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Q&A with Jaanelle Yee, Director of “Sell Your Body”

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Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual level?
I have deeply bonded with Amos from Housebound on the spiritual plane because we’re both excitable nerds with a passion for trying to find ghosts. And we never do. 🙁

You’ve gotta go through some bad ideas to get to the good ones. How do you get past the bad ones to find your spark?
This is a hard one to determine because a ton of media I love and enjoy would be described as “bad ideas” by many. Bad ideas are fun! Maybe that’s how I get past it. I don’t linger at all on whether it’s a good or bad idea, I only think about whether it’s fun or not. I’m fine with potentially making a bad one because I’m comfortable with learning what doesn’t work for me. Failure doesn’t bother me as long as I had a good time making it and I think the fun we all have in production shines through in the final product, whether it’s “good” or “bad.”

Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
Yes, I do. Many of my most talented, supportive, and inspirational friends are people I met at horror conventions or film festivals. My favorite part of SELL YOUR BODY’s film festival circuit was getting to travel the world and connect with people I wouldn’t have met any other way! Besides, being scared together is an intimate experience – The horror community is the best environment to make fast friends!

When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
Mythology is my automatic go-to. For SELL YOUR BODY, I drew from the oral lore of my childhood and decided to write an updated spin on one of my favorite urban legends. I also look to my friends and family for inspiration in everything I do. Not to brag, but (totally bragging, they’re my pride in life) I know some god damn glittering personalities who bless me with their wildest personal stories.

What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
Hahaha. I’ve been living in it this entire time. SELL YOUR BODY is a story in which I condensed all the millennial anxieties my friend circle of mostly female 20-somethings are most fixated on—crippling student debt, only being qualified for jobs unrelated to what you got in all that debt for, dating in the digital age, exploring sexuality, and all the things that can go horribly wrong on a date with a stranger or two.

Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
Medusa, Medea, and Circe, but with sirens and maenads as the background hype squad. Only legends!

Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
Freddy – Lovecraft – Practical – Pre-Apocalypse

And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
American Psycho!