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Panel: "¡Viva Mexploitation!" with Aaron Soto!

Aaron SotoMexican filmmaker Aaron Soto will return to Horrible Imaginings Film Festival again this year, this time to answer a major question after last year's "Latino Horror" panel: where in the world do we find these awesome Mexican genre films? That's right, Aaron will give a presentation on specific films with images and descriptions--all about the wild and incendiary world of underground Mexican cinema--or "Mexploitation," as he calls it. Do not miss this--and bring a notepad!

posterAaron Soto is the award winning filmmaker from Tijuana, director of Mexico’s first Cyberpunk piece, the short film Omega Shell (2000), and one of the directors behind the horror anthology hit México Bárbaro. He is the coordinator of Rue Morgue magazine mexican section: Rue Morgue México, and is ready to storm the planet with his new feature film Ratas del Bordo, a “Punks vs Witches film in the San Diego/Tijuana border in 1989!”

Soto has won many awards around the world, including The Morelia International Film Festival and selections at Fantasia in Canada and Cannes la Marche du Film section, and it has been called by Guillermo del Toro: “one of the baddest filmmakers from Mexico” and by Todd Brown from ScreenAnarchy: “Mexico’s first cult filmmaker”.

 

 

 

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July 9, 2016 Posted by admin in General

Short Film: Zerch

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Zerch
Part of the LGBT block sponsored by the TGGeeks Podcast!
Mexico | 2015 | 7 minutes | J. Xavier Velasco

Zerch asks his boyfriend Cano to do something terrible for him. Cano, driven by a powerful love, agrees without knowing he is about to sacrifice more than he imagined.

Cast: Daniel Villar, Manuel Dominguez (Juan & La Borrega)
Cinematography: Felipe Perez-Burchard
Music: Aures Kabir Moussong
Official Website
Format: DCP

 

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July 8, 2016 Posted by admin in General

Short Film: 3:14

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3:14
Mexico | Animation/Live Action Hybrid | 2015 | 10 minutes | Patricio Marín Avelar

Part of the Animation Block kicking off the festival 6:00 pm, Wednesday September 7!
The path Bruno has been driving for over 10 hours, slowly becomes tedious and strange each passing mile, causing his memories and sub-conscious to betray him on a road that doesn’t appear to have a way out...

Cast: Jorge de los Reyes, Adriana Leal
Music: Carlos Metta
Language: Spanish with English Subtitles
Official Website
Format: DCP

 

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#145: Mexican Horror Panel at Horrible Imaginings with Gigi Saul Guerrero, Aaron Soto, and Mauricio Chernovetzky

Horrible Imaginings Film Festival 2015 has come to an end, but people around the world can re-live one of our best moments in this podcast! We got Mexican filmmakers Gigi Saul Guerrero, Aaron Soto, and Mauricio Chernovetzky to join me on the stage to talk about the unique place that horror and fear have in Mexican life, our personal ghost stories, and more. It was a lot of fun, and I'm very glad that we can share it with you!

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Born and raised in Mexico City, Mexico, Gigi Saul Guerrero 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 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," which screened Friday after the panel.

Mauricio 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. Mauricio directed the short film DOS GATOS, which screened just before the panel.

In the panel we discuss:
1. our personal Mexico-centric scary stories
2. the role of Catholic iconography in Mexican horror
3. older Mexican folklore as influences
4. Gigi's mixing of Lucha Libre and horror
5. Mexican cinema in the 80s and 90s

Also listen to Beth Accomando's CINEMA JUNKIE PODCAST for our Edgar G. Ulmer Panel!

When you listen, the last person who gets to ask a question is a local 19-year-old filmmaker named Alfredo Morales, whose film SLEEP WALKER played on Sunday. He has made the film available to the public on YouTube. It is an impressive effort with some naturalistic dialogue and an interesting story. Check it out here:

LISTEN TO THE PANEL HERE:

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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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July 28, 2015 Posted by admin in General

2015 Horrible Imaginings Feature Film: México Bárbaro

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Country of Origin: Mexico

With contributions from Isaac Ezban (The Incident), Laurette Flores Bornn, Jorge Michel Grau (We Are What We Are), Ulises Guzman, Edgar Nitro, Lex Ortega, Gigi Saul Guerrero and Horrible Imaginings Alumnus Aaron Soto (Omega Shell), México Bárbaro “presents to the world stories that form a part of our culture, and even some that have haunted us and gave nightmares since childhood, even those which took away our innocence. Stories of boogeymen, trolls, ghosts, creatures, Aztec sacrifices, and of course our most beloved tradition, Day of the Dead, all come together in urban and rural settings to create an anthology that is as original as it is shocking.”

México Bárbaro World Premiered last fall at the legendary Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival. It’s since hit Morbido in Mexico, as well as the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival last month. Now, we are proud to premiere it in San Diego, the sister city of Tijuana where one of the directors, Aaron Soto, calls home. In a way, this is one of our local spotlight films!

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

Directors who will appear at this year's Horrible Imaginings!

Aaron Soto
Omega Shell, México Bárbaro

Gigi Saul Guerrero
She also directed the short film "El Gigante," which will play on Saturday night at Horrible Imaginings 2015!