Every year internationally renowned identical twin filmmakers, the Soska Sisters (“American Mary,” “See No Evil 2”), invite you to bleed for an incredibly good cause:
. Donating blood is something many people find off-putting and
terrifying. By using humor, innovation, and provocative imagery, this
PSA will encourage
viewers to face their fears and donate to the cause.
For this occasion, the Soska Sisters are launching an anthology of
horror shorts directed by celebrated women filmmakers from around the
Women in Horror Recognition Month (WiHM) assists female genre
artists in gaining opportunities, exposure, and education through
altruistic events, printed
material, articles, interviews, and online support. The
collaborative vision is a world wherein all individuals have equal
opportunity to create, share,
and engage in freedom of expression.
The Soska Sisters and Women in Horror have invited award winning Canadian filmmaker Patricia Chica to present her darkly comic short
“Ripe N’ Bloody“
be included in this anthology of films from some of the most
innovative, unique, and irreverent female directors across the globe.
“I am a huge fan of the Soska Twins’ work, so I’m thrilled
to be part of this project which supports two causes that are dear to my
empowerment of Women in Film and Blood Donation,” says Patricia Chica.
“I started getting involved with blood donation when my
mother was diagnosed with leukemia in 2002 and needed a lot of
transfusions in order to
survive. It made me realize how important each litter of blood
was for the survival of my own mother and all of the patients at the
hospital who were
suffering from similar conditions. My recent film”Ceramic Tango“ dealt with the issue of blood and HIV awareness”,
explains the director.
“This PSA is not only aligned with my purpose of making films that serve
society and elevate the viewers’ consciousness but it was morbidly fun
”, concludes Patricia Chica.
“Ripe N’ Bloody”
is a Canadian production that was written by award winning filmmaker-screenwriter Kamal John Iskander (“Jesus Comes to Town,” “Montréal Girls“), produced by Patricia Chica, Grace Santos (Odessa, Silk), and veteran Byron A. Martin (“Serpent’s Lullaby,” “My Babysitter is a Vampire”). The short was executive produced by Tara Kurtz (“Blue Weekend,””Something About Her”), co-executive produced by Adonai Interiano of HNI Productions, and artist Morris Umali. Practical effects were created by Danny McCarthy of 800 LB Guerilla.
Visual effects were created by Henry Lipatov, Anton Golovchenko, and the crew at FAME CUBE based in the Ukraine. Director
of photography Imad Rhayem, production designer Gabrielle Giraud, and makeup artist Valentina Badaracco
round out the production team. Starring Leonard Waldner, Stephen Brewster, Andrea Fletcher, Keira McCarthy, and introducing Marco Reilly.
An expanded version of the short will be presented on the festival circuit during the 2015/2016 season.
Patricia Chica (@PatriciaChica)
is a Canadian/Salvadorian 35-time award winning filmmaker who has built a loyal audience and cult following internationally. Her films explore “dark”
subject matter in order to find the “light” and frequently feature elements of psychological drama and suspense. Screening in more than 200 international
film festivals, her films “Rockabilly 514” “Day Before Yesterday,” “CeramicTango,” and “Serpent’s Lullaby” have been
enthusiastically received by audiences worldwide. Variety recently described her as “a prolific director of shorts and TV projects.” Patricia is attached to direct acclaimed screenplay Wolverine Hotel, a
finalist at the Los Cabos Film Co-Production Forum and at the Oaxaca FilmFest. ( www.PatriciaChica.com)
Kamal John Iskander
is an award winning writer and director whose acclaimed short comedy, “Jesus Comes to Town,” screened in over 30 international film
festivals and won 7 awards including the Cine Golden Eagle (Washington, DC) and the Best Short Narrative
(Virginia Film Festival). Mark Bell, editor of Film Threat, called his work “a delight to behold.” Kamal is currently developing
six other screenplays in various genres. “The Gospel According to Charlie” (winner of Best International Screenplay at the Oaxaca FilmFest) is his most personal work and a wild journey featuring characters
from the outskirts of Los Angeles. (www.jesuscomestotown.com)
Tara Kurtz (@kurtz_tara)
has worked in all facets of film development including production, location management, casting, and distribution. In addition to producing, Tara has
extensive experience in talent management. Her feature credits include “Something About Her” and “Blue Weekend” for Cineville Productions.
Grace Santos (@Grace_S_Feeney)
is an award winning producer and actress known for “Spun” (Honorable Mention -Producers Guild of America’s Weekend Shorts Challenge) and “Silk” (starring Oscar nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo of “House of Sand and Fog). (www.gracefeeney.com
manages the Special FX Makeup and Wardrobe departments at Stu Segall Productions and Strategic Operations in San Diego,
CA. He leads a team of makeup artists that have assisted in the training of members from every branch of the U.S. military and Special Forces as well as the law enforcement and first responder communities. As a graduate of the Tom Savini Special Effects School, he had the great honor of learning his trade from several makeup
masters including, Dick Smith.
A man is kidnapped by a very strange family, and his fate is held in the hands of two kids.
Ripe N’ Bloody
presents a shocking tale of the unexpected with a twist that reminds the audience that “It’s in You to Give.”
Watch the entire PSA below