100 Creatives 2014: Tiffany Heath, Filmmaker, Will Scare the Pants Off You
What She Does: Tiffany Heath doesn't look like she's possessed of the kind of darkness that can make a seasoned horror film reporter go turn on all the lights in the house and consider taking up day drinking. By her own admission she's a forty-something-year-old girl who lives in an old antebellum farmhouse on six acres of land with my chickens, husband, dogs, garden, and children. Mostly, she spends her days feeding all of the aforementioned people, animals, and vegetation, but in her spare moments you can find her at Agora shedding her Donna Reed guise and exploring deep darkness, gore and childhood trauma.
Heath recently completed writing, directing, producing, and starring in the film Spavine, for which you can watch the trailer above. Heath plays Darcy, a woman who sleepwalks through constant nightmares because she can't past the terrible child abuse inflicted on her by her mother. She and her therapist return to Darcy's abandoned homestead in an attempt to face her demons, but it turns out the demons are not going down without a fight. This is one film you're going to want to put on your to-watch list.
Why She Likes It: "At my core, I am a writer. As isolating as that process is, crafting the story is the most fulfilling part of the creative endeavor to me. I feel a particularly strong pull to this part of the art as it is the most critical and the aspect that tends to get the least attention and emphasis in the indie film world."
What Inspires Her: Out on her land Heath gets to commune with nature. Unlike most of the artists that say that nature inspires them, Heath embraces the full life cycle. She likes to watch things grow, but she is also fascinated by the way things decay and die. Bones fascinate her in particular, and you can see how the concepts of growth and rot duel in her finished work.
She also draws strongly from artists that she likes. These include Edward Gorey, David Fincher, Charles Baudelaire, Park Chan-Wook, John Coltrane, Christopher Nolan, Socrates, Arthur Rimbaud, and Balthus. The films that have stayed with her are Fight Club, Old Boy, True Romance, American Psycho, Seven and Bullhead.
If Not This, Then What: "I'd be a shrimp boat captain. I have a tremendous fear and awe of the sea. I feel most alive when I'm sweating and doing something physical so pulling in the nets would be my bliss."
(Author's Note: Officially the weirdest answer to this question I have ever received.)
If Not Here, Then Where: Heath wants either her 100-year-old farmhouse out in Crosby or a loft minutes from downtown Houston. As long as she has either of those things to connect her to what she loves best she's happy. No suburbs, thank you very much.
What's Next: "I'm thrilled with the response I've been getting from distributors for my latest terror feature Spavine. I can't wait to hit the festival circuit and see how an audience responds to my throwback to the Hitchcock thriller meets Texas Chainsaw Massacre."
More Creatives for 2014 (In order of most recently published; click here for the full page). Jonathan Pidcock, Jewelry Maker Mallory Bechtel, actor, singer, dancer Janine Hughes, visual artist Nyssa Juneau, artist John Merritt, artist Leslie Scates, choreographer and dance educator Denise O'Neal, producer, director, playwright Jason Poland, cartoonist Courtney Sandifer, filmmaker, actor, writer Lloyd Gite, gallery owner Henry Yau, The Children's Museum of Houston's publicity and promotions guru Angeli Pidcock, fantasy writer and mentor Jennifer Mathieu, author Scott Chitwood, writer Anat Ronen, urban artist Amber Galloway Gallego, rockstar and sign language interpreter Michael Weems, playwright Lane Montoya, artist Jordan Simpson, SLAM poet Joey & Jaime, designers Suzi Taylor, photographer Ashton Miyako, dressmaker T. Smith, artistLindsay Finnen, photographer Kaitlyn Stanley, tattoo artist Eleazar Galindo Navarro, video game maker Kate de Para, textile and clothing designer Shawn Swanner, video game painter Andy Gonzales, painter Chris Foreman, comic book sketcher Theresa DiMenno, photographer Jessica E. Jones, opera singer Atseko Factor, actor John Pluecker, writer, poet and language justice worker Ricky Ortiz, painter, tattoo artist Rabēa Ballin, artist David Wald, actor Lisa E. Harris, performing and visual artist Stephanie Todd Wong, executive director of Dance Source Houston Pamela Fagan Hutchins, novelist Heather Gordy, artist Mark Nasso, comic artist Shelbi-Nicole, artist Marian Szczepanski, novelist Jonathan Blake, fashion designer Doni Langlois, interior designer Kat Denson, dancer Blame the Comic, comedian Margaret Menchaca Alvarez, artist Jacquelyne Jay Boe, dancer Rene Fernandez, painter Teresa Chapman, choreographer and dancer
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