SXSW FILM 2011
By Don Simpson | March 19, 2011
On 17-year-old Kate’s last weekend in town, she and her friends plan to spend it together at SpaceCON– the local science fiction convention they attend every year. At the convention Kate meets Paul, a recently turned teen-vampire (who is also dressed as one). But when Kate tries to make a move on him, he accidentally bites her in the neck. Kate and her friends soon discover Paul is not the only vampire at the convention, and it is up to them to stop the vampires and find a way to turn Kate back before it is too late.
I will be perfectly honest with you, Emily Hagins really fracking amazes me. By the time she was 11-years old, Hagins had produced several shorts and penned the script for her feature-length debut, Pathogen. At age 16, Hagins wrote and produced her second feature, The Retelling. Hagins was 17-years old when Justin Johnson, Aaron Marshall and Erik Mauck released a documentary about her, Zombie Girl: The Movie.
Hagins, now 18-years old, just premiered her third feature, My Sucky Teen Romance, at SXSW 2011. MSTR is more accomplished than at least 90% of the MFA thesis films I have ever seen, yet it was written and directed by a teenager who has never attended college. At this point in her career, Hagins is probably more qualified to teach film production than most film school faculty.
A very strange anomaly in the world of cinema, Hagins is an 18-year old, female director working in Texas. Smells Like Screen Spirit met with Hagins at Austin’s historic Driskill Hotel shortly before MSTR’s world premiere to discuss her unique position in film culture among other things. (I have no doubts that Hagins will continue to develop as a filmmaker, and this interview — as well as the countless other interviews that Hagins has done as a teenager — will become a historical artifact of Hagins’ “early years.”)