Tonjia Isn’t Afraid To Get Disturbing To Tell Her Story

She uses blood as her muse

Tonjia Atomic has a knack for mixing reality with the allure of Horror.  Tonjia Atomic has joined Horrors of the PNW for a second year.  She isn’t afraid to turn to the dark side to tell her story.  She uses blood as both her muse and her ink to spin her tales.

DP:This is your 2nd year being involved with the Horrors of the PNW series. What surprises should we anticipate for the segments you are part of?
TA: Last year, I co-wrote and co-directed Just A Prick. It was created as a blood drive PSA for Jen and Sylvia Soska and Women in Horror Month. This year we also made a PSA, 333: Illuminaughty. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever done before. I also worked on Mother’s Day: Cicadas. That one is a powerful story written by Michelle Nessk with great performances by Michelle and Barbara Magnolfi.

DP: Your found footage film 333: Illuminaughty has been described as a real world immersion project that focuses on a missing persons case. What was filming like?
TA: Illuminaughty was like nothing I’ve ever done before. I’ve done improv, but due to the nature of the project, the filming went so smoothly. We immersed ourselves in the characters and real-world locations. It was a lot of fun. Michelle and I worked seamlessly together on this one. It flowed very naturally. The other actors worked really well with us too, so there was a cohesion to the whole experience.

DP: For Mother’s Day: Cicadas you are directing Michelle Nessk’s (O. Unilateralis) acting scenes, whereas Michelle directed Barbara Magnolfi’s (Suspira). This seems very unusual. Was the intention behind this to capture the combining of the two worlds of the Mother and Daughter? And what, if anything, can you tell us about that particular story?
TA:I don’t want to give away too much because Michelle’s script is so powerful. I will say that it’s a dark and disturbing story. It may seem unconventional to split the direction between two actors, but Michelle and I work so symbiotically together that it works well. We appreciate one another’s styles and find that there is a world where they work together. Mother’s Day: Cicadas will live in that world.

DP:There have been some rumors going around that your next project is disturbing. The word “disgusting” has been thrown around quite a bit. What can you tell your fans about that?
TA: Since not everything is set in stone yet for that one, I can’t say too much. I will say that it will be bloody, very bloody. In fact, one character will be very, very bloody. Michelle Nessk will be handling the blood effects for that one and I can’t wait for the blood to flow! I’ll hint that it’s a project I’ve been trying to get off the ground for a long time and I’m happy that it’s finally going to happen.

DP:Your involvement with Horrors of the PNW last year was the short film Just a Prick starring Tristan Risk (Rabid) and Weston Halvorson (My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult). But it also had another focus, much like 333: Illuminaughty, can you please tell us about that shared aspect between the two films?
TA: There is a larger mythos that both of these projects are a part of. The characters exist in multiple forms so each project also works as stand-alone projects. We’re working on a full feature version of 333: Illuminaughty and that will also include the mythos.

If you’d like to know more about Tonjia, you can visit her  website.  You can also learn more about the sequel to Manos, Manos Returns.  I’d also like to credit Jospeh Traina for creating the awesome image you see as the main image.





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