Celebrity Guests & Special Events Announced for the Viscera 2013 Film Festival This Saturday!‏

Roll out the red carpet and don’t forget to read on for the details of the Viscera 2013 Film Festival.

The Viscera Organization is pleased to reveal the celebrity guests and special events for the upcoming 2013 Viscera Film Festival, an annual celebration of female filmmakers in the horror genre this Saturday evening beginning at 5:00 pm. Co-presented by the American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre (6712 Hollywood Boulevard) in Hollywood, the Viscera Film Festival’s gala festivities begin with a packed carpet ceremony featuring some of the biggest and brightest talents of the independent horror world. Following the VFF carpet ceremony, the festival will begin at 7 pm and feature 13 brand new short films by a talented group of emerging female horror directors from around the world, including the UK, Japan, Spain, Mexico, Canada, and the US. An awards ceremony sponsored by SoulFX Studio will cap off the Viscera Film Festival event.

Celebrity guests in attendance for the 2013 Viscera Film Festival include Denise Crosby (“Star Trek: The Next Generation,” PET SEMATARY), AJ Bowen (YOU’RE NEXT), Brea Grant (“Dexter”), Juliet Landau (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), Amber Benson (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), Trent Haaga (CHEAP THRILLS), Anthony DiBlasi (DREAD), Jeffrey Reddick (FINAL DESTINATION), John Skipp (iconic horror novelist) Kristina Klebe (ROB ZOMBIE’S HALLOWEEN), Mike Mendez (BIG ASS SPIDER), Kevin Pereira (“Attack of the Show”), Darin Scott (TALES FROM THE HOOD), Legendary Scream Queen Brinke Stevens, Drew Daywalt (LEPRECHAUN’S REVENGE), David DeCoteau (Rapid Heart Films) and Jessica Cameron (TRUTH OR DARE).

Director Jennifer Lynch (CHAINED, SURVEILLANCE) will also be in attendance that night as she’s receiving the 2013 Inspiration Award from the Viscera Film Festival for her pioneering career as a female filmmaker during a special presentation on July 13th.

Tickets for the 2013 Viscera Film Festival are now on sale at www.fandango.com/egyptiantheatre_aaofx/theaterpage?date=7/13/2013.

Those that attend Viscera Film Festival will also have the opportunity to take part in a special raffle that’s being held during the festivities; tickets are $5 each and also include a complimentary drink at the Spider Energy Bar (must be 21+). Raffle winners will have a chance at winning items from great vendors including leather masks from Epic Leather, jewelry and art from fantastic independent artists like Jessica Grundy and Tina Enos at Nikytagaia Photography, issues of Fangoria Magazine, hard drives from Western Digital, lifelike latex masks from Shoggoth Assembly and much more.

 

An after party will be held directly following the 2013 Viscera Film Festival at the legendary Hollywood hot spot and VFF sponsor, Cat & Fiddle (6530 W Sunset Blvd.) For more information on the VFF after party, please visitwww.facebook.com/events/453050628119448. Keeping the festival activities going, the 2013 Viscera Film Festival organizers are holding a special “recovery” brunch where fans and filmmakers alike are encouraged to come out, drink some coffee and work off those hangovers together at the Cat & Fiddle on Sunday, July 14th at 11 am (www.facebook.com/events/181999185291813).

 

The Viscera Film Festival will also be kicking off an international tour for the selected short films as well as a handful of tour selections that aren’t screening at the premiere event. This past year, the Viscera Tour landed at over 20 venues around the world ranging from independent movie houses to universities, screening an eclectic program of shorts that have been curated by the Viscera Organization since 2007. The tour provides an outlet for up-and-coming female filmmakers around the world to have their work shown on the big screen and to industry professionals.

The 2013 Viscera Film Festival Official Selections:

Anniversary Dinner – USA

Directed by Jessi Gotta

Synopsis: A survivor of the zombie apocalypse is about to discover that ‘Til Death Do Us Part’ was just the beginning.

Dead Crossing – LOS ANGELES PREMIERE – Canada/Mexico

Directed by Gigi Saul Guerrero

Synopsis: A Mexican family attempting to cross the border with a group of immigrants encounter a vicious and terrifying secret involving the way the United States deals with illegal immigration.

 

 

 

Eternal Springs – WORLD PREMIERE – USA

Directed by Kate Rhamey, Allison Rohm

Synopsis: Erma, a deranged old woman who thinks she’s eleven years old, captures young women to be her dolls.

 

Halloween Bash – WORLD PREMIERE – USA

Directed by Jenn Wexler

Synopsis: A mean girl bent on playing tricks receives a mysterious Halloween treat.

 

In the Dark – USA

Directed by Helen Truong

Synopsis: As the only survivor of a psychological experiment that killed her fellow participants, a woman must find the courage to face a terrifying truth — one that will finally set her free or trap her forever.

 

My Brother’s Keeper – UK

Directed by Jen Moss

Synopsis: Holed up at the end of the world with her well-meaning but dim-witted brother Jo (Alex Esmail), Jess (April Pearson) isn’t sure what will destroy her will to live first: the zombies or Jo’s incessant optimism.

 

No Place Like Home – WORLD PREMIERE – Japan

Directed by Nicholas Humphries

Produced by Mai Nakanishi, Christine DeJoy

Synopsis: What happens when Dorothy’s desperate wish to go home faces a most unexpected turn where she finds herself in zombie apocalyptic Kansas?

 

Orange County Hill Killers – USA

Directed by Katie Downer

Synopsis: Storytelling and reality are blurred when four teenagers enter the infamous Blackstar Canyon.

 

Outbreak – LOS ANGELES PREMIERE – USA

Directed by Maddison Lopez

Synopsis: A toxic plant explosion releases a fume that does strange things to nearby high school students. Everyone’s trying to get out alive.

 

Phantom Limb – WORLD PREMIERE – USA

Directed by Lark O. Arrowood

Synopsis: Jeffery has always suspected that something was wrong with his body. We find him in the eye of the storm, on the verge of collapse. He is disheveled and beginning to suspect that he has made a grave error.

 

Self-Portrait – Canada

Directed by Jovanka Vuckovic

Synopsis: In the process of taking off her make-up, a young woman reveals her true face.

 

Slumber Party – USA

Directed by Jenn Wexler

Synopsis: A dark wish becomes a nightmarish reality when best friends play a game of Bloody Mary.

 

The Meeting – US Premiere – Canada

Directed by Karen Lam

Synopsis: In a weekly meet-up, four serial killers confess their sins and hope for redemption. But all hell breaks loose when a newcomer pops in, and threatens to join the group…

**This film was made by a member of the Viscera Staff.**

 

Other films that will be joining the 2013 Viscera Tour include:

 

Estigma – Spain

Directed by Sara Ibáñez Mayor

Synopsis:  A girl commits murder in a bath, but the crime may not be over… still.

 

 

 

 

Fashion Victim – Canada

Directed by Caroline Trudel

Synopsis:  A woman awakens in her party dress & heels. The sounds of distress she hears make it clear she needs to find a way out fast. Will her attire impede her ability to escape? Will she be fashion’s latest victim?

 

Racist Zombies – USA

Directed by Jennifer Treuting

Synopsis: The only thing worse than zombies is racist zombies. A comedy short by The Charlies.

 

Shelter – USA

Directed Eve Edelson

Synopsis: A battered woman finds an unusual way out of a very unusual relationship in a night of cosmic justice in an animal shelter.

 

Out-of-town attendees are encouraged to stay at The Redbury (1717 Vine Street), Hollywood’s premiere boutique hotel and official sponsor of this year’s festival (www.theredbury.com).  This year’s Viscera Film Festival poster was designed by Irene Langholm with photography by Joshua Hoffine. The Viscera Film Festival is a co-presentation of the Viscera Organization and the American Cinematheque in Hollywood, California. Both organizations are 501(c)3 not-for-profits.

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