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Vanessa Ionta Wright - filmmaker

Vanessa Ionta Wright is a screenwriter & filmmaker based in Atlanta, GA. She is the founder and owner of Above the Line Artistry. She also co-founded and directs the Women in Horror Film Festival (www.WIHFF.com)

Vanessa collaborated with Kolesnik, Mark Simon (One Missed Call), David Irwin (House of 1000 Corpses) and Josh Oliver (Oculus) on her directorial debut, Rainy Season, based on the story by Stephen King. Vanessa also directed the short film, I Baked Him a Cake, written & produced by Samantha Kolesnik. She most recently wrote & directed the Be a Hero PSA for the 2018 Women in Horror Month MASSIVE Blood Drive organized by Jen & Sylvia Soska of Twisted Twins Productions.

Vanessa graduated by Ohio University with a degree in video production & film. She is a lifelong fan of cinema, most especially the horror genre. She enjoys punctuality, scary movies, a quick wit, sandwiches, the music of Michael Jackson, Halloween & Bacon Jam. She does not enjoy bugs, clowns, perpetual lateness, mean people, oppression, laziness, running more than 3 miles or curved walls.

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Samantha Kolesnik - writer & filmmaker

Samantha Kolesnik is a writer and filmmaker living in Pennsylvania. Samantha specializes in psychological horror and dark dramas. I Baked Him a Cake (writer/producer), Rainy Season (producer) and The Price of Bones (writer/producer), are currently in the festival circuit worldwide. She recently released her two latest projects as a director into festivals, Friendsgiving and Mama's Boy, her directorial debut.

Samantha's screenplays have garnered attention from genre film festivals nationwide and her prose has recently been published in The Bitter Oleander, The William and Mary Review, and Hypnos Magazine. In 2015, she founded the online literary magazine, Five on the Fifth, where she served as Editor-in-Chief for one year.

She is a contributing writer to several publications in addition to co-founding the Women in Horror Film Festival with Vanessa Ionta Wright.