Life has given Kimberly Seilhamer some conflicting messages. During a routine exam earlier this year, the Temecula-based screenwriter learned that she would require surgery to remove malignant growths in her neck.
But, fate had a new twist in mind for her.
While hospitalized with a near-death complication after surgery, Seilhamer received word that her independent film “Jack the Reaper” had won Best Film honors in the Horror/Sci-Fi Film genre at Cannes Independent Film Festival.
“I was definitely surprised (at the award),” said Seilhamer, noting that as word spread about the film, she was urged to submit it for consideration.
For Seilhamer, the timing was surreal.
The film, written and directed by Seilhamer, thrills and chills movie-goers with the tale of teens being terrorized by a blood-thirsty killer at an abandoned carnival.
“Everybody dances with the Reaper, and I feel like I am dancing with the Reaper right now,” Seilhamer said, referring to her recent health troubles.
Despite the time it is taking for her to recover her strength, Seilhamer said she plans to take this new turn of events and run with it.
“Ultimately, the legacy I will leave behind is the Baakari Foundation. It’s been set up as an amazing charity and I want it to do well,” Seilhamer said.
Incorporated in 2007, the Baakari Foundation seeks to build animal sanctuaries, provide domestic and wild animal rescue, and bring attention to the abuse of Premarin horses.
“I see us as a sweeping force that can introduce change. I am really passionate about (this foundation),” Seilhamer said.
Numerous projects that will support and grow awareness of the charity are lined up, including a magic show by famed mentalist Jay Alexander 7:30 p.m. Aug. 20 at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater.
Seilhamer is also already at work on a sequel to “Jack the Reaper” titled “Domain of Moloch.”
“I am working hard to build this foundation up. I am moving forward,” Seilhamer said.
Kerri S. Mabee can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow me on Twitter at SWRNNaelife.