[The Week in Geek is a weekly Tuesday column that plunges headfirst into a deep pool of genre geekiness without ever coming up for air.]
Inspired by both the 'Twilight' craze and her own personal experiences at Minnesota's annual geekfest CONvergence, writer-director Emily Hagins has created one of the most anticipated features of SXSW 2011, 'My Sucky Teen Romance.' It's Emily's third feature film, a rom-com with a vampiric horror slant, and her most ambitious project yet. If your only exposure to Hagins is as the soft-spoken subject of the documentary 'Zombie Girl,' you might be surprised to see that the little girl has grown up into a confident adult director.
I've seen the transformation first-hand; 'My Sucky Teen Romance' is my third film as an actor for Emily. It's a one-line part this time out, but our working relationship made it easy to nab a relaxed interview with her, away from the craziness of downtown Austin during its busiest week of the year.