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The H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival®-San Pedro returns for the 6th year at the Warner Grand Theatre in historic San Pedro, California
The H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival®-San Pedro returns for the 6th year at the Warner Grand Theatre in historic San Pedro, California
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2015 marks the 125th anniversary of the birth of Howard Phillips (H.P.) Lovecraft, and The H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival & CthulhuCon®-San Pedro returns for the sixth year at the exquisite art deco Warner Grand Theatre in historic San Pedro on May 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. Join us for three days of movies, music, games, art, authors, vendors, and so much more! 

We have expanded in many ways over the past half-decade and we made a few changes this year as well; most notably to the date and name. From now on the HPLFF in Southern California will occur the first weekend of May (NOT Mother's Day weekend as we said during our unfortunate bout of insanity) and will hereafter be called The H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival-San Pedro. But it's still the same wonderful location (technically it is still Los Angeles) and folks bringing you the same awesome experience. We do not have as much time to set up this festival after the last one, so please excuse the mess and mind the gaps as we set this event up. We will present our info as soon as we can to you, but know that it will be just as spectacularly tentacular this year as it has in the past (even better!) 

Our theme this year: The Case of Charles Dexter Ward

UPDATE: mock ups of Mazuera's art on glasses and both the regular T-shirt and work shirt right here (courtesy of SighCo Graphics)

UPDATE: Our official poster art from Sebastian Mazuera is here! BEHOLD THE KICKSTARTER  EXCLUSIVE POSTER! (size 11" x 17", thick paper)

ONLY AVAILABLE TO KICKSTARTER DONORS!
ONLY AVAILABLE TO KICKSTARTER DONORS!

SPECIAL OFFER: The first 20 donors of $250 or more (including those who have already pledged that much) will get a special swag bag from Peepshow Menagerie (performing live at the festival) featuring

  • 1 Peepshow Menagerie poster created exclusively for this show 
  • 1 issue of Bachelor Pad Magazine 
  • 1 8x10 signed photo of Peepshow co-producer Scarlett Letter
  • 1 pair of tickets to one of our upcoming Peepshow Menagerie shows (good for a year)
  • 2 Peepshow Menagerie pins 
  • 5 'Peepshow Pin-up' cards

Only while supplies last (14 left)! 

Add-Ons: Shirts

  • IMAGE COMING FOR THE OFFICIAL T-SHIRT SOON!
  • Add $25 to your pledge (pay that much over the reward tier you select) if you want an extra T-shirt or do not get one in your reward (applies to either the Miskatonic School of Enology shirt or  the official HPLFF-SP 2015 shirt)
  • Add $40 to your pledge (pay that much over the reward tier you select) if you want the HPLFF-SP 2015 work shirt.
  • If you want multiple shirts, just add that much more to your pledge, e.g., for one Enology shirt and a work shirt, add $65 to whatever your reward tier is. 
Miskatonic University Enology Shirt
Miskatonic University Enology Shirt

Add-Ons: The Invocation

If you want to join us and have your name read as part of the Friday night Festival Invocation--a new event that will involve giant tentacles the night after Walpurgis--add $10 to your donation

Add-Ons: Glasses

For the first time, we are offering special Limited Edition commemorative glasses to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of Lovecraft's birth. Image of the glasses to come soon, but they are by the same artist who does these

Wine goblet - To add one goblet to your package, add $25 if you will be picking it up at the festival (only), and $30 if you need shipping (we need to pack it very carefully)

Pint glass - To add one American pint glass to your package, add $25 if picking it up at the festival (only) and $30 if you want it shipped (again, due to fragility). 

History of the HPLFF-San Pedro®

The HPLFF started 20 years ago in Portland, Oregon by Andrew Migliore. After years of attending and contributing, filmmaker Aaron Vanek lost his mind and spawned an HPLFF in Los Angeles. Now madmen Cody Goodfellow and James Knouse have joined the adventure. This is a licensed franchise of the Portland fest, but each festival has its own distinct brand of madness.

Our last Kickstarter campaign was a huge help for us, but we need you again to grow even bigger!  

REWARD LEVEL DESCRIPTIONS

All of the rewards below include a PDF of Lovecraft art.

Thank you ($5) - Thanks and the art PDF

Program and PDF ($10) - We will email you a PDF of our program as well as the PDF of Lovecraft art.

Livestream Level ($20) - You will have a PDF of the program, the PDF of art, PLUS access to our Livestream of events, not only of what is on stage, but backstage interviews as well. Movies will NOT be on the channel but we will provide you with a link to watch them (feature films not included). This is an all-digital package, nothing is mailed. 

Friday ticket ($25) - One ticket to all Friday events, including a Kickstarter-exclusive poster. 

Saturday ticket ($35) - One ticket to all Saturday events PLUS access to the Secret Screening afterwards. Nearly 24 hours of programming! Includes the KS exclusive poster.

Sunday ticket ($30) - Sunday means CthulhuCon®, where you will have access to all events including brunch catered by Happy Diner again  (alcoholic drinks NOT included). We have expanded to Crafted this year for CthulhuCon®, so there will be lots of space, so much that we'll be showing movies, playing games, hosting an art contest, and hosting the infamous Cthulhu Prayer Breakfast. Includes the KS exclusive poster.

Friday and Saturday dual ticket ($60) - Tickets to both Friday and Saturday, including the Secret Screening but not CthulhuCon®. Includes one KS exclusive poster.

Ghoul Grab Bag ($30) - This reward contains our goodies: the official HPLFF-SP 2015 T-shirt and the Kickstarter Limited Edition poster. This is designed for people who cannot attend but want stuff. If you are attending and want shirts or more, use them as add-ons instead.

There in Spirit ($45) - This level combines the Ghoul Grab Bag and the Livestream viewing level, and is the ultimate for people who cannot physically attend but want to be a part of the festival. You will have the Ghoul Grab Bag and a program paper mailed to you.

Full weekend ticket ($80) - This is the main ticket to everything, and unlike the single or dual day tickets, this level includes the official HPLFF-SP 2015 shirt as well as the KS exclusive poster.

Improved full weekend ticket ($100) - For someone who wants a bit more than the full weekend ticket, you get the official T-shirt PLUS the Miskatonic University Enology shirt, a limited edition Reel Pass Ticket, the KS-exclusive poster, and access to reserved VIP seating in both the Warner Grand and the Secret Screening. 

VIP Passes x2 ($250) - This reward level includes TWO VIP Reel Passes to the full weekend, VIP seating at both the Warner Grand and Secret Screening, a guided backstage tour of the theater, one VIP parking spot close to the theater on Friday and Saturday, TWO posters, TWO official HPLFF-SP 2015 shirts, TWO MU Enology shirts, TWO commemorative glasses (two wine or two pint or one of each), and one jar of Cthulhu Pickles.

Group Ticket Pack ($350) - This level includes FIVE tickets (not Reel Passes) to everything, five posters, five official HPLFF-SP 2015 shirts, and ONE VIP parking pass. It's like the full weekend ticket but cheaper and includes a parking spot. Bring your friends and everyone saves! If you get more than five people, add $70 for each person above five. 

Hotel Package ($650) - For VIPs who want to stay overnight, this level is the VIP package (the $250 one) plus two nights at the Crowne Plaza hotel (two double beds or one king bed) on May 1 and 2. It does not include extras such as room service, gratuity, etc. You will also get FOUR glasses, two of each type and TWO official HPLFF-SP 2015 work shirts. This is two of every perk we have (six shirts, four glasses, two Reel Passes). You also get unrestricted access hang out in the green room. 

The God/Goddess Level ($1000) - This level is for two people who want the ultimate H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival & CthulhuCon® experience. As the Hotel Package, but also: Two regular passes to the 20th Anniversary festival in Portland (which is guaranteed to sell out) in October, one giant marquee sized HPLFF-SP 2015 poster (only four of these are made), a window poster of "The Dunwich Horror", a story by Cody Goodfellow and a poem by award winning poet Bryan Thao Worra written for you, a very rare "Return to Innsmouth" poster and DVD, framed art by Ashley Russell and a complete autographed print set (five images) of "Pickman's Masterpiece" by Joshua Hoffine. You are also invited to a special role in the Friday Invocation and Sunday Prayer Breakfast if you wish. 

MORE INFO ABOUT REWARDS

Secret Screening - After the main festival Saturday night, we will have an after party that continues into early Sunday, showing unspeakable movies and live entertainment we cannot even talk about! For those who survived the Secret Screening last year, this year will be in a DIFFERENT LOCATION within walking distance of the Warner Grand Theatre (we desecrated the previous location too much).

PDF Art - We will email a PDF of Lovecraftian artwork as a PDF to our donors a few weeks after the festival. This features all or most of the art that we played onscreen as a slideshow in between movies. 

LiveStreaming - We have improved our LiveStreaming capabilities and coverage from the first year; last year's stream seemed to work without complaints.  

Official HPLFF-SP 2015 poster - We are working with the artist now for this image, and will present it as soon as possible.

Official HPLFF-SP shirts (Tee and workshirts) - We are working with the artist now for the image, and will show it off as soon as we can.

VIP Seating - We will mark off an area of the Warner Grand Theater and the venue of the Secret Screening for our VIPs to make sure you get a good seat. 

VIP Parking - We have a very limited number of parking spots close to the theater. While parking is plentiful in the area, you won't have to refill your meter here. 

Backstage Tour - During breaks or after the festival, our VIPs will get a guided tour of the marvelous Warner Grand Theatre.

Cthulhu Pickles - A jar of SPICY cuke spears from Wicked Pickles made just for the festival.

Reel Passes - EDIT: Our reel passes will NOT be wooden this year, but we will make them look nice and they are your souvenir with access to the whole festival. 

Crowne Plaza Hotel - Guests will have a room reserved in their name by the festival, either one king bed or two double beds. The room will be covered for both Friday and Saturday night (May 1 and 2), but not any incidentals. If you wish to book your own room, we have a discount code available, use group code LFF when booking online before April 15 for a $60 discount per night.

STRETCH GOAL: THE DARKEST OF THE HILLSIDE THICKETS LIVE ALBUM!

If we reach $15,000, we will be able to record a LIVE ALBUM of the rock cosmic gods from Canada, Darkest of the Hillside Thickets! (their song "Shhh…" featured on Rock Band NerdCore expansion, seen below). 

 PROGRAMMING

In addition to the finest national an international short films, we are proud to screen two features adapting Lovecraft's classic tale The Case of Charles Dexter Ward:

The Haunted Palace (1963) - Starring Vincent Price and Lon Chaney, Jr. directed by Roger Corman. This was named after an Edgar Allan Poe story, but is clearly the first cinematic Lovecraft adaptation. Trailer below:

The Resurrected (aka Shatterbrain) (1991) - Legendary screenwriter and director Dan O' Bannon (Alien, Return of the Living Dead) directed a modern day adaptation of The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, starring Chris Sarandon and John Terry. It was taken from him and released in 1991 after being re-edited. Dan passed away in 2009, but his widow, Diane O'Bannon, will be attending the festival with the one and only director's cut of the movie; the one Dan wanted. This is not a completed picture, some effects and music cues are missing. But it is as close to O'Bannon's vision as you will see. 

Here is the trailer:

And Dan's reaction to it (this clip is from his acceptance of the Howie award from the HPLFF):

Just added: Peepshow Menagerie burlesque show (Lovecraft themed)!

GUESTS & VENDORS

Confirmed guests: artist Pete Von Sholly, authors Leslie Klinger, Gary MyersCody Goodfellow, Ian Welke, Kat Rocha, and S. P. Miskowski. More being added!

Confirmed vendors: SighCo, Arkham Bazaar, Spinning the Clay Fantastic, Xylographics (Liv Rainey-Smith), Gashly Tentacles

More programming information to be released as we confirm it, so be sure to check back or donate to get our updates!

Business & Legal Info

The 2015 H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival®-San Pedro is sponsored by the San Pedro Historic Waterfront Business Improvement District (PBID), the Grand Vision Foundation, and Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles. It is produced and managed by HPLFF-SoCal, LLC as part of a license with Lurker Films, Inc. of Portland, Oregon. 

All attendees of the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival & CthulhuCon®-San Pedro are expected to abide by the Event Code of Conduct

Risks and challenges

This will be the sixth year of the San Pedro H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival & CthulhuCon®, and our third Kickstarter campaign (the first two were successful). The festival will occur regardless of our Kickstarter campaign, as things are already locked. However, if not successful we will have to resort to personal funds to pay for the theater rental, insurance, staff, marketing, print rentals, guest travel and accommodations, and the many other expenses we accrue. Furthermore, none of our stretch goals will be attained, which is enough to drive us insane.

After this is over, assuming it is funded, we merely need to continue doing what we have done and are doing.

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    LiveStream level - If you can't attend and just want to watch most everything we do like Unseen Forces from BEYOND. You can see the performances and interactive backstage interviews with guests, plus passwords for as many of the selected short films viewable online as we can get, accessible that weekend only. We'll also send you a PDF of artwork and a PDF of our program--all rewards are digital.

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    FRIDAY FUNGI OF YUGGOTH TICKET - One ticket to the festival on Friday, May 1st. A Kickstarter-exclusive poster will be held for you at the theater and the PDF of Lovecraft art emailed to you.

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    SATURDAY SECRET SHOGGOTH PAL TICKET - One ticket to the festival on Saturday, May 2 PLUS you will be allowed entry to the Secret Screening events in the wee hours. A Kickstarter-exclusive poster awaits, plus the PDF of Lovecraft art emailed to you.

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    THERE IN SPIRIT - For those who cannot attend, you get the Ghoul Grab Bag reward, including (voided) tickets mailed to you plus exclusive access to the LiveStream of performances and interactive backstage interviews with guests, plus passwords for as many of the selected short films viewable online as we can get, accessible that weekend only.

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    FROM BEYOND DUAL REALITY TICKET - For those who want to attend Friday and Saturday only, this is the level for you. You will get the PDF of art and the Kickstarter-exclusive poster, plus tickets for Friday and Saturday, including access to the Secret Screening late Saturday night.

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    IA! FULL CTHULHU FHTAGN TICKET - One ticket to the entire festival: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and the Secret Screening. Includes PDF of Lovecraft art, the Kickstarter-exclusive poster, an official HPLFF-SP 2015 T-shirt, and Sunday brunch. Poster and shirt waiting for you at theater.

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    SOLO SERVITOR OF THE OUTER GODS - You'll receive our special 2015 HPLFF-SP Reel Pass ticket (full access to the whole weekend, including brunch), access to reserved VIP seating at the Warner Grand and the Secret Screening, the PDF of Lovecraft art, a Kickstarter-exclusive poster, an HPLFF-SP 2015 AND a Miskatonic University Enology T-shirt from Lovecraft Wines.

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    DEEP ONE VIP SPECIAL - A great VIP package for two: two wooden VIP Reel Pass tickets for the full festival including brunch and the Secret Screening, VIP seating in the Warner Grand AND the Secret Screening, a guided backstage tour of the WGT on Friday and/or Saturday, VIP parking on Friday and Saturday (one vehicle), the PDF of art, two Kickstarter exclusive 2015 HPLFF-SP posters, two official HPLFF-SP 2015 T-shirts, two Miskatonic University Enology T-shirts, one jar of Cthulhu Pickles, PLUS a pair of limited edition HPLFF-SP 2015 glasses (pint or wine goblet or one of each).

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    HORDE OF STAR SPAWN OF CTHULHU FHTAGN GROUP TICKET PACK) - Five tickets to the entire festival: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and the Secret Screening. Includes PDFs of Lovecraft art, five Kickstarter-exclusive posters, five official HPLFF-SP 2015 T-shirts, five Sunday brunch passes and ONE VIP parking space (because we want you to fight over it). Posters and shirts waiting for you at theater. You can add more tickets to this level at $70 per.

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    HASTUR THE UNSPEAKABLE HOTEL VIP PACKAGE - As the Deep One VIP package but also includes two nights' stay May 1 & 2 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, located three blocks from the theater (does not cover extra charges such as room service, telephone, Pay-Per-View, tipping, etc.), unguided backstage access of the WGT + two pairs of limited edition HPLFF-SP 2015 glasses (both pint and wine goblet) and TWO official HPLFF-SP 2015 workshirts. You get two of every shirt and glass we make this year.

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    WE WORSHIP YOU LIKE A GOD LEVEL - All Hail! We give you everything: two etched wooden VIP Reel Passes to the full festival, reserved VIP seating in the theater and the Secret Screening, VIP parking, unrestricted backstage access, two passes to the 20th Anniversary HPLFF in Portland (does not include travel accommodations--this WILL sell out), two official HPLFF-SP 2015 shirts, two MU Enology shirts, two HPLFF-SP 2015 work shirts, two Kickstarter exclusive posters, two nights' stay at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (May 1 & 2), two limited edition HPLFF-SP 2015 wine goblets & two pint glasses, one marquee-sized (36" x 48") official HPLFF-SP 2015 poster (only three made), PLUS a marquee poster for the 1970 movie "The Dunwich Horror", one special short story written by Cody Goodfellow just for you, one poem written for you by Bryan Thao Worra, one ultra-rare autographed poster from "Return to Innsmouth" and a special remastered DVD of "Return to Innsmouth" (out of print on VHS), four framed art prints (10" x 13") by Ashley Russell, one complete set of "Pickman's Masterpiece" photo prints (5 total) by Joshua Hoffine (autographed), a jar of Cthulhu Pickles, and you will be featured (if you so choose) at the Friday Invocation (a NEW event at the HPLFF) and the Sunday Prayer Breakfast.

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