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Etheria Film Night 2015 Announces Official Short Film Lineup

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For female directors in the horror genre, misrepresentation, discrimination and gender-driven obstacles have long been both the bane of their efforts whilst also a motivation to go above and beyond expectations. Said motivation has born many efforts to curb those mindsets, but above else, it’s led to more independent female filmmakers than ever exploring the dark recesses of their artistic sensibilities, allowing endeavors such as the annual Etheria Film Night to exist. And now, the 2015 edition of the event, which will be held at June 13th, 2015, at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, California, has announced it’s official short selection, which will lead to the North American premiere of Ursula Dabrowsky’s INNER DEMON.

The official short film line-up for Etheria Film Night is as follows:

“Sheila Scorned” (dir. Mara Gasbarro Tasker)
(USA, Action/Thriller, 18 min)
Trailer: http://vimeo.com/108189071

Sheila Scorned follows the violent misadventures of Sheila Johnson, a jaded and quick tongued dancer at a gentleman’s club. One night, after noticing an old flame in the crowd, Sheila seduces her ex, Charlie…and kills him.  But her plans to get home are interrupted when Charlie’s tie to a local gang of misfits comes back to bite her.  Now abducted and trapped in a warehouse, Sheila has to fight her way free from their violent and sexual advances.  Unluckily for the men, Sheila’s got a penchant for ass kicking.

“Shevenge” (dir. Amber Benson)
(USA, Fantasy/Action/Comedy, 11 ½ min)
Trailer: http://vimeo.com/125496003

From Amber Benson (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) comes this twisted, darkly comedic, genre-bending tale of revenge – a revenge of the worst kind – Shevenge! The film follows Sam, Taylor and Charley as they embark on a journey of revenge and empowerment. While at a killer slumber party, these three best friends drink wine, paint their nails, and pay back their crappy boyfriends as they discover their deepest fantasies and take you along for the ride.

“El Gigante” (dir. Gigi Saul Guerrero & Luke Bramley)
(Canada/Mexico, Horror, 13 ½ min)
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQaEk6aMk9k

After attempting to cross the US/Mexico border in search of a better life, Armando awakens in an unknown room, his body broken down and a Lucha Libre mask sewn into his neck. He attempts to escape, but is surrounded by a sadistic family, who watch him with hungry eyes. The only chance for Armando’s survival in this hellish nightmare is to last in a wrestling match against the most terrifying villain of all: GIGANTE!

“Gödel, Incomplete” (dir. Martha Goddard)
(Australia, Science Fiction, 13 ½ min)
Trailer: http://vimeo.com/67480644

A time-travel love-story between one of the great minds of the 20th century, Kurt Gödel, and a lonely particle physicist, Serita Cedric, a research student working at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland. Their affair becomes the trigger for his theory on time as one event feeds into the next and it becomes impossible to tell which came first.

“De noche y de pronto” (dir. Arantxa Echevarria)
(Spain, Thriller, 20 min)
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WohdX2HJXM

Home alone in a deserted apartment building during the Christmas season, Maria is startled to receive a visit from a desperate man claiming to be her upstairs neighbor who says his apartment has been broken into by thieves.

“Slut” (dir. Chloe Okuno)
(USA, Horror, 20 min)
Trailer: http://vimeo.com/104147328

A dark, coming of age thriller about a 16-year-old misfit named Maddy who lives alone with her grandmother in a small town in Texas. When Maddy crosses paths with an older, charismatic Stranger- a fellow misfit who’s passing through town- her quiet, monotonous life takes a dangerous turn.

The short film selection screening will be followed by a director Q&A as well as the ceremony for the 2015 Inspiration Award, which will go to writer/producer Jane Espenson, who has worked on BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA and ONCE UPON A TIME. The evening will also include a cocktail reception sponsored by FANGORIA and Horrible Imaginings and a red carpet ceremony sponsored by Monstrosity Films and Birns & Sawyer. The 2015 Etheria awards and screenings are sponsored by Digital Bolex, Rapid Heart Pictures, All Things Horror, and Darling Nikki’s.

2015 judges include Larry Fessenden (Glass Eye Pix), Rachel Talalay (TANK GIRL), Patty West (AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women), Brea Grant (HEROES), Elle Schneider (Digital Bolex), Elizabeth Stanley (“Trailers from Hell”), John Skipp (TALES OF HALLOWEEN), Peter Block (A Bigger Boat Productions), Sultan Saeed Al Darmaki (Dark Dunes Productions), Neil Marshall (THE DESCENT) Thuc Nguyen (BTCHFLCKS), Mick Garris (SLEEPWALKERS), Ashlee Blackwell(graveyardshiftsisters.com), Elizabeth Kaiden (Tangerine Entertainment), Tasha Lowe-Newsome (WGA Committee of Women Writers & WoWga), Ryan Turek (Blumhouse Productions), Mynette Louie (Gamechanger Films), Brad Miska (V/H/S), Jairo Alvarado (Circle of Confusion), Darin Scott (DARK HOUSE), Emily Silver (BONES), Mark Alan Miller (Seraphim Films), Jessie Lilley Campbell (Mondo Cult Magazine), Eduardo Sanchez (THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT), and David DeCoteau (SORORITY BABES IN THE SLIME BOWL-O-RAMA).

Tickets are $11 and are available here. The start times, screening schedule, and detailed information can be found on the official Etheria website. For more information, please contact heidi@etheriafilmnight.com and stacy@etheriafilmnight.com.

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Ken W. Hanley

Ken W. Hanley is the Managing Web Editor for FANGORIA and STARLOG, as well as the former Web Editor for Diabolique Magazine and a contributing writer to YouWonCannes.com. He’s a graduate from Montclair State University, where he received an award for Excellence in Screenwriting. He’s currently working on screenplays, his debut novel “THE I IN EVIL”, and various other projects, and can be followed on Twitter: @movieguyiguess.

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