My name is Sylvia Soska and along with my twin sister, Jen, we own and operate Twisted Twins Productions. Our first film has received critical success the world over where it has played many film festivals and theaters to satisfied audiences. The film was the hard work of numerous talented Canadian film personalities as we all came together to create this film, almost everyone coming out with waived fees, simply because they love filmmaking. The film has been called a 'hidden gem in independent filmmaking' and has even garnered the recognition of acclaimed director, Eli Roth.
It is much to my shock and disgust that your theater - The Roxy Theatre - would look at none of this when terminating the Dark Bridges Film Festival because of complaints with the film's title - 'Dead Hooker in a Trunk.' Had anyone taken the time to actually watch the film, they would have seen a project filled with hardworking individuals that created a love letter throwback to the grindhouse films of the past. The story is a dark comedy that satires many horrific instances to give the audiences a sense of action-packed levity and excitement. The only scene where the actual horror of the situation is highlighted is when the title character meets her demise at the hands of an ignorant killer. The title character, despite what knee-jerk reaction the title stirs, is treated with reverence throughout the film by the group of twenty somethings as they struggle to give her a proper end. A level of respect that we don't often see given to these women in this particular trade.
I strongly implore you to reconsider this decision. In doing so, you are not only telling the public that destruction of private property and marketing materials is the best way to get a point across, but you are saying that the work and spirit behind the Canadian team that came together to make this film is unimportant to you and your theater, that you are not interested in promoting something independent that was made by an almost entirely Canadian team that has been celebrated the around the world in its tongue in cheek ingenuity. I hope that you will look at what the film actually is - a project written, directed, and produced by two women who worked with a tremendous team that is actually a lot of fun with some very heartfelt, strong messages throughout.
I believe that it would be a mistake to not show the film at your theater. It was removed for the wrong reasons and I hope that will be found upon closer investigation of the situation.
Twisted Twins Productions