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So Vam

Kurt is an outcast in a conservative town who dreams of moving to the city to be a famous drag queen. When he is kidnapped by a predatory old vampire and killed, he is rescued just in time to be resurrected by a gang of rebellious vampires who feed on bigots and abusers. As a vampire he finally knows empowerment and belonging, but his killer is still out there: creating new minions with their own rotten hatred and threatening all that he loves. Until Kurt faces the monster, he will never truly be free, but this time he need not face it alone.

  • Alice Maio Mackay
  • Alice Maio Mackay
  • Alice Maio Mackay
  • Xai
    Key Cast
  • BenDeLaCreme
    Key Cast
    "Famous Drag Queen VO"
    RuPaul's Drag Race, Happiest Season
  • Grace Hyland
    Key Cast
  • Chris Asimos
    Key Cast
    Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, Danger 5
  • Tumelo Nthupi
    Key Cast
  • Etcetera Etcetera
    Key Cast
    RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under
  • Erin Paterson
    Key Cast
  • Ethan McErlean
    Key Cast
  • Luana Pohe
    Key Cast
  • Brendan Cooney
    Key Cast
  • Drew Droege
    Key Cast
    "Radio VO"
  • Genres:
    Horror, Coming of age
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 10 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    July 29, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    12,000 USD
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Director Biography - Alice Maio Mackay

Alice Maio Mackay is an award winning 16 year old transgender film-maker based in Adelaide, South Australia. Alice’s work is produced under her own business, One Manner Productions.

In 2020, she directed, co wrote and co producer the award winning queer/horror short Tooth 4 Tooth, featuring cameos from Drew Droege (Netflix's AJ & The Queen, Search Party) and Phil Nichol (BAFTA nominated Monty Python bio pic). The film secured worldwide distribution from American company Mattioli Productions. Filmmaker Erlingur Thoroddsen (Blumhouse's Midnight Kiss, Rift) called the film "Stylish, provocative and creepy, Tooth 4 Tooth is a neon drenched blood soaked slice of queer horror." Senior producer of Canada's Drag Race, Jen Markowitz stated "Maio Mackay has distinct and stlyish vision and could be the future of queer horror." Director (The Skeleton Twins, Netflix's Alex Strangelove), Craig Johson wrote "A twisted, queer vampire flick that soaks its social commentary in blood."

It also premiered at the 2020 Monsterfest before the feature Psycho Goreman. The short was selected to be part of the 2021 New Jersey Horror Con and Film Festival, The Lift-Off Sessions, FlickFair, as well as winning awards for direction and Best LGTBQ short at the Los Angeles Film Awards and at the Best Shorts Competition. It also received awards at The Southern Shorts Festival for editing, producing, composition, production and sound design. Review website, Pop Horror wrote, "Tooth 4 Tooth does deliver with polished cinematography, blood, special effects, and a good cast. The most clever aspect, though, is the notion that when we start respecting each other, regardless of a difference in opinion or background, the monsters leave us alone."

In 2018 Alice acquired the rights to adapt a Stephen King thriller short story, A Tale of the Laundry Game. The sixteen minute short was accepted into the 2019 international festival, Monsterfest and premiered at the GU Film House at cinemas in Adelaide and Melbourne, before the Australian feature Two Heads Creek. In 2019, the film was also accepted as a finalist in the Lift Off festival, the international 13 Horror Fest, as well as The Best Shorts Competition, where it also won an award of excellence, special mention. The film also won best cinematography, editing and directing in the international Southern Shorts film festival, as well as being a finalist in the Los Angeles Film Awards. It was also selected in the 2020 JellyFest. Cryptic Rock gave the short 4/5 stars, stating "If one is looking for a quick thriller, they cannot go wrong here." Her short film, Love and Blood which she co-wrote and directed was accepted into the 2020 Lift-Off festival. In 2018, she also co-wrote, directed, and edited the live action short horror movie, Smothered, which was accepted into the 2019 Lift-Off international Film Festival. Alice was also a SA finalist in the 2017 International Silent Short Film Festival.

Alice has a number of other projects underway including her debut feature film, which is in production, as well as a short film that stars Greg Sestero (The Room, Best F(r)iends and author of The Disaster Artist, which was adapted into an Academy nominated film). The Serpent's Nest, her latest short, which she directed/co-wrote/co-produced is in post production at the moment and is scheduled to be released in December 2020. The short stars Jamila Main, Felicia Tassone, (Awoken, Going for Gold) Joe Romeo ,(Sophie Hyde's The Hunting) and Dominique Booth (Boogeyman Pop.) With a score by Christopher Doucet (Snatchers, Cyborg X). She has also previously worked with Brennan Mejia (Gregg Araki's Kaboom, Red Power Ranger, Supergirl), Cori Gonzalez-Macuer (Taika Waititi's What We Do in the Shadows), Lucy Barrett (The Wrong Girl, Neighbours, Emo the Musical), Carter Jon (Netflix's Everything Sucks) and Brennan Murray (You're the worst, Video Game High School, Netflix's Captain Underpants) on her previous films.

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Director Statement

'So Vam' is an Australian trans vampire film and an authentic coming-of-age queer horror film directed, produced, and co-written by a 16-year-old trans woman, with a predominantly queer, nonbinary, and trans cast/crew.