Director Biography – Kyra Gardner (THE DOLLHOUSE)

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With a dad as a special effects makeup artist, blood and guts became a normality for Kyra. Combat nursing became her prime focus, but she soon discovered that real blood is more intense than the fake goop. Since high school she’s been pursuing a career in directing and hopes to create quirky fantastical films with the help of her forever scared childhood.

Director Statement

“I remember being oddly different from other kids in elementary school. I thought blood, monsters, and aliens were something all children came home to see after walking home from school. I was known as, “The girl who grew up with Chucky.” As I grew older I realized how much more bizarre that sounded, and how my childhood was distinctly different from anyone I knew. No one else grew up with a killer doll they referred to as a brother or celebrated Halloween like a religion. That was until I met the other families surrounding the Chucky franchise. I wanted to make, “The Dollhouse,” to show what life was truly like for the families who grew up around the Chucky doll and how it all connected us in the oddest of ways.”

-Kyra Gardner, director, “The Dollhouse” (2017)

By femalefilmfestival

The irony of this festival is that its goal is to not be around in 5 years time. To eventually not be relevant because there is zero need to have a festival geared for female talent and female stories because the stories presented in Hollywood and around the world are a balanced showcase of the human experience from both sexes. Our goal is to achieve a lot of success and then fold into oblivion simply because there is no need for this festival. This festival was created by the FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival as a simple reaction to a strong need to showcase female talent from around the world in a more profound way. When putting together the weekly festival, the administration noticed a lack of a female presence in the stories being shown at the festival. A classic example and analogy to the frustration is how the festival noticed that even the smaller roles in a screenplay were written for a man to play. There was zero reason for this in many stories. How a police officer, or a political campaign manager, for example with 3-4 lines in a screenplay was a "HE" character. Why? And these are the screenplays written by the winners! The talented one who have obtained agents and have began/beginning their careers as a writer.

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