I Am a Ghost
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|I Am a Ghost|
|Directed by||H.P. Mendoza|
|Produced by||Mark Del Lima|
|Written by||H.P. Mendoza|
|Music by||H.P. Mendoza|
|Edited by||H.P. Mendoza|
|Distributed by||Gravitas Ventures, Ersatz Film|
I Am a Ghost, is a 2012 American horror film directed by H.P. Mendoza. It debuted at the 2012 San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival.
During an indeterminable time period, Emily (Anna Ishida), a troubled ghost who died, haunts her own Victorian house every day, wondering why she can't leave. With the help of Sylvia, (Jeannie Barroga), a clairvoyant hired to rid the house of spirits, Emily is forced into a 'patient/therapist' relationship, uncovering disturbing mysteries about her past that may help her move on to 'the next place'.
The film cost roughly $10,000 with a substantial amount of it raised on Kickstarter, $7500 of which was for actual production.
In the year end wrap up, SF Weekly said of I Am a Ghost, "Real horror...if every first effort in a genre is this good, we encourage his restlessness." while Tim Sika of the San Francisco Film Critics Circle called it "Brilliant. Like Kubrick, Bergman, Hitchcock and Fincher combined."
In a more mixed review, while Dennis Harvey of Variety called it "Haunting. Cleverly conceived [and] artfully crafted" he makes note that the film is "a bit of a slog at times getting to the point at which the suspense kicks up a few notches."
Best of Lists
- Top 10 Films of 2012 - National Film Society
- Best of 2012 Performers - Asia Pacific Arts
- Best Films of 2012 - Asia Pacific Arts
- Best of 2012 - The Conduit Speaks
- Best Directors of 2012 - The Conduit Speaks
- Best of 2012 - Dallas Voice
- Top 10 Films of 2012 - All Things Horror
- Best of 2012 - Film Bizarro
- Top 10 Best Horror 2012 - Planet of Terror
- Best of 2012 - Horror Director - SF Weekly
- Best of 2012 - MIX Film Festival Mexico 2012
- BEST ACTRESSES OF 2012 - MIX Film Festival Mexico 2012
- Best Picture - Bram Stoker International Film Festival 2012
- Best Horror Film - PollyGrind Film Festival
- Best Film - Audience Award - NOCTURNA: Madrid International Fantastic Film Festival
- Best Film - Audience Award - Samain du cinéma fantastique de Nice
- Best Director - Audience Award - Samain du cinéma fantastique de Nice
- Best Horror Director - SF Weekly 2012
- Best Horror Director - Tucson Terrorfest 2012
- Best Actress - Tucson Terrorfest 2012
- Best Actress - Horror Festival of Molins de Rei
- Special Jury - Best Actress - MIX Film Festival Mexico 2012
- "I Am a Ghost on Kickstarter".
- SF Weekly (2012-05-18). "Best New Horror Director - 2012".
- KGO Radio (2013-03-09). "Play Now".
- Variety (2013-03-09). "I Am a Ghost".
- Mike McCarthy (2012-10-30). "Bram Stoker International Film Festival in Whitby".
- Sam Santiago (2012-10-27). "Las Vegas's POLLYGRIND Film Festival announces full list of winners".
- Terrorfest (2012-10-22). "Award Winners 2012".