The GenreBlast Film Festival is entering its sixth year of genre film goodness. A one-of-a-kind film experience created for both filmmakers and film lovers to celebrate genre filmmaking in an approachable environment, it has been described by Movie Maker Magazine as a “summer camp for filmmakers.”

Over the next few days, I’ll be reviewing several movies from this fest, based in the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Winchester, Virginia. This year, there are 14 feature films and 87 short films from all over the world. Weekend passes are only $65 and you can get them right here.

Lily’s Mirror (2022): I loved every single minute of this short and it definitely deserves to be a full-length movie.

Lily (Linnea Frye, who directed and wrote this with Adam Pinney) has had a major setback. While on a dinner date, a man named Bart (Matt Horgan) uses a hatchet to chop off her hand. He calls for the bill and leaves her with the check, which is covered in blood. No one cares, which is a major theme of this movie, and she has to deal with her loss with only the help of Dr. Taylor (Mary Kraft) who gives her a therapeutic mirror box that will get her past the phantom pain of losing her appendage.

However, when Lily uses the mirror box, she discovers that it allows her to transform a photo of slain news anchor Maria Estando Cortez (Viviana Chavez) and help her prove that her co-anchor Tim Davis (Jamie Moore) has been murdering female news anchors for years.

This movie exists in its own world with its own rules, a place at once brighter and darker than our own, yet one that has the same issue with the same men getting away with the same crimes. Yet the end promises that Davis will soon be on the hand of some justice. Closure is fine; crushing your enemy feels so much better.

You can learn more about the movie at the official site.

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