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Tonight's Movie: RAW written and directed by Julia Ducournau.

8:30pm. My Apartment.
Julia Ducournau
Julia is a French film director and screenwriter whose first feature, the horror movie RAW won the coveted FIPRESCI prize at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. Julia got her start in France where she attended film school at La Fémis in Paris, where she studied screenwriting. In 2011, her short film 'Junior' won the Petit Rail d'Or at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. She also made “Mange,” a television movie made for Canal Plus. Her work is often centered around physical transformation. When asked to give advice to other female directors, she replied "identify yourself as a director in the media, not as a female director."

Watch the RAW trailer here!
BADASS SHORT FORM FILMMAKERS OF THE WEEK:
TRANS IN AMERICA - A Documentary Series:  Created by the ACLU, this series contains 3 short documentaries about transgender civil rights that reveal the daily impact of discrimination on three families as they battle with bathroom bills, vulnerability in employment & housing, and the aftermath of incarceration. In light of the Trump administration's plans to define "transgender" out of existence, check out these incredible shorts here! The above picture is from the short 'Texas Strong' about Kimberly and Kai where Kimberly rejects her religious community’s beliefs as her 7-year-old transgender daughter navigates life at school, where she’s been banned from the girls’ bathroom. This short was directed by Daresha Kyi, an award-winning creator who writes, produces, and directs for film and TV in Spanish & English. Most recently Daresha co-directed and co-produced her first feature documentary, CHAVELA, with Emmy nominated Catherine Gund. 

To learn more about how to support trans people right now, click here!

Lisa J. Dooley: Lisa recently graduated with her M.F.A. from USC after receiving her B.F.A. from NYU Tisch. In 2014, Dooley was approached to create a 5 minute film for the Fun Size Horror Collective, an online project that gathered 31 horror shorts to be released online during the month of October. Her short ‘Persephone’, is about a young girl who wakes up in a coffin with nothing but a flashlight and a pocket knife and as she makes her escape, new horrors await her. After buzz generated by screenings in the festival circuit, including the Mile High Horror Festival, ScareLA, and a write up on Blumhouse's website, 'Persephone' was named #4 on Screamfest's 2017 'Top 5 Shorts Directed by Women' and screened at select Alamo Drafthouses before 'Jigsaw'. Dooley is currently adapting ‘Persephone’ into a feature film and has made several other short films. 

Watch 'Persephone' here!
NEW & NOTEWORTHY:
Horror Cinema Has a Gatekeeping Problem: Following Jason Blums's comments that "there are not a lot of female directors period, and even less who are inclined to do horror," The Atlantic points out that horror's diversity issue stems mainly from who has green light power. "Working with Blum can provide a solid path to mainstream success, which makes it particularly dispiriting that a female director has never made a theatrical horror film for Blumhouse... It’s a common Hollywood lament—that women just aren’t interested in making a certain kind of movie," notably the arguments made around JURASSIC WORLD and STAR WARS. Blum prides himself on “taking chances on promising new talent, as he did with the actor Joel Edgerton," but has yet to produce a horror film with a female director. Read the full article here!

Need a refresher on women who can direct horror films? Check out this list!
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