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May 21, 2011

FMWL Indie Spotlight - June Edition of Bleedfest Revealed!

Y'all should know by now that Lis & Brenda Fies' Bleedfest Film Festival is one of FMWL's favorite causes.  And, with the schedule for the June event now upon us, it's time to get psyched for the independent women of horror once more! 
Below is the press release for the June edition, scheduled for June 5th, including the West Coast premiere of the all Heather Langenkamp documentary I Am Nancy and an appearance by the fantastic indie horror master Lucky McKee!  If that doesn't make your blood festive, check your pulse!
Bleedfest's June 5, 2011 Event: Summer Scares!

Badass genre film festival Bleedfest's Women of Horror event is back and better than ever! Genre stars Heather Langenkamp and Lucky McKee will be at the CAP Theatre for live appearances, as well as rapper
Lil' Zane!

BleedFest is a monthly Badass Genre Film Festival in Los Angeles spotlighting female filmmakers making cool movies we all love watching. The goal of BleedFest is to introduce Hollywood to the hundreds of awesome genre filmmakers missing a Y chromosome, get these rad women's movies more of an audience, and form a networking community of empowered filmmakers of both sexes working together on new projects. It's run by co-founders and filmmaking duo Brenda Fies and Elisabeth Fies. BleedFest is supported totally through sponsor Film Radar and the genre communities' donations at IndieGoGo:

Come see the west coast premier of I AM NANCY, produced by and starring Heather Langenkamp, and directed by Arlene Marechal. The documentary follows Heather's journey to five horror conventions interacting with fans who've loved A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET for twenty-five years. Heather and Arlene discover through interviews with fans, Wes Craven and Robert Englund that despite Freddy's iconic
popularity, the truth is we all need a little Nancy inside of us. Heather and Arlene will be signing and selling limited edition DVDs of I AM NANCY. A sneak peak of the documentary is online:

Writer-actor-director and Master of Horror Lucky McKee receives the coveted Inanna Partnership Award for his full-bodied portrayals of female characters we love! Lucky will answer questions about his
controversial new feature THE WOMEN, releasing in theatres this fall.

Comedian Candice Rankin returns for the second part of the exclusive sneak peak of her one woman show UNDER THE HOOD. The full show will world premier at the Electric Lodge in Venice August 11th at 8 p.m.

The June charity is IMPACT PERSONAL SAFETY, the world's most effective self defense training. Director and alumna Heidi Hornbacher will give a live, full-contact demonstration.

The shorts program will feature nine horror shorts by women. Filmmaker, alumna, and festival programmer Lori Bowen flies in from Florida to world premier A HAMMER FELL IN JERUSALEM: AND BE AT REST. Alumna Cindy Baer world premiers her frightening SLASHDANCE, which was
shot on location at Sundance Film Festival. BleedFest co-founders Elisabeth Fies and Brenda Fies give sneak peaks of HARD TO DO, written and starring Kit Williamson, and COLLEGE GIRLS ROAD TRIP introducing newcomers Casey Whalen and Sarah Walsh. Elegaic WE'RE JUST LIKE YOU
makes its Southern California debut, and the majority of the crew will be in attendance including director Chelsea Christer, producer Amber Lammon, cinematographer Katherine Brennan, and writer Steve Romanko. Husband and wife team Robyn Simms and Stephen Johnson (G4, Fewdio) pop their BleedFest cherry with the first festival screening of their subversive short NEIGHBORS. Robyn is confirmed for the Q&A.

BleedFest isn't just about promoting their filmmaking winners; they want to promote you, the audience member! The audience is filled with working genre filmmakers, and is the perfect place for actors and
filmmakers looking to network. Actress Tara Cardinal was cast in alumna Marichelle Daywalt's short THE MANY DOORS OF ALBERT WHALE because of networking at BleedFest. The popular Open Bar includes Bloody Mary's and Mimosas to help get you over your shyness, and the CAP Theatre is a warm and friendly place with an artistic vibe. Come promote yourself and your projects on BleedFest's Red Carpet. Red Carpet interviews will be conducted by and INdTV. Red Carpet photos will be taken by celebrity photographer Winston Burris, and featured on and

Tickets are $10 cash at the door for the whole day and the open bar. Purchase advance tickets through BleedFest's IndieGoGo Fundraising campaign or on Goldstar. For more information and the schedule:
The BleedFest June trailer is here:

Sunday June 5th, 2011 11:00am-3:45pm
Location: CAP Theatre 13752 Ventura Blvd. (a few blocks west of
Woodman) Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
$10 cash at door for all day ticket and OPEN BAR

Schedule subject to change, personal appearances dependent on schedule.

11:00am-11:15am Red Carpet, Mixer, Open Bar

11:15am-11:30am Self Defense Demonstration
June Charity: Impact Personal

11:30am-11:35am Screenwriting Award
-DEAR JOHN (5 minutes) written by Sharon Davis & Cameron McCulloch

11:35am-11:55am Shorts - Exclusive Sneak Peaks
-COLLEGE GIRLS ROAD TRIP (3 minutes) writers/directors Brenda Fies and Elisabeth Fies; Q&A with stars Casey Whalen and Sarah Walsh
-HARD TO DO (8 minutes) director Elisabeth Fies, writer Kit Williamson Q&A
11:55am-12:15pm BREAK: Open Bar, Red Carpet, Mixer

12:15pm-12:25pm Live One Woman Show
Part 2 of Candice Rankin's UNDER THE HOOD

12:25pm-1:30pm Shorts in Competition
-SLASHDANCE (8 minutes) by Cindy Baer Q&A
-TEPPAN DEAD (7 minutes) by Hilary B. Lavin
-NEIGHBORS (4 minutes) by Robyn Simms and Stephen Johnson Q&A
-ZEKE (15 minutes) by Dana Buning
-WE’RE JUST LIKE YOU (6 minutes) by Chelsea Christer Q&A Cast and Crew

presented live to director Lucky McKee (MAY, THE WOMAN), Q&A

1:40pm-2:10pm BREAK: Open Bar, Red Carpet, Mixer, I AM NANCY DVD
purchasing and signing

2:10pm-2:15pm LIVE MUSIC
Jamie Coon sings theme song "I AM NANCY"

2:15pm-2:20pm Audience Award Certificate presented

2:20pm-2:25pm Film Radar Award Certificate presented

Co-presented with Lori Bowen
I AM NANCY, 2011 (71 minutes)
Directed and produced by Arlene Marechal, produced by and starring Heather Langenkamp
In the autobiographical I AM NANCY, the focus is squarely on Heather Langenkamp and her unique experience playing Wes Craven's legendary teen heroine Nancy Thompson. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, Heather asks the burning question: "Why Freddymania, and not Nancymania?" After personally experiencing the Freddy Krueger marketing craze, the rise of horror convention fandom and the phenomenon of eight Nightmare On Elm Street films, Heather reflects on the relevance of heroes in this modern age of monster lovers. Prepare to put yourself in Nancy's shoes and think about Elm Street in a whole
new way.

3:30pm-3:50pm Inanna Award presented live to director/producer Arlene Marechal and producer/star Heather Langenkamp, Q&A

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