The Final San Pedro H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival® took place in San Pedro, CA April 29th to May 1st, 2016 at the Warner Grand Theatre and Grand Vision Annex. This was the final HPLFF in San Pedro, CA; click here for the official announcement. If you were there, we hope you had a great time!
H. P. LOVECRAFT FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES SAN PEDRO EVENT CLOSURE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
H. P. LOVECRAFT FILM FESTIVAL® ANNOUNCES
SAN PEDRO EVENT CLOSURE
PORTLAND, OR October 7, 2016
After seven festivals since 2010, the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival® (HPLFF®) will not be returning to the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro, California. The epic final San Pedro event transpired from April 29 to May 1, 2016 over the auspicious Walpurgisnacht weekend, and featured author Joe Pulver, Sr. and a live cast accompaniment to the classic 1970 B-movie The Dunwich Horror.
“We wish to thank all our volunteers, vendors, filmmakers, authors, artists, game masters, and especially our devoted audience and Kickstarter donors of the past six years for their passion, devotion, support, and love,” said San Pedro event organizer Aaron Vanek.
Andrew Migliore, the founder and executive director of the HPLFF, stated “There were many reasons that led to making the difficult decision to not renew the San Pedro event. While the Warner Grand Theatre was a great venue, the event was never able to thrive over the course of its seven year run in that location. Other factors included Aaron Vanek stepping back as lead director and the difficulties of managing a consistent presentation across the HPLFF franchise with a remote committee. I personally want to thank the San Pedro organizers and staff for their efforts to bring the HPLFF to southern California.”
Brian Callahan, co-director of the HPLFF in Portland Oregon added, “We really enjoyed our yearly visits to San Pedro as vendors, and loved that it was fun in different ways than the event we organize here in Portland. It had its own style, and we’ll miss it and the wonderful Lovecraft fans of southern California, who made it special.”
The organizers of the annual San Pedro event regret the decision to close the festival, but are proud of its accomplishments over the years, including:
- The commission and creation of a Lovecraft-themed wall mural in San Pedro by noted underground artist Skinner.
- Screening a brand-new restored 35mm print of Berkeley Square (1933), presented by director Frank Lloyd’s grandson Christopher Gray. Famously reviewed by H. P. Lovecraft in a letter to R. H. Barlow, this film inspired Lovecraft’s classic tale The Shadow Out of Time.
- Presenting the Howie award (the HPLFF award for significant contributions to the genre of cosmic horror, weird tales, and Lovecraft cinema) to Michael Reaves, writer of The Real Ghostbusters cartoon episode “Collect Call of Cathulhu” and editor of the anthology Shadows Over Baker Street; and legendary filmmaker Roger Corman, who made the first cinematic adaptation of Lovecraft in The Haunted Palace starring Vincent Price (1963).
“Although the San Pedro chapter of the HPLFF is ending,” Andrew continued, “the organizers remain a part of the HPLFF family and you will almost certainly see them again at our other events.” Until then, the organizers won’t be sitting idle as they continue to pursue other projects:
- Cody Goodfellow can be experienced this October as he again writes, acts, and hosts the Cthulhu Prayer Breakfast at the HPLFF in Portland and promotes his newest book, Rapture Of The Deep & Other Lovecraftian Tales.
- James Knouse of Lovecraft Wines (lovecraftwines.com) will continue to press the spirits, and is slated to vend at the Portland festival, and wherever there is a need for his unique brand of bottled madness.
- Miguel Rodriguez directs the terrifyingly successful Horrible Imaginings Film Festival™ in San Diego, which is currently the #11 best-reviewed film festival on FilmFreeway (hifilmfest.com).
- Aaron Vanek will continue to write and design role-playing games, scenarios, and larps based on the works of H.P. Lovecraft, and is planning a DVD release of his Lovecraftian movies, including the rare and newly remastered Return to Innsmouth (1999).
- Frank Woodward is in pre-production on new documentaries as well as his first feature film, Exit. He will also be working for French television as screenwriter for the Elements of Disaster series. These TV movies begin production in 2017.
We encourage all of our San Pedro fans to attend the main H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival every October at the Hollywood Theatre in Portland, Oregon—taking place this October 7-9—and every even-numbered year in Providence, R.I. For more information please visit hplff.com.
For questions or comments, please contact us.
“H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival” is a registered trademark of Lurker Films, Inc.
Artifacts both dear and dire for you and kin
HPLFF San Pedro Store has swag available from the Fest.
men's women's T-shirts $20 Poster $5
Goblets and glasses for your elixir of eternal life $25
Great Olde Ones Gone...for now
The San Pedro Festival 2016 is over. Our "most accursed rites of human blasphemy... called him for a moment" and then was gone. Rites that included the base lamentations of writers awed and horrified at our cosmic insignificance, artists creating new works while merchants sold strange artifacts. Friday was the twin hammers to the head of Black Mountain Side and The Mist. Walpurgisnacht Saturday had panels and a NEW play adaptation of The Colour Out of Space, and the psycho freakout of The Dunwich Horror Picture Show. Films traditional and expermiental from around the world were a tour de force. Sunday's Brucnh in fun was the perfect hangover cure, with sermons, songs, Ask Lovecraft and games including demo of the 7th Edition Call of Cthulhu. ia ia!!
Secret Password to LoveCraft Wines Speakeasy Party
No password but you must RSVP. The LoveCraft Wines SpeakEasy Party kicks off your descent into madness. Kickstarter backers need to respond to the email sent. Others go to the Facebook event
Hosted by LoveCraft Wines at Off the Vine across the street from the Warner Grand Theatre. The SpeakEasy will open at 3:30 PM April 29th and will feature LoveCraft Wines, readings, art, music with Marionette H.P. Lovecraft himself reading poetry!
491 W 6th Street Suite 103
Cthulhu at Monsterpalooza
This sunday, HPLFF will commemorate the 90th anniversary of Call of Cthulhu at Monsterpalooza. Featuring a panel of Lovecraftian film artists Pete von Sholly, Sean Branney, Kevin McTurk, Mallory O'Meara, Paul Komoda
Inky the Octopus rumored heading to the Port of LA
Driven by a sentience from down below, Inky the Octopus escaped his enclosure through a small opening. He slid across the floor during the night and squeezed his body through a narrow pipe leading to open water. A trail of slime and ichor was all that was left. Octopuses have broken out of sealed observation containers and closed aquariums; some escaped multiple times to eat the inhabitants of nearby aquariums. Whispers of the Great Lord' Cthulhu's awakening have circled the globe. Inky, not wanting to miss His invocation, chose to ride the El Nino currents. We fear for Inky's safety. You needn't endeavor the firightful journey, buy a Livestream Ticket for $15
If, you are driven to madness as was Inky, check the Travel Button and buy your Festival Tickets. The Gates do not open without sacrifice.
Check the schedule don't miss your favorite HPLFF events
The general schedule is up, filled with innumerable (well not actually, there are a finite number) of Lovecraftian short films. Get tickets for all three days-- you don't want to miss Lovecraft Trivia, Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom, Dunwich Horror Picture Show, or the Cthulhu Prayer Breakfast.
Each day goes late and particularly on Saturday starts early.
Painting with Pickman featuring Mike Dubisch
Painting with Pickman
featuring artist Mike Dubisch
"The end is near. I hear a noise at the door, as of some immense slippery body lumbering against it.It shall not find me. God, that hand! The Easel! The Easel!"
Join LoveCraft Wines for their first ever Painting with Pickman featuring Mike Dubisch May 1st during the final day of the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival San Pedro®.
LoveCraft Wines will supply everything you need (Easel, Paints, Canvas). Mike Dubisch will instruct you step-by-step to create your own 16x20 masterpiece while you sip on a glass of LoveCraft Wines! Then after you are done, you take your work of art home leaving the clean up to us! Ticket $60
The event will be approximately 2-3 hours and we will take a small break for dry time.
HP Lovecraft panel at WonderCon
WonderCon sneak peak with Perlman and Plummer
HPL expert panel this weekend Describing the Indescribable: Adapting the works of HP Lovecraft
Actors Christopher Plummer and Ron "Hellboy" Perlman have been cast in the upcoming animated feature film "Howard Lovecraft & the Frozen Kingdom" based on Arcana's graphic novel of the same name. This is being announced around movie websites (http://deadline.com/…/christopher-plummer-ron-perlman-anima…), but what they aren't saying is that this Friday night at Wondercon (8:30-9:30 room 515B), we'll be showing an EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK SNEAK PEEK of this movie plus giving away swag from it. Also, we have director/producer Sean Patrick O'Reilly (CEO of Arcana) attending the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival in San Pedro, April 29-May 1 (and showing a longer clip from the movie and doing Q&A about it). Tickets (INCLUDING LIVESTREAMING TICKETS IF YOU CAN'T PHYSICALLY ATTEND) are available here:
Join the 57!
Friday, March 25, 2016 -
8:30pm to 9:30pm
1201 S. Figueroa Street Los Angeles, CA 90015 Room 515B
Los Angeles, CA
Plus special afterparty March 26th 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Redwood Bar and Grill 316 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles with dancing, movies, Lovecraftian pub trivia, prizes, prayers to Elder Gods, etc.
Kicked, Pulverized, Reanimated, and made Wondrous indescribable.
Kickstarter backers, a "loathsome night-spawned flood of organic corruption more devastatingly hideous than the blackest conjurations of mortal madness and morbidity," have opened the gates for the Elder Gods to the Warner Grand. The HPLFF Kickstarter 2016 raised more than $16,250 to ensure a most eldritch time. You backers have prompted entry of the Yellow bEast Joe S Pulver to share tales of dim Carcosa. And we are many steps closer to bringing Jeffrey Coombs (Re-Animator, The Raven) to the Festival.
The Wondercon Panel : Describing the Indescribable: Adapting the works of HP Lovecraft is set for March 25th at 8:30. The Wondercon reception at the Redwood Bar (316 W. 2nd St) is Saturday 26th at 6:30 is open to all.
The T-Shirt image for the Dunwich Horror Picutre Show, a shadowcast of the Corman classic, is sure to quease.
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