February, the month bathed in red and pink. When you think of the month you think hearts, well, we think about something a little different, but it’s still about is all about love. February rings in a very important month for horror fans, it’s Women in Horror month! It’s a time when we celebrate all of the wonderful, brilliant, and badass women that make horror what it is.
It’s also the month when the Soska sisters, Jen and Sylvia, roll out their ninth annual Massive Blood Drive. The lovely ladies gather together a fantastic group of filmmakers, actress, and actors to draw attention to the dire need for blood donations. Over 30 days 30 teams of filmmakers from around the world for a new Blood Service PSA.
The first filmmaker up is Vanessa Ionta Wright, based in Atlanta, Georgia with the title “Be a Hero”. Wright is the co-owner of Above the Line Artistry as well as the co-founder and Festival Director of the Women in Horror Film Festival. Vanessa collaborated with Samantha Kolesnik, Mark Simon (One Missed Call), David Irwin (House of 1000 Corpses) and Josh Oliver (Oculus) on Rainy Season, based on the story by Stephen King. Vanessa has also directed the short film I Baked Him a Cake and a PSA for the WiHM9 Massive Blood Drive. Vanessa graduated from Ohio University with a degree in Video Production & Film. She is a lifelong fan of cinema, most especially the horror genre. She enjoys punctuality, scary movies, a quick wit, sandwiches, the music of Michael Jackson, Halloween & Bacon Jam. She does not enjoy bugs, clowns, perpetual lateness, mean people, oppression, laziness, running more than 3 miles or curved walls.
I was really honored to be invited to create a PSA for the WiHM Massive Blood Drive. This is a brilliant idea to blend the world of horror filmmaking with such an important cause. I think it’s easy to take our blood for granted. It is crucial to donate. I hear people say all the time “I wish I could do something to help” and this is probably the most simple and effective means of helping others. Giving your blood will save lives and I am so grateful to be a part of such an amazing cause. The theme this year of Be a Hero is so appropriate, because when you give blood, when you save a life, you become a hero. Wright said about her involvement.
Look for a NEW WiHM Massive Blood Drive PSA every day with the last one appearing on March 1st.
For more on Women In Horror Month check out the official site.