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Teen director puts new spin on vampire romance in third feature

Emily Hagins, 19, directed her first film at age 12; her latest, “My Sucky Teen Romance,” comes to DVD on Sept. 4.
by Matthew Price Published: August 31, 2012

Her time directing her first feature film, “Pathogen,” became the story of the documentary, “Zombie Girl: The Movie.”

Her second film was a mystery, “The Retelling.”

Her third, out on DVD on Tuesday, features geeks versus vampires, and was partially funded through the crowdfunding site Indiegogo. She said it was helpful in raising funds, especially with the short timeline she was working under to turn this film around during the window for a film playing on the “Twilight” zeitgeist.

“I think there's room in the future for crowdfunding to exist with ways people have been making movies before,” she said.

Though she's a young filmmaker, she'd rather people focus on the second word in that phrase.

“I want to move past the idea that I'm just a young kid filmmaker,” she said. “I like to use my young perspective to tell my stories because I feel like that's what I have to offer ... (but) I would much rather people look at the films as the films. I don't want people to say ‘That was pretty good, for a kid.'”

Following “My Sucky Teen Romance,” Hagins' next film is a John Hughes-influenced film about a goofy teen, set on Halloween.

"My Sucky Teen Romance" is available on DVD, Blu-ray Disc, iTunes and On Demand.
by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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