Rebekah Fieschi sat down with the guys at Wee Studios for the 90s Percentile Podcast where they listen to a clip from Mauvaises Têtes and discuss the crowdfunding campaign for her new film Sylphvania Grove. You can listen here.
Check out Rebekah's interview with Frank Malerba of Cryptic Rock, in which she says the film was inspired by “being an immigrant in New York City" and that Jenny, the film's protagonist, is driven mad by "gender expectations in which she doesn’t fit.”
Rebekah Fieschi took home the award for Best Short Screenplay at the 2017 Macabre Faire Film Fest in Long Island, NY for her script for Mauvaises Têtes. Before the awards gala she was interviewed on the red carpet by Cognac Wellerlane. (Rebekah appears 21 minutes into the video.)
In his review for the Winter 2017 issue of Videoscope Magazine Joseph Perry says "Mauvaises Têtes delivers chills along with laughs and nostalgia" (click on the image below to read the interview in full screen). The magazine is on sale now.
This week Rebekah Fieschi was interviewed by From Dusk Till Con writer Adam Holtzapfel about her film Mauvaises Têtes (Bad Heads) which was recently nominated for Best Director Short at Nightmares Film Festival.
In his review of Mauvaises Têtes for From Dusk Till Con Adam Holtzapfel writes "What works for this film is the acting, the writing, and the sets. Alice sells Jenny as a shy woman, that also has a girl next door appeal, while not being oversexualized as most female characters in the genre are." He also calls it "one of the highlights of the festival."
Mauvaises Têtes played at the Nightmares Film Festival in Columbus, Ohio last weekend where Rebekah Fieschi was nominated for Best Director of a Short. Jeff Strand gives a rundown of the fest for Gleefully Macabre, finding Mauvaises Têtes a standout in a "consistently strong set of films."
Scream Queen FilmFest Tokyo interviewed Mauvaises Têtes director Rebekah Fieschi to promote the upcoming screening in Singapore.
Scream Queens FilmFest Tokyo: What inspired you to become a film director?
Rebekah Fieschi: As far back as I remember I always loved movies and spent my time imagining fantasy worlds and stories, but at the age of 11, after seeing Tim Burton's Edward Scissorhands, I realized I could make my dreams as vivid and tangible to others by working in film.
SQFFT: What are 5 of your all time favourite genre films?
RF: Edward Scissorhands; Pan's Labyrinth; Rosemary's Baby; Frankenstein (1931); Psycho.
SQFFT: Do you have any filmmakers/artists who have influenced your work? If so, who and how?
RF: Roman Polanski who excels at creating a powerful identification with his main characters, he taught me that the film director’s role isn’t simply to orchestrate the production and give the actors directions but also to manipulate the audience’s feelings and expectations. Guillermo Del Toro for pushing the fairy tale limitations, making reality and fantasy intertwined and inseparable, and by doing so grasping the attention of an audience that isn’t generally interested in the fantasy/horror genre. Tim Burton for his extraordinary sense of visual style, always powerfully orchestrated with music and sound effects in order to completely immerse the audience. I also love the works of Edward Gorey, Gustave Doré, Salvador Dali, Arthur Rackham, Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison, etc. who create a world and tell a story with a single image.
SQFFT: Tell us a little bit about your film. What can people expect from your film?
RF: Mauvaises Têtes (Bad Heads) is a film in the tradition of classic Hollywood horror films, it is in black and white as color would have been fatal to it's special tone. It is a Frankenstein-like tale of a misfit who can no longer stand being alone.
SQFFT: Any message to the genre fans who are eager to watch your film and to fellow female filmmakers?
RF: I know there is an audience out there that is craving more diversity within the genre. I'm working at creating stories with rich, vibrant worlds and relatable characters that doesn’t tackle the genre in a methodic, redundant way. As a female filmmaker I think it is important to write powerful female roles without falling into the trap of turning our leads into strong women clichés. I see too many strong female characters that lack sensitivity, any good character needs vulnerabilities so they have an opportunity to grow.
Grusome Magazine's Joseph Perry gives Mauvaises Têtes his enthusiastic recommendation. He writes, "Fans of vintage horror such as Murders in the Zoo (1933), Mad Love (1935), The Cat and the Canary (1927), and other classics from Universal and MGM will find much to like in writer/director/producer Rebekah Fieschi’s new short horror-comedy film Mauvaises Têtes (Bad Heads)."
Rosy Hunt of Take One dissects the lineup of horror films at an upcoming Reel Women event screening at the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse in the UK. She writes "Rebekah Fieschi brings vintage 1930s MGM style to a story reminiscent of Lucky McKee’s MAY."
Gary M. Kramer of Film International includes Mauvaises Têtes among the highlights of this year's DC Independent Film Festival, “the oldest independent film festival in our nation’s capital” is running now through March 13.