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Scarlet Moreno’s Bloody Feminist Short Film “VELMA” On VOD March 26

Sunday, March 17, 2024 | News, Short Films, Vile VOD

Filmmaker Scarlet Moreno is excited to present her latest short film, the bloody feminist tale VELMA, co-starring Moreno alongside Zach Tinker (“Days of Our Lives”, “The Young and the Restless”), arriving on VOD on March 26.

Moreno, best known for her work on Robert Rodriguez’s docuseries “Rebel Without a Crew” which produced her first feature Phaedra, steps behind and in front of the camera this time with her latest award-winning short film. 

In “Velma”, the premise is simple, a woman is looking for a man who will love her for who she is. However, things quickly take a turn as, through the lens of a late 1960s visual feast, audiences are taken on a psychological journey with the title character that examines sexuality, shame, and our societal views of both. Combining striking 1960s visuals and slight horror camp, “Velma” tells its story with a wink and a (bloody?) smile.”

“When people ask what inspired this film, I joke that “Velma” was inspired by feminine internalized shame, and it’s funny because it’s true”, said Moreno. “Velma is a visual poem of sorts, examining femininity, sexuality, and shame, all while giving its audience a chance to sift through their own views on these subjects and what they deem acceptable female behavior.”

“Velma” held its World Premiere at Panic Fest in 2022, and went on to hold a successful two-year festival run through the genre circuit, winning awards and accolades along the way. With wins at Film Quest (Best Costumes), Underworlds Film Fest (The Banshee Award), Arthouse Film Fest (the Fellini Award for Best Art Direction), Nightmares (Best Cinematography), and Sin City Horror Fest (Best Editing), the film’s visual power continued to receive recognition. The Scariest Things praised the film’s aesthetic and story, advising audiences to “come for the olive jello mold, stay for the bloodletting”.

“Ultimately, Velma asks its audience to examine what they find worse in a woman: promiscuity or blood lust”, said Moreno. “Sex and sexuality and their expression have been weaponized against women for centuries, a double-edged sword that aims at those who are not sexual enough AND those who are deemed too sexual. I’m excited for audiences to enter Velma’s world and watch as she dances on the edge of that sword.”

VELMA will be available to stream on VOD on March 26.

Grace Detwiler
Grace Detwiler (@finalgirlgrace) is a freelance film journalist and law student. Her original work can be found on her blog, FinalGirlGrace, as well as in Rue Morgue's print and online publications.