The Queens of Evil
As a horror/ slasher movie marketed for women, the story will tackle pertinent issues in our society. Supporting this project shows our support to how the abuse of women needs to change and be dealt with.
Inclusion StatementThis project is a film for women by women even though the writer/director is a male. This story is driven by 5 strong women and is also produced by 4 women of different nationalities. Although there is diversity, we are all driven by one goal and that is to make a film that makes a social impact.
About The Project
I, as the director, always first look at a story from the perspective of a movie fan. In the sense of the horror slasher genre, I always ask myself, “What have I not seen yet?” When looking for that answer, I came to the realization that there has never really been a slasher movie marketed for women. Knowing that there are just as many female horror fans as there are men, this gave me the motivation to create something unique.
The story will tackle real life issues that are in the world today and presented within a genre that is unexpected for these discussions. The morals will be carefully placed in-between the blood and gore. The O Girls have a purpose for their violence and in their minds, are providing justice for the women whom are in need of help.
I identify with the main characters' mindset, because even though I am a man writing and directing a story about women, I have personally seen the worst of what men can be. I have witnessed the aftermath of some of my closest friends and family become victims of both physical and sexual assault. I want the moral of this story to be taken seriously, because I feel strongly that this is a topic we need to discuss and not be quiet about any longer.
My motivation for writing this story came a lot from simply watching other horror slasher movies and seeing how differently women are treated as characters. While some may end up being the “final girl” in the movie, most female characters are solely used for the sex appeal (unnecessary nudity and/or sex scenes). This has been a trend I am tired of seeing simply because it is unoriginal and holds no real purpose for the story.
By creating a film that contradicts the traditional way women are objectified in horror films while tackling the discussion of abuse and its serious impact on those caught in the middle of an abusive relationship, this can open discussions beyond just the movie.
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About This Team
Jesse Heisel has had a passion for filmmaking since the age of 13. He majored in Cinema at The University of Iowa. He wrote, directed and produced nearly 30 short films. Heisel's biggest recognition, while at UI, was his student run television show, Dark Wings. In 2013, Heisel managed to raise and shoot his first feature film. Mello, premiered in Iowa City, IA at The Englert Theatre. He later started traveling to promote his work and won several awards.
Rachel Meguerdijian was born in Montreal, Canada and raised between Canada and Lebanon. After completing her undergraduate audio-visual studies in Lebanon at the Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts (ALBA), Rachel worked on several TV commercials for clients in different countries of the region. She obtained a Master’s Degree with a specialization in Directing from the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles. Her previous short movie “Link St.” was accepted and won several awards this year in film festivals around LA. Rachel is attracted to innovative and challenging projects that help her grow and expand her career in filmmaking.
Hailing from South Africa, Amanda Molefe is a young film maker who has an MFA in Filmmaking from the New York Film Academy. In South Africa, she obtained a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Drama and Performance Studies and Industrial Psychology. Amanda has always been interested in filmmaking as films have the ability to reach many people and have the potential to influence change. Amanda is interested in films that challenge the status quo and deal with issues within society in ways that are both innovative and attractive to ‘everyman’.
Kendra McDonald was born in Mount Vernon, New York. She has written, directed and produced several short movies. Kendra moved to Los Angeles, California in September 2016 to obtain her Masters Degree in Film Directing at the New York Film Academy. She recently finished her short movie “Letters” that is now screening in festivals. Kendra is very goal-orientated and her detailed organizational skills allow her to effectively overcome any issues that arise during her path to achieve her objectives.
Inbal has produced and written songs and scripts for multiple short films and tv series. Her passion for music is what steered her into filming. Inbal is the creative producer on this project. Her knowledge of films from the creative perspective will bring a lot.