'XX' - A FEMALE CONDUCTED MASTERCLASS IN HORROR ANTHOLOGIES, ARRIVES FEB. 17TH

One of my favorite kind of horror films are those which chronicle multiple stories, varying in themes, each typically tackled by a different director; the horror anthology. For yours truly, 1982's Creepshow represents this type of film, at its absolute peak. Many notable entries have come and gone since then, each varying wildly in quality and success; this year, to coincide quite appropriately with the upcoming WiHM, we having something truly special. A female-driven collaborative effort that brings us some of the best talent on both sides of the camera, a 4 story horror anthology simply titled 'XX'; and if there is any trepidation about the potential for this project to deliver, a quick peek at the list of directors at the helm should not only quell your fear, but have you frothing with hype for this film's release right along side us. Details and gallery for each of the 4 stories, below.


THE BOX

Written and Directed by Jovanka Vuckovic

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Jovanka Vuckovic is an award-winning filmmaker and writer. Her first short film The Captured Bird was executive produced by Guillermo del Toro and played over 60 festivals across the globe, earning four Best Short Film awards. She has worked as a visual effects artist, earning a Gemini Award, cemented a reputation as a genre film authority during her tenure as Editor-in-Chief of Rue Morgue Magazine, and was twice named one of the most important women in the history of horror alongside Mary Shelley (Frankenstein), Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) and Debra Hill (Halloween). Vuckovic is the author of Zombies! An Illustrated History of the Undead (St. Martin's Press) and Vuckovic’s Horror Miscellany (Ilex Press). She is currently executive producing XX, the first ever all-female horror anthology, with XYZ Films/Magnolia for which she wrote and directed the segment entitled "The Box", and will make her feature debut with an adaptation of Clive Baker's Jacqueline Ess


THE BIRTHDAY PARTY

Directed by Annie Clark

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Musician and songwriter Annie Clark–aka St. Vincent–makes her directorial debut with XX. She is one of the most distinct voices and original guitarists of her generation and her work has always featured arresting visual components. Her recent album, the self-titled St. Vincent, won her "album of the year" designations from the NME, the Guardian, and Entertainment Weekly and the Grammy for Best Alternative Album. An incredible live performer, Clark has been heralded as "the first truly 21st century guitar hero" by Guitar World magazine, and is constantly pushing the boundaries of today's musical landscape.

Musician and songwriter Annie Clark–aka St. Vincent–makes her directorial debut with XX. She is one of the most distinct voices and original guitarists of her generation and her work has always featured arresting visual components. Her recent album, the self-titled St. Vincent, won her "album of the year" designations from the NME, the Guardian, and Entertainment Weekly and the Grammy for Best Alternative Album. An incredible live performer, Clark has been heralded as "the first truly 21st century guitar hero" by Guitar World magazine, and is constantly pushing the boundaries of today's musical landscape.


DON'T FALL

Written and Directed by Roxanne Benjamin

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Roxanne Benjamin is a Screenwriter, Director, and Producer whose films include the Sundance Midnighter favorites V/H/S (2012) and V/H/S/2 (2013). After shepherding the V/H/S found footage horror franchise, she joined Snoot Entertainment (YOU’RE NEXT, THE GUEST, ANOMALISA), where she co-produced FAULTS (2014), starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Sean Byrne’s THE DEVIL’S CANDY (2015). SOUTHBOUND (2016), the genre anthology film she directed, co-wrote and produced, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and marked her directorial debut.  Hailing from Pennsylvania, she holds a Masters Degree in Entertainment Business from Carnegie Mellon University and a BA in Theater & Writing from Belmont University


HER ONLY LIVING SON

Written and Directed by Karyn Kusama

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Karyn Kusama wrote and directed her first feature film, “Girlfight”, in 1999.  The film won the Director’s Prize and shared the Grand Jury Prize at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival.  In 2004, Karyn directed the science fiction love story “Aeon Flux” for Paramount Pictures.  Her third feature was the comedy-horror film “Jennifer’s Body”, written by Diablo Cody, and released by Twentieth Century Fox. Karyn’s latest feature, “The Invitation”, is a psychological suspense film that won the Grand Prize at the Sitges Film Festival, among other awards.  “The Invitation” was released in April 2016 by Drafthouse Films. She recently directed a short film entitled “Her Only Living Son”, part of the upcoming Magnolia release “XX”.  “XX”, a four-film anthology of horror shorts directed by women, will be released in the spring of 2017. She also directs for television, working on such shows as AMC’s “Halt and Catch Fire”, Amazon’s “The Man in the High Castle”, and Showtime’s “Billions”.

Karyn Kusama wrote and directed her first feature film, “Girlfight”, in 1999.  The film won the Director’s Prize and shared the Grand Jury Prize at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival.  In 2004, Karyn directed the science fiction love story “Aeon Flux” for Paramount Pictures.  Her third feature was the comedy-horror film “Jennifer’s Body”, written by Diablo Cody, and released by Twentieth Century Fox. Karyn’s latest feature, “The Invitation”, is a psychological suspense film that won the Grand Prize at the Sitges Film Festival, among other awards.  “The Invitation” was released in April 2016 by Drafthouse Films. She recently directed a short film entitled “Her Only Living Son”, part of the upcoming Magnolia release “XX”.  “XX”, a four-film anthology of horror shorts directed by women, will be released in the spring of 2017. She also directs for television, working on such shows as AMC’s “Halt and Catch Fire”, Amazon’s “The Man in the High Castle”, and Showtime’s “Billions”.


'XX' TRAILER

Like on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/xxfilm XX is a new all-female helmed horror anthology featuring four dark tales written and directed by fiercely talented women: Annie Clark (St. Vincent) rocks her directorial debut with THE BIRTHDAY PARTY; Karyn Kusama (THE INVITATION, GIRLFIGHT) exorcises HER ONLY LIVING SON; Roxanne Benjamin (SOUTHBOUND) screams DON'T FALL; and Jovanka Vuckovic (THE CAPTURED BIRD) dares to open THE BOX.

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