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My Animal with a crash course in Horror Makeup

Opens on April 27

Run Time: 104 min. Release Year: 2023

Doors at 4 p.m.; Talk at 4:30 p.m.; Film at 4:50 p.m. Tickets $15.
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Audience Advisory: This film contains strobe effects and may potentially trigger seizures. Viewer discretion is advised.


Step into a world of werewolf terror and love with director Jacqueline Castel’s new horror film My Animal. Local character makeup artist Christina Kortum will give a peak behind the curtain of the fantastical world of horror makeup.

ON SCREEN: My Animal

2023. Directed by Jacqueline Castel. Runtime: 104 minutes. Rated R.
Bobbi Salvör Menuez (Euphoria) and Amandla Stenberg (Bodies Bodies Bodies) star in this genre-bending supernatural love story. Tormented by a hidden family curse, Heather is forced to live a secluded life on the outskirts of a small town. When she falls for the rebellious Jonny, their connection threatens to unravel Heather’s suppressed desires, tempting her to unleash the animal within. 

ON STAGE: Christina Kortum of Ravenous Studios

Christina has been working in the film and entertainment industry since 2006, on projects located around the world. You have seen her work on such shows as NBC’s Grimm, Portlandia, Leverage, The Librarians, as well as numerous independent feature films. With her prior background in manufacturing production planning, she also has years of experience with supervising teams, organizing projects, managing budgets, and meeting deadlines.

The road leading Christina becoming an effects artist was not the typical one. After receiving a degree in Creative Arts from San Jose State, she found herself going into information technology instead of the art career she had planned. Years of working in the chemical manufacturing industry led to a mixed skill-set of network engineering, database design, production planning, and management . She moved to Portland and started dabbling in independent film nights and weekends.

This eventually rolled into the creative career in the arts she had always dreamed of when she got the opportunity to join the special effects makeup team on NBC’s Grimm. For the next six years she enjoyed doing special effects makeup application and prop creation for the show under department head Barney Burman. Post Grimm she expanded Ravenous Studios and started department heading such shows as Netflix’s Everything Sucks and supervising special makeup effects on Girl In The Woods on Peacock.

Recently she was a recipient of a Makeup Artist Guild Awards for her contribution to Kerry Herta’s team creating the 2022 American Horror Story Double Feature promo and 2023 American Horror Stories Dollhouse promos for FX.


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