Medusa Underground Film Festival Announces Inaugural Year and First Wave of Programming

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The first annual “Medusa Underground Film Festival” brings together more than 50 short films to showcase the women changing the filmmaking landscape around the world! Taking place at the Las Vegas based Artisan Hotel Boutique (Artisanhotel.com), the “Medusa Underground Film Festival” will feature such events as a huge filmmakers panel Q&A, workshops, a special guest of honor (TBA), after parties, activities, networking, an awards ceremony, two feature films (closing night feature TBA), and multiple blocks of short films showcasing the different sides of underground filmmaking.

Happening on Saturday, January 12th and 13th, the annual “Medusa Underground Film Festival” will fill the void of underground cinema hungered for by fans with some of the brightest female filmmakers out there. As part of this first wave of programming for the annual “Medusa Underground Film Festival,” the festival welcomes entries from award winning and critically acclaimed storytellers like 19 time award winning director and producer Sophia Cacciola, Soska Sister muse and actress Tristan Risk, Etheria Film Night selected filmmaker Toy Lei, acclaimed and award winning Czech Republic filmmaker Nicole Goode, genre filmmaking mastermind Dionne Copland, UK actress and filmmaker Emma Dark, rapper and musician Brooke Candy plus more!

The “Medusa Underground Film Festival” is created by Dolly Deadly filmmaker and head of Wretched Pictures Heidi Moore, the annual Las Vegas underground film festival will serve as a platform for women creating film and stories that are hard to classify but need to be seen by fans. Moore understands this better than anyone with her genre bending, underground cult film Dolly Deadly and the up and coming follow up Kill Dolly Kill which will blend horror, underground, and musical elements.

“As a filmmaker myself, I am organizing this film festival in a way that honors the creators. A lot of times filmmaking feels like a thankless job, and I want to make sure we’re showing the creators that their contribution to the art community is important and appreciated.” – Medusa Underground Film Festival Founder Heidi Moore

The “Medusa Underground Film Festival” will feature a diverse filmmakers Q&A with the attending filmmakers (roster TBA) as well as after hours parties, networking, and workshops to open up a dialogue and educate those attending. The festival will have both an opening and closing night feature. As the opening night feature, the “Medusa Underground Film Festival” welcomes the 2017 cult comedy/horror hybrid Re-agitator: Revenge of the Parody directed by Dylan Greenberg. This feature will sandwich the festival with a special mystery film to be screened before the awards ceremony Sunday January 13th. The features will be part of film trailers and 15 short film blocks presenting the fluid of underground and genre short form storytelling including blocks like the Erotic, Head Space, Out of This World, Comedy, Self-Loving, Science Fiction, and more.

The first wave of short films and trailers announced includes:

Alice After Wonderland – Directed by Andrea Guerrero (Mexico)

Chained - Directed by Cassandra Sechler (United States)

Department of Reincarnation - Directed by Sophia Cacciola (United States)

Haxx Deadroom - Directed by Dionne Copland (Canada)

I love You - Directed by Brooke Candy (United States)

Isolated Crows of Solitude - Directed by Sahar Soleimani (Iran)

Lovesick - Directed by Cassandra Sechler (United States)

Monsters - Directed by Manon Gaurin (France)

My Angel's Home - Directed by Toy Lei (United States)

Parlor Tricks - Directed by Tristan Risk (Canada)

Plain Devil (Trailer) - Directed by Tonja Atomic (United States)

Salient Minus Ten - Directed by Emma Dark (United Kingdom)

Supine - Directed by Nicole Goode (Czech Republic)

The Apocalypse Will be Animated - Directed by Melanie Killingsworth (Australia)

What's Inside Pandora's Talk Box (Pilot) - Directed by Lindsay Denniberg (United States)

“Underground films often face the issue of not falling into a category which can make them hard to promote or do anything with really. At the Medusa Film Fest, we are here to put these movies on blast. They need to be seen and they will!” – Medusa Underground Film Festival Founder Heidi Moore

This event of female underground filmmaking is sponsored and supported by 15 Second Horror Film Challenge, Wretched Productions, Troma Now Party Tours Las Vegas, Moon Cat Crafts, MPZ, Occvlta Dama, Piecing Together, and Horror Happens Radio. There will be more announced over the next six weeks including after hours events, additional programming, accepted short films, jury announcements, huge special guests, attending filmmakers, venue news, and more. Until then, head over to MedusaUndergroundFilmFestival.com.