Bayview Entertainment has selected Feb. 23 as the DVD debut date for writer/director Holly Mollohan’s intense abuse drama, My Autopsy.
Back in 2011, Mollohan began entering her script for My Autopsy into various competitions, and it piled up a list of impressive awards and citations, including the Silver Ace Award at the Las Vegas International Film Festival in 2011 and the Award of Excellence at the 2012 edition of the Canada International Film Festival.
You would think that the script would have found some backers, gone into production and would have long-since been released on DVD. Didn’t happen, and in retrospect that was not a bad thing as Mollohan honed her film filmmaking skills with directing, editing and producing numerous short films and music videos for Byzantine and Voices of Anatole.
These music videos piled-up a ton of awards, including wins at the Great Lakes Film Festival (Best Music Video: The Existential Gentlemen: Devil in the White City), Queen City Film Festival (Best Music Video: Byzantine: New Ways to Bear Witness) and five wins at the West Virginia Filmmakers Film Festival between 2007 and 2019.
She learned the craft, and with indie financing produced, directed and edited My Autopsy. Yes, it took a decade from inception to release, but the wait is well worth it.
Rachel (Gareth Tidball), just 24-years old, is in a dark, abusive relationship with the charismatic Vince (Dave Stishan), a local musician. He can be sweet, sensual and loving one minute and the next brutal, manipulative and cruel. It’s a cycle that seems to have no end.
She does work up the courage to walk away, but just being physically separated from Vince is a start, but as she learns, it is just a start. He loves to play “mind games” with her. She is, after all, his “property.” The mental abuse, as she discovers, is every bit, if not more so, destructive as the physical assaults.
What filmmaker Holly Mollohan has crafted, with My Autopsy, is an intense look at the trauma of an abusive relationship and what it takes, physically and emotionally, to finally break free. The movie is a rollercoaster ride of emotions, blessed with top-of-the-line production values and a solid soundtrack … and, of course, more festival awards were garnered for the finished film, including Best Feature Film at the 2020 GenreBlast Film Festival (you would expect nothing less).
Feb. 23, on DVD, My Autopsy from Bayview Entertainment. Mark it down.