In two weeks, Warner Grand Theater in San Pedro will open its second annual H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival (September 16th and 17th). The festival celebrates the works of the famed science fiction and horror author through screenings of cinematic adaptations of his works created by filmmakers around the world.
The festival was originally founded in 1995 by Andrew Migliore in Portland Oregon to promote and encourage film and television adaptations of Lovecraft’s works as well as other weird tale writers like Edgar Allan Poe, M.R. James and Robert E. Howard.
Director Guillermo Del Toro (Hellboy, Pan’s Labryinth) will be the judge for this festival’s short film contest, while film veteran Roger Corman will be receiving the “Howie” award for his contribution to Lovecraft cinema. There will be exhibits of props, miniatures, set pieces, and costumes, as well as the cast and crew from the feature film The Whisperer in Darkness (2011), which will screen at the event. Some of the other films include The Haunted Palace (1963), Berkeley Square (1933), Cast A Deadly Spell (1991), and La Sombra Prohibidia (The Forbidden Shadow) (2010).
“This is a [type of] festival that I would love to attend as a fan,” said HPLFF organizer Aaron Vanek, “I hope the community of Lovecraft, horror, and weird tale fans in Southern California grows and grows, and that this festival inspires others to unleash their dark fantastical visions for next year’s fest.”
As for future plans, he added, “H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival® wil be held in Portland, Oregon, again in October this year (its home for the last fifteen years). 2012 will bring two Lovecraft fests: in Portland in May, and September will have it in San Pedro. We’ll be doing two per year from then on, with year round submissions. And hopefully we can expand to even more cities!”
H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets. Updated information is available at their official site, hplfilmfestival.com.
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The H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival® Returns to San Pedro:
Roger Corman and Guillermo Del Toro to be featured guests at Lovecraft-themed film festival
San Pedro, Calif. – On September 16 and 17, 2011, the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival® returns to the historic Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro for its second year. Sponsored by Bowen’s Spirits, this film festival celebrates the works of famed American science fiction and horror writer H.P. Lovecraft through screenings of cinematic adaptations of his work by professional and amateur filmmakers from around the world.
This year’s festival will feature legendary film icon Roger Corman, who will receive the “Howie” award for his contributions to Lovecraft cinema. There will also be a short film contest that will be judged by celebrated filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro (Hellboy, Pan’s Labryinth). In addition to the films there will be literary discussions and readings by Lovecraft-inspired authors Cody Goodfellow, Jenna Pitman, Micheal Shea, Ted E. Grau, Michael Tice and screenwriter C. Courtney Joyner.
The festival marks the 80th anniversary of the Warner Grand Theatre and The H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival® has partnered with the Grand Vision Foundation to preserve and promote the historic theater. It is also the 80th anniversary of the publication of Lovecraft’s story “The Whisperer in Darkness” in Weird Tales magazine. In celebration, the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society is planning a special exhibit of the props, miniatures, set pieces and costumes from their first feature film The Whisperer In Darkness as well as a special screening of the film which will close out the 2011 festival.
The Haunted Palace (1963) – Directed by Roger Corman and starring Vincent Price, this is the first Lovecraft adaptation to appear on the silver screen. It is based on Lovecraft’s short story “The Case of Charles Dexter Ward.” Following the film will be a Q&A with film legend Roger Corman.
Berkeley Square (1933) – A rare screening of a film that Lovecraft watched four times and inspired him to write “The Shadow Out of Time.”
Cast A Deadly Spell (1991) – (20th Anniversary screening) An HBO original movie that takes place in neo-noir Los Angeles featuring Fred Ward as H.P. Lovecraft, who is hired to investigate a mysterious missing book. Screenwriter Joseph Dougherty will host a Q&A after the film.
La Sombra Prohibidia (The Forbidden Shadow) (2010) – This Spanish film is the second part of The Valdemar Legacy directed by Jose Luis Aleman. This is an action film with cameos from Lovecraft and one of his most famous creations, the Great Cthulhu.
The Whisperer in Darkness (2011) – The first feature film from the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society, The Whisperer in Darkness follows folklore professor Albert Wilmarth as he investigates legends of strange creatures in the remote hills of Vermont. Filmed in the style of classic 1930s horror films such as Frankenstein, Dracula and King Kong, The Whisperer in Darkness returns audiences to the golden age of movies for a thrilling adventure of supernatural horror.
This festival is presented courtesy of the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival® and Lurker Films (www.lurkerfilms.com).
More information available at: http://www.hplfilmfestival.com
Tickets available via Brown Paper Tickets at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/169287 or via Brown Paper Ticket’s 24/7 Ticket Hotline at: 1-800-838-3006.