Shock the Vote ATX and Award-Winning Filmmaker Benjamin R. Moody Release Horror Voting PSA “Don’t Forget” to Showcase the Power of Women Voting.
Morbidly Beautiful is headquartered out of Austin, TX, and early voting began Tuesday, October 13, in our state. To mark the occasion, help increase voter engagement, and emphasize the importance of this monumental, high stakes election year, local organization Shock the Vote ATX partnered with award-winning horror writer/director Benjamin R. Moody (Last Girl Standing) to discuss the impact and power women have in the voting process.
The resulting short, Don’t Forget, is a thrilling and inspiring horror PSA produced by Kris Phipps of Renegade Studios and Garth Manor. It tells the story of a killer after his latest female victim, only to find that the numbers are stacked against him.
“This has been a tough year and I think everyone has felt a little helpless at least once in the past 8 months. I know I have! So, when Kris Phipps introduced me to the Shock the Vote ATX organization and heard they were looking to say something with horror shorts, I jumped at the opportunity,” says Benjamin R. Moody, filmmaker.
“It’s been hard not to feel alone and helpless lately but if watching horror movies for 30 plus years has taught me anything it’s that you don’t give up. You stand up to whatever form evil takes and you hit it with a shovel. And right now, hitting evil with a shovel means getting out there and voting. Together we can outnumber the loud obnoxious guy with a chainsaw.”
Austin residents have the chance to see Don’t Forget on the big screen this Saturday, October 17, at the Shock Cinema Series: PET SEMATARY, celebrating women in horror.
Shock the Vote ATX and Women in Film & Television Austin invite Austin residents to a showcase of women in horror with Pet Sematary, directed by icon Mary Lambert. Each ticket includes popcorn, candy, and a soda. There will also be trivia for prizes, and a special Pet Sematary pre-show featuring the short Don’t Forget by Austin’s Benjamin R. Moody.
Tickets can be found here.
Go to Shockthevoteatx.com to learn more about the program, the nonprofits the organization supports, and other shockingly delightful events!
Shock the Vote ATX is an inclusive, nonpartisan, community-building program aimed at raising funds for six Austin nonprofits, highlighting local businesses and artists with a seven-week calendar of events, and increasing voter turnout. The events give the Austin community a way to stay safe and united while being physically distanced, and run through Nov. 7.
Shock the Vote ATX funds raised will benefit the following nonprofit groups: Austin Creative Alliance, Austin Justice Coalition, Between the Pages, Out Youth, Texas Appleseed, and The SAFE Alliance. Eighty percent of all funds raised will be donated to the six nonprofit organizations.
Watch this very funny, Texas Chainsaw Massacre inspired short now.
If you don’t live in Austin, or can’t wait to see the short, we’ve included it below in its entirety.
At only 2 minutes long, it’s a short but highly entertaining watch that hopefully gets women and men alike amped to wield the mighty power of their voices at the ballot box.
Enjoy the short. And please, don’t forget to vote!