Six Immoral Tales
Six tales of romantic terror are presented. Each story explores love, sex, and the darkness of human nature. This horror anthology deals with issues of modern romance and sexuality inspired by true events. Our project is written, directed, and shot by a group of diverse women filmmakers.
Inclusion StatementEvery aspect of this film and the production process is all done by women to dismiss the stigma of horror being a male dominated genre. The team is comprised of individuals who are inclusive and diverse.
About The Project
How far will you go to satisfy your sexual desire? Six tales of romantic terror are presented. Each story explores love, sex, and the darkness of human nature. This horror anthology deals with issues of modern romance and sexuality inspired by true events. Six tales of romantic terror are presented. A necrophiliac who looks for love amongst the living. A murderous marriage between two serial killers trying to prove their worth. A dissatisfied housewife who has an affair with her stalker. A young woman finds true love from an obsession with an intangible anime character. A kidnapping victim competes with her fellow hostages to show her abductor that she comes before anyone else. Two lovers spend a romantic weekend literally devouring each other.
What We've Done So Far
In October 2017 we went into production on the first story in the series. We were able to make a great short with a small budget and crew. Moving forward, we will need more resources in order to make the next five stories live up to their full potential. To do this, we need help and support from people like you! Here's a look at the first film in the anthology:
It was a rainy afternoon in March. I was eleven years old, and bored out of mind. Stuck inside due to the weather, I thought about the different ways I could entertain myself. I decided that annoying my mother would be the best choice. I found her in the living room watching a movie on T.V. Sensing my recklessness, she invited me join her on the couch. The film playing on screen happened to be Stephen King’s IT. My mom explained that she was watching a scary movie, and made me promise to tell her if I got too scared. To this, I proudly responded “I don’t get scared.” I spent the next two hours transfixed to the screen. Feelings of terror and excitement ran through me. It felt like I was seeing something I shouldn’t. A secret underground world that was meant for adults, not children. At the time, it was the ultimate adrenaline rush. I spent the days following that afternoon convinced that the evil clown from the film was going to come into my bedroom at night, and eat me in my sleep. But, I was also left with a strange desire to see more.
Accurate depiction of me watching horror films as a child
After that, I begged my mom to let me watch more horror movies. Being a fan of the genre herself, she was more than happy to share with me some of her favorite slasher and monster flicks. Every Friday, she would take me to the local video store, and we would rent stacks of videos to watch over the weekend. It was a great bonding experience, and the more films I watched, the less scared I was. In an odd way, these tales of creature, killers, and demonic spirits became comforting.
Just the classics
Eventually, my love of horror transformed into a love for cinema in general. When I went off to college, I decided to enroll as a film major. My parents were supportive of this, but also expressed concerns about the job stability of an aspiring writer-director. Because they encouraged me to take additional studies in other subjects, I enrolled myself in a psychology course. I had no real desire to become a psychologist, but I rationalized that an understanding of the human mind could come in handy when it came time to create characters for my screenplays. Deciding to take the psychology class was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It opened up a new world of human complexities, desires, and needs. I read many case studies of people with various psychopathologies. Some of these studies were more horrifying than anything I had seen in a movie. The darker side of human nature fascinated me the most, and I knew I wanted to somehow incorporate this into my films. And what better genre to explore these ideas than horror?
Is there anything scarier than human consciousness?
My desire to combine my interest in psychology, and love of horror has brought me to my latest project- a feature length anthology film comprised of six short stories all exploring themes of love and sexuality. The idea first came to me two years ago when I wrote a script about a morgue worker named Steve, who also happens to be a necrophiliac. Struggling with his sexual desire, he attempts to jump into the world of dating, and try to find love with a living woman. As I was coming up with the idea, I knew I wanted to write something that would push me creatively, and allow me to express my own fears and insecurities when it comes to romantic relationships. Working on the screenplay was the most fun writing experience I’ve had, and it was the first time where I felt like my creative voice had a strong, clear presence. From there, I quickly came up with ideas for other stories that had a similar tone. I thought it would be interesting to take all these ideas, and put them into one project. I’ve always had it in my mind that I would like to create an anthology series. Films Tales From The Crypt or Creepshow are some of my biggest influences. I’ve always found the prospect of taking one central theme, and exploring it through different types of characters and stories to be fascinating.
My goal for this series is to use genre conventions to explore various facets of modern love and relationships. As a woman writer-director, it is important to me that I try to push boundaries, and not be afraid to tackle difficult subject matter. Finding female voices in horror is rare. I hope to change that with this project.
What We Need
Here's a quick rundown of where this budget will go.
Casting - A good portion of this budget will go towards hiring experienced and effective talent.
Crew/Gear - We want this story to look and feel authentic and cinematic. We will be reaching out to other talented crew members and rental houses in the community to help us take this to the next level.
Locations - Funding will allow us to navigate the Miami area for shooting. With these funds we will have access to a variety of unique locations all across south florida.
Makeup/ Wardrobe - Horror is a genre that depends on talented VFX artists to make the impossible a reality. These people are crucial to the production of this film.
We plan to submit the project to many high profile and niche film festivals once the project is complete. Some high profile festivals the project will be submitted to are:
South By Southwest
Horror and genre film festivals the project will be submitted to include:
The Overlook Film Festival
Popcorn Frights Film Festival
Atlanta Horror Film Festival
Thank you for taking the time to check out our project! We welcome you to become a part of our team.
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About This Team
Writer/Director Katlyn Aviles:
Katlyn Aviles is a writer-director with a passion for genre filmmaking. Born and raised in Burlington, Vermont, Katlyn’s love of horror films developed at a young age. From there, her interest in cinema continued to grow throughout her adolescent years. In college, she studied film production, and found a passion for screenwriting. During her time in undergrad, she wrote, directed, and produced a variety of short films. Many of these played at local festivals such as the Vermont International Film Festival, and The Green Mountain Film Festival. In addition to her film studies, Katlyn also pursued a degree in psychology, with a focus in human sexuality. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Cinema Studies and Film Production, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Burlington College. After finishes her undergraduate work, she moved to Miami, Florida where she is currently working towards an Masters of Fine Arts degree in Motion Pictures at The University of Miami.
As a filmmaker, Katlyn combines her love of horror and interest in psychology to create narratives that feature taboo subject matter, and explore the darker sides of human nature. Her goal as a filmmaker is to provide a female voice in genre filmmaking. When she is not working on her scripts, she can be found teaching History of International Cinema to undergraduates at The University of Miami.
Marketing Manager James Murphy:
Jimmy Murphy is currently a sophomore at the University of Miami majoring in Film with minors in Media Management and Entrepreneurship. He has had a passion for film, entertainment and business since his early days. He loves to magically tell a good story. He has experience in production of commercials for clients such as Hershey, Durex and Tinashe assisting on the sets. Jimmy has developed topics in Virtual Reality for life in the day of the MS patient for a Pharma Company. He has also interned for Mad Riot Entertainment where he covered scripts and submission of analysis with recommendations for film projects. Jimmy is also a member of the University of Miami Improv Team and the University of Miami Cross Country Club.
Director of Photography Alexandra Santiago-Georget:
A Puerto Rican filmmaker currently in pursuit of her Master's degree at the University of Miami, graduating in 2019. Has worked on award-winning short films, as well as created content for the MDC Museum of Art and Design, and the Perez Art Museum. After studying Journalism and Political Science at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, she decided to expand her love of storytelling into film. Since her arrival in Miami, she’s worked on numerous short films and documentaries, experimenting with different genres. One of her latest short films, Cherry (2017), was selected to participate in the 2018 Miami Film Festival.
Key Grip Chris Briggs:
Chris Briggs is a current graduate student at the University of Miami. Skilled in cinematography, lighting, and gripping, a current employee at the New York Film Academy Miami location, and now First Assistant Camera on Six Immoral Tales.
Assistant Director Kerli Kirch:
An Estonian-born Kerli Kirch is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Miami School of Communication where she also teaches courses such as Women, Media and Popular Culture; Analyzing American Television; World Cinemas; etc. Instead of just examining films from critical and theoretical perspectives, a few years ago, Kerli decided to “get her hands dirty” and also learn about the practical side of filmmaking. After writing and directing a few short films, one of her screenplays got funded by Estonian Film Institute and the Cultural Endowment of Estonia. She will be directing the film this summer, working together with a well-known Estonian production company Nafta.