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