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Those Soskas—American Mary cuts to the bone

Jen and Sylvia Soska, the filmmaking sisters that gave us the grindhouse classic Dead Hooker in a Trunk, are prepping their second feature, American Mary, which is set to shoot this summer.

To get everyone excited about their new film, the Soskas are releasing a teaser trailer on December 11, which just happens to be the anniversary of Twisted Twins Productions. And based on the advance peek I got, American Mary might well be even more twisted than their first flick.

I’ve been sworn to secrecy, but I can say that their new film is going to push a few buttons and hit even more nerves. With American Mary, the Soskas are dealing with primal issues. It feels like the ladies have sliced off a piece of the collective unconscious and molded it and shaped it into something very personal. The trailer I saw has a much different look and feel than Dead Hooker. Where their first flick was raw and unrestrained, American Mary feels very deliberate and controlled—more Stanley Kubrick than Guy Ritchie.

In my brief chat with the charming Canadians, I managed to pry loose a couple of more secrets. I was thrilled to learn that the sisters are finalizing the DVD release of Dead Hooker in a Trunk. If all goes well, it should be available in a few months. This is great news for film fans everywhere. Dead Hooker has become a film fest phenomenon, but because it’s not widely available, more people have read about it than seen it. Hopefully, this will be remedied soon. Also, the Soskas have shot a documentary about YouTube called Please Subscribe, which will be hitting the festival circuit next year as well.

I’m really excited about the Soskas’ new feature. They are extremely talented women who are making tough, uncompromising films their way, by their rules. In fact, they are just what independent film needs at the moment: truly independent filmmakers.

Okay, now for a little value-added appeal, I present the Soskas’ promo video (with a cameo from the Hornet, no less!) for San Diego’s Horrible Imaginings Film Festival, shot and cut by the sisters’ secret weapon: M. CJ Wallis—a god among men to be sure, eh.

~Theron Neel

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  • Posted December 7, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

    I can’t wait to see American Mary and what else these gals cook up. Hooray for Dead Hooker DVDs!!

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    Posted December 7, 2010 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    Yes, Señor Cortez, these ladies are mondo-talented. The future of indie film? Let’s find out…

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