January2012, for immediate release
BoldFilm Festival Showcases the Horror of Female Filmmakers
VANCOUVER–CANADA— The city of Vancouver, shining light of the land ofsasquatches, Ogopogos, and angry ghosts, is no stranger to thedisquieting and the bizarre.Now CurioMedia also calls it home, afilm and media company that supports female filmmakers and artists inthe genres of horror, science fiction, and dark fantasy. CurioMedia, with the assistance of IRL Events, is proud to announce itsinaugural event: the Vancouver presentation of the 2012 Viscera FilmFestival, showcasing short horror films created by female filmmakerson Friday, January 13th.
Tothe Norse, Friday is “Freyja's Day,” devoted to the goddess oflove and war, death and witchcraft, who scours the sky collecting thesouls of slain warriors and hunting for secrets that have been lost.The number thirteen is the cursed number and the odd one out, theoutsider who stares in at the group's happy perfect dozen. It isappropriate then that next Friday the 13 th,a cabal of outsiders and Freyja's children will demonstrate theircraft. Dare you, on this dark night, view the ghoulish cinematiccreations of these witchy women?
TheViscera Film Festival has been a yearly event for the last threeyears that showcases the fearsome creations of female filmmakers fromall over the world. The festival begins with a dedication ceremony inLos Angeles and then travels all around the world, appearing at bothfilm festivals and specially curated events for museums andpost-secondary academic institutions. Following the screening inVancouver, this year's Viscera films will travel to Penn State in theUSA, where they willbe discussed by academics as part of a new category of gender studiesand cinema: “Feminist Response Horror.”
TheViscera Film Festival's creations range from the gorgeously gory tothe sinisterly cerebral. Some explore deep-set nightmares and therepressed corners of the psyche while others homage Japanese splatterfilms and B-movie flicks or spit-roast the sacred cows of popculture. See the Easter Bunny commit murder, see anobsessive-compulsive confront what lurks behind the doors of hismind, see Little Bo Peep slaughter her sheep, see the shade of EdgarAllan Poe hunt for three versions of his lost love. There are ghostsand zombies, serial killers and lost hitchhikers, girls violentlyworking out their daddy issues and women facing the dangers that lurkin their beds. See all of these and so much more saunter and screamfor you on-screen. Horror fans of all stripes and species, prepare tobe disturbed, disquieted, and thoroughly delighted.
Alreadythe geek community can't stop talking about this year's Viscera FilmFestival. TheDaily Nightmare describesit as “a fresh anddifferent kind ofdisturbing, and frankly, aren’t we getting a little bored with thesame old kinds of revulsion? These – dare I call them 'sick chickflicks?' – are quite inspiring because of the new vision theypromise.” BizarroCentral adds “GO,VISCERA WOMEN! I’mbehind you a trillion percent.... Keep making it so good that moviemoguls finally figure it out, and realize how many of us in theaudience-o-sphere are deeply hungering for your insights, talents,and skills.”
Thespecial one-night Vancouver screening will be at the Rio Theatre,1160 East Broadway, Vancouver. The show will last from 8:00 PM to11:00 PM, with doors opening at 7:30. It will be hosted by UrbanRush's Fiona Forbes and feature special guests, includingfilmmaker/actress Shannon Lark, founder of the Viscera Film Festivaland former CEO of the Chainsaw Mafia, as well as Rachel Talalay,director of TankGirl, Ghost in the Machine, andFreddy'sDead: The Final Nightmare. Ticketsare $13 at the door or available for advance purchase on the IRL andRio Theatre websites.
CurioMedia's primary focus is to create and/or distributequality films, television shows, art, and web series derived fromfemale genre filmmakers and other artists and their fans.Traditionally, genre pieces are poorly represented in mainstreammedia and funding sources are typically geared towards moretraditional “high art” creations since genre is mistakenlyconsidered a “juvenile, adolescent male” demographic. While womenare grossly underrepresented in traditional film and otherentertainment industries, they are even more so in genreentertainment. Yet genre-specific films, television and art arecommercially lucrative, and the female audience is extensive andpassionate. Overall, women form 50% of film ticket sales, even forfilms typically marketed towards men, and when the female gender isspecifically targeted in genre fare, such as the prominent franchisesTwilightand TheHunger Games,sales and interest spike substantially.
For more information about this event, such as press materials or to request an interview, contact AdaPia d'Errico at Curio Media at firstname.lastname@example.org or David Chan of IRL Events at email@example.com.