It is women who love horror. Gloat over it. Feed on it. Are nourished by it. Shudder and cling and cry out-and come back for more.
WHO WE ARE:
Viscera is a 501(c)3 non profit organization committed to expanding opportunities for contemporary female horror filmmakers and educating the public by raising awareness of the changing roles for women in the film industry.
We have a fantastic staff, a board of directors, and have been working hard for women horror filmmakers since 2007.
2011 EVENT:The Viscera event is a unique experience: we celebrate and honor modern women horror filmmakers with a celebrity hosted event featuring a bloody carpet ceremony, Special Guest Celebrity speakers, a screening of all the selected films and trailers, a Q & A with the filmmakers, award ceremony, and a hosted after party!Please come and celebrate with us at the Silent Movie Theater on July 17th, 2011 in Los Angeles, CA! Tickets are available and there is limited seating!On top of that, the Viscera staff works all year round to promote the Viscera films through a compilation DVD that is distributed and promoted, as the organization works with promoters and Festivals all over the world to get the films screened.LAST YEAR:In 2010, our Special Guests included Brea Grant (Heroes, Halloween II), Cerina Vincent (Cabin Fever, How to Love Like A Hot Chick) and Amber Benson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Drones), along with AJ Bowen (The Signal, Hatchet 2), Christopher Atkins (The Blue Lagoon, The Pirate Movie), Brooke Lewis (iMurders) and many others!We featured over 26 short horror films and feature film trailers by women from all over the world.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:Donate! Every little bit helps this brand new non profit! ALL donations are tax deductible and will go to an amazing cause: helping women achieve equality with the influence of film. The lasting effect is priceless.Attend the event! Buy your tickets and pick out something nice to wear. Special Guests and Films will be announced soon. Spread the word! We are on Facebook and Twitter. Our website is awesome! Buy the DVDs! Support these Filmmakers. Watch their movies. Or you can donate $20 and youll get your own DVD, along with plenty of advertisement...Make a Film! Ladies, pick up your cameras. Last date to submit your film is February 28th. Dont know where to start? Contact us!Support Women in Horror Month! Dont know about WIH!? Have you been living under a rock?! WIH is dedicated to celebrating intelligent females in the horror industry. You can visit the indie-gogo WIH month page here. Are you a Man? Sweet! This Festival involves men too! Guys, find an intelligent and creative female to make a film with. Dont hire a woman just because shes female, hire her for her intelligence and talent. Actively search for professional women to work on management positions on your productions. We are absolutely convinced that men in the film industry must work with smart, strong, and ambitious women to help the female gender achieve equality. When there are more films being made, there are more jobs. More jobs mean more work for men and women. Everyone benefits!
WHO CAME BEFORE US:Hundreds of inspiring, pioneering women have worked hard to produce works in the film industry, from Alice Guy to Ida Lupino to our more modern filmmakers such as Mary Harron and Christine Vachon. If you are interested in an in-depth analysis of what women have been through, read Women Filmmakers: Refocusing, a free e-book here.
WHY HORROR FILMS?
As an organization that believes in the power of feminist thought, we are a group of filmmakers and film lovers who connect with horror as a way to express social, political, gender, and internal issues. Female filmmakers may use horror as a way to relate and perceive these implemented structures and feelings.
Women tend to make very different horror then men, focusing more on the psychological sub genre: plastic surgery and body issues, childbirth and child-loss, rape and abuse, and how society views the female form and gender.
Equality has not yet been achieved for the female gender in the film industry (as well as most other industries). The horror genre is perfect for women to delve into their fears and share them with the world, overcome any established restrictions regarding competition and lack of support for their female colleagues, and find validation and interest from the public for their hard work and creative minds.
With this exciting age of digital technology, the widespread internet, and attained rights for the female gender, women now have the freedom to pick up a camera, write her own scripts, and thus, a filmmaker is born. Digital cameras are incredibly accessible and affordable on almost any budget. Women make documentaries, comedies, dramas, and even horror. There are still many places in the world where the female gender does not have this right, however with more movies being made by women, this traditional idealism will fall away, eventually. We encourage women to exploit the injustices in the world. Dont shy away from it or your rights can get taken away.
QUOTES:With the role of women in the horror filmmaking business changing from victims in front of the lens to creators behind it, a new film festival aims to help bridge the gender divide, one bloody short at a time.-Rue MorgueThe Viscera Film Festival is one that not only has a unique vision but the strength of the entries to back that vision up and that terrifying combination makes the project a very thrilling prospect for horror fansof both sexes. -Bloody Disgusting Its about time someone showed that women can do horror just as well as the good ol boys, and this group of women filmmakers definitely represent the new wave of horror. -Fatally Yours