KPBS Reviews American Mary

Preview: ‘American Mary’ Wednesday, May 29, 2013 By Beth Accomando A new late-night film series kicks off this Friday at the Digital Gym’s micro cinema. It’s being presented by a group of programmers from Horrible Imaginings Film Festival, Pac-Arts andFilmOut, and with myself as organizer. We call ourselves the Film Geeks and everyone is volunteering their time. The first film is “American Mary,” and represents our dedication to genre films that push the envelope. Sometimes you have to put up or shut up. As a film critic, I talk a lot about film and recommend what you should see and what you need to stay away from. But sometimes talk is not enough. I see being a film critic as being a film activist, my goal is to get good films seen. That’s one of the things I respected about the late Roger Ebert, he ran a film festival to showcase films that he felt were being overlooked. So that’s what the Film Geeks are trying to do and we’re trying to do this for a specific reason. We are all fans of genre and extreme filmmaking and we want to use the new micro cinema at the Digital Gym to cultivate an audience for genre filmmaking and for films that challenge or surprise viewers. I love horror, I love films that take you someplace dark, and I love the fact that this film was made by twin sisters Jen and Sylvia Soska. Women in horror are a rare thing and I just felt compelled to support it. I admire women who don’t let the industry force them into a box making chick flicks...