It Came From Schenectady presentsRAW and BORN OF WOMANTonight is the 2nd of two nights during which we celebrate the FAN-tastic women who make horror, scifi and fantasy movies!
Our feature presentation is Julia Ducournau's internationally-acclaimed RAW, but before we sink our teeth into her meaty bit of blood-drenched nastiness, we will first dine on BORN OF WOMAN, the acclaimed international short film showcase curated by Mitch Davis, co-Director of Montreal's prestigious Fantasia International Film Festival.
RAW (2016)Winner of several Best Film, Best Director and People's Choice awards, writter/directer Julia Ducournau's stunning feature debut follows a young vegetarian student whose sexual awakening coincides with the growth of a sickening hunger inside her after she undergoes a grotesque carnivorous hazing ritual at her Veteranian school. Rated R for aberrant behavior, bloody and grisly images, strong sexuality, nudity, language and drug use/partying. In French w/English subtitles.
BORN OF WOMAN (2015 / 2016)'Fantasia's Born of Woman shorts program was the best horror shorts block I've ever seen.' - Ryan Turek, Blumhouse Productions
Talented and beloved local filmmaker, Tracy Nicole Cring will introduce BORN OF WOMAN, a powerhouse international collection of intimate, auteur genre works centered largely around themes of the body and interpersonal malaise. The filmmakers you will encounter here are exciting, essential new voices that we cannot wait to introduce you to. Titles include:
Disco Inferno (2015, Spain) A spellbinding award-winner at Fantastic Fest, Slamdance and Sitges, Disco Inferno is a visually astonishing hallucination of the occult that pays homage to expressionistic and serial horrors of the past while blazing its own hugely individualistic trail. A breathtaking must-see. Director Alice Waddington.
The Itching (2016, USA) A timid wolf tries to connect with a hard partying group of outgoing bunnies and finds her body overwhelmed with an unbearable itch that threatens to consume her. An unsettling and personal work, told via startling use of clay animation, The Itching premiered at Sundance where it won a Women in Film grant and has since gone one to win “Best Animated Short” at the Sarasota and Athens Film Festivals. Director Dianne Bellino.
The Man Who Caught a Mermaid (2016, Australia) A senior fisherman is obsessed with capturing a mermaid and has been doing extensive training to be ready for a possible life in the sea. This puts considerable strain on his marriage, needless to say. One day, everything changes. Fantastical and hard-hitting, this enthralling breakout short was the winner of a Platinum Remi at Worldfest Houston. Director Kaitlin Tinker
Shorty (2016, USA) Laura is the kind of woman for which no earthly word exists. Because she’s not of this Earth at all. Part human, part something very other, she watches people from her apartment window to feel just a bit closer to those around her. Every now and then, her body strobes into a state nearing non-existence. It is in these moments that she’s forced to interact with the outside world, when neighboring strangers become necessary prey… An engrossingly cool and eccentric piece of work. Director Anna Zlokovic.
Skin (2016, USA) An intimate gift arrives in the mail from a past lover, rekindling dormant emotions and impulses. A kinky and unconventional dark romance interlude from a gifted debuting filmmaker you will instantly want to be following. Director Jessica Makinson.
Static (2016, Canada) An older man, devastated by the numerous passings of those dear to him, becomes fixated on preserving his dying tube-era television set. A tragic and haunting film, punctuated with eerie waves of surrealism that vividly announces the arrival of a major new Canadian talent while smashing your heart to pieces. Director Tanya Lemke.
The Stylist (2016, USA) A melancholic hairstylist takes things several steps too far with her last client of the night. Winner of both Jury and Audience award at the Etheria Film Festival. Director Jill Gevargizian.
Venefica (2016, USA) A young modern-day witch embarks on a difficult rite of passage to learn whether her abilities are destined for good or for evil. Winner of four awards on the US festival circuit, Venefica's uneasy charms herald an extraordinary debut for Director/Writer/Producer Maria Wilson, who also stars.
wHole (2015, Germany) In this darkly poetic stop-motion animated fantasy, a husband does everything he can to help his wife, born without eyes, gain an ability to see. Winner of a Silver Medal at JuFife Nurenberg and both the BDFA Gold Medal and Audience award at the Rostock Film Festival. Directors Verena Klinger and Robert Banning,
---NOTE: Full program running time approximately 4 hours!
As always, all ICFS events include prizes, surprises, cheap custom cocktails, and comfy couch seating.
$9 ADULTS; $6 STUDENTS w/ID