Women in Horror Q&A with Tonjia Atomic
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Tell us about yourself:
I’m a filmmaker and musician who focuses mostly, but not exclusively, on horror and comedy.
Why do you dig horror?
In horror, you are free to explore many aspects of life and the human psyche in a way that is removed from reality. It helps us explore and come to terms with dark and difficult subjects in a safe way.
Tell us about some of your projects. Say as much as you want!
I directed Manos Returns and am currently directing the feature Raw Meat and co-directing the web series Jose and the Hawk.
I just finished the blood drive PSA Just a Prick with Michelle Nessk. My other films include Hobo with a Trash Can, Plain Devil, and Walking to Linas. I also wrote the theme song to Bikini Gorilla and Space Boobs in Space.
How has being a woman in the industry helped / hurt you?
I’ve had challenging situations with men who’ve had issues working with women or women who were backbiting and negatively competitive. I’ve moved away from those situations. It’s been hard to consciously seek out a new group of respectful and like-minded people to work with but I’ve been lucky enough to find them.
Tell a woman who wants to get into horror something you wish someone had told you.
Don’t stay in situations where you feel belittled or unsafe. Find people to work with that support you and help you grow as an artist.