The directorial debuts of two notable genre producers will be showcased at this year’s Frontières International Co-Production Market in Montreal, it was announced today. The films are The Ranger, which will be co-written and directed by Jenn Wexler, and We Summon the Darkness, which will be the first solo movie from Roxanne Benjamin. The script for We Summon the Darkness is written by Alan Trezza, whose credits include writing 2014’s Joe Dante-directed horror-comedy Burying the Ex.
Wexler was among the producers of director Mickey Keating’s recent Must List-approved ghost tale Darling as well as the same director’s recently-wrapped Psychopaths. Benjamin, meanwhile, was one of the behind-the-scenes folks responsible for both the V/H/S horror anthology series and this year’s Southbound, another multi-yarn shocker which Benjamin also co-directed with David Bruckner (The Signal), among others.
Frontières is a movie market which seeks to stimulate the co-production and co-financing of genre films and takes place July 21–24, as part of the Fantasia International Film Festival. Among the other projects being showcased at the event are a TV series based on the book House of Psychotic Women and a film to be directed by My Bloody Valentine filmmaker George Mihalka called Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump.
You can see the trailers for Darling (which features some strobe-like editing) and Southbound, below.