Resuming our GeekGirlCon staff interview series, we have Activities Manager Colleen O’Holleran in the hotseat this month! Colleen has a lot of thoughts about the horror genre, so if you want recommendations for TV, movies, and books, read on!
‘Tis the season of socially relevant cinema, from Moonlight to Hidden Figures to Thirteen to I Am Not Your Negro. But, as always, it is the speculative fiction genre that distinguishes itself in its ability to package the sociopolitical ills of our present day into fantastic scenarios that entertain, spook, titillate, inspire, and fuel. While Get Out is much more overt, The Girl With All The Gifts is an artistically subtle tale of power, fear and exploitation.
Zombie fiction tends to have a common theme – the destruction of civilization sparked or exacerbated by the frailty of humanity. Centuries before George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead (1968) attempted to portray the relationship between race and fear through a zombie apocalypse, zombie mythos among western hemisphere Africans was a metaphor for racial oppression. While race may be deemphasized in recent zombie franchises (e.g. The Walking Dead, Resident Evil), zombie fiction continues to be a backdrop for dialogue on social power hierarchies.
Though GeekGirlCon ‘16 has come to an end, those who support its mission will inevitably continue their work throughout the off season. The world is full critically-thinking geeks and we’re here to point you their way while we gear up for GeekGirlCon ‘17.
Just in time for the arguably greatest time of year, Seattle’s Central Cinema will be staging the latest installment of their series Serious Fun, which pairs panel discussions with film screenings in an attempt to illuminate the complicated relationship between the horror film industry and strong women. On this Thursday, October 13 at 8:00 p.m., three panelists will come together to discuss the need for more and stronger women leads in horror before participating in a screening of The Descent.
Obviously I’m not alone when I say autumn is my favorite time of the year and Halloween is my favorite holiday, but for once my secret hipster heart is pleased by not being the only cool kid: it makes it easier to share my interests and, of course, get new recommendations! Right now, though, I’ll be kind enough to propose some of my own ideas for how to get into the spooky mood—but, of course, please comment below if you think of anything else!
June 2nd, 2011-Seattle, WA – For years, women in horror movies were only recognized for eardrum-shattering screams and then falling down in the path of evil pursuers. GeekGirlCon will host a panel this fall showing everyone that women in horror are now more than movie scream queens. Women are revolutionizing their roles in the horror industry as directors, writers, producers, effects artists, and genre historians.
The GeekGirlCon “Women in Horror” panel, hosted by Hannah Neurotica, will offer new insight into female driven horror content from films to critical reviews during a moderated panel of women working in the horror industry. Neurotica is the writer and editor of the ‘zine Ax Wound: Gender and the Horror Genre and the founder of “Women in Horror Recognition Month.” She will take the audience on a cutting-edge tour of what is new for women in the horror genre.
“People might be surprised just how powerful art and feminism are playing out underground through festivals like Viscera, Women in Horror Month events, and beyond,” says horror aficionado, Neurotica.
Other panelists at GeekGirlCon include Shannon Lark, the founder of Viscera Film Festival, and Heidi Honeycutt, a horror actress, blogger, and filmmaker. Viscera, an annual juried film fest, is dedicated to giving women horror filmmakers opportunities for education and raising awareness of the changing roles in the horror industry. A sampling of film clips and shorts will be shown during the GeekGirlCon panel.
Heidi Honeycutt, a film journalist, owns and edits FanGirlTastic.com. Her years of experience as a horror actor and blogger at Pretty Scary are now put to use in a full-fledged web community dedicated to more gender-balanced commentary of horror, sci-fi, action, and fantasy genres. Currently, Honeycutt is writing a book about women horror directors and directing a documentary on the women married to male horror directors tentatively titled, Brides of Horror. Honeycutt’s short film Wretched, which she wrote, produced, and directed, is critically acclaimed by horror greats Lucky McKee and Don Coscarelli.
Neurotica believes this panel will show the breadth of influence women have in the horror industry. “My hope is the panel will shed light on the groundswell of women of all ages working their collective ass off to be visible in the horror industry as directors, writers, FX artists, producers, creepy doll artists, and YES: fans! Female horror fans are massive in numbers and not because there is a ‘Final Girl,’ but because the movies are fun–and as women we shouldn’t have to justify our interests.”
These women aren’t scary; they are smart, career-driven women with unique perspective about working in a male-dominated genre. And GeekGirlCon is thrilled to host these accomplished women and some other very special guests at this panel at GeekGirlCon in October. GeerkGirlCon is October 8th and 9th in Seattle Center Northwest Rooms. Passes are on sale through Brown Paper Tickets and from the GeekGirlCon webpage, geekgirlcon.com.
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