The Philly-based artist making horror films that reflect the terror of living under white supremacy.
Monika Estrella Negra of Audre’s Revenge Film
Tell us about your film collective Audre’s Revenge Film, which focuses on horror and sci-fi. How does it relate to your other projects as an activist and community organizer?
Audre’s Revenge Film was created in 2015 after I decided to leave another project I started, the Black and Brown Punk Show Collective. The collective put on a festival highlighting BIPOC and QTIPOC within the punk and radical subculture in Chicago. Creation of space has always been a defining point in my activism, as we have limited space to feel safe in. Creating visibility and building lines of solidarity through music, art and film is my favorite thing to do, and so creating my own film collective came naturally.
Film has always been my personal safe space – especially horror. Though I am an avid fan, I was quite disappointed to learn that there weren’t too many movies highlighting the Black perspective. Horror films have always been made for the white, heteronormative psyche. In a world of Michael Myers and Jason, the irrational fears of the white psyche have always taken up too much space in the narratives produced. I wanted to convey the real life, quotidian horrors of marginalized people – since we experience deep trauma, grief, and so on, everyday. Horror has always been that source of entertainment that highlights the very things we fear in exaggerated form. Unfortunately, the only presence we have in most horror films is either as criminals, or as expendable entities that don’t warrant proper character development.
Does Audre Lorde relate to the collective’s name?
Audre Lorde was an immense inspiration to me as I came into understanding myself and my own identity. She was active in calling out cultural appropriation, the racism within white feminist rhetoric, and the effects of white supremacist culture within LGBTQA circles. With the collective, I aim to create material that will reflect her teachings, and make it appeal to the masses. A lot of people had to obtain a higher education to discover her work. I want to make her life’s work known, as a means of promoting visibility and respectful representation of those who are living on society’s fringe.