Good For Her: Exploring Our Relationship with Hysterical Women in Horror with Kitty Byrge

Since early Western Civilization femininity has been tied to stories of madness. Historically, our uterus is the genesis to instability and the source of female wickedness. This presentation examines some of the history of the film trope, the “hysterical woman” and its effect on modern pop culture. This presentation is part of the Women in Film Series taking place March 7th - 10th at Sidewalk Cinema. *This is a "pay what you can" event, with the suggested price of $10. Ticket sales from this event will go towards Education and Outreach programs*

Kayla Kitty Byrge is the director of Huntsville’s first horror film festival. Hauntsville, Alabama screened slashers by north-Alabama filmmakers and also featured a night highlighting women in horror. The festival is the only horror film festival run by a women in the southeast. All but two of the volunteers were women and females dominated the organizing team. The event was completely funded by sponsors and was free to the public. Kitty organizes local monthly horror screenings and events and focuses on inclusivity and diversity.

As a proud AMC A-List member and Letterboxd Patron, Kitty can be found in her local theater in her spare time and then logging her Letterboxd in the parking lot. Kitty was also recently a winner in Sidewalk’s Bad Movie Marathon. “The Witch of Five Points” lives in her historic craftsman home surrounded by her vintage Halloween collection and her four feline familiars.

Sidewalk’s Women In Film Week will feature important, innovative and influential films directed or written by women. This celebration of Women in Film will acknowledge the important artistic and technical contributions made by females in the industry. In addition to first run and retrospective film screenings, the week will offer related panels, workshops, networking/social activities – creating space for the entire community, filmmakers and audiences alike.