Kristina Leath-Malin

 

HI!

I am a filmmaker, feminist horror scholar and digital artist from Detroit, Michigan living in Brooklyn NY.

It all began with a Young Authors Conference acceptance in Ypsilanti,  Michigan my submission began “It was a dark and stormy night…”. I was hooked on Horror. I continued to love writing, reading and watching horror throughout my formative years.

In High School, I became a theater student. This proved a new great way to express energetically myself. I move to New York for college and the Arts. I started as a Music and Theater double major then moved into Philosophy and languages for my BA. Though my degree path changed, I continued in the arts.  As an Actor in New York, I received many great opportunities to grow and learn. I worked (like most actors) as a waitress. One of my last stints in the industry was at Windows on the World in the World Trade Center Tower 1 on the 107th floor up and until September 11, 2001.

Those events were a turning point in my life and career and path.

Post 9/11, I traveled through Europe with a vocal performance group and landed in Paris, where I began writing again more diligently. Scripting and having ideas inspired me to return to school. After making several short films, I wanted to truly understand the mechanics of meaning in cinema.

I’ve completed two masters degrees in Media Arts at Long Island University Brooklyn Campus. My first thesis/degree was my investigation of the history of women in French Horror from Grand Guignol and the Marquis De Sade to the French New Wave Extremity with such films as Martyrs and Haute Tension. This work culminated my thesis paper turned book  Objectification Repackaged: The Women of 21st Century French Horror.

I continued my feminist scholarship by bringing it home to the states with a personal look at Black Women in American Horror. My Final Girl: Black Women in American Horror is growing project, which includes a documentary short, web/podcast series, and internet database dedicated to layout a POC foundation and representation Women in Horror.

My scholarship and scripting have a continued focus on the feminine narrative in all its aspects from race to sexual orientations to culture and ageism in an attempt to challenge patriarchal history of the cinematic narrative. 

I am a strong supporter and follower of other scholarship by and on WOMEN and their role in the framing of gender constructs. Writers such as Bell Hooks, Laura Mulvey, Carol Clover, Robin Means-Colman, Isabel Pinedo, Theresa De Lauretis, Angela Davis, Simone De Beauvoir, Julia Kristeva, Judith Butler, Barbara Creed, Linda Williams and more inspire my work.

As a screenwriter, I continue to tell female focused stories. I’ve written for both stage and screen. Most recently, I’ve begun workshopping a play about the courtship and life of Alice B. Russell  (one of the first Black Female Producers in America) and Oscar Micheaux “The Business of Love”. It has gone up at the Theater for the New City and the Estrogenious festivals. In addition, I am currently showing my Stephen King short film “One For the Road” (90% Women Crewed and Cast) which has screened at Female Eye and Ax Wound feminist film festivals.

14theroad2017.wordpress.com

In the media industry, my day-to-day positions have included stints with Zeitgeist Films, Focus Features, Discovery Communications, ION Media Networks, Brooklyn Free Speech, Channel One News, and most recently Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Global Learning company.

To date I’ve also curated 3 mixed Media Art exhibitions and was sited as one of the top 100 artists in the CurateNYC 2012. I followed this with my participation in the global exhibition “Art Takes Times Square” with her work “The Malestrom”

https://productionchick.com/exhibitions-3/

Additionally, I mentors graduate students within the Raindance Film Festival’s MA Graduate Program accredited by Staffordshire University in London, England, I’m a Horror Podcaster with The Script (NY Screenwriters Collective), I moderate new work with NY Screenwriter’s Co-op and I manages Brooklyn Screenwriters Collective site on Facebook.

My feminist film reviews and thoughts can be found at

www.KLMBrooklyn.com

Lastly and in my spare time I’m a NYC Regional Contact for BurningMan.org and is a founding member of Project Radical Inclusion and POC (People of Color) @ BurningMan.org

I so lucky to have a wonderful daughter, husband, family, friends and colleagues that support me everyday.

My next project will be a deep dive into the mythology of Lilith, the first woman to say “No” and challenge a manthe first wife of Adam.