This Saturday, August 22nd, the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival® is hosting a streaming event to celebrate the author’s 130th birthday. Beginning at 4:00pm PST and available to stream from anywhere in the U.S., the evening will feature short films both new and classic from the festival’s 25 year history. Deluxe tickets are available now at the festival’s website and regular tickets will be available soon through the Hollywood Theatre.
This Saturday’s event will serve as a precursor to the 25th edition of the full festival scheduled for October 2-4, which will also stream online to feature new independent films in the cosmic horror and Weird tale tradition, plus live and interactive events. Directors Brian and Gwen Callahan decided that safety during the pandemic was paramount, but they also didn’t want to miss a chance to celebrate a quarter century anniversary for the festival.
“The easiest thing would have been to cancel it and have our big 25th Anniversary bash next year,” said Brian Callahan of the decision to move the event online, “but we didn’t think that was fair to our audience, or to the filmmakers who rely on us to showcase their particular kind of Weird cinema. Things keep getting weirder and we’re all isolated here in the US, so we think the right thing to do is to bring the right kind of Weird directly into your home!”
The Callahans are no strangers to hosting virtual events, as back in June they successfully directed Portland Horror Film Festival, the first all-horror film festival in the U.S. to stream its entire program. They look forward using that experience to bring a taste of the film, art, author readings, scholarly presentations, live performances, tabletop gaming demos, and other experiences from the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival to a virtual audience.
For the latest updates, please visit the official festival website.