Indie goddesses Jen and Sylvia Soska do more than just make great horror flicks; the “Twisted Twins” are 21st Century body-horror pioneers with hearts of gold. Every year in February to coincide with Women in Horror Month, they spearhead an annual blood drive, accompanied by a series of graphic PSA’s that genre fans will love! Here’s a letter they released to announce this year’s project:
“It’s that magical time of year again where we Sisters Soska don’t just want to spill blood on the screen, but want YOU to bleed for us. Don’t worry, it’s for an incredibly good cause…
Previous PSA: Haemo Eradication Services
As part of WiHM, each year we search out filmmakers from across the globe to make their own Public Service Announcements for Blood Services and Red Cross. The only requirements are that you have to be passionate about the cause and you must be a feminist. I’m proud to say that this year we have a record-setting 30 TEAMS that have participated. Magnificently each PSA was made with the filmmakers using their own money and resources along with generous donations and numerous volunteers.
We have a different theme each year and this year is BE A HERO.
In previous years, we’ve combined them all into one mega-anthology, but this year we’re making it our BIGGEST year yet. EVERY day in February (starting January 31st and ending March 1st) we will be releasing a NEW PSA via our Twisted Twins’ YouTube Channel. Please subscribe.
We are very proud to announce our outstanding list of contributors for our 2018 WiHM Massive Blood Drive:
Hannah Neurotica (WiHM Founder), Lex Lybrand, Paddy Murphy, Tonja Atmoic & Mi Chelle Nessk, Mary Rangel, Atropa Films, Maude Michaud, Tommy Pistol, Ama Lea, Damon Rickard, Adam Marcus, Stitch Mays, Marilyn Thomas, Joe Magna, Jamie DeWolf, Vanessa Wright, Nicholas Burman-Vince, Christian Francis & Mark Miller, Izzy Lee, Aleah Anseth, Sam Hawkins & Kim Pipkin, Andrew Hass, Dayna Noffke, Vicky Tori Ella, Aishlinn Clarke, Stephanie Michelle, Brandon Slagle, Michelle Romano, Angela Nolan, and us, the Soska Sisters.
Each day we’ll release profiles on the filmmakers along with their shorts and sometimes even poster art and BTS stills. As a special added surprise, you won’t know which one is being released when, so keep your eyes on the prize!
Thank you so much for watching, but PLEASE be sure to make an appointment to donate. We need you. After all, it’s in you to give.
Jen and Sylv”
For more on Women in Horror Month check out the official site at http://www.womeninhorrormonth. com/
Today’s PSA is Donor by Atropa Films.
Official Synopsis: Atropa Films is an Edmonton-based independent filmmaking collective putting a queer gaze on genre films. With a shared lifelong love of horror movies and backgrounds in various artistic disciplines, our team brings queer visibility, narratives, and representation to all of our films both on and off screen. We aim to bring a voice and narrative focus that has been glaringly absent from many subgenres of horror, blending what we love about genre cinema with queer perspectives and storytelling.
We are so excited to be involved in this year’s blood drive because horror and blood donation are two things we are very passionate about – a number of our crew members are actually students of or currently working in health sciences. Some of us can’t donate blood at this time due to various restrictions and ineligibilities, so we hope that taking part in this project will help bring awareness to those who can. We also want to use this platform as an opportunity to remind everyone that Canada still has incredibly archaic laws around blood donation that prevent many people we love from donating. Men, as well as trans women, who have sex with men are not allowed to donate blood without first meeting strict requirements that are not feasible for many. During the last Canadian federal election campaign, Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party stated that they “will bring an end to the discriminatory ban” as “this policy ignores scientific evidence.” Please get in touch with your MP and encourage them to push for an end to the stigmatizing blood donation ban so that more of our friends and community members can be heroes as well.
Donor (voice): Aria Sini
Recipient: Tor Licit
Donor (on-screen): Ellie James
Donor (POV shots): Lori Alex
Donor Arm Doubles: Erin Capable, Ellie James
Girlfriend: Erin Capable
Cops: Lori Alex, Athena Salyzyn
Bathtub Betty: Anna Salyzyn
Directed by: Lori Alex and Aria Sini
Written by: Lori Alex
Produced by: Carol Chambers and Rob Chambers
Camera Operator: Lori Alex
Still Photography: Aria Sini
Stage Manager: Randa Halvorson
Dialogue Timer: Aria Sini
Live Rigging: Aria Sini, Erin Capable, Randa Halvorson, Ellie James, Andy Jordan, Tor Licit, Anna Salyzyn, Athena Salyzyn
Lighting Operators: Erin Capable, Amy Milne
Expert Blood Consultant: Andy Jordan
Special FX Makeup: Lori Alex
Additional Makeup: Andy Jordan, Tor Licit
Intestines by: Aria Sini, Tor Licit
Latex Cast Models: Lori Alex, Aria Sini, Erin Capable, Tor Licit, Amy Milne
Additional FX Painters: Erin Capable, Randa Halvorson, Ellie James, Andy Jordan, Lauren Knowles-Carter, Tor Licit, Anna Salyzyn, Athena Salyzyn
Assistant Blood Mixers: Erin Capable, Lauren Knowles-Carter
Blood Wranglers: Andy Jordan, Athena Salyzyn
Editing: Lori Alex
Colour Correction: Lori Alex, Aria Sini
ADR Actors: Aria Sini, Erin Capable, Tor Licit
Sound Sync & Mix: Lori Alex
Foley: Aria Sini
Music Composed & Performed by: Lori Alex
Camera provided by: Randa Halvorson
Munchies Run: Andy Jordan, Lauren Knowles-Carter
Ms. Milne’s Driver: Jonathan Comeau
Jen & Sylvia Soska
Carol & Rob Chambers