SKIN premiered at Fantasia Film Festival in a block of all female directed genre films titled, "Born of Woman," which went on to screen at festivals and theatres around the country. Other festivals include Cucalorus, Final Girls Festival Berlin, and Nitehawk.
"Jessica Makinson’s SKIN is a dark, kinky interlude from a brilliant debuting filmmaker in which an intimate gift arrives in the mail from a past lover, rekindling dormant emotions and impulses."
-Mitch Davis (Co-Festival Director + Co-Director of International Programming Fantasia International Film Festival)
“...short but aberrant, Skin, offers its own peculiar fetish in how it looks at cheating, where a man and his mistress exchange cast-off skin and hair to tide themselves over between illicit encounters. It is rather slight, but it will make your gag reflex jump without the use of any loud noises, only the quiet perversions of the human experience.”
- Kurt Halfyard CONTRIBUTING WRITER; Screenanarchy.com (@TRIFLIC)
“At only 5 minutes, Jessica Makinson’s Skin is the shortest film in the showcase — yet it’s the one that stuck with me the most. Equal parts gross and engrossing, Skin follows two people having an affair…sort of. Soaking in the bathtub, a young woman peels a layer of dead skin from the heel of her foot, and mails it to a man. The man then carries it around like a holy relic, and even pops it into his mouth at times. He, in turn, cuts off some of his hair and mails it to the woman who sent him the skin. These characters never share the screen together, yet through the performances, and editing, filmmaker Makinson is perfectly able to capture a sense of intimacy between the “couple.” This is a remarkable little film.”
-Chris Evangelista for CutPrintFilm.com Twitter @cevangelista413
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