Gala Night at the Cinema
Join us for a Gala Night at the Cinema, 1920s-style! This once-in-a-lifetime event will open the festival with singing, dancing, burlesque, and amusement, before we get on to the serious business of news from the 1920s, a short presentation of the silent film, "The Old Man and The Goblins," and a special 10th Anniversary screening of the H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society's "The Call of Cthulhu."
Dress to impress, find your seat with the help of one of our ushers, and get yourself a bottle of Bub-L-Pep or a pack of (candy) Fleur-de-Lis cigarettes from the candy girl. This is going to be a night to remember!
The Call of Cthulhu
The famed story is brought richly to life in the style of a classic 1920s silent movie, with a haunting original symphonic score. Using the "Mythoscope" process — a mix of modern and vintage techniques, the HPLHS has worked to create the most authentic and faithful screen adaptation of a Lovecraft story yet attempted.
Andrew Leman is one of the founding members of the H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society, and has produced a number of literary, film, theatrical, music, prop and gaming projects there over the decades with his longtime friend and collaborator Sean Branney. He has written and produced more than 20 live-action Lovecraftian role-playing games. He wrote and directed the first HPLHS film, "The Testimony of Randolph Carter", directed "The Call of Cthulhu", and co-wrote and co-produced The Whisperer in Darkness. He co-wrote, produced, and appears in the "Dark Adventure Radio Theatre" series of Lovecraft adaptations. Leman earned his MFA in acting from the University of Illinois, and has been seen on professional stages in Chicago and Los Angeles. He greatly enjoys reading for The H. P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast and being an occasional guest host. When not pursuing any of these many other occupations, Leman is a graphic and type designer, and his typographical work has been seen in books and on movie screens, Trader Joe’s products, and billboards nationwide.
Sean is a producer, actor, director and writer with the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society which he runs with his nefarious colleague, Andrew Leman. He was intimately involved in the creation of the motion pictures The Call of Cthulhu and The Whisperer in Darkness, nineteen episodes of Dark Adventure Radio Theatre, and many other Lovecraftian projects. With his work at the HPLHS, he's created many other Lovecraftian entertainments. Sean also produces and directs live theatre in Los Angeles. He plays ice hockey and has four chinchillas.
Kelly Ward is the founder and Artistic Director of Cirque Macabre, a Seattle based performance troupe specialized in bring dark tales to life through the art of circus. Kelly has been studying circus arts for the past 5 years and performs regularly all around Seattle.
Kelly will be performing Saturday night during the Lovecraftian Variety Show!