Canadian Filmmaker Jovanka Vuckovic Set to Direct Riot Girls

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Canadian Filmmaker Jovanka Vuckovic Set to Direct Riot Girls

Multi-hyphenate artist Jovanka Vuckovic begins pre-production on Riot Girls

We just got word that Toronto-based filmmaker, writer and former Rue Morgue magazine editor-in-chief Jovanka Vuckovic has begun pre-production on the feature film Riot Girls.

Vuckovic won the 2012 Fantasia Film Festival Best Short award for The Captured Bird, which was executive produced by Guillermo del Toro. She also wrote and directed a segment for XX, the groundbreaking all-female horror anthology produced by XYZ Films to be released by Magnet Releasing in 2017. She’s scheduled to direct the feature adaptation of Clive Barker’s Jacqueline Ess as well as All My Heroes Are Dead, a thriller based on an original screenplay by Vuckovic.

Riot Girls is written by Katherine Collins, who is currently working on the upcoming Netflix series Lost In Space to be directed by Neil Marshall and was a writer on the first season of the NBC hit Blindspot.

Here’s the synopsis: Set in a world where adults have mysteriously died and resources are scarce, Riot Girls tells the story of a teenage girl who is called to action when her brother is captured by rivals and set to be executed. Joined by the girl who has always loved her, and the boy who wants to love her, the threesome tear through the crumbling suburbs on a violent road marked by betrayal, sexual discovery, and brutal justice.

“I’ve always been attracted to films that break the rules,” says Vuckovic, who earlier this year opened her own tattoo parlor/art gallery with partner, artist Shane Faulkner, “Riot Girls isn’t a simple post apocalypse tale, a violent survivalist horror story, a queer romance, or a kid’s adventure film – it’s all of those things blended together beautifully. I look forward to bringing Katherine’s genre-bending, coming-of-rage love story to life onscreen.”

Jovanka Vuckovic is represented by Eric Feig Entertainment & Media Law. Riot Girls is a Clique Pictures production.