The 2015 H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival & CthulhuCon®-San Pedro
The H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival & CthulhuCon®-San Pedro
May 1-3, 2015
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 sixth year the HPLFF®-SP plays at the classic art deco Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro, California. We moved the date of this year and all subsequent festivals to the first weekend of May, but it is in the same place as before. Our theme this year is Lovecraft's story "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward".
Please note that the information presented here is as current as can get it. We will continue to update this site with the latest news, but feel free to check our website as well.
All attendees of the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival & CthulhuCon®-San Pedro are expected to abide by the Event Code of Conduct.
CAN'T ATTEND? CHECK OUT OUR "THERE IN SPIRIT" TICKET
If you can't physically make it to the Warner Grand Theatre, you can still join the festival remotely. This ticket will allow you access to our LiveStream of performances and events, exclusive backstage interviews, plus special online access to as many of our short films as we can get. You also get our program and a raffle ticket to possibly win something!
Each VIP ticket (good for the whole weekend) comes with reserved seating section in the theater, backstage access, a "Reel Pass" souvenir token as a ticket, the HPLFF®-SP 2015 official poster, and brunch on Sunday (not including drinks or gratuity).
For the second time we'll have a Secret Screening of unnamable movies at a hidden location within walking distance of the Warner Grand Theatre. This will occur betwixt the witching hours of late Saturday and early Sunday. All attendees with a Saturday or full weekend ticket will be able to attend.
There is good and bad info on parking. The bad news is that we don't have a dedicated lot, so you are on your own for parking.
The good news is that parking is cheap--50 cents per hour--and the meters (and metered lots) are FREE after 6pm, and all day Sunday. So if you arrive at 6pm on Friday, you're fine. Saturday is the only day to worry about, and I recommend you pay in one of the lots all day, which will be a few dollars, rather than feeding your meter. Try the lot on 7th between Pacific and Mesa, and the lot on Center and 6th. Good luck!
7:00pm - Opening Invocation and doors open
Macabre Fantasy Radio Theatre will perform a double feature of thrilling audio: "Count Magnus" by M.R. James and "The Haunted and the Haunters: or The House and the Brain" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
A special screening of a 35mm print of The Haunted Palace (1963), directed by Roger Corman and starring Vincent Price. This classic chiller is the first cinematic adaptation of a Lovecraft story. Despite the Poe appellation, this is really "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward" on film.
After the movies, join us at the nearby Whale & Ale pub for Lovecraftian trivia, with prizes!
Noon - Authors will discuss Lovecraft, read from their own works, and sign autographs.
In addition to our short film blocks (see below), we are very proud to showcase an extremely rare screening of the director's cut of Dan O' Bannon's (screenwriter of Alien, Total Recall, and director/writer of Return of the Living Dead) The Resurrected (1991) starring Chris Sarandon. This modern adaptation of "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward" was taken from Dan and recut. Dan's widow Diane will present this very rare opportunity to see the cut that Dan wanted.
We are proud to present some of the best independent Lovecraftian or weird tale short films from around the world. Some of the filmmakers will be in attendance, too. We are very proud to screen the following motion pictures (exact schedule TBD):
Mojave Junction (2014, directed by Christian Jean)
From Beyond (2014, directed by Darren Way) World Premiere
The Terrible Typewriter (2015, directed by Marko Kattilakoski) Southern California Premiere
Subb Niggurath (2014, directed by Roberto Julio Alamo) World Premiere
Fat Rabbit (2014, directed by Adam Petke)
Vinyl Rewind Halloween Special (2014, directed by Eric Callero) North American Theatrical Premiere
TEST (2014, directed by Jay Lifton) West Coast Premiere
666 Sq Ft (2014, directed by Ray Zablocki) Southern California Premiere
The Mill at Calder's End (2014, directed by Kevin McTurk)
Awakenings (2015, directed by Bhargav Saikia) World Premiere
The Statement of Randolph Carter (2015, directed by Dylan Howie-Richardson)
This Horror Most Unreal (2015, directed by Max Minor) World Premiere
Heritance (2014, directed by Monsieur Soeur)
Spammer (2015, directed by John Iwasz and Sanj Surati) West Coast Premiere
The Night Ocean (2015, directed by Maria Lorenzo Hernandez) American Premiere
The Call of Farqunglu (2012, directed by Kris Theorin)
Innsmouth Turnpike (2015, directed by Larry Loc)
Escape from Midwich Valley (2014, directed by PH Debiès)
CLOK (2015, directed by Casey Malone) West Coast Premiere
The Jungle of Jules Levine (2015, directed by Michael Mileham) World Premiere
Awaiting Lazarus (2014, directed by Orok Duke) Southern California Premiere
After midnight on Saturday, everyone who dares continue the experience is welcome to join us at an undisclosed location within walking distance of the Warner Grand Theatre for a drag king show by Club Pangaea and a burlesque show from Peepshow Menagerie, plus movies so unspeakable we can't even mention them. How much cosmic horror can you take? We will have Tamiza's Treats to palliate your mental wrenching.
10am to 6pm
Our infamous Cthulhu Prayer Breakfast (catered by Happy Diner again) is moving this year to Crafted marketplace, so there's plenty of room for games, food, our Pickman's Apprentice art contest, and more.
Pete von Sholly
Adam Scott Glancy (Pagan Publishing)
The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society
Spinning the Clay Fantastic
Barber's Son Studio
San Pedro Historic Waterfront Business Improvement District (PBID)
Grand Vision Foundation
Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles
Stone Brewing Company
Creatures & Cultures
The HPLFF-SP 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.
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 Department of cultural affairs.
The San Pedro H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival & CthulhuCon® is produced and managed by HPLFF-SoCal, LLC.
The Warner Grand Theatre (View)
478 W. 6th Street (at Pacific)
San Pedro, CA 90731
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