Still Life: The Art of Murder – “A Young Artist Struggles to Reconcile Social Violence and Her Savage Passion for Art.”

While the rags are focused on how video games, action films, and horror media affect social violence, filmmakers Tonya Kay and Gene Blalock are flipping that question over with their latest film, Still Life: The Art of Murder.

Still Life: The Art of Murder is a short film (4:17), shot on RED, braving the cracked psychology of The Artist, a viciously creative character popularized in Seraph Film’s Horror Haiku series.

Director, Gene Blalock, feels The Artist, played by actress Tonya Kay (Bastard, Web Cam Girls) was one of those characters fans are attracted to in the I-can’t-look-away way. “She’s really demented but probably saner than yourself. Every episode featuring The Artist just made you want more.”

“When you invest enough of yourself in a role to actually create a character, it’s easy to produce it with the same intensity.” Tonya Kay says of undertaking many on-set roles, “I’ve produced a lot of elaborate photo shoots and big live productions and I’ve always been on-camera for those, too. I’m devoted.”

Still Life: The Art of Murder will be visiting upcoming festivals. And fortunately, this time, when audiences are left wanting, they’ll be happy to know a feature film screenplay is available to give it to them.

Executive Produced by first-time filmmaker Tonya Kay (v), along with James Boring (Writer, veg), Phil Goldberg and Producer Nick Somers (v). Directed by Gene Blalock (v) and starring Tonya Kay (v) and Zack Silva. Gaffing by Teddy Yonenaka (v).

So while the press focuses on how media affects violence, we want to know how real life violence like hunting, domestic abuse, human trafficking, school shootings and ongoing war – how does real life violence affect our art?

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