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It was recently announced that rising B
movie star Bianca Barnett (ALBINO FARM, DEAD INSIDE) has taken a starring role
in the upcoming EXPERIMENTS IN KILLING. Directed by Joseph Christiana (THE
NIGHTMARE, MOTEL AMERICANA VOL. II) the film is exactly as the title implies, an
experiment. Using a companion podcast entitled EXPERIMENTS IN PODCASTING,
listeners will be immersed in all aspects of the production and given a chance,
via polling, to make critical decisions about the film. Christiana, along with
producer Thomas Dettloff and his longtime director of photography William
Bourassa Jr., are gambling that this innovative format is going to lead to a
unique piece of indie film history.
In addition to her commitment to the genre
through acting, Barnett is the host of the W.T.F. podcast which showcases
horror and exploitation films, available in both audio and video versions. FANGORIA
spent some time chatting with Barnett and we discussed the groundbreaking
project, as well as her trajectory as an up-and-comer in the scream scene.
FANGORIA: Tell me a bit about what got you
into indie horror. Were you a fan, or was this just where your career took you?
BIANCA BARNETT: I have always been a huge
fan of horror movies! Because it is one of my favorite genres, I have enjoyed
being involved in the scene and meeting other fans. So far, I have done mostly
indie films but I would like to branch out into other genres and larger budget
films as well.
FANG: You won a Golden Cob award for Best
Rising B Movie Actress in 2011. First off, what does a win like that mean to
you? Second, who is your favorite B movie actress or the one that has
influenced you the most?
BARNETT: I was not expecting to win, let
alone be nominated. It truly meant the world to me to know that people
appreciate my work and want me to succeed. I don't know that I'd consider her a
B movie actress, but Chloe Sevigny is definitely one of my favorite actresses.
She has been in some great movies and I love her style and quirkiness.
FANG: How much do you have to love your art
to deal with all the craziness on indie sets?
BARNETT: I love acting more than almost
anything in the world! I have worked on enough sets (both large and small) to
be prepared for anything. I mentally prepare for very long work days. As a rule
of thumb, I double the time that they say they need me because eight hours
easily turns into sixteen! I have seen just about everything imaginable, so I
think it is safe to say that it is very difficult to shock me.
FANG: How did you get involved with
EXPERIMENTS IN KILLING?
BARNETT: I had heard about it through our
podcast network, Horror Palace. I thought it was a very interesting concept
with a great script. Also, they are filming in New Jersey and I have wanted to
work more on the east coast because I love it here so much.
FANG: Had you seen Joseph Christiana’s work
BARNETT: No, but after I saw clips of his
prior work, I knew that he was very talented.
FANG: Tell us what we can expect from your
role in EXPERIMENTS?
BARNETT: It will be different from what
most of my fans have seen me in prior, which is fantastic because it gives me
the opportunity to show that I have range as an actress. I don't want to give
away too much more!
FANG: Do you trust the fans on the podcast
to make some the decisions they will be called on to make? Is the concept
intimidating at all?
BARNETT: Horror fans are the ultimate! They
are so loyal and knowledgeable about the genre. I trust that they will make
some great suggestions. If not, I will personally hunt them down and terrorize
them one by one!
FANG: In five years
if all goes well, where do I find Bianca?
BARNETT: Hopefully on the big screen making
some killer flicks!
Can’t get enough Bianca? Head on over to
her official website for more.
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