Collage by Chloe Leeson
Women in Horror Month aims to showcase and carve out a space for women in the horror genre. Whether this be behind the scenes, writing, directing, producing or on-screen badass-ery. A true celebration of everything bloody and brilliant. During the month of February, here at Screenqueens we’re going to be showing off masses of female talent in our showcase, this could be anything from amateur experimental shorts to festival circulating features so keep your eyes peeled.
Taylor Shedd is a 16 year old sophomore at Gregory-Portland High School. This is the first short film she has ever made, and believed it was quite exciting and her crew had a great time creating it. They spent about six weeks filming and editing, and even took a little time out of their Christmas break to work. Her cast consisted of three football players, a track star, a cheerleader, a band girl, and a weight lifter. The weight lifter, Lilly, broke her ankle in the making of this video and even though it threw off the continuity a little bit, they still managed. The football players had bleached their hair for play-offs and wanted to cut it and re-film, but Taylor wouldn’t let them which caused them to be a little testy. Being the only sophomore there and in control of two seniors and five juniors, you can see how difficult they were to handle, but they ended up finishing after all of the little disagreements and were all delighted with the results. The film starts out a little slow, due to the fact that the crew were a little inexperienced, but by the end of the film they were all moving quickly and knew exactly what to do. So during this project they learned so much more about the film-making process and a lot about each other.
Character: A Representative
Prop: An Instrument
Situation: Representative makes a wish
Jamie Li created ‘Neckface’ for a 48-hour film festival in NYC in 2009 called “Uncle Dracula’s Job Fair.” Originally, they were actually disappointed to have to make a horror film (which was a randomly assigned genre), but they happily made the best out of it and ended up winning! This short was made by Rekha Shankar (a comedian and video editor), Jamie Li (a camera assistant and DP/producer for the web series Ladypoints), and Alyson Gorun (a med student). Rekha and Jamie still regularly collaborate and Alyson still gets roped into acting in their videos.
Sydni Lazarus is a young aspiring writer/director with a passion for intersectional feminism, horror, and zodiacs. Sydni’s film ‘Chapter 7’ draws strong influences from the cinematography of Lars Von Trier and mumblecore dialogue pieces. ‘Chapter 7’ explores a moment in the life of Girl as her Boyfriend’s room-mate urges her to try something unusual.