Altered Perceptions

Altered Perceptions (2023)

Altered Perceptions opens with an aerial image of the Statue of Liberty – that symbol of American freedom and openness to others – at night. To the right is scrolling text that reads “THIS IS A WORK OF FICTION” (sometimes written forwards, but mostly in reverse via mirror writing). As though to validate that message,…

De Kuthoer

The Columnist (De Kuthoer) (2019)

The Columnist (De Kuthoer) first published by Little White Lies “If people don’t agree with me, they’re allowed to be angry, they’re allowed to curse me, fight against me, with every argument they can come up with. But they aren’t allowed to silence me.” Anna Boot (Claire Porro), a third year in high school, is…

Pizzagate Massacre

The Pizzagate Massacre (aka Duncan) (2020)

The Pizzagate Massacre (aka Duncan) had its international première at Grimmfest 2021 In the opening sequence of writer/director/editor/producer/composer John Valley’s feature, a reporter (Derek Babb) addresses the camera about recent incidents of mass murder in Texas linked to a debunked conspiracy theory, and about footage shot by an eyewitness which would “introduce the world to…

Slam

Slam (2018)

Slam first published by EyeforFilm After once more venting her feminist, anti-colonialist, anti-racist anger onstage in an elegantly constructed tirade of words (in fact penned by spoken-word artist/activist Candy Royalle, who has since passed away), Syrian-Australian slam poet Ameena Nasser (Danielle Horvat) vanishes. As he searches for the missing younger sister from whom he had…

Instructions

Await Further Instructions (2018)

Await Further Instructions first published by SciFiNow After debuting with sink-estate gothic The Disappeared (2008), British director Johnny Kevorkian seemed to vanish himself – but now he has reappeared with a new foray into paranoia and unease, this time set firmly in middle-class suburbia. Await Further Instructions starts off like an English Guess Who’s Coming to…