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A Force to Be Reckoned With: Kier-La Janisse and Her 'House of Psychotic Women'

Let's face it, Kier-La Janisse is a force to be reckoned with.

Over the past 15 years, she has created the CineMuerte Horror Film Festival (Vancouver, BC, 1999–2005); founded the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies as well as the Blue Sunshine Psychotronic Film Center, Montreal's coolest micro-cinema (2010–2012); and programmed for the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema (Austin, TX, 2003–2007). That's in addition to working for the Fantasia International Film Festival (Montreal, QC), being the subject of the documentary Celluloid Horror (Ashley Fester, 2004), writing A Violent Professional: The Films of Luciano Rossi (published by Fab Press) and contributing articles for Filmmaker magazine, Fangoria and Rue Morgue, among others. And this extensive list is only the tip of the iceberg that is this woman's achievements.

I first met Kier-La in 2009 when she generously agreed to contribute to my Bloody Breasts documentary webseries by letting me interview her amid the craziness that is the Fantasia Film Festival – she
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Pop Montreal / Film Pop Unveils its 2011 Line-Up

Pop Montreal unveiled it’s 2011 line-up at a Press Conference this morning, showcasing a diverse set of events that span all of the arts. Pop Montreal may be best known as Montreal’s premiere music festival, but it similarly includes events for those with an itch for fashion, passion for cinema and love of all things art. Film fans in particular have a lot to look forward to as this year’s Film Pop is being curated by Kier-La Janisse. Kier-La Janisse published author, film reviewer and founder of Montreal’s own Psychotronic Film Center, Blue Sunshine. She is also former head programmer of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin Texas and subject of the documentary Celluloid Horror (2005).

This year, the line-up for Film Pop truly embodies the spirit of Pop Montreal. The subject of both documentary and narrative film are tied to music. In the case of the many documentaries,
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What The Women Directors Are Doing II: More Current Sci-Fi, Horror, And Fantasy You Want To Know About

More. And I'm probably missing some, still.

Larysa Kondracki's thriller The Whistleblower is out in theaters in August, as is Miranda July's fantasy The Future, but there are also two different modern female-directed Sleeping Beauty adaptations. Have you heard?

Erotic French Filmmaker Catherine Breillat's deconstruction of the classic fairy tale is out in some Us theaters already, while Julia Leigh's Sleeping Beauty, which is presented by Jane Campion, is coming out later this Fall in Us theaters. Check out the two films:

Briellat's:

Leigh's:

Beth Dewey's noir thriller The Agency and Lola Rocknrolla's exploitation action Nefertitty are making the rounds at film festivals. You can see a teaser for The Agency (aka Pimp Girl) right here, and check out the trailer to Nefertitty:

The L.A. Shorts Fest is happening July 21st through July 29th in Los Angeles, of course, and there are shorts by
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Horror at the Oscars 3: The Spawning

After the Academy’s attempt at honoring genre during the live show, we saw a real tribute to horror by someone who is truly one of our own. Bob Murawski thanked Sam Raimi for giving him his “first cutting job” in Army of Darkness. His Best Editing award for Hurt Locker was shared by his partner Chris Innis, whom he met on the Raimi produced TV show “American Gothic.”

I gotta say, never since Peter Jackson’s (who was nominated this year for District 9) thank you to the crew of Meet the Feebles has there been such an excellent genre shout out.

On top of working with Raimi for over a decade, Murawski also runs Grindhouse Releasing, which distributes and restores cult and horror films with a focus on extreme Italian cinema. Pieces, The Beyond, Cannibal Holocaust, and I Drink Your Blood are just a few names you’ll find in Grindhouse Releasing's catalogue.
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Vote Jen and Sylvia Soska's 'Bad Girls' in Blood Shots short film competition!!!!!

The 2009 Blood Shots 48 hour fast horror film competition, run by Kier-La Janisse of Cinemuerte and Celluloid Horror, includes a film from twin sisters and horror filmmakers Jen and Sylvia Soska (directors of Dead Hooker in a Trunk.) Their entry, bad GirLs, was written, shot, cut, and delivered in 48 hours. Each team was given a line of dialogue, a prop, a weapon, and a horror film subgenre.

The film is available online for audiences to vote for their favorite. Watch bad GirLs and vote right here. Here's how...

Step One: address your Emails to bigsmashproductions@gmail.com

Step Two: you Must write the name of the film you are voting for in the Subject Line Of Your Email.

These results will be tallied and combined with the audience results from the screening (at the Anza Club, 3 W 8th Ave

Vancouver, BC V5Y 1M8 (604) 876-7128, Doors At 7pm, show at 8pm) for the final score.
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Get some Celluloid Horror on disc

A documentary by, for and about die-hard horror fans, Ashley Fester’s Celluloid Horror is now available on a limited-edition DVD that Fester is self-distributing. She has only pressed 1,000 copies, so anyone interested is advised to snap this one up quickly.

Celluloid Horror follows genre writer Kier-La Janisse (a contributor to Fangoria among others) and her struggles to mount and maintain Vancouver’s CineMuerte, the first Canadian international fright film festival, over a seven-year period. As it chronicles the highs and lows of her experiences, the documentary incorporates footage from some of screen history’s most shocking films, including Cannibal Holocaust, Who Could Kill A Child?, The Beyond, Pieces, Cutting Moments et al., and appearances by genre favorites like actor Udo Kier and directors Jeff Lieberman and Buddy Giovinazzo. The disc, available for $18.95 plus shipping from the official website of Fester’s Breed Productions, is also jam-packed with special features,
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