Last weekend The Carlton hosted the 2nd annual Bloody Mary Film Festival, which showcases the work of female genre filmmakers from across Canada. In addition to two horror features, the fest also screened two very strong shorts programmes.
I'm always happy to see Larica Pereira's Tik-Tik and Alicia Moses' Undress Me unspool on the big screen because I think they are some of the strongest genre CanCon out there right now.
Bloody Mary offered up a fine pair of double bills with Gigi Saul Geurreros' Bestia and Madre De Dios, and Erica Genereux Smith's A Brief History of the Apocalypse and A Woman on the Telephone.
In terms of first time watches, I was really taken by the character and relationship studies of Ariane Louis-Seize's Wild Skin and Kassandra Tomczyk's Sea Monster.
|Kassandra Tomczyk in Sea Monster.|
The highlight of the evening was meeting writer/director Morgana McKenzie who was there with her visually dynamic short/music video, Atlas World. I've been a fan of her work for years, so it was cool to finally put a face to the name.
Bloody Mary's future is very promising, in that even though it is a niche within a niche within a niche, the organizers were still able to find such fantastic content. I look forward to year number three!