Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Horrible Imaginings Film Festival October 10th through October 12th

The fifth annual Horrible Imaginings Film Festival is descending upon North Park’s intimate Digital Gym Cinema again this year, continuing its position as San Diego’s closest look at the dark side of cinema. The film festival will include over 40 feature and short films showcasing the best talent from around the world, informative presentations from UCSD professors, revivals of classic and influential films in the horror genre, as well as question and answer sessions from filmmakers themselves. The regular “San Diego Local Spotlight” remains a prominent feature, highlighting work done from filmmakers in and around the San Diego area.

Notable feature films include “Dead Snow: Red Vs. Dead” the sequel to Tommy Wirkola’s popular Icelandic zombie film “Dead Snow,” “Another World,” a post-apocalyptic zombie film billed as the first action sci-fi film from Israel, “Soulmate,” a beautiful and haunting ghost story produced by Neil Marshall (The Descent, Dog Soldiers) and directed by Axelle Carolyn, “Call Girl of Cthulhu,” a tongue-in-cheek play on HP Lovecraft’s popular Cthulhu Mythos, and “Hi-8: Horror Independent,” an anthology ode to straight-to-video horrors of yore featuring San Diego filmmakers.

Included in the film program are a presentation from Bradley Voytek, Assistant Professor of Computational Cognitive Science and Neuroscience at UC San Diego. Professor Voytek uses the popular myth of zombies in order to help engage his students into his central curriculum. He will be signing copies of his new book “Do Zombies Dream of Undead Sheep?: A Neuroscientific View of the Zombie Brain” at the event. There will also be a presentation on the great horrors of the silent film era featuring Scott Paulson, Exhibits and Events Coordinator for the UCSD Library, and his “Teeny-Tiny Pit Orchestra.” Members of the audience will be given instruments in order to provide the soundscape to classic silent films!

One of our greatest accomplishments the feeling of community and family that our audience feels at a Horrible Imaginings Film Festival event. Horror can be a stigmatized genre, and this is a forum free from stigma, in which a person can discuss films with like-minded people in a safe space, and understand the potency of connection these types of art can provide. We look forward to continuing to make that family grow and prosper in the country’s Finest City! Food will be provided by Horrible Imaginings sponsors Pizzeria Luigi—icons of San Diego and integral to the North Park community.

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