Fil-Am director Maritte Lee Go has an upcoming film called, Black as Night premiering on Amazon Prime Video, October 1st. The film is one of four new horror films under "Welcome to the BlumHouse." The trailer dropped and just in time for spooky szn!
The film follows a teenage girl played by All American actress Asjha Cooper living in New Orleans with a fairly ordinary life. With self-esteem issues, she finds confidence in the most unlikely way. What was supposed to be another summer in The Big Easy turns into spending a summer battling vampires that prey on the disenfranchised. Of course, she can't do it alone and recruits her best friend, her crush, and a peculiar rich girl. It's a classic battle of humans vs. vampires that'll have you on the edge of your chair.
Raised in a Filipino household and growing up around the stories about monsters and the supernatural. Go's interest in horror started young. She event said that at 14 years old, Go wrote in her diary that she was going to make a horror anthology! She gravitated towards horror because of how it speaks to audiences and explores the "what ifs" of reality. But also the horror genre is able to handle hot-topic issues in unique ways.
Go was first an actress before becoming a filmmaker, but was type casted in Asian roles like a Geisha or nail technician. She received an MFA in Film and Television at USC to be able to break barriers and create more representation in the industry. Her experience as a line producer on various productions allowed her to see an entire project at a broad scale especially working in indie films. Her directorial debut feature, Rise is a dramatic thriller inspired by the real-life conflict between the Nigerian people and the Boko Haram insurgency.
She's also recognized for her work and received the Barbara Boyle Excellence in Filmmaking Award and an HBO Visionary award winner for her short film Remittance. Go also received the CAMERAderie WIM grant for her short film Illipino, which premiered at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and Holly Film Festival.
Cover Photo Credit: Maritte Lee Go Instagram
During a series of adrenaline-fueled one-night gigs, itinerant punk-metal drummer Ruben (Riz Ahmed) begins to experience intermittent hearing loss. When a specialist tells him his condition will rapidly worsen, he thinks his music career — and with it his life — is over.
His bandmate and girlfriend Lou (Olivia Cooke) checks the recovering heroin addict into a secluded sober house for the deaf in hopes it will prevent a relapse and help him learn to adapt to his new situation. But after being welcomed into a community that accepts him just as he is, Ruben has to choose between his equilibrium and the drive to reclaim the life he once knew.
Utilizing startling, innovative sound design techniques, director Darius Marder takes audiences inside Ruben’s experience to vividly recreate his journey into a rarely examined world. This trailer purposefully includes captions (just like the film itself) so that hearing and non-hearing audiences can experience Ruben’s journey. Sound of Metal is out now on Amazon Prime Video n the U.S.