THE VISCERA 2013 FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF THE 4th ANNUAL CELEBRATION
OF WOMEN FILMMAKERS
CO-PRESENTED BY THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE
Los Angeles, CA â€“ July 24, 2013 -- The Viscera Organization is thrilled to announce the winners from the fourth annual Viscera Film Festival which showcased 13 incredible short horror films to a packed house at the historic Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. The 2013 VFF was co-presented by the American Cinematheque and celebrated emerging female filmmakers from several continents spanning across the globe. During an awards ceremony on July 13th directly following the short films program, the Viscera Film Festival winners were revealed.
Karen Lam, “The Meeting”
“The Meeting” director Karen Lam
photo by Shannon Lark
Jen Moss, “My Brother’s Keeper”
Mai Nakanishi and Christine Joy (producers), Nicholas Humphries (director), “No Place Like Home”
“No Place Like Home” director Nicholas Humphries and producer Christine Joy with their award, which was created by Vincent Damyanovich at Soul F/X Studio.
FRESH BLOOD (under 18)
Maddison Lopez, “Outbreak”
“Outbreak” director Maddison Lopez with her award, which was created by Vincent Damyanovich at Soul F/X Studio.
Filmmakers whose films play the annual Los Angeles event receive statues denoting their acceptance.
From left: Christine Joy with “No Place Like Home”, Lark Arrowood with “Phantom Limb”, Helen Truong with “In the Dark”, Kate Rhamey and Ashton Kennedy with “Eternal Springs”, Jenn Wexler with “Halloween Bash” and “Slumber Party”, and Maddison Lopez with “Outbreak”.
Photo by Shersy Benson
Director Jennifer Lynch was also at the Viscera Film Festival this past weekend where she accepted the Inspiration Award in honor of her pioneering filmmaking career starting with 1993's BOXING HELENA; Lynch has continued to establish her legacy of powerful storytelling through various other projects including SURVEILLANCE, CHAINED and the controversial HISSS.
Director Jennifer Lynch receiving the Inspiration award from Viscera Organization Director of Programming Heidi Honeycutt.
Photo by Shannon Lark
Director Jennifer Lynch on the bloody carpet at the 2013 Viscera Film Festival.
Photo by Shannon Lark
This year's festival kicked off with a bloody carpet ceremony featuring many familiar faces from the independent horror world and wrapped up at the legendary landmark, the Cat & Fiddle, afterwards where festival-goers partied until late into the evening.
The Viscera Film Festival will also be kicking off an international tour shortly for the selected short films as well as a handful of tour selections that aren’t screening at the premiere event. This past year, the Viscera Tour landed at over 20 venues around the world ranging from independent movie houses to universities, screening an eclectic program of shorts that have been curated by the Viscera Organization since 2007. The tour provides an outlet for up- and-coming female filmmakers around the world to have their work shown on the big screen and to industry professionals. For more news on the upcoming Viscera Tour, please visit www.viscerafilmfestival.com.
Sponsors for the 2013 Viscera Film Festival include include American Cinematheque, Cat & Fiddle, The Redbury, ARRI, Final Draft, SoulFX Studio, FEARnet, OKC & Norman Vapes, Fast Custom Shirts, Fangoria Magazine, Western Digital, Spider Energy Drinks, Wooden Nickel Lighting, Evil Supply Company, Jungle Software, Sony Creative Suites, Scream Sirens Magazine, Too Fast Brand Alternative Apparel, Mago’s Magic Shoppe, Horribly Eclectic, The House of Mirthquake, Joshua Hoffine, Irene Langholm, The Homicidal Homemaker, Undead FX, Laughinhg Vixen Lounge, Deep Midnight Perfumes, Fangtastic Cards, Evil Episodes, The Art of Kamille Freske, Solocosmo: Art by Jessica Grundy, NikytaGaia Photography, Dolled up or Dead, The Shoggoth Assembly Special Effects, From the Vomit, SoCal Death Militia, Epic Leather, Lycan it!, and The Poisoned Apple.
About the Viscera Film Festival and Viscera Organization:
The Viscera Film Festival was created in 2007 by Shannon Lark to encourage and promote the work of female horror filmmakers. The fest has grown each year, morphing into a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with an ever-expanding, dynamic staff of men and women who eat, sleep and breathe genre cinema. Beginning as a touring festival, Viscera has now become a highly anticipated genre event every summer in Los Angeles, complete with a carpet ceremony (what we affectionately refer to as the “Bloody Carpet”), celebrity guests, and a raucous after party. 2012 marked the third annual Bloody Carpet event in Los Angeles at the Egyptian Theatre and Viscera’s tentacles continue to encircle the globe, programming films at festivals and theaters throughout the world. http://www.viscerafilmfestival.com
About the American Cinematheque:
Established in 1981, the American Cinematheque is a 501 C 3 non-profit viewer- supported film exhibition and cultural organization dedicated to the celebration of the Moving Picture in all of its forms. At the Egyptian Theatre, the Cinematheque presents daily film and video programming which ranges from the classics of American and international cinema to new independent films and digital work. Exhibition of rare works, special and rare prints, etc., combined with fascinating post-screening discussions with the filmmakers who created the work, are a Cinematheque tradition that keep audiences coming back for once-in-a-lifetime cinema experiences. The American Cinematheque renovated and reopened (on Dec. 4, 1998) the historic 1922 Hollywood Egyptian Theatre. This includes a state-of-the-art 616-seat theatre housed within Sid Grauman's first grand movie palace on Hollywood Boulevard. The exotic courtyard is fully restored to its 1922 grandeur. The Egyptian was the home of the very first Hollywood movie premiere in 1922. In January 2005 the American Cinematheque expanded its programming to the 1940 Aero Theatre on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica.
About Viscera’s other festivals and organizations:
Etheria Film Festival: Viscera’s sci-fi/fantasy festival premiered in Boston, MA on September 15, 2012 to a nearly sold-out crowd or ravenous sci-fi fans. This sister fest was created because of the enormous amount of high-quality fantasy and sci-fi films that are submitted to Viscera’s horror festival each year; the Organization created a festival just for these films. http://www.etheriafilmfestival.com
Full Throttle Film Festival: Viscera’s brand new film festival specializing in action and thriller films directed by women. Full Throttle will be launched in 2013 in Austin, Texas. The selected films will be screened in venues domestically and internationally via tour coordinators through Partner festivals and locally-hosted events and screenings.
Women In Horror Month: Women In Horror Month is under Viscera’s bloody umbrella, as Viscera and WIHM, founded and executed by Hannah Forman, shares the same positive mission: To educate the public about women’s roles (via the horror genre) and how equality can be attained. The WIHM Board of Directors approves WIHM-created content. Wherever you see the WIHM seal, you’ll know that it’s “WIHM Approved”. http://womeninhorrormonth.com