So, how does it feel having your film selected to be shown at such a highly regarded film festival?

    NICOLE DELANY: I’ve been a fan of Tribeca since I can remember; it’s a dream to be a part of this festival and screening amongst some of my all-time favorites.

    VERA MIAO: I’m thrilled, especially because I’m a New Yorker now living the Los Angeles life, so to get to premiere this series in my hometown, among my family and friends. It’s a dream come true. It’s also support that they support my belief that horror is an art form, like everything else, even though it can sometimes be dismissed as something less. Tribeca has been super supportive of me and my work. Plus, It’s run by a bunch of strong women I admire, so it’s great.

     

    FANGORIA: What led you to pursue a career in film making?

    VERA MIAO: Stories have always been the third parent in my life. I was a nerdy bookworm who haunted the library as a small child, reading every book I could get my hands on. Stephen King’s IT changed my life at the age of 13. And always, always, there were movies and TV. I rented Akira Kurosawa’s DREAMS from the library when I was 14, and my mind was blown. That might have been the beginning. (Support public libraries!) So, a career in film making is just an ecstatic continuation of being a lifelong fan.  As an avid film lover who never saw myself – Chinese, working class, child of immigrants, female – reflected in the stuff I watched, I wanted to play a small part in changing that. That feels really important and it’s a purpose that animates me beyond my deep love of film.

    NICOLE DELANY: I was 8 years old and my mom took me to see JURASSIC PARK four times. The film evoked such intense emotions and I knew I wanted to give audiences the same transformative experience.

     

    FANGORIA: Why is having a woman’s voice in genre films, specifically horror, so important?

    VERA MIAO: I can’t imagine even a semi-persuasive argument the other way, so I’m always a little confused by that question. What’s the downside? It’s simply imperative that women, and people of color, have voices in everything. It feels really basic, like fundamental building blocks to the big stuff – humanity, society, dignity, fairness, empathy, history, future – and to the smaller stuff – good storytelling, fresh perspectives, compelling ideas, and exciting voices. 

    NICOLE DELANY: I think we aren’t accustomed to seeing genre films through the female lens, and horror specifically deals with tropes that haven’t necessarily been fair to women. Reclaiming these genres from the male gaze is crucial for genre films to flourish, and for their stories to be new, poignant and multi-dimensional.

     

    FANGORIA: Is there a specific film or filmmaker within the genre who has inspired you? 

    NICOLE DELANY: I’d have to say Ana Lily Amirpour who made A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT. It was edgy, different, clean, quiet, and above all else I was completely frightened. Everything from the black and white shooting style, to Sheila’s monochrome wardrobe felt earned and so well executed.

    VERA MIAO: So many! Some of my all time favorites include THE ORPHANAGE, LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, ALIEN, ALIENS,  and at the risk of being a bad feminist, Polanski’s films, especially REPULSION and ROSEMARY’S BABY. And mad props to THE THING and THE DESCENT. DUMPLINGS just tickles the hell out of me, and deep respect to GET OUT.

     

    FANGORIA: What do you believe it takes to scare an audience?

    NICOLE DELANY: I think you have to make the fear as real as possible. To me, nothing is scarier than if something could really happen in the audience’s life, thereby turning their reality into a living nightmare. 

    VERA MIAO: I only know what scares me. Gore repulses, but that’s not the same and I’m personally not that interested. Jump scares give you instant gratification, but I’m more interested in the stuff that lingers. Death and abandonment, being alone in the literal and metaphorical dark, the human capacity for cruelty, being helpless; those things scare the shit out of me.


    Immediately following the screening of PINEAPPLE, TWO SENTENCE HORROR STORIES: MA, and YOYO, each filmmaker will be a part of a Q&A with the audience. This interactive and informative sit down will be hosted by Cristina Cacioppo from Alamo Drafthouse.
    For tickets and more information of the filmmakers and their films, click HERE!

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  • This is no laughing matter: Tom Green talks about his role in the horror film “BETHANY”

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    Tom Green has been making people laugh for decades, however, now the comedian and sausage connoisseur is ready to make audiences scream.  Best known for his film FREDDY GOT FINGERED, which he also directed, Green has also played roles in CHARLIE’S ANGELS, ROAD TRIP, SUPERSTAR and even had his own TV show, THE TOM GREEN SHOW. Still, there is one genre he’s been keeping his distance from; horror.

    In his latest endeavor, Green plays a therapist to a woman who’s past and current situation are leading her towards insanity, in the horror film BETHANY. Shockingly unfunny and surprisingly well played, Green nails his role as the house-visiting therapist, leaving any notion of the comedian he truly is, off set.  

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  • Throwing out the playbook: Justin Barber and T.S Nowlin re-format found footage in their new alien abduction film “PHOENIX FORGOTTEN”!

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    Hitting theaters today, the Ridley Scott produced, alien-abduction genre bender, PHOENIX FORGOTTEN, is unlike any found-footage film in recent times. With nods towards MAKING A MURDERER, BLAIR WITCH, and THE X-FILES, the film blurs the line between fact and fiction in a fun and entertaining way.

    Directed by first-timer Justin Barber, PHOENIX FORGOTTEN uses a clever combination of documentary-style storytelling, found-footage realism, and real news clips to tell the story of the abduction of three high school students. Co-written alongside genre screenwriter/producer T.S. Nowlin (PACIFIC RIM, MAZE RUNNER series), Barber and Nowlin re-imagine the fascinating and incomprehensible events of March 13, 1997, or otherwise known as the Phoenix Lights; the most widely viewed UFO sighting in history.

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  • Just a man and his guitar: John 5 talks latest tour, album “Season of the Witch”!

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    33 shows in 40 days is the life guitarist John 5 is currently living. On tour for his recently released, solo album SEASON OF THE WITCH, with his band THE CREATURES, laser guitar-wielding musician is no stranger to the road. Playing along side the likes of Marilyn Manson and more recently, Rob Zombie, John 5 is the prime example of a heavy-metal rock star destined for greatness.

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  • Shannen Doherty goes full-on mommy dearest in her new horror film “BETHANY”!

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    From witch, to bitch, Shannen Doherty has played her fill of memorable characters. If you’re my age you probably know her as the annoying little sister in GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN, the bulimic bitch in HEATHERS, or, of course, the iconic Brenda Walsh in 90210. Now, Doherty can add psychotic/abusive mother to that list in her new horror flick, BETHANY.

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  • Walter Hill switches things up in “THE ASSIGNMENT”

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    My jaw dropped about five minutes into the film, then fifteen more minuets into the film…it happened again. So, needless to say by the twenty minute mark of the sci-fi/gangster/gender-bender film, I was hooked. Staring Michelle Rodriguez and Sigourney Weaver, THE ASSIGNMENT is the latest project from acclaimed filmmaker Walter Hill.

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  • Vampires just got cooler with Ice-T in the mix; Ice-T talks up his new vampire flick “BLOODRUNNERS”!

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    The first words out of his mouth were, “FANGORIA’S O.G., I’ve been reading that s*** my whole life!” And that’s how a conversation with famed rapper, rocker, actor, and all-around badass, Ice-T begins. Out to promote his latest cinematic endeavor BLOODRUNNERS (directed by Dan Lantz), a vampire flick set in the prohibition days of the 1930s, Ice-T was more than excited to let the Fango readers in on this indie feature.

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  • The little engine that wanted to: OZ Perkins talks about his film “The Blackcoat’s Daugher”!

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    The last time we took a look at THE BLACKCOAT’S DAUGHTER, now out in theaters and VOD, Keirnan Shipka gave FANGORIA a look into her experience starring in the film. Now, writer/director Oz Perkins, son of horror icon Anthony Perkins, is here to give an in-depth look into the making of his most recent frightening feature.

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  • A24 and DIRECTV’s release of THE BLACKCOAT’S DAUGHTER, Shipka gives some insight into the film

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    Best known for playing Sally Draper on the hit TV series MAD MEN and currently playing B.D. Merill in Ryan Murphy’s FEUD, Kiernan Shipka is no stranger to the small screen. Now, Shipka has made her way to the big screen staring in the recently released genre flick, THE BLACKCOAT’S DAUGHTER. Also staring Emma Roberts, (SCREAM QUEENS, SCREAM 4) and Lucy Boynton (SING STREET, MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS), and directed by Oz Perkins, son of Anthony Perkins, the film is a mesmerizing horror/thriller centering around two teenage girls alone at their boarding school during winter break and the evil forces they must battle against.

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  • Dominic Monaghan and Sarah Habel talk about their latest sci-fi/thriller “ATOMICA”!

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    Safety inspector, Abby Dixon is sent to check on the communications outage at an underground, nuclear power plant. Once inside the facility, mysterious circumstances arise and Abby begins to question the sanity and identities of two men who claim to be employees of the plant.

    ATOMICA, directed by Dagen Merrill (BENEATH), and starring Dominic Monaghan (THE LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY, TV series, LOST), Sarah Habel (HOSTEL: PART III, TV series, RIVERDALE), and Tom Sizemore (SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, NATURAL BORN KILLERS), is the latest thriller from SyFy Films. This claustrophobic creeper, coming to select theaters March 17th and VOD and Digital HD on March 21st, is one not to be missed.

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  • What’s done cannot be undone: Mariano Baino and Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni present “LADY M 5.1”

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    The story of THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH is the classic tale of greed, political power, madness, and death. It is also Shakespeare’s shortest written tragedy. Now, Italian filmmakers Mariano Baino and Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni are giving the villainous and politically ambitious Lady Macbeth a torturous, short-film, make-over in LADY M 5.1.

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