The H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival® - Los Angeles
The H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival® promotes the works of famed American science fiction and horror author H.P. Lovecraft through motion pictures by both professionals and amateurs, current and classic, national and international. The festival was founded in 1995 by Andrew Migliore in Portland Oregon to promote and encourage film and television adaptations of Lovecraft's great works and other, similar weird tale writers such as Edgar Allan Poe, M.R. James and Robert E. Howard.
This is the second year the HPLFF® has played at the classic art deco Warner Grand Theater in San Pedro, California.
DATES & TIMES
7 p.m. to midnight, Friday, September 16
4 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, September 17
Full weekend passes and single night passes available.
In addition to the full weekend pass, VIP ticket buyers have PRIVATE access to mix and mingle with the filmmakers, artists, authors, vendors and guests of the festival at a reception on Friday Sept. 16, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Grand Vision Foundation Annex, located 50 feet from the theater.
VIPs also get first glance at a special exhibit of props, miniature sets, etc., from the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society from their debut feature, The Whisperer in Darkness.
This event is catered by Small Pleasures Catering. Our sponsor, Bowen's Spirits, will offer free samples and cocktails of their upcoming debut whiskey as well as other complimentary libations.
Menu (included in ticket price): fresh fruit & cheese, bruschetta bar, grilled corn salad with goat cheese and avocados, jerk chicken skewers with tamarind chutney, sweet potato biscuits with pulled pork in Southern BBQ sauce
A special gift bag of Mythos goodies will also be given to all VIP ticket holders. VIP tickets include full weekend festival pass. LIMITED QUANTITY AVAILABLE, ORDER YOURS NOW.
The HPLFF® is in partnership with the Grand Vision Foundation, a non profit volunteer-run 501(c)(3) organization.
Grand Vision's mission is to preserve and promote the historic Warner Grand Theatre and foster artistic, cultural and educational activities in the Theatre and the Harbor/South Bay area of Los Angeles.
FILMS AND EVENTS
Legendary film icon Roger Corman will receive the "Howie" award for contributions to Lovecraft cinema this year. Regretfully, Mr. Corman had to cancel his appearance, but a video message of him accepting the award will be played.
Friday (in order of screening)
Whistle and I'll Come to You - A haunting adaptation of one of M.R. James' best works.
The Haunted Palace (1963) - The first Lovecraft adaptation on the silver screen, based on "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward". Directed by Roger Corman, starring Vincent Price.
Berkeley Square (1933) - Brand new 35mm print!
This was one of Lovecraft's favorite movies, which he watched four times and inspired him to write one of his best tales, "The Shadow Out of Time." Directed by Frank Lloyd (Mutiny on the Bounty), lead actor Leslie Howard received an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Peter Standish. Frank Lloyd's grandson will introduce the movie with some memorabilia from his grandfather's archive.
Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive.
These Friday night movies have content comparable to a PG movie: adult themes, violence and scary situations, but no swearing, nudity, or gore.
Saturday (in order of screening except where noted)
Cast a Deadly Spell (1991) - The 20th anniversary of HBO's original movie starring Fred Ward as Harry Phillip Lovecraft, a detective in 1948 Los Angeles, where everyone but him uses magic. He's tasked with locating the fabled Necronomicon. Screenwriter Joseph Dougherty and actor Peter Allas ("Det. Grimaldi") will participate in Q&A after the screening. (Rated R)
La Sombra Prohibida (The Forbidden Shadow) (2010, in Spanish with English subtitles) - From MCA/Universal Pictures International (Spain), this is the second part of the "The Valdemar Legacy", directed by José Luis Alemán. An action piece with cameos by Lovecraft and one of his greatest creations, the Great Cthulhu! (Rated R)
The latest and greatest short subject films from independent filmmakers (will play in different order, but all shorts play together):
Black Goat by Joseph Nanni
Call of Nature by Rick Tillman
Curse of Yig by Paul von Stoetzel
Idle Worship by Theo Stefanski
Pickman's Model by Michael Shlain
The Raven by Christopher Saphire & Don Thiel III
The Ritual by Will Wright
Shadow of the Unnamable by Sascha Renninger
Static Aeons by Gib Patterson
The best short film of the festival will be selected by director Guillermo del Toro! (Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy) Guillermo is in Toronto shooting his next picture, but recorded a video message announcing the winner.
The Whisperer in Darkness, the first feature from the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society, makers of the iconic adaptation of The Call of Cthulhu. A stunning adaptation of Lovecraft's story of unearthly noises in the Vermont hills. Q&A with the cast and crew to follow the screening.
2011 marks the 80th anniversary of the Warner Grand Theater, as well as the 80th anniversary of the publication of "The Whisperer in Darkness" by H.P. Lovecraft in Weird Tales magazine. To celebrate, the HPLHS is planning many special promotions and events at this festival, including an exhibit of their props, miniatures, set pieces, costumes, etc., along with cast and crew Q&A. Experience the new movie based on an 80-year-old story inside an 80-year-old theater!
Lovecraft authors Cody Goodfellow, Jenna Pitman, Ted E. Grau, Michael Tice, Denise Dumars, and screenwriter/movie maker C. Courtney Joyner will participate in a reading and literary discussion on Saturday from 2pm to 4pm at Williams Book Store, located across the street from the Warner, before the movies.
Vendors coming to the festival:
Famous Monsters of Filmland
The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society
Strange Aeons Magazine
Perilous Press & Mike Dubisch
Visitors can stay at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (three blocks from the Warner Grand in the historic district of San Pedro) at a discount. Call them directly and mention the Lovecraft Festival: 310-519-8200.
Our sponsor for the 2011 festival is Bowen's Spirits, makers of the soon-to-debut Bowen's whiskey, which 21+ attendees will be able to sample at the VIP reception
This festival is presented courtesy of the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival® and Lurker Films (www.lurkerfilms.com).
The Warner Grand Theatre is a facility of the City of Los Angeles, operated by the Department of Cultural Affairs.
Warner Grand Theater
478 West 6th Street
San Pedro, CA 90731-2632
|Minimum Age: 12|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|