2017 Schedule

Friday, November 17th

8:00PM-10:00PM – Film Block One

NIGHT IN
Written & Directed by Christina Raia
During a quiet night in, a young woman knows she’s not so alone.

UNDRESS ME
Written & Directed by Amelia Moses
A socially awkward college freshman begins to experience a mysterious and gruesome physical deterioration after a chance encounter at a frat party.

BROWN WRECK-LOOSE
Written & Directed by Tristian Montgomery
A troubled young artist, goes for a drive one restless night to quiet the obsessive thoughts that are swirling around in her head, and finds that her troubles run deeper than she thought.

DOMESTIC AFFAIRS
Written & Directed by Alexia Muiños Ruiz
A love horror triangle and a cruel tale that happens on a summer night where the full moon drives everyone’s destiny.

BUCK MOON
Written & Directed by Kylie Anderson & Zoie Harmon
The Buck Moon marks a time of the year when buck deer push sharp new antlers out of their foreheads in coatings of bloodied, velvety fur. When two estranged friends can’t bring themselves to talk about their feelings, their fears find another way out…

RAINY SEASON
Story by Stephen King
Screenplay & Directed by Vanessa Ionta Wright
A young couple arrives in the town of Willow, ME for summer vacation and after repeated warnings from town locals to leave, they stay and learn the horrific price the town must pay for prosperity.

THE VICAR
Written & Directed by Chanelle Eidenbenz
Two film students with a desirous goal: to let the humbug fly around the exorcist Lorenzo Fasetti – a cinematic “frightmouse.”

RITES OF VENGEANCE
Written & Directed by Izzy Lee
A trio of nuns take matters into their own hands when a priest commits a terrible sin.

BLOOD SISTERS
Written by Hannah White
Directed by Caitlin Koller and Lachlan Smith
Two friends whose attempts to dabble in witchcraft have unintended results.

TWIN
Written by Amanda Reno & Sannah Parker
Directed by Sannah Parker
Some bonds can never be broken.

DOLL
Written by Jia He, Jin Chen, and Tony Yang
Directed by Jia He
A girl trapped in a house where an evil nesting doll captures souls.

DARK HOLE
Written & Directed by Jaclyn Chessen
While spring cleaning, a young woman notices a hole in the wall that wasn’t there before.

THE HIDER
Written & Directed by Deborah Jayne Reilly Smith
Little Megan’s fear of the dark is so severe that she is being treated by a psychiatrist.

COWBOYS & INDIANS
Written & Directed by Emilia Ruiz
A young boy learns a new way of having his action figures interact with each other.

HOOKER ASSASSIN
Written by Misty Dawn & Hanna Campbell
Directed by Misty Dawn
They say a mother will go to hell and back for their child, but Jessi’s already there. How much further is she willing to go, to ensure the safety of her daughter?

Saturday, November 18th

9:30AM – Doors Open

10:00AM – Film Block Two

BLOOD SHED
Written by Cat Davies & James Moran
Directed by James Moran
When Jack buys suspiciously cheap second-hand parts to build his very own dream shed, he and long-suffering wife Helen find they’ve got more than they bargained for.​

THE SCARECROW
Written & Directed by Leah Pollack
Farmer Bates’ new scarecrow starts to grow a human face, and hears and sees things that may or may not be there.

CLEAR AS DAY
Written & Directed by Gemma B. Valentine
A Sheriff encounters an older man with psychic abilities whom believes that his past has come back to haunt him.

BESTIA
Written & Directed by Gigi Saul Guerrero
The lone survivor of a disaster as he awakens on a deserted beach. It becomes clear that there are more dangers lurking in the woods than a hungry beast.

JULES D.
Written by Aitor Eneriz
Directed by Norma Vila
At night, lying on the floor of a dark grotto left by the hand of God, agonizing among mountains of garbage while a small bat quietly laps at his bloody neck, Jules caresses the dream of his entire short life: to become a vampire…

NOTHING A LITTLE SOAP AND WATER CAN’T FIX
Directed by Jennifer Proctor
Using appropriated movies, this experimental found footage work deconstructs the representations of women in this domestic space as historically framed in popular film.

THE DOLLHOUSE
Directed by Kyra Gardner
Kyra Gardner’s loving tribute to growing up in the world of the psycho killer doll, Chucky.

11:15AM – Break

11:30AM –  Crowdfunding to Build Independence: A presentation by Seed&Spark Director of Crowdfunding Christina Raia

Identifying, and then enthusiastically engaging, your supporters is essential to a career of successfully funding and distributing your films. That’s why in our class, we teach you how to find and engage your fans, run an effective crowdfunding campaign, and then distribute your film—all while preparing you to make your next film. Because after all, this class isn’t about crowdfunding: it’s about career building. Your film career starts here!

12:30PM – Break

1:00PM – Film Block Three

MR. FLOSSY
Written & Directed by Megan Petasky
A boy in search of Mr.Flossy’s spectacular candy floss will lead to a horrific realization.​

INSIDE THE HOUSE
Written & Directed by Jennifer Bonior and Dycee Wildman
One girl learns the hard way that being home doesn’t mean you’re safe.

CHILDER
Written & Directed by Aislinn Clarke
An introverted mother’s worst fears are amplified when she is seemingly stalked by the feral children living in the woods surrounding her home.

ENTROPIA
Written & Directed by Marinah Janello

A lonely woman attempts to regain her youth through her spells and taxidermy.

STRANGE HARVEST
Written & Directed by Stee McMorris
Two strangers wake up under mysterious and slimy circumstances, unable to move, and with no memory of how they got there.

PEEL
Written & Directed by Zena Sade Dixon
Have you ever listened to the sound a tangerine makes when you peel it?

PRELUDE: A LOVE STORY
Written & Directed by England Simpson
A woman becomes obsessed with a horrific event that shapes her life forever.

ENOUGH
Written & Directed by Christina Raia
The lives of three women collide in one night when two of them decide to rob the house the other is house sitting.

GEMMA’S MONSTER
Written & Directed by Julia K. Berkey
In this silent sci-fi/fantasy short film, a queer teenage girl creates a monster to help fight her battles after she is outed by her peers.

FLESH
Written & Directed by Monika Estrella Negra
An avant-garde horror mash-up that follows a Black woman’s journey in destroying harmful habits.

BENEATH
Written & Directed by Lindsay Serrano

After a naughty video is uploaded online, a girl plots revenge against her deceptive boyfriend.

KNOCK KNOCK II
Written & Directed by Katherine McManus
A woman is a captive audience member to a private show, until it comes to a shocking end.

MARE
Written & Directed by Nicole Solomon
An anxious and isolated man’s ​mundane daily routine is put to the test, culminating in an unexpected and deadly confrontation with a mysterious, demonic creature.

BRIDE OF FRANKIE
Written & Directed by Devi Snively
A feminist nod to Mary Shelley’s FRANKENSTEIN, a not-so-mad scientist builds a mate for her mentor’s lonely creature with electrifying, and deadly, results.

3:00PM – Filmmaker Q&A Panel hosted by Jay Kay of Horror Happens Radio

3:45PM – Break

4:15PM – All About Guts: A D.I.Y. Effects Workshop (VIDEO PRESENTATION) 

Hosted by Cassandra Sechler, Writer, Director, SPFX Makeup artist Cassandra will be providing a special DIY Gut making Tutorial video for the Ax Wound Film Festival that goes over an inexpensive, resourceful technique for making your own guts! Cassandra Sechler also known as the “Mistress of the Weird and the Wonderful,” is a conceptual artist based in San Francisco, California. Sechler manages alongside film partner Craig Jacobson a DIY film company Dreams For Dead Cats Productions LLC, where she specializes in writing, directing, editing, photography, and character & special effects makeup. Her background and interest is in fine art photography and psychology, which aids in providing her viewer with expressionistic works that are both personal and poetic. The nature of gender, sexuality, identity, dreams, technological infrastructure, and her place within them are often the main focus of her work as a visual artist.

4:30PM – Break

4:45PM – Stories about Stories: Using Ancillary Content to Support Your Film  (A live Podcast Recording)
Hosted by Nicole Solomon and Sean Mannion

How do (and don’t) filmmakers use trans/crossmedia to their advantage? 4MileCircus media services partners Nicole Solomon and Sean Mannion host a panel discussion with other filmmakers to discuss their approaches to supplemental media and materials from podcasts to product tie-ins.

5:45PM – Break

6:30PM – Horror in the Trumpian Era: A Presentation from Rue Morgue’s Alison Lang

In times of political turmoil, many of us turn to horror as both a source of comfort and a critical mirror through which our darkest anxieties about the world can be reflected. Horror in the Trumpian Era will present and discuss a selection of films that in many ways pre-imagined the nightmarish scenario envisioned by Donald Trump. We’ll also examine films that (intentionally or not) have promoted themes of resistance and retaliation following Trump’s election in November 2016. The presentation will end with a discussion of how filmmakers in the audience have used (or plan to use) anti-Trumpian imagery, storytelling and rhetoric in their own work.

7:30PM – Break

8:00PM – Film Block Four

PLASTIC BODIES
Directed by Melissa Whitman
Lucy, an average sized woman living in a “skinny” world takes an experimental weight loss medication that has unintended side effects.​

BODY IMAGE
Written & Directed by Kim Garland
A woman is tormented by her compulsion to stay thin.

HELMINTH
Written & Directed by Merinda Staubli
An exploration of beauty ideals and the innate abject/grotesque nature of the human body.

GIRL TRIP
Written by Catherine Black & Brooke Lenzi
Directed by Catherine Black
A fun road trip ends in murder and mayhem when hidden resentments between best friends surface and everyone learns the hard way never to get in the middle of a catfight.

READY TO BURST
Written & Directed by Ariel Hansen
Kate and Dylyn have been dying to have a baby. When they finally find success, what follows is Kate’s struggle with the early stages of an unusual pregnancy as it takes a horrific turn.

SATANICA
Written & Directed by Vivienne Vaughn
A psychiatrist is summoned to treat a famed former singer, and begins to discover she may not be who she appears to be.

WATCH ME
Written by Claire D’Este
Directed by Briony Kidd
A glamorous, attention seeking actress will do anything to make sure you never look away.

BEAUTIFUL INJURIES
Written & Directed by Judith Beauvallet
Whenever she feels sad, Rebecca has morbid images popping up in her mind. When the man she loves starts dating another woman, her visions seem to merge into reality.

SOUL MOTHER
Written & Directed by Catherine Stepien
When grieving mother Belle hits rock bottom, the mysterious Ivy comes into her life and seems to offer her a solution, a chance to be reborn and start afresh.

MAB
Written & Directed by Katie Bonham
A magical realism short that uncovers the sacrifices people make to take control of their lives and the evil that lurks in the darkness of desperation.

LITTLE RED’S PIE
Written & Directed by Rae Shaw
An experimental statement on our complicity with rape culture, Little Red’s Pie explores how much we contribute to and have failed at dismantling the societal structures of victimization leaving to the victim to fight her own battle, a battle where she has already lost what can never be returned.

FROM HELL SHE RISES
Written by Michael Varrati
Directed by Ama Lea
Elizabeth loses her brother in a supernatural battle that has decimated all the men in the town. In mourning, an intoxicating vampire duo comfort her and lead her into darkness where she discovers her own strengths.


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