The Viscera Organization Closes Shop

This news is bummer.

For the past six years Heidi Honeycutt and Shannon Lark (along with countless of other fantastic individuals too countless to name here) have worked tirelessly to promote women working  in genre films through the Viscera organization. yesterday they announced that they were immediately shutting down all operations including the Viscera, Etheria and Full Throttle Film Festivals. It’s a tough thing to read, as the organization has been invaluable to this site when it comes to providing contacts and films we believe represent some of the best in independent genre film making today.

We were fortunate to work closely with the group through the Etheria Film Festival, promoting science fiction and fantasy films, the past two falls. The first year in particular was a blast, and I consider myself lucky enough to have made some excellent friends and connections through the group. In a move that’s a bit of a headscratcher, they plan on pulling all their presence: the official sites, social media pages, etc-offline in the near future. I’m not sure why one wouldn’t want some sort of record or archive for reference, but that’s just me talking.

What’s more important is the work Viscera put in for more than half a decade when it came to raising awareness and creating opportunities for women looking to break in to film.

Here’s the official press release:

The Viscera Organization would like to announce that it is shutting down all operations and officially closing its doors. This includes the Viscera Film Festival, Etheria Film Festival, Full Throttle Film Festival, and all other services provided for filmmakers and the public.

We would like to thank the filmmakers, programmers, sponsors, supporters, venues, and the public for all the support that has been provided for the organization these past 6 years. We have witnessed first hand the incredible ripple effect that our alumni have had on budding female filmmakers and the public. We can only say thank you all – for your support, for your time, and for all the incredible work that has been submitted to the organization by women worldwide.

This time in history is extremely important to female filmmakers. A century ago, women were bursting into Hollywood when they lived in a society that considered them lesser creatures. It was only a short time this was possible before they were forced to give up controlling the lens. Now, women are picking up cameras left and right, educating themselves, forming companies, telling their stories, and navigating a system that is structured to keep female filmmakers at bay. The global response we have documented in the 6 years that Viscera has existed is truly phenomenal.

That being said, we will be taking down the websites and social networks after a short time. Women in Horror Month, which is founded by Hannah Forman, will continue to stay open as an individual entity – the organization will no longer be involved.

We have an extensive private archive of the filmmakers works and encourage press, programmers, and event directors to inquire about the films. We encourage female filmmakers to keep making incredible films – don’t allow history to repeat itself. We encourage the public to continue supporting female genre filmmakers, continue exhibiting cinema by women, and most of all, talk about what is truly mandatory in the industry and world – equality.

This time in history is extremely important to female filmmakers. A century ago, women were bursting into Hollywood when they lived in a society that considered them lesser creatures. It was only a short time this was possible before they were forced to give up controlling the lens. Now, women are picking up cameras left and right, educating themselves, forming companies, telling their stories, and navigating a system that is structured to keep female filmmakers at bay. The global response we have documented in the 6 years that Viscera has existed is truly phenomenal.
That being said, we will be taking down the websites and social networks after a short time. Women in Horror Month, which is founded by Hannah Forman, will continue to stay open as an individual entity – the organization will no longer be involved. 

We have an extensive private archive of the filmmakers works and encourage press, programmers, and event directors to inquire about the films. We encourage female filmmakers to keep making incredible films – don’t allow history to repeat itself. We encourage the public to continue supporting female genre filmmakers, continue exhibiting cinema by women, and most of all, talk about what is truly mandatory in the industry and world – equality.

Mike Snoonian

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since 2009 Mike has written about independent horror, science fiction, cult and thrillers through his own blog All Things Horror along with various other spots on the web. Film Thrills marks his attempt to take things up a notch, expand his viewing and writing horizons and to entertain and engage his audience while doing so. When Mike's not writing or watching movies, you can find him reading to his little girl, or doing science experiments with her, or trying to convince her that the term "chicken butt" comes from people putting chicken nuggets down their underwear. at age five, she's too smart to believe most of what he says.

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