The end is near!

The end of the year, that is… I’m pretty sure the earth will keep rotating for a little longer – with or without us. Oooh, can you tell I’m in my gloomy mood? Must be the jolly season!

Anyhoo, I DO have great news to share!

Today, the 10-Day extravaganza aka The 6th Annual Ax Wound Virtual Film Festival! is starting and I’m damn stoked to say that my short film Things We Dig will be part of it – making this the official end of its 2021 film festival season run!

Ax Wound Film Festival features horror films written and directed by women and nonbinary filmmakers. It’s an imaginative and immersive virtual horror film festival with slumber party vibes!

You can catch my horror comedy in Block G on Friday, Dec 17th, 5:00 pm PST. See the schedule/get tix here and check out the rad film selection here. Oh, and I almost forgot: There will be a live Q/A stream with the filmmakers right afterwards, including yours truly!

What makes this even more special to me is that I’m an alumni – my second time having one of my shorts as an Axwound FF selection! (The first time was in 2015 for ‘The Appointment‘). Can I get a bloody hellz yeah! Thank you #AXWFF!

‘See’ you in the virtual world!

Sizzzzzle!

I’m so stoked to announce that my horror short screenplay “Parcopresis” has been selected for two more genre film festivals!

The script has been selected by Hollywood Horrorfest and it is in competition. Winners will be announced at their event in Los Angeles August 7th! So.. it’s soon, but the wait is agonizing, haha! Crossing fingers and tentacles!

Then, on Saturday I found out that “Parcopresis” is an Official Semifinalist in the GenreBlast 2021 Script Competition! Finalists will be announced next week and winners will be announced Sunday, September 5th at their awards ceremony in Winchester, Virginia! Let’s all visualize making it to the next round!

Edit/update August 11th: “Parcopresis” has moved to the Finalist stage at GenreBlast 2021! Keep crossing all digits!

All in all, that makes it six selections out of seven festival/competition submissions so far! I’m pinching myself! I never expected it to get so much love, but I’ll take it – and really appreciate it!

Cheers… and stay tuned for much more! Hint: new acting gigs and exciting announcements about my short films ‘The Test‘ and ‘Things We Dig“! 🖤

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The Test

It’s a rainy Sunday morning, which means perfect timing for a little blog post! How are you all doing out there?

Well, I got great news – we filmed “The Test” exactly one week ago today, out in the rough wilderness, and it all went shockingly smoothly! We even got done early. Nobody got hurt or snake-bit or swarmed by killer bees, yay! It was basically a ‘family’ reunion with almost all of the crew from my previous short films. Ohh, that’s right… filmzzzz, as in plural! My third one. And this one was the easiest and quickest to set up and produce. Of course, it couldn’t happen without the help of my team and I feel like a spoiled little movie brat! It felt so good being on a set again and all of us couldn’t have been more excited to get to work! It helped that we were all fully vaccinated and outside.

Setting up that shot!

“The Test” is sort of a continuation from my first short film “The Appointment“, bringing back my character ‘Alex’. This time, she deals with another ’employee’ (played by my wonderful co-star Deepti Kingra Mickelsen); and the short film has a very different feel compared to The Appointment – fast paced and much more action! If I must pick a genre, I’d say it’s a crime thriller.

Deepti Kingra Mickelsen as ‘Raj’ and Pia Thrasher as ‘Alex’ in “The Test”

I’ve been digging through BTS photos and I’m already missing the good times with my cast and crew. Is it too early for on-set nostalgia?

Light(n)ing master Jimly Teiper dropping bodies everywhere. Poor 1st AD gotta do the clean-up, as usual.
DP Peter Mickelsen and 1st AD Stephen Mickelsen make a great father/son duo on any set!
Stunt-driver and producer J.R. Thrasher meets drone

BTS photog Elsa Mickelsen and co-star Deepti Kingra Mickelsen having a moment…
Yours truly caught acting and directing! Photo by my hubby J.R. Thrasher

To see a whole bunch more BTS photos, head on over to ‘The Test’ Facebook page and remember to give it a like!

Next up: post-production!

Stay tuned for more and have a great weekend!