Women in Horror Month Interview with Filmmakers Stitch Mays & Jena Jaworski

As you may know, February is “Women in Horror” month. To celebrate, PromoteHorror.com asked women from different professions if they would like to answer some questions about being a “Woman in Horror.” Two of the women, who were kind enough to answer our questions, was filmmakers Stitch Mays & Jena Jaworski. Lets see what they said about being “Women in Horror”…

-PH: When did you first become a horror fan?

-Stitch: Oh god, I don’t even really remember.
-Jena: Probably when I was young, because I didn’t have a lot of friends.

-PH: Was there a specific moment when you realized that you wanted to go from being a fan of horror to a woman who contributes to the genre, or did it just kind of happen naturally?

-Stitch: Well actually, I had wanted to be a filmmaker but it was something Jen Soska had said that really got me off my butt ato follow my dream. “Follow your stupid fucking dreams”, that stuck with me.
-Jena: It kinda just happened. With my writing and the videos…it kind of just happened naturally.

-PH: What does having a “Women in Horror” month mean to you?

-Stitch: It means seeing the talent and creativity of different women. It means
-Jena: Women equals power.

-PH: Is there a woman in horror who you consider a role model?

-Stitch: The Soska twins, Danielle Harris, I could go on.
-Jena: The Soska Twins

-PH: How do you think the role of women in horror has changed over the years?

-Stitch: I think that there’s more and more women in horror. Whether it’s directing, filming, producing, editing, etc…they’re doing more. There’s even teams.
-Jena: Women are taking on more roles. They’re not just playing the victim, they’re playing the hero, the villain. They have more roles behind the scenes. They’re writing, they’re directing. They have more of a hands on part.

-PH: What do you think the future holds for women in horror?

-Jena: I think we only go further from here. Women are finally getting the recognition they deserve. People are finally seeing the creativity, and the fact that women bring emotion into everything.
They make you fall in love and rip your fucking heart out. They get you invested before they shit on your fantasy.
-Stitch: I have to agree with Jena, women everywhere are getting into horror.

-PH: Being that this is PromoteHorror.com, please feel free to plug your current/next horror project.

-Jena: We can talk a little bit about our story.
-Stitch: Well, it’s called “Painted Smiles” and it’s super dark.
-Jena: We have a few things in the works.

We would like to thank Stitch Mays & Jena Jaworski for taking the time to answer our questions, but more importantly for their contribution to horror!

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