Our queer-feminist film collective, Monstrous Femme Films, created by horror filmmakers Hannah May Cumming and Emma Cogan, was born with our first feminist horror flick- the sex-positive neo-giallo FANATICO in 2018, which made a splash in the festival scene, taking home countless awards including the “Abby Normal Award” from the Portland Horror Film Festival. The film was released by ALTER in 2020. Since then, we’ve added two more films to our body of work- the ‘70s summer camp creature featurette, Camp Calypso, in March of 2020, and the ‘70s prom pro-choice body horror Baby Fever, currently doing the rounds in festivals now. With a handful of progressive, stylish horror films under our belt, production begins this year on our fourth film Penny & The Poppies, a retro-surrealist psychological horror set in the swinging '60s. On top of filmmaking, we’ve branched out to horror curation and programming (with Moonlighting in 2019), as well as hosting virtual genre-based content focused on uplifting the voices of underrepresented filmmakers, creators, and topics. As a collective, we are focused on producing progressive, political horror flicks by a variety of diverse filmmakers, and carving out a place for young women, non-binary, and queer folks in the horror genre- both in front of and behind the scenes.
What we lack in budget, we make up for in style.
MEET MONSTROUS FEMME
Writer / Director / Producer
Hannah May Cumming is a British-South African filmmaker currently residing in Portland, OR. After a childhood of devotion to the horror genre, Hannah decided to make a feminist horror trilogy focused on positive female, queer, and non-binary representation in front of and behind the camera. Growing up on half hour horror anthologies like Goosebumps, and Are You Afraid of the Dark? She was inspired to craft her episodic shorts around that same type of 20 minute plot structure - but with more adult subject matter.
Her work is an amalgamation of queer and feminist horror, camp, and her love of retro design and fashion. Hannah directed, produced, and co-wrote the sex positive neo-giallo, FANATICO in 2018, and wrote, co-directed, and co-produced the creature featurette, Camp Calypso in 2019. She recently premiered her third film, a ‘70s prom night pro-choice body horror titled Baby Fever, in 2022. In addition to her work under Monstrous Femme Films, she also produced the upcoming ‘90s buddy comedy short film, Operation Y2K.
Hannah has worked as a Production Assistant for companies such as Warner Bros, Netflix, and Hulu, and as a Production Coordinator for various commericals. She is currently working as the Director’s Assistant on Crypt TV’s Girl in the Woods (check out her resume here). She is 24 years old, and recently graduated from Portland State University with a bachelor’s degree in film.
Writer / Director / Producer / Costume Designer / Art Director
Emma Cogan is a horror-focused filmmaker with a penchant for surreal, retro, and technicolor art direction; hailing from Portland, Oregon. Taking notes from ‘70s horror to experimental cinema, Emma’s work utilizes stylized genre film as a backdrop for exploring the twisted side of the human condition- juxtaposing camp with macabre.
Emma costumed the neo-giallo FANATICO in 2018, co-produced and costumed the ‘70s camp creature featurette Camp Calypso the following summer, and, most recently, produced, art directed, and costumed the team’s latest flick Baby Fever, a ‘70s prom pro-choice body horror. Currently, Emma is writing Penny & The Poppies, a queer, retro-surrealist psychological horror set in the swinging ‘60s- slated for release in 2023, marking Emma’s return to directing.
Outside of MFF, her work can be seen in the ‘90s inspired Operation Y2K (costume designer), and Too Much Productions’ feminist horror-comedy Surprise! (producer, set designer, costume designer). Emma has worked as a Wardrobe Stylist and Casting Assistant, having worked on productions such as HBO’s The Rehearsal and NEON’s Pig. During 2020, she began hosting virtual roundtables focused on spotlighting underrepresented voices in the horror genre. In 2021, Emma co-created TO DYE FOR! a costume-centric analytical feminist horror and fashion history podcast.
Graphic Designer / Producer
Somewhere between fairy princess and a blood thirsty witch is Sparkman, a designer with a particular love for motion and web. She graduated in spring of 2020 with her Bachelors in Graphic Design, Sparky hopes to continue working with filmmakers during her career. In her spare time you can find her roller skating or dancing to some disco. Sparkman’s favorite horror movie is a tie between Army of Darkness and Hellraiser.
Reilly is a designer and artist living in Oakland, CA. As a 2020 BFA graduate interested in branding/identity design and experimental image making, their most notable work includes the founding and creative direction of art journal, Cicada Creative Magazine, as well as the identity development of MFF. Reilly’s joy is working with other passionate creatives in film, music, and writing who stay up all night making stuff!
Writer / Producer / Director
Alex Hartwig is an ambitious filmmaker with a passion for expression and collaboration. Hailing from the suburbs of Washington D.C. Alex is a writer and producer with a busy mind. His first dip into film was writing and directing tech horror I Love My Computer in 2018, before connecting with MFF, producing Camp Calypso, and graduating from PSU with a BFA. Alex is currently co-writing and producing the upcoming MFF flick, Baby Fever. Alex aspires to challenge himself creatively in every project he is apart of while supporting each other every step of the way.
Writer / DP
Joanna Pozarycki is a 22 year old filmmaker with a focus on cinematography. She was born in New Jersey but raised in Portland Oregon, where she currently resides with her wife and two cats. Despite a weak stomach for horror in her youth, she fell in love with the genre first through classics like The Thing & The Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and later through films like Suspiria and Midsommar. She hopes to leave her mark on the genre through her trans experience and a queer, feminist, and progressive lens. She is currently writing the screenplay for an alien bodysnatcher film- the working title to watch out for is “The Endling.”
Joanna has a passion for the visual elements of the film medium. She was the cinematographer on the collective’s first project, FANATICO, as well as the co-cinematographer for their sophomore project Camp Calypso. She also has a passion for Experimental art film, she has made three to date, inspired by such filmmakers as Bill Brown & Laura Mulvey. She is currently putting the finishing touches on her degree in Film at Portland State University.
Sound / Editor / Director
Raymond’s first time working with the then to-be members of Monstrous Femme Films was when he was invited to record sound on FANATICO in the summer of 2018. At the time Raymond was studying film at PSU and didn't know what to expect from the project. What he found was a team of dedicated individuals creating content unlike any of his other peers in film school. When he was asked to be the principal editor for Fanatico he immediately agreed, wanting to help further on this unique project with its diverse, talented, and congenial team. Growing up a fan of period pieces and genre films, especially Italian, Fanatico was right up his alley. This was the beginning of his collaborative work with Monstrous Femme Films, which continued with the more recent Camp Calypso. Raymond’s other projects include writing, directing, and editing the award-nominated short western Clear Creek as well as the music video for Portland band Backyard Haircuts' single, Outcall Only.