Event Sponsored by RACC: Horror Through An Inclusive Lens

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Event Sponsored by RACC: Horror Through An Inclusive Lens

October 28 at 4:00 pm5:00 pm


What terrifies you depends on your personal experiences. We’ve teamed up with our friends at Monstrous Femme Films to present a panel of women, non-binary and BIPOC horror filmmakers around how their unique experiences influence their stories. This conversation centers traditionally marginalized horror filmmakers but all are welcome. Horror Through An Inclusive Lens is funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council.

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Meet the panelists!

Sommer Martin is the Director of Downtown Marketing at the Portland Business Alliance, where she develops and manages seasonal marketing campaigns designed to promote downtown attractions, businesses, amenities, events, experiences, and parking garages and parking validation within the City of Portland’s designated market area. Before joining the Alliance, she was the Communications Manager at The Street Trust. She has over 15 years of non-profit experience ranging from education, retail, healthcare, affordable housing, and transportation. She also serves as a contractor for non-profits such as Albina Vision Trust and Camp ELSO to develop communications platforms and strategic communications plans. Her most recent project, Another Day, was funded through a RACC grant, in addition to hosting a crowdfunding event to cover the cost of marketing efforts and film festivals. She has a BS in Mass Communications + Theater from Tennessee State University and an MS in Multimedia Journalism from the University of Oregon. She enjoys directing and producing films, writing feature-length screenplays (horror), and volunteering for numerous humanitarian efforts in her free time. This winter, she is launching her own production company that will center on hiring BIPOC crew members and telling their stories through a horror lens.

Megean McBride Sanchez is a writer, director, and producer who likes a little laughter in the dark. Her work deals with identity, grief, and finding hope in the surrealism we all live in. Directing short films such as The Red Shoes, Garden of Earthly Delights, and Deus Ex Machina, she plays with psychological horror in a way that’s blunt, funny, and chaotic, oftentimes working with grief-driven themes in a surreal way. Her feature film, The Quiet Crowd, is a psychological horror about the internalized male gaze as told through the journal of a young art student that’s been found dead and dramatically posed in a performance art piece. The film deals with the horror and pain of SA, police brutality, trauma, and finals week. In her other work as a producer, she helps other filmmakers create and build their own worlds. She believes- there is nothing about us without us. Her main goals are complex stories that are rarely seen in modern media, safety, and advocacy work on film sets, and diversity in the film world. You can check out the Quiet Crowd at www.thequietcrowd.com.

Aaron Isaac Vasquez is an Award-winning Writer/Director with over 15 years of experience. He’s Directed, Shot, worked on crews and Produced multiple Short Films, Commercials, and indie feature films. Being able to scare an audience without showing the threat is how you create successful scares; This is one of Aaron’s biggest strengths. Aaron believes that sometimes our thoughts are more horrific than anything that can ever be shown.

Meet the moderators!

Monstrous Femme Films is a Portland based queer-feminist film collective, spearheaded by horror filmmakers Hannah May Cumming and Emma Cogan, was born with the first installment of their feminist horror featurettes- the sex-positive neo-giallo FANATICO in 2018, which took home the “Abby Normal Award” from the Portland Horror Film Festival in 2019. The film was released by ALTER in 2020. Since then, they have also completed their retro summer camp creature featurette, Camp Calypso. They are currently fundraising for their next film, a ’70s prom night pro-choice body horror titled Baby Fever. On top of filmmaking, Monstrous Femme has branched out to horror curation and virtual genre-based content focused on uplifting the voices of underrepresented filmmakers, creators, and topics. As a collective, they are focused on producing progressive, political horror flicks and carving out a place for young women, non-binary, and queer folks in the horror genre- both in front of and behind the scenes.   

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October 28
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
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