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Horrible Imaginings 2015 Panel: The Rise of Mexican Horror!

Anyone who has grown up in a Mexican family knows that the scary story is an important element of growing up. What makes Mexican horror tales unique? Our panelists will help discuss all these elements and more! A look at the unique brand of horror from South of the Border: where it’s been, where it is, and where it’s going.

Friday, September 11th at 7:00pm

Panelists:

gigiGigi Saul Guerrero! Born and raised in Mexico City, Mexico, Gigi moved to Vancouver B.C., where she graduated with honors her B.A. in Motion Picture Production at Capilano University's "Bosa Centre for Film and Animation". Now in her early 20's, her recent successes include the short film Dia De Los Muertos, which has received awards internationally, including the United Kingdom, Mexico, and Canada. Now her short film is being part of something much bigger "México Bárbaro", a Mexican horror anthology. She also directed M is for Matator, which is officially a part of the ABC's of Death 2.5, and has been screened in festivals from USA to Mexico to Japan! Now Guerrero is working with horror novelist Shane McKenzie on a new Mexican Horror film "El Gigante". Guerrero made a stamp in the horror community by recreating the original Evil Dead into 60 Seconds for a local contest, and was featured on sites such as Bloody Disgusting, Buzzfeed, and JoBlo.com. Gigi also had a hand at redefining the horror genre by co-creating the audience-interactive Web Series Choose Your Victim. The past year has been a busy one for Gigi, as she co-founded the production company Luchagore Productions with fellow filmmakers Luke Bramley and Raynor Shima. Along with their many projects, they also received some air-time on television by shooting a commercial spot for Fright Nights, a local horror attraction in partnership with Playland/PNE.
aaron sotoAaron Soto is a very talented filmmaker from right across the border in Tijuana. He is a connoisseur of all things cult genre, and has a special knowledge of rare Mexican exploitation films. His impressive short Omega Shell, screened at the 2011 Horrible Imaginings, and is a special example of what can be done with a little ingenuity. Amazingly, that futuristic steampunk scifi-horror short was completely for an astounding 200 dollars! He is the Coordinator of Rue Morgue magazine, Mexican section and has programmed the FERATUM FILM FEST and the San Diego Latino Film Festival Un Mundo Extrano Showcase. His films have been praised by Guillermo del Toro and Mark Romance and have won more than 30 awards including The Morelia International Film Festival. Aaron is the only Mexican director to had a retrospective at Fantasia International Film Festival in Canada and a very well known producer and supporter of new directors from both sides of the border. He directed the "Drena" segment of the anthology film "México Bárbaro" screening Friday September 11 at 8:20 pm after he joins us as part of the "The Rise of Mexican Horror" panel at 7:30pm.
MauricioMauricio Chernovetzky is a multi-cultural and multi-lingual film director who has worked with internationally recognized talent, such as Academy Award Nominated Stephen Rea and up-and-coming British ingénue Eleanor Tomlinson (The Illusionist, Alice in Wonderland). His supernatural feature, Styria, shot on location in Hungary, received the Industry Choice Award at the Dances With Films Festival in Hollywood. It was also selected to be the opening film at both, The Macabro Film Festival in Mexico City and The Bram Stoker Festival in Dublin. After screening in international festivals all over the world, Styria was picked up for North American distribution by Revolver Entertainment in 2015 and has been playing regularly on Showtime under the title Angels of Darkness. Mauricio was recently honored by Mexico’s Lower House of Congress, where he was asked to present his work. His thesis film, Cassandra was nominated for a National Student Academy Award. He is a graduate of Reed College, where he focused on Spanish Literature and the History of Religion and he studied directing at Roman Polanski’s alma mater, the National Polish Film School in Lodz.

The "Rise of Mexican Horror" Panel will open with Cherovetzky's short film "Dos Gatos" and be followed by a screening of the anthology horror film that is taking the world by storm: México Bárbaro! Catch Gigi Saul Guerrero's short "El Gigante" on Saturday, September 12th at 3:00pm!

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2015 Horrible Imaginings Short Film: The Revenant!

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Country of Origin: France

A young man believes that death is just a matter of will... To prove it: he jumps off his roof...and survives!

A hilarious showdown with the Grim Reaper!

"The Revenant" will be featured during the "Horror-Comedy" Short Film Block, starting at 12:00pm on Saturday, September 12th!

Part of Horrible Imaginings Horror Film Festival of San Diego's full line-up! Get Full Festival Passes or single screening tickets HERE!

Starring:



Thibault Fraisse
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Director Bio: Norman Jangot & Victor Druillet

We are French directors of 29 and 33 years old. After working for years in the French video game industry we decided to give up everything to become movie directors.

Filmography:

First they shot a clip for the rock band Dive Bar (2010) called Hurt Time.

Then they shot their first real short movie : The Fantastic Adventures of Athanase in 2011.

In 2013, they gave birth to The Revenant, Mocking Death and Life Tutorials.

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2015 Horrible Imaginings Local Spotlight Short: Lady in the Walls!

Country of Origin: San Diego Local Spotlight!

Something goes terribly wrong after some kids play a game and try to contact the dead.

"Lady in the Walls" will be featured in the "Supernatural Vs. Natural 'Supernatural'" Short Film Block, starting at 1:25pm on Sunday, September 13th!

Part of Horrible Imaginings Horror Film Festival of San Diego's full line-up! Get Full Festival Passes or single screening tickets HERE!

Starring:



Maya Waterman


Laura Bohlin
Anything But Frogs, Desperadas, Ghostline, Carving a Life


Lia Marie Johnson
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Director Bio: Brent Bokovoy

Brent was born in San Diego, Ca. His first short horror film "Monster in My Swimming Pool" won the Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights Short Film Contest. He was also nominated for Best Director and Writer for a Short Film at the 2014 San Diego Film Consortium Awards for "The Butcher Fairy." Brent also runs a horror filmmaking organization called ScreamMakers.

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2015 Horrible Imaginings Short Film: Thorn!

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Country of Origin: Japan

Synopsis: Atsushi is a high-school boy who has developed the power to move and explode objects by telekinesis. He lives a regular life by concealing his special power in his pet cactus whenever he feels that he is about to lose his temper. Things take a horrible turn when he becomes the target of a brutal gang of bullies and gets badly beaten at school. He endures the bullying for some time, but finally loses control and kills two of the bullies using his pent-up power. One of the bullies manages to escape. Devastated at what he's done, Atsushi jumps off a bridge to his death. The cactus is now passed onto Atsushi's mother and she is about to learn the secret of the strange cactus and who is responsible for her son's death......

"Thorn" will be featured during the "Natural Vs. Supernatural 'Supernatural'" Short Film Block, starting at 1:25pm on Sunday, September 13th!

Part of Horrible Imaginings Horror Film Festival of San Diego's full line-up! Get Full Festival Passes or single screening tickets HERE!

Starring:



Asuka Kurosawa


Yuhei Sagawa


Hayate Matsuzaki
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Director Bio: Soichi Umezawa

Born in Kanagawa,Japan, Soichi shot his first short film using 8mm when he was 12. Ever since than, he’s made 6 short films unit he turned 15. His interest in special effects makeup sparked during high school where he was asked to make ghosts for a haunted house at a school event. He then began to teach himself the techniques and mailed photos of his creations to legendary FX artists like Dick Smith, Rick Baker and Steven Johnson and received feedbacks from the masters. After working as a cinema projectionist for 2 years, Soichi begun his professional career as an artist at a special FX company through Rick Baker’s introduction. He launched his own studio in 1997 and has been working on numerous movies, TV dramas and commercials and has won Japanese special FX makeup championships as part of the TV Champion, a popular Japanese variety show. In 2004, he worked as a special fx artist and a writer on a segment “Real” for a horror anthology “Prayer Beeds”. His latest director credit is “Y is for Youth” which is one of the segments of the horror anthology feature, ABCs of Death2.

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2015 Horrible Imaginings Short Film: Balloon!

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Country of Origin: USA

A little girl frees all of her birthday balloons. Halfway across the world, one of those balloons arrives at its destiny.

From the director of LOVECRAFT: FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN, THE SPLAT PACK, and MEN IN SUITS, all of which have been screened by Horrible Imaginings!

"Balloon" will be featured during the "Horror-Comedy" Short Film Block, starting at 4:45pm on Saturday, September 12th!

Part of Horrible Imaginings Horror Film Festival of San Diego's full line-up! Get Full Festival Passes or single screening tickets HERE!

Starring:



Graham Skipper
FrankDirector: Frank H. Woodword
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July 31, 2015 Posted by admin in General

2015 Horrible Imaginings 1st Annual Horror For Humanity Showcase: Se Busca!

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Country of Origin: San Diego-Tijuana Local Spotlight!

Based on a true story, ‘Se Busca’ explores through a series of minimalist tableaus the issue of human trafficking, where hope meets deceit.

"Often I hear how people reject the horror genre because there is already 'so much horror in the world,' or 'if I want horror I will just watch the news.' Those statements fail to take into account the concept that filmmaking is an art that can exist to help us discuss and begin to deal with real-world horrors. The news is meant to inform, but it does little to react to real-world issues on a more personal level. That's what film is for. Horrible Imaginings is proud to announce the start of a new endeavor we are calling "Horror for Humanity": an initiative to showcase, and eventually help fund, different films that choose to look at some of the darkness of existence and channel that darkness through creative expression. Thank you for joining me in expanding what we can do with genre cinema!"

-Miguel Rodriguez, director of the Horrible Imaginings Film Fesitval

"Se Busca" will be featured during the "Horror for Humanity" Short Film Block, starting at 4:45pm on Saturday, September 12th!

Part of Horrible Imaginings Horror Film Festival of San Diego's full line-up! Get Full Festival Passes or single screening tickets HERE!

Starring:



Andrea Ortiz


Antonio Jaramillo
Savages, Dallas, Red Dead Redemption


Pablo Camacho
DeronDirector Bio: Franck Deron

Franck Deron is a French filmmaker, born and raised in Vienna, Austria. He went to university in San Diego, and has spend most of the last 15 years there working in video game production and advertising. He loves to travel and is currently in Europe exploring personal projects and a more permanent move back to his old continent. Visit him online at www.franckderon.net