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: Be a Hero
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”
Today’s PSA is Sanguino by Dayna Noffke!
Official Synopsis: Dayna Noffke is a screenwriter and director, who has brought her unique brand of storytelling, dark humor, fangirl-infused enthusiasm and obsessive work ethic to Atlanta, Georgia. Her work in the horror genre is informed by her experiences and her lifelong love of film. Her travels have taken her from a childhood in St. Louis to stints in New York, Boston, New Orleans and even Branson, Missouri. Along the way, she picked up a degree in physical anthropology/ primatology, logged time on a research project on mantled howler monkeys in Ometepe, Nicaragua, spent a few years as a high school special education teacher, and earned herself a roller derby name. Dayna fell into filmmaking after a chance encounter brought her to the set of Rob Zombie’s Halloween 2. Within two months, she had written and directed her first short film with a cast and crew full of friends, including Andrew Shearer of Gonzoriffic films. She had caught the bug and directed 9 more short films between 2009 and 2017.
Her film catalog runs the gamut from “backyard” no budget fare – such as the well-received 2011 film, MOUSE, praised for its naturalistic acting – to recent projects such as late 2017’s Teaser, a lush burlesque-inspired period piece that is hitting the festival circuit in 2018. Dayna’s films have been screened at numerous festivals including Women in Horror events, Rome International Film Festival, Spooky Empire’s Film Festival, Buried Alive, VHS, Florida Film Festival among many others. Her screenplays have been chosen as official selections and finalists in screenplay competitions and showcases such as Oaxaca Film Festival, Stranger With My Face and Filmquest. Dayna is currently in development for a horror feature inspired by a classic Victorian short horror story, along with working on new short films and logging lots of time traveling with her family, visiting historical and haunted sites, riding roller coasters and forging friendships all along the way.
I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this year’s Blood Drive campaign for several reasons. One of my favorite things about filmmaking is the collaborative nature of the art. I love meeting people, working with other amazing talents and bringing it all together to create something bigger than anyone of us. This project encouraged me to stretch my artistic imagination and to reach out to new people to help realize this vision, which is unlike any other project I have undertaken to this point in my career. I love that there are 28 PSAs being released — that we are a part of something much bigger.
This is a wonderful chance to meet new artists and to see and support their work. Of course, most importantly, our entire team is thrilled to be supporting the cause of blood donation. I have personally been the recipient of blood transfusions at three different points in my life. I do not know what would have happened had that blood not been available when I needed it. I want to express my gratitude to blood donors and to put a face to this cause. When you give blood, you are helping a real person – someone’s mother, someone’s sister or brother or baby… Although the need for donated blood can be greater during times of disaster, there are people who are counting on transfusions each and every day. We are honored to help spread the word and remind everyone how important it is to donate blood!