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The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies: Adapting Lovecraft for the Screen: A Masterclass with Denis Paoli
Morbid Anatomy Museum
Brooklyn, NY
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The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies: Adapting Lovecraft for the Screen: A Masterclass with Denis Paoli
Date: Thursday October 20th
Time: 7:00pm  
Admission: $12 - $40 for full semester
Location: Morbid Anatomy Museum, 424 Third Avenue, 11215

Instructor: Dennis Paoli

With successful branches in London and Montreal, The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies makes its first stateside stop at Brooklyns Morbid Anatomy Museum with a pilot semester of horror film, literature and pop culture classes, running from September through December 2016 and featuring classes by some of the most renowned voices in horror film, fiction and criticism.

Named for the fictional university in H.P. Lovecrafts literary mythos, The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studiesis a community-based organization that offers university-level horror history and theory classes for people of all ages. The Miskatonic is a non-profit endeavour through which established horror writers, directors, scholars and programmers/curators celebrate horror history and culture with a unique blend of enthusiasm and critical perspective.

Dennis Paoli, screenwriter for director Stuart Gordons film adaptations of the works of H. P. Lovecraft (Re-Animator, From Beyond, Dagon, and for the cable television series Masters of Horror, Dreams in the Witch House), will lead a two-hour master class on adapting Lovecraft for the screenthe challenges, techniques, and insights into the works gained in the process. The class will also explore the collaborative nature of adaptationthe writer, in as real a sense as possible, collaborates with the original creator of the literary workand of film-making, by nature a cooperative, if sometimes contentious, undertaking.

The enduring popularity of Gordon and Paolis film versions of Lovecrafts fiction speaks to the enduring popularity of the original tales, but also to their capacity for updating, re-casting, and expanding. These specific adaptations will be examined in scenes from each of the films. Paoli will also discuss his long-time collaboration with Stuart Gordon, their methods of working together and roles in the process, based on their strengths.

Paoli, who runs writing programs and teaches Gothic Fiction at Hunter College, will also consider Lovecrafts work in the larger context of the literary genres of horror and science fiction, the major themes and working principles of Gothic literature, and their long history of cinematic adaptation.

Dennis Paoli has written for film, TV, the stage, and the internet. His feature films include Bodysnatchers (with Stuart Gordon, for Warner Brothers), adaptations of H. P. Lovecraft's Re-Animator (with Stuart Gordon and William Norris), From Beyond (for Empire), and Dagon (for Filmax). For the stage, he wrote the one-man show Nevermore: An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe, which has been performed internationally; co-wrote the script for Re-Animator: The Musical, for which he won several LA theater awards; and co-wrote with the Organic Theater Company, the baseball comedy Bleacher Bums, which ran Off-Broadway, through three revivals in Chicago, and over seven years in Los Angeles. The television version for PBS won an Emmy, and the film version (which he co-wrote with Mitch Paradise) aired on Showtime. The HBO film The Dentist (with Stuart Gordon) and his work for Showtimes Masters of Horror seriesadaptations with Stuart Gordon of H. P. Lovecrafts Dreams in the Witch House and Edgar Allan Poes The Black Catbrought the horror genre to cable television. His adaptation of Lovecrafts The Hound was streamed on Halloween 2015 by the genre website Tales from Beyond the Pale (talesfrombeyondthepale.com). Dennis is also an academic, a teacher and administrator at Hunter College of the City University of New York. He has taught Gothic and Irish literature and 20th century drama. He has written criticism and articles for the New York Times, the Village Voice, the Dictionary of Literary Biography, the Encyclopedia of World Literature in the 20th Century, and various volumes, periodicals, and online blogs. The most important work he does is as Donor-Advisor of The Heidi Paoli Fund, a philanthropic organization that supports cancer patients and their caregivers.

For further informations: www.miskatonic-nyc.com


Morbid Anatomy Museum (View)
424 A Third Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215
United States




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