AWI Sanctuary Space presents: Exploring Representation in Horror Movies

An ongoing Continued Connections program that creates virtual spaces for people to connect at the intersection of art and mental health.

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PLAY: interactive event recording + presentation:

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Clips screened at event:

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Featured National Resources:

Crisis Text Line
988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline
Planned Parenthood
National Domestic Violence Hotline
National Sexual Assault Hotline
Trans Lifeline
The Trevor Project
Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective (BEAM)
Black Mental Health Alliance
Learn how to support someone else’s mental health: Be There Certificate

About the panelists:

About Horror In Color:

Launched by Jose Cadena and Ivan Daniel Luna in 2019, Horror in Color is an intersectional community for marginalized voices in horror. From creators to fans, we paint the industry with colors of diversity and inclusion. Join the conversation and help build this colorful platform for all – especially people of color, women, people with disabilities, LGBTQIA+ communities, and allies.

IVAN DANIEL LUNA – Special Guest

Creative director and multi-media artist Ivan Daniel Luna has curated horror media and production for over a decade. He’s constantly creating new nightmares as a co-founder of HauntHorror.

JOSE CADENA – Special Guest

Armed with a background in journalism, writer Jose Cadena is an experienced storyteller. Jose breathes life into immersive experiences thanks to a dedicated affinity for Horror and social change.

CAT TANCHANCO – Facilitator

Also known as AUDFACED, Cat is a special effects makeup artist, filmmaker, and movie analyst based in Los Angeles. She is known for her ‘cinematic makeup tutorials on YouTube for embodying iconic horror characters like Samara from “The Ring” or The Witch from “Left 4 Dead.” Her film Doctor or Monster, which explores healthy relationship dynamics and codependency layered over horror imagery won Best Music Video at the Les Femmes Underground International Film Festival. She enjoys analyzing movies as they intersect with identity, society, and mental health issues. You can find her shamelessly buying all things pumpkin-spice and catching the latest horror film release.


Date:October 28, 2022
Time:1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


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