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Karlee is a Portland-based film director and producer dedicated to carving out an inclusive space for women and queer individuals within the indie film world. Her artistic style is self-described as a fusion of 'retro aesthetics with a modern sensibility,' reflecting Karlee’s deep appreciation for the 1980s, alternative rock, and feminist horror.

With a keen eye for storytelling, Karlee focuses on narratives that delve into the complexities of womanhood, queerness, and growing up – often through a distinctly female lens. Since her entry to filmmaking in 2017, Karlee has produced on a diverse range of projects from music videos to narrative shorts and, most recently, feature films. Her first feature, Trash Baby, an indie drama directed by Jacy Mairs, wrapped filming in July 2023 and is currently in post-production.

In 2023, Karlee also completed her debut short, the coming-of-age horror film NIGHT SHIFT. The film premiered at Portland Horror in June 2023 where it received the “Devil’s Discord” award for best original score and sound mixing. NIGHT SHIFT has since screened at festivals across the Pacific Northwest, including the inaugural Queer Screams Film Fest, Oregon Independent, and Tacoma Film Festival.

Photography by Molly Dorna.



Interview with Indie Horror Filmmaker Karlee Boon, Hear Us Scream


31 Short Horror Films Available Online Right Now, Flip Screened

“While flirting with tropes from monster, slasher, and camp films from the 1970s and ’80s, Camp Calypso simultaneously pays tribute to its inspirations whilst presenting something new and playfully made with love for the genre.”​

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