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Rants and Raves: A Month of Celebration

Black History And Women In Horror

Pam Grier may not be the most conventional choice for Black History movie ico...

Credit: American International Pictures

Above: Pam Grier may not be the most conventional choice for Black History movie icon but this lady kicked ass on the big screen, and went from eye candy to stunning actress. Here she is in "Coffy" but any of her films are worth checking out.

February is the shortest month of the year, which some joke is why it's the month selected to showcase Black History and Women in Horror -- like we couldn't spare a month with a full 30 or 31 days? Oh well, let the celebration begin.

The San Diego Black Film Festival (which just wrapped) provides a good lead into Black History Month. As far as I know there is no film festival in the month of February dedicated to showcasing films appropriate for Black History Month. There may be some individual screenings and I will highlight them as they come up. But I will be posting a film or artist each day on the Cinema Junkie Facebook page if you want to follow along and create your own home viewing schedule.

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Photo credit: Twisted Twins Productions

The Soska Twins from Canada define a new generation of Women in Horror who challenge stereotypes both behind and in front of the camera.Their debut film, "Dead Hooker in a Trunk," came out in the U.S. on DVD on January 31.

I will be doing the same thing on the Cinema Junkie Facebook page for Women in Horror Recognition Month. So check in each day for some recomendations.

Hannah Neurotica of "Ax Wound 'Zine" came up with the idea of Women in Horror Recognition Month. she is a horror writer, podcaster, and horror aficionado who was inspired to create her month-long tribute after sitting on a less than satisfying CBC Radio panel on the horror genre. In her online manifesto she rails against the inequalities women face in society and in the arts, and specifically in her beloved genre of horror.

San Diego is having a small festival dedicated to Women in Horror and hosted by Miguel Rodriguez of Horrible Imaginings Film Festival. The San Diego event takes place over two nights -- Wednesday, February 8th, and Saturday, February 11th. Both nights will be free of charge at the 10th Avenue Theater.

The evening will open with a theatrical presentation of monologues entitled "Identifiable Faces" featuring the creative and acting talents of Kiki Yeung, Clarissa Thibaux, Nzinga Asantewa, and Lauren Holliday.

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Photo credit: Ana Almeida

"A Noiva" by Ana Almeida from Portugal will screen at the San Diego Women in Horror Recognition Film Festival next week.

Here are the international shorts playing at the festival and highlighting women in horror both behind and in front of the camera. This will probably be your only chance to see these shorts and it's free. So be there and see the scary things women are up to.

"Nursery Crimes" by L. Whyte (Scotland)

"The Party's Over" by Gigi Romero (Venezuela/ Spain)

"Beautiful As You Are" by Mary Katherine Sisco and Doug Mallette (USA)

"Cthulhu Triptych" by Paula Haifley (USA)

"The Morning After" by Jen Moss (England)

"Internal Thoughts" by Lisa Coffelt and Cristyn Wingood (USA)

"The Patchwork Monkey" by Susan Bell (USA)

"Movie Monster Insurance" by Paula Haifley (USA)

"A Noiva" by Ana Almeida (Portugal)

"Summer of the Zombies" by Ashleigh Nichols and Eddie Beasley (USA)

"Paper Rock, Scissors" by Heather Wixson (USA)

"Ambiguous Figure" by Johnna Troxell (USA)

"Candy Snatchers" by Sonya Godwin (producer and writer) and Lance Dumais (director) (Right here in San Diego!)

"Little Miss Muffin" by Reyna Young (USA)

"BugBaby" by Rebecca Lorenne Doppelt (USA)

"LE TROISIEME OEIL (The Third Eye)" by Caroline du Potet (France)

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