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raymac Written by raymac
Dec. 29, 2010 | 11:58 PM

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Don’t miss January’s BLEEDFEST this Sunday!

December’s BLEEDFEST was a blast and this month’s looks to be even better. I can promise that just the feature film, A FOUNDLING, will be well worth the price of admission plus you’ll get shorts, trailers, networking opportunities and a OPEN BAR! So support independent film and woman filmmakers and stop on by.

Monthly BLEEDFEST FILM FESTIVAL announces January 2nd lineup:
Start the New Year with a BANG! celebrating female filmmakers who make westerns and horror.

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The highly anticipated Inanna Award (AKA “The Bleedy”) a bronze statue designed by Neal Harvey of, was revealed in a video presentation at the BleedFest December 5th Awards Ceremony. The first Bleedy Award will be handed out live January 2nd. Your sneak peak:

The Bleedy will be awarded to the In Competition Feature Trailer chosen by the audience, and to the feature A FOUNDLING

Three short films screened will receive an Award Certificate and Winner Laurels to add to their publicity campaigns, as well as pictures on the red carpet: period thriller THE BOARDER by Susan Bell (Bell’s THE PATCHWORK MONKEY will play February 6th’s WOMEN IN HORROR BleedFest), caped comedy SUPER MORNING by Julia Camara (BleedFest December alum SCREAM MACHINE, AREA Q), and western domestic abuse comedy UGLY ON THE INSIDE by Whitney Boe (MYTHIC JOURNEYS).

The In Competition category is comprised of six trailers of feature films written or directed or produced women. They are FUGUE by Barbara Stepansky (HURT, Emmy winner for THE TROJAN COW), AMERICAN MARY by the Soska Sisters (BleedFest alum DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK), BleedFest alum IN MEMORIUM by Amanda Gusack (THE BETRAYED), STOP, I’M NOT DEAD YET! by Anne Norde, GOLDEN EARRINGS by Marion Kerr, LEGEND OF THE RED REAPER produced by and starring Scream Queen Tara Cardinal (SONG OF THE SHATTERED, DOG FIGHT).

BleedFest’s coveted Partnership Award is bestowed each month to a male filmmaker whose genre film has captured the spirit of BleedFest in its unusual, bold, and refreshing female protagonist. The recipient of January’s Partnership Award is filmmaker Mando Franco, for his riveting and inventive short film LUNA.

BleedFest has a red carpet, an event photographer, a VIP Guest section, and an OPEN BAR for only ten dollars cash at the door.

Help us help female filmmakers! We need your financial support, and for you to spread the word that we, and genre female filmmakers exist!

Schedule & appearances subject to change.

Sunday January 2nd, 2011
TIME: 11am-3:30pm
Location: CAP Theatre
13752 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

$10 cash at door for all day ticket and open bar

11:00am-11:30am RED CARPET, MIXER

11:30am-1:00pm FEATURE FILM
A FOUNDLING by Carly Lyn (90 minutes) 

A western, sci-fi, feminist, period piece starring two Asian women and an alien baby. Made by a young female filmmaker. Really.

1:00pm-1:15pm Q & A: Carly Lyn and actors

1:15pm-1:45pm BREAK: Open Bar, Red Carpet, Mixer

~~~~~~~~~~~~Ballots given to audience~~~~~~~~~~~~
1:45pm-2:15pm IN COMPETITION: feature trailers
FUGUE by Barbara Stepansky Q&A
IN MEMORIUM by Amanda Gusack
AMERICAN MARY by The Soska Sisters
LEGEND OF THE RED REAPER produced by Tara Cardinal Q&A
~~~~~~~~~~~~Ballots collected from audience~~~~~~~~~~~~

LUNAR by Mando Franco (14 minutes)

2:35pm-2:50pm BREAK: Open Bar, Red Carpet, Mixer

2:50pm-3:40pm SHORT FILM GOULASH
DRUG(ged) by Brenda Fies (7 minutes) Work in Progress, Out of Competition
THE BOARDER by Susan Bell (9 minutes)
SUPER MORNING by Julia Camara (3 minutes) Q&A
UGLY ON THE INSIDE by Whitney Boe (17 minutes) Q&A
CONSUMED by Elisabeth Fies (6 Minutes) Out of Competition

3:40pm AWARD CEREMONY Audience Award presented

See the Bleedfest website at for film synopsis, filmmaker bios, links, and contact info.


February schedule will be online January 3rd, 2011.

Submissions are Free to filmmakers, and BleedFest is always looking for quality genre work.

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Jonathan Weichsel Written by Jonathan Weichsel
Dec. 20, 2010 | 5:49 PM

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Bleedfest Recap

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Bleedfest’s co-founders Brenda Fies (l) and Elisabeth Fies (r) with Morbid Curiosity’s Cindy Baer (center)

By Jonathan Weichsel

BleedFest is a monthly film festival featuring horror shorts and features directed by women. December’s focus was on suspense.

Highlights included Bad Girls, an early short by the Soska sisters, the twisted minds behind the feature Dead Hooker in a Trunk, which I previously reviewed here, as well as the upcoming and highly anticipated feature American Mary. Bad Girls, about a bunch of college kids who avenge the twin’s grandmother after she is attacked, features the Soska sister’s signature twisted sense of humor and bad-ass attitude.

11:11 is a trippy music video directed by Sophia Segal. The video, which deals with a young girl in a fantasy world, features amazing surreal images right out of Lewis Carol.

Mockingbird, directed by Marichelle Daywalt, was the most frightening film at the festival despite being less than two minutes long. The film deals with the fear felt by parents of infants.

Morbid Curiosity, produced and directed by Cindy Baer, is a funny tale about a woman who causes disasters just by wondering what they would be like if they occured.

The shorts mentioned are all excellent, but don’t take my word for it. You can watch them all online:

Of course, watching on your computer is not the same experience as being in a roomful of strong women who all love the horror genre. The women in horror movement is one of the most exciting things going on in film today, and it was great to watch these films on the big screen with such luminaries as Heidi Martinuzzi, founder of the larger and more well established women in horror festival Viscera, who came down to support the filmmakers. The January edition of BleedFest will take place on Sunday, January 2nd and will feature sci-fi and western films directed by women, and is highly recommended.

To learn more about BleedFest, visit their website:

Support independent filmmaking by women, donate to BleedFest.


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