Strap on your blasters, fire up your TARDIS , and run, Runner! It’s not Carousel but this September will bring you the very first Etheria Film Festival. Etheria is the brainchild of film journalist and programmer, Heidi Honeycutt, as well as an imprint of the Viscera Organization, a not-for-profit that is dedicated to increasing the visibility of female genre filmmakers. The Viscera Film Festival has been showcasing the best in emerging female horror film talent since 2007. But why stop with horror? There are talented women filmmakers across every genre. The Etheria Film Festival is the only film festival in the world that screens, exclusively, the best new short science fiction and fantasy films directed by women from around the globe.
There will be a reception for the filmmakers as well as an After Party so don’t run off too soon. It’s guaranteed Reaver Free!
Etheria’s amazing judging panel (listed below) worked harder than Atreyu in the Swamp of Sadness to find and pull together for you a lineup of films that are out of this world. Take a look below to see what’s in store.
Seamstress – Gracie Otto (Australia)
An ailing bird watcher becomes obsessed with a seamstress living next door when he observes her luring birds into her home. He discovers that she needs the birds to survive, and that he may hold the key to furthering the species.
Oowie Wanna – Bridget Palardy (USA)
While doing laundry, a misfit 7-year-old girl tumbles into an alluring other-world, where she must decide the fate of her birthmark.
Prita Noire – Sofia Carrillo (Mexico)
A fantastical animated story of two sisters in a strange place, and their strange relationship.
She Wolf – Francesca Reverdito (Italy)
Little Red Riding Hood turns the table on the wolf.
The Maiden and the Princess – Ali Scher (USA)
A fairy tale about a young girl who loves the princess instead of the prince.
The Hunter and the Swan Discuss Their Meeting – Emily Carmichael (USA)
A Brooklyn couple have dinner with a hunter and his girlfriend, a magical swan woman. It doesn’t go well.
The Stolen – Karen Lam (Canada)
A dark fairytale about an imaginative little girl who saves a bullied boy and is granted a secret wish.
The Red Hood – Danishka Esterhazy (Canada)
A dark re-telling of Little Red Riding Hood set in the Canadian prairies during the Great Depression.
Sci Fi Category
The Provider – Brianne Nord-Stewart (Canada)
In an alternate-history 1940s small town America, after Japan retaliates over Hiroshima with biological warfare, the local doctor’s home is the safest place to seek refuge. Or is it?
Undetected – Kristen Anderson (USA)
A blown engine on a remote road forces two sisters to look for help in a ghost-town from a couple that closely resembles the living dead.
Laura Keller – Maureen Perkins (USA)
With global population at an extreme high, federal fertility lotteries now determine who can and can’t reproduce. When one woman learns that she will be permanently sterilized, her faith in the system is shaken.
Imminent Danger – Alana McNair (USA)
Whoops! After an unintentional button pressing incident alerting Earth of its impending demise, Gail must find a way to reverse this misunderstanding and save the world!
Kaboomtown – Jakqui Schuler (USA)
As the human race keeps on exploding around her, Jane struggles to fill out a stack of application forms to stay alive.
Slashed – Rebecca Thomson (Australia)
Worlds will collide when Renata and Frieda’s erotic fantasies cross the digital frontier.
Volcano Girl – Ashley Maria (USA)
Fighting super villains is easy. Losing your superhero job, moving back home and sharing a bathroom with your little sister? Now that’s hard.
We Are All Cylons – Ilana Rein (USA)
We Are All Cylons investigates our very human enthusiasm for technology and myth by examining the metaphysical resonances of the television series “Battlestar Galactica.”
Special Guest Judges:
Rachel Talalay (director, Nightmare on Elm Street 6, Tank Girl)
Suzi Yoonessi (director, Dear Lemon Lima)
Stacie Ponder (artist/writer “Womanthology”, “RPG”)
Andre Dumas (journalist, TheHorrorDigest)
Chris Hallock (AllThingsHorrorOnline.net)
Mike Snoonian (AllThingsHorrorOnline.net)
Lynn Hershman Leeson (director, Teknolust”)
Christopher Golden (author, The Ferryman)
Jennifer M. Kroot (director, It Came From Kuchar)
Nicole McConvery (Program Director, Boston Underground Film Festival)
Richard Griffin (director, Exhumed, Disco Exorcist, Nun of That)
Liz Coffey (Film Preserver, Harvard Film Archive)
Lisa Hammer (director, Pox, The Invisible Life of Thomas Lynch)
This stellar showcase is made possible by the generosity of Etheria’s Sponsors:
AllThingsHorrorOnline.net, PlanetFury.com, PlanetEtheria.com, TheHorrorDigest, Women In Horror Month, The Viscera Organization, Carly Lyn, Chris Hallock
The festival starts at 4pm on September 15th, 2012 and ends at 10.30pm. The festival will be held at Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, MA 02144-2908 Tel: (617) 625-5700
Tickets can be obtained here