The H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival® - Los Angeles
The Warner Grand Theatre San Pedro, CA
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The H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival® - Los Angeles
September 28-29-30, 2012
NOTE: This weekend will be "Carmageddon II" where the 405 freeway will be closed between the 10 and 101. However, the 110 freeway, which is the most direct route to San Pedro, will be open, and the festival will continue. For weary travelers looking to rest their cars for the weekend, we have a special discount with the nearby Crowne Plaza hotel (details below). Make the HPLFF a mini-vacation!
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 third year the HPLFF-LA® plays at the classic art deco Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro, California.
The HPLFF-LA® is partnered with the Grand Vision Foundation, a nonprofit 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.
Tickets purchased here are cheaper than at the door.
FREE PARKING Guests of the HPLFF-LA can park for free at the lot located behind the Industrial Paint building at the corner of 5th and Palos Verdes St. (see here). There is a free trolley that picks up passengers at the corner of 6th and Palos Verdes (the Crowne Plaza hotel) at 4:20, 5:20, 6:09, 6:29, 7:09, and 7:29 in the afternoon and evening. Tell the driver you are going to the Warner Grand Theatre.
11:15pm to 1am - A post-festival party as the Whale & Ale brings us a happy hour menu and prices: $4 English tap beers, house wines, cocktails & a special Happy Hour food menu. Plus Lovecraft pub trivia with prizes!
SATURDAY SPECIAL EVENTS Noon to 4 pm - Brunch 'n Fun at the nearby Grand Vision Annex. Enjoy a delicious catered breakfast from Happy Diner along with indie Lovecraftian games, spooky author readings, story time, digital art show and the inimitable Cthulhu Prayer Breakfast led by Cody Goodfellow. BRUNCH N' FUN NOW FORTIFIED WITH SWAG BAGS!!! THIS IS A SEPARATELY TICKETED EVENT. PURCHASE TICKETS WITH YOUR FESTIVAL TICKETS. Admission includes food but not alcoholic drinks. Cash bar for 21+, bring photo ID. Special Musical guest: Hello, the Future
11:30 pm to 2am - The post-fest party at the Grand Vision Annex. Cash bar.
SUNDAY SPECIAL EVENT The Lash of St. Francis This is a mystery/scavenger hunt H.P. Lovecraft-themed LARP that will take place on foot in Downtown San Pedro on Sunday, September 30th starting at 11:30 AM. Players will form teams to look for clues and collect objects at various locations in and around downtown San Pedro. Cost is $5 per team (2-5 players).
Theater Schedule Friday September 28 - doors open at 7pm
Macabre Fantasy Radio Theater will present a live audio drama of The Statement of Randolph Carter
Saturday - doors open at 4pm The Real Ghostbusters episode "The Collect Call of Cathulhu" (1987) - Written by Michael Reaves, this is the first introduction of Cthulhu to the small screen, and a classic, landmark episode where the Ghostbusters must track down a stolen copy of the Necronomicon.
South Park: The Coon Trilogy - uncut and uncensored, the kids take on Great Cthulhu himself after he was summoned from BP drilling on the moon.
Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated: "The Shrieking Madness" -- Following the break-up of Mystery Inc., the gang moves on with their lives by touring a nearby university, but the campus is terrorized by a mysterious creature known as Char Gar Gothakon, whose screams can destroy anything in its path. With the voices of Jeffrey Combs as "H.P. Hatecraft" and Harlan Ellison as Himself.
The Evil Clergyman - A restored video from a film lost for more than 20 years! Based on Lovecraft's excerpt from a letter describing a dream he had, Charles Band directed a Dennis Paoli script featuring Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, David Warner and David Gale. A Southern California premiere weeks before the official Full Moon Pictures DVD release. Part of an anthology film that was never released...until now! Read more here
GUESTS Our special guest for 2012 is Michael Reaves, a writer known for scripting series such as Batman: The Animated Series, Star Trek: The Next Generation and The Twilight Zone. An anthology he co-edited with John Pelan, Shadows Over Baker Street, features Sherlock Holmes stories set in the world of Lovecraft. Mr. Reaves will receive the Howie Award for his contributions to Lovecraft cinema, penning The Real Ghostbusters episode "The Collect Call of Cathulhu", the first time Cthulhu appeared on television.
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 the front desk at 310-519-8200 and say you are with the Lovecraft festival.
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.
The Warner Grand Theatre (View)
478 W. 6th Street (at Pacific)
San Pedro, CA 90731