Crowdfunding Pick: Best Friends Forever

“We wanted to see women as heroes, but also as villains.”

Siân Melton
Aug 15, 2018 · 10 min read
“Best Friends Forever” still

Nancy’s back from the grave and she’s just DYING to make some new friends!

If that isn’t worthy of your hard-earned dollars, I don’t know what is. And it just so happens that BFF is crowdfunding for post-production and can use all the dollars and support it can get. We chatted with the the writer/directors and—full disclosure—our pals Emily Gagne and Josh Korngut of Spooky B Films about the project.

Directors Josh Krognut and Emily Gagne with actress Katelyn Wells

Tell us about BFF! Where did the idea come from?

Emily Gagne: Josh and I met in Grade 1 and spent a lot of elementary school bonding over scary movies and series, gravitating towards female-driven stories (I have the fondest memories of us rehashing Buffy at recess). And while we idolized — and still do — final girls, we often talked about how we wished we could see more horror movies that centred entirely on women. We wanted to see women as heroes, but also as villains.

BFF features an all-female cast (and the majority of the crew are women too)! Can you speak to why this was important for the film?

EG: As a woman who didn’t even consider filmmaking as a viable career option until my mid-twenties, I think it’s extremely important for women to see themselves represented both in front of and behind the camera. I know there are going to be more movies with mainly male crews and featuring mainly male casts made. Why not make something different, something that’s going to speak to people like me and, hopefully, make them feel like they can do this too?

“Best Friends Forever” | Addison Holley, Nicole Samantha Huff, Michelle Coburn

BFF -looks- incredible, particularly the lighting design. Can you walk us through how you came up with the visuals, from brainstorm to execution?

JK: We were just sent the colour-corrected version of the film, and honestly, it made me emotional to watch. From Day 1, we had a spread of colours and visual inspirations that we wanted to accomplish, and I think we’ve really succeeded there visually.

Tell us about some/all of the other amazing women who are working on this film!

EG: First of all, we have to thank our powerhouse producers, Emily Andrews and Laura Nordin, for taking us under their wing. I met them through my day job at the Canadian Film Centre and we were thrilled to have them join our team in the pre-production stage, along with assistant director Gina Simone.

“Best Friends Forever” | Katelyn Wells as Candis

Tell us about why you are a feminist and why it’s important to your filmmaking.

EG: I’m a feminist because I want to see women succeed. I want them to have the opportunity to live, or at least try for, their dreams. We have been denied that for far too long. Some women more than others.

What three people, living or dead, would you invite to your fantasy dinner party?

JK: I’m super obsessed with the podcast You Must Remember This? right now, which recently did a series documenting the “Dead Blondes” of Old Hollywood. And I can’t stop thinking about it. So, I’m going with Jayne Mansfield, Veronica Lake and Marilyn Monroe. These women, all of whom met gruesome and untimely ends, probably had a much more interesting perspective of how old Hollywood worked then what we can surmise from what’s been left behind.

Recommend one #MUFFApproved film for our blog readers!

EG: Jennifer’s Body. I am a ride-or-die Diablo Cody fan (watching her Oscars acceptance speech was the first time I really realized I could make movies and be taken seriously!) and I think this film was really misunderstood on release. I will always be here for a horror film about female friendship directed by a woman (hey, Karyn Kusama!), especially one named after a Hole song.

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