Capitol Hill filmmakers shoot ‘lesbian supernatural thriller’ in a haunted mansion

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A scene from Brides to Be

twistofpride-flyer2016Capitol Hill filmmakers Kris and Lindy Boustedt say they have always focused on telling stories about women, and their newest film takes that theme to a new level: a narrative Lindy describes as love story meets “lesbian supernatural thriller.”

Brides to Be, their third feature film, will premiere at The Egyptian on June 17 as part of the Twist of of Pride film festival. The pair premiered their first feature film on Capitol Hill in 2010 as part of SIFF.

The special festival is also the kind of event programming SIFF is hoping to feature at The Egyptian as the re-opened venue continues to serve Capitol Hill.

The pair have been co-writing and co-directing movies for 15 years. They have lived and worked on Capitol Hill ever since they moved to Seattle more than a decade ago. They says they chose Capitol Hill largely because of its film culture.

“This is the only place we ever wanted to live in Seattle,” said Lindy. “We picked this area because at that time the majority of the SIFF venues were on Capitol Hill — we’re nerds, so we were like, ‘This is where the film is!’”

POSTER_2.1(1)This year’s Twist festival also includes 1996 film Crocodile Tears, which follows a gay man who makes a deal with the devil after he is diagnosed with AIDS. The two films will make a double feature the Friday night of the mini-festival. A panel discussion with people who worked on both movies will be sandwiched between the screenings with discussion of how the LGBTQ community in Seattle has grown.Screen Shot 2016-06-11 at 12.15.09 PM

Brides to Be tells the story of the wedding of Robin (Angela DiMarco) and Jenna (Carollani Sandberg), a ceremony which is complicated by the fact that it takes place in a haunted mansion. Kris and Lindy say they wanted to make a movie about LGBTQ characters because civil rights and marriage equality are issues that have been important to them for some time.

The characters in Brides to Be first appeared in Kris and Lindy’s short film Together Forever, which tells the story of the two women’s engagement scene and was released shortly before the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage. After the ruling Lindy says the film’s popularity skyrocketed, and the filmmakers decided they wanted to continue the narrative with a film about the characters’ wedding. Thus, Brides to Be was born.

“Of course it’s come a long way,” said Lindy. “Hearing stories about what it was like for them in the mid-90s to make this film – I think it was still, they had to be careful about where they were doing the scenes where two men were kissing, they had to be just a little bit more mindful.”

In contrast, Kris and Lindy say that when they were filming Brides to Be, they didn’t worry about backlash because of the subject matter — their biggest concern was having to film overnight in at an old mansion in Marymoor park which park workers informed them was haunted. “The groundskeeper we were talking to was like, ‘Yeah, I won’t come here by myself after dark,’ and we were like, ‘Oh, goddammit.’” said Kris.

Though some of the crew did report paranormal run-ins during filming, Kris and Lindy say they just had an abnormal amount of technical difficulties during their 10 days of filming at the mansion.

“Frankly, I wish I could blame all technical failure on all movies ever on, ‘Oh, well, it’s a ghost!” said Kris.

The second annual Twist of Pride film festival runs June 15th to 19th at The Egyptian, NWFF, and Central Cinema. You can learn more about the festival at seattlepridefest.org/twistofpride/.

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