Our queer-feminist film collective, Monstrous Femme Films, founded by horror filmmakers Hannah May Cumming and Emma Cogan, was born with the first installment of our feminist horror featurettes- 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 have also completed our ‘70s summer camp creature featurette, Camp Calypso, in March of 2020. 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. With 2 progressive, stylish horror films under our belt, production begins this year on our biggest venture yet-- a feminist horror anthology collection, including the third installment to Cumming's trilogy, the upcoming Baby Fever, a '70s prom pro-choice body horror featurette, and Cogan's directorial debut Penny & The Poppies, a queer, retro-surrealist psychological horror set in the '60s. 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.
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 create 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 is currently writing an installment to the MFF anthology, titled Baby Fever, slated for release in 2022. In addition to her work under Monstrous Femme Films, she also produced the upcoming 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 23 years old, and recently graduated from Portland State University with a bachelor’s degree in film.
Producer / Costume Designer / Writer / Director
Emma Cogan is a horror-focused filmmaker and queer, Jewish vampire-cowgirl hailing from Portland, Oregon. Taking notes from ‘70s horror cinema and the mid-century new wave scene, Emma’s work explores the twisted side of the human condition through a feminist lens; juxtaposed with surreal, technicolor, and campy visuals inspired by the likes of Ken Russell, Jaques Demy, and John Waters.
In 2018, Emma brought her retro horror expertise to MFF’s first film FANATICO, as a costume designer and props supervisor. The following summer, she co-produced and costume designed Monstrous Femme’s sophomore flick Camp Calypso. She is currently working on the next MFF short, Baby Fever, as a producer, costume designer, and art director. Addedly, she is writing her directorial debut, Penny & The Poppies, a queer, retro-surrealist psychological horror set in the swinging ‘60s, slated for release in 2022.
Outside of MFF, her latest 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 is currently working as a Wardrobe Assistant and Production Assistant, having worked for companies such as HBO and Warner Bros, and on films including NEON’s Pig (Wardrobe Assistant). 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 podcast. Emma graduated with a BFA in Costume Design and Film.
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
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 of an addition to the MFF anthology — an alien bodysnatcher film of her own. 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
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.