The Kickstarter has landed! This year, it's a quick one, only 10 days, so don't wait to pledge. With the ongoing global health crisis, we weren't sure what form the fest could take until it was too late to really have a full fundraising campaign, but we know a lot of you love our yearly Kickstarter exclusives, so we've put together a streamlined campaign with some cool experiences, including our VIP Drive-in theater experience in the Dalles, Oregon.
This year, anyone in the world can enjoy the festival from the comfort of their homes. If you're inside the US, you can get a full festival pass with an exclusive T-shirt and more, and those outside the US can pledge for a limited pass which gives you access to as many of the films as we can show you (10+ hours and growing). This is a first for a streaming festival for international fans, and is only available by backing our 25th Anniversary Kickstarter campaign.
The 25th Anniversary H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival streams October 1st through the October 4th, 2020, with over 50 short and feature Lovecraftian films, featuring Guests of Honor Barbara Crampton and Victor LaValle.
Over the 25 Years of the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival®, it has showcased movies from filmmakers from all walks-of-life, including professionals, amateurs, and students, and from all the dark corners of Earth, including the US, UK, France, Spain, India, Panama, Brazil, Canada, Australia, Mexico, Belgium, Sweden, Greece, Ireland, Cyprus, Finland, the Czech Republic, Italy, Austria, Germany, Denmark, Peru, Poland, United Arab Emirates, Portugal, Argentina, Norway, Russia, and Taiwan. However, works from people of color have been traditionally under-represented.
To help increase this aspect of diversity at the HPLFF, starting with the 2021 season, for which submissions open in December 2020, the organizers will launch a new fee waiver program specifically for film directors who are black, indigenous, and people of color. This will allow BIPOC creators to apply for a waiver to submit their works to the festival at no charge. While this is only half of the issue of representation, where the other half is selecting more films by people of color, a similar program to reach out to women directors for Portland Horror Film Festival™, the HPLFF's sister event, resulted in dramatic increases in the representation of women in the horror field at the festival, and praise from the audience for increasing the diversity of horror showcased on the screen.
Details of the program and how to apply will be published following the 2020 festival this October, and will be availabel to filmmakers when submissions re-open in December. It is the sincere hope of the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival that this will be a successful first step in increasing the diversity of the festival's offerings, and will show that despite H. P. Lovecraft's racist personal beliefs, the genre of Cosmic Horror is not and will not be limited by skin color.
The highly-anticipated new HBO series, Lovecraft Country, based on the excellent and exciting book by Matt Ruff and produced by Jordan Peele (Get Out, Us) premiered on August 16, a mere four days before H. P. Lovecraft's 130th birthday. It recontextualizes the Lovecraftian narrative of battling cults and monsters from beyond with black actors during the Jim Crow era of American history. It shows the kind of story that fresh voices can lend to Cosmic horror, and uses both the history and Lovecraft to great effect.
When speaking of Lovecraft's stories, author Matt Ruff cited The Shadow Over Innsmouth as partial inspiration for elements of the book. “It is a very specific story about a white man threatened by this mixed-race horde but it’s also one of the most effective tales of attempted lynching I’ve ever read. Lovecraft captures the fear brilliantly. I can learn from that and do interesting things with it while rejecting the underlying idea.”
While the series (and book before it) has created some controversy, both critics and many Lovecraft fans are enjoying its take on the universe of H. P. Lovecraft.
Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff is required reading. Get it at Amazon in a variety of formats.
You can watch the new TV Series on HBO or with the new HBO streaming service.
Get streaming tickets to our one-night streaming event to celebrate H. P. Lovecraft's 130th birthday, featuring short films both new and classic from the 25 year history of the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival®! You can join in the fun anywhere in the US!
Some of these classic films have not been seen since they first played at the festival. As a rare treat, we've gathered the filmmakers of those early films for an interactive Q&A!
The "130 Years of H. P. Lovecraft" streaming show takes place on Saturday, August 22nd, 4-8 pm Pacific time (7-11 pm Eastern time).
Suggested SCHEDULE - remember you can access the films anytime starting 4 pm on 8/22 and have access until 8/23 at 11:59 pm.
Block 1 - 4:00 pm
Q&A with "Classics" Filmmakers - 6:15pm (ish)
Block 2 - 7:00 pm (or after the Q&A)
You can purchase streaming tickets on the Hollywood Theatre website.
You can purchase the commemorative T-shirt HERE.