Big Damn Wrap Up for HPLFF® & CthulhuCon™-San Pedro 2016
Hello and welcome to the (belated) wrap up of the 2016 H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival® & CthulhuCon™ - San Pedro!
1. Thank you!
We had a great time this year and hope you did, too. It was a year for trying something new including The Dunwich Horror Picture Show staged by the combined talents of Cody Goodfellow, Club Pangea and Cassadine (Amanda Machina, Erin Jane Laroue, and Nathan Carson).
We welcomed a wide array of esteemed authors this year thanks to the addition of dual track programming including Joe Pulver, S.P. Miskowski, Leslie Klinger, Michael Griffin, Toren Atkinson, Ian Welke and Mike Davis. Festival attendees got their first look at Sean O'Reilly's Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom and Graham Skipper's chilling stage adaptation of The Colour Out Of Space. There was music, dancing of the burlesque variety (courtesy of Peepshow Menagerie), and fine Lovecraftian imagery thanks to artists Pete Von Sholly, Paul Komoda, Nick Gucker, Lee Joyner and Mike Dubisch.
2. Festival Winners
The fest received a robust selection of film submissions this year, short films in particular. We'd like to thank our judges (Canadians Sean O'Reilly and Toren Atkinson) and the many fine filmmakers who submitted their visions. Please keep those films coming. They are the lifeblood of the HPLFF.
Of all the films that stood out it was the animated adaptation of Pickman's Model by Pablo Angeles that received this year's Best Short Film honor. It was also the recipient of our Audience Choice Award. The runner up for Audience Choice was The Package by Kelly Young. The 2016 Best Screenplay Award went to The Knot by Edward Martin III. We thank the judges (Kat Rocha, Ian Welke, Les Klinger, S.P. Miskowski and Cody Goodfellow) who read many a promising screenplay to choose this year's best in show. Over at our annual artist competition, Pickman's Apprentice, artists were challenged by the audience to render their interpretation of “The Dunwich Laundromat”. Nick Gucker's work was awarded top prize.
3. Photo Coverage
I'm sure many of you have classic photos from the weekend. Please share those with us via our Facebook page or Twitter feed. Be sure to use #HPLFF We also had our own, official photographer wandering the Warner Grand. You can see all of Eduardo Tinoco's images here.
4. Press Coverage
Some official and blog reviews are still expected. Here are a few you can check out now:
Be sure to like, comment and share these reviews.
5. Our LiveStream
We can't discuss our Livestream coverage without a cyclopean shout out to Leeman Kessler. Leeman was the eye of sanity during all we were able to stream from the festival. If this was your first time seeing Leeman, we strongly encourage you to seek out his Ask Lovecraft web series (many recent episodes shot during this year's festival). You can find these episodes on Leeman's YouTube channel.
Thanks to our dual track programming, we were able to bring more to our Livestream viewers. Those who were unable to join us could delight in the author and artist panels. They were also able to screen some of the short films featured in our blocks. While most of those shorts are no longer on line, we are in the process of posting all of the Livestream events. Be sure to check them out at our YouTube channel soon.
6. Stuff For Sale!
We have a very limited amount of official 2016 HPLFF® Kickstarter posters (12" x 18", heavier paper) with art by Mike Bukowski, coloring by Brian Callahan, plus the official HPLFF®-SP T-shirt, plus the hand-etched official HPLFF®-SP beer pint and wine goblet glasses available. Please check our store and get them before they're gone!
7. Lost and Found
Missing something? If so, feel free to contact us. We haven't found anything of note yet, but will comb all we pulled from the theater to make sure.
8. Your comments
While it seems you all had a great time, I'm sure there were a few moments where we came up short. For that we apologize. Never hesitate to suggest where we can make ourselves better. All comments are welcome. We also wish to apologize for anyone we haven't thanked so far in helping to bring this year's festival to fruition. It takes a village to put these things on and many people play their part. We thank you all!
9. What’s Next?
We'll be back in 2017! Look for us the weekend of May 5, 6, and 7, and our Kickstarter campaign in early February. More details soon!
10. Stay in touch
Stay in touch with us via the arcane practice of social networking:
That's it for 2016! We're going to go into brief hibernation so that we may rise renewed and bring you an even better 2017 H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival® & CthulhuCon™ - San Pedro!
Frank H. Woodward, Aaron Vanek, Cody Goodfellow, Miguel Rodriguez, James Knouse