How do other film festivals start, A creative wanting to bring to the surface some great content. Mary C. Russell is a horror directer/director of photography in the genre world over on the West Coast featured on Blumhouse.com and Comingsoon.net with her comedy horror film "CARVED," streaming on Amazon Prime. Screening with the El Rey network, She's also had interviews with Stage 5 and Movie maker magazine. "I saw too many films go to waste, because they were not chosen to be shown. Good content deserves it's light." So a film festival creative became also the creator.
Mary C. Russell is a genre and commercial film director.
Originally from the Bay Area, Russell moved to Singapore at ten years old but now resides in Los Angeles.
She went to Columbia College Hollywood graduating in 2014 with a BFA in Film Production, Majoring in Directing.
Russell directed, wrote, and produced the horror slasher short film, Carved, which went to the screen at the NewFilmmakers LA film festival in 2015 and at the 2016 Days of the Dead convention as part of the Etheria Film Night.
"Carved" also got picked up by an Independent Distribution company, And the short is currently streaming on Amazon Prime.
The short film drew it's inspiration "Vanishing Point" and Quentin Tarantino's "Death Proof." The plot revolves around the soul of a satanic inmate that possesses innocent people on the road to Las Vegas for a weekend of debauchery. To quote Brian De Palma "I do like directing other people's material." :)
Outside of directing films, Russell has worked in pre production and genre script development. She regularly works as a cinematographer and editor.