About this project
ADD-ONS: if you want either an HPLFF-LA T-shirt OR a work shirt, and it is not included in your package, just increase your pledge either $18 for the regular T-shirt or $35 for the work shirt. These work shirts will ONLY BE MADE FOR THIS KICKSTARTER, AND NOT AVAILABLE ANYWHERE ELSE!
Plus: Donors of $600 or more also get full weekend tickets to the original Portland H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival 2014 (exact date in spring TBD)!
- Hit our fundraising goal! Let's get our stretch goal to have legendary game creator Sandy Petersen join us!
- The movie IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS will screen with producer Sandy King as guest! (wife of director John Carpenter)
- HUGE ADDITIONS to the Daemon Sultan Azathoth reward levels: FOUR all-access VIP badges (and poster, and T-shirts), plus videos and the chance to join the ceremonial Cthulhu Prayer Breakfast on Sunday!
- MOST (not all) REWARD LEVELS ARE THE ACTUAL TICKETS TO THE FESTIVAL.
- IF YOU WANT MORE THAN ONE, SELECT THE REWARD LEVEL YOU WANT, BUT PAY DOUBLE (or triple, or quadruple) THE AMOUNT. We'll ask about additional names in the reward survey. If you have questions, feel free to message me.
The HPLFF started almost 20 years ago in Portland, Oregon by Andrew Migliore. After years of attending and contributing, filmmaker Aaron Vanek went insane and spawned an HPLFF in his hometown of Los Angeles. This is a licensed franchise of the Portland fest, but each festival has its own distinct brand of madness.
The first three LA festivals were successes but paid for out of pocket and just missed breaking even each time. Unfortunately, it is not possible to provide the same excitement and entertainment this year without your help. Our savings are drained so without YOU we'll be hard pressed to maintain and improve the quality this independently run horror and weird tale film festival has had in the past.
Eaten Last - Thank you! Your contribution to the cause is greatly appreciated, so much we will petition the Great Old Ones to devour you last, like a digestif. We'll still mail you a program paper with your name in the obituary column in teeny tiny type.
ALL DONORS WILL HAVE THEIR NAME IN OUR PROGRAM PAPER, BUT YOUR NAME WILL BE IN A BIGGER FONT SIZE BASED ON YOUR REWARD LEVEL
ALL DONORS ABOVE $10 WILL RECEIVE A PDF OF LOVECRAFT ART FROM RENOWNED ILLUSTRATORS LEE MOYER, PAUL CARRICK, MIKE DUBISCH, JASON THOMPSON AND MANY MORE!
Friday Fungi of Yuggoth and Saturday Shoggoth Rewards - Each of these reward levels brings you one ticket for the appropriate day. It will be mailed to you, so you don't have to wait at will call or the box office; you can go right to the entrance where an EXCLUSIVE Kickstarter-donor only poster will be handed to you. The PDF of HPL art will be emailed.
The poster artwork is by Jason "Mockman" Thompson, our artist guest of honor. This 11" x 17" special will be printed on heavier paper than our regular official poster. There will only be as many made as we have donors over $10. It will look almost exactly like this:
Please note that we will have a second official HPLFF-2013 poster with sponsor logos and text. This Kickstarter campaign is your only chance to get a quality print of Jason Thompson's artwork.
Sunday Shantak Reward - On Sunday afternoon we will bring back our Brunch n' Fun activities at the Grand Vision Foundation annex, just a few doors down from the Warner Grand. This ticket is only good for this day, and includes brunch, again catered by Happy Diner. It does NOT include any drinks ordered from the bar. Sunday will feature games, a live art show, a scavenger hunt, and more still in the works. You will have your ticket mailed to you, and the exclusive Kickstarter poster will be waiting for you. The PDF of HPL art will be emailed.
Ghoul Grab Bag Reward - Snatch some stuff from us and scurry back to your warren: the HPLFF-LA 2013 T-shirt, the Kickstarter-exclusive poster, and a newspaper program will be mailed to you. The PDF of HPL art will be emailed.
There in Spirit Reward - OH NO! You can't make it to San Pedro in September? Have no fear, you can still join the festival! At this reward level we will mail you all the materials the other donors would receive: the tickets, the newspaper program, the Kickstarter-exclusive poster, the T-shirt, the Lovecraft art PDF, and any additional swag we receive such as flyers, magazines, etc. More importantly, you will have EXCLUSIVE ACCESS to a LiveStream of the festival, which will include all the announcements, Q&A, live performances, etc. We will also endeavor to bring you as many of the short films as possible online (perhaps even some that won't be shown in the theater). You will have the opportunity to vote on your favorite short film, helping decide the audience choice winner. If you can acquire the features, you can have your own H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival® in your home! Invite your friends! The LiveStream will be interactive and feature private interviews with the guests backstage. We'll do our utmost to give you the HPLFF-LA experience from a distance. We cannot guarantee you will receive the package of goodies before the festival, but we'll send you a PDF of the program at least. We also cannot guarantee quality of the LiveStream, but we will strive for the highest possible.
IA! Full Cthulhu Fhtagn Reward - THIS IS IT! One ticket to the entire festival, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 27-29. Includes one Kickstarter-exclusive poster PLUS the official HPLFF-LA 2013 T-shirt, AND Sunday brunch (drinks from brunch bar NOT included). Poster and T-shirt waiting for you at theater. Tickets mailed, no waiting in line. The PDF of HPL art will be emailed. What more could you want?
Solo Servitor of the Outer Gods Reward Package - For those who live alone by choice or necessity. One full weekend ticket will be mailed to you; a Kickstarter-exclusive poster, an HPLFF-LA 2013 T-shirt, a Sunday brunch pass (bar drinks NOT included), Friday dinner and Saturday lunch at the Whale & Ale pub (NOT including drinks or gratuity) await your flesh in San Pedro. You will also have access to reserved VIP seating. The PDF of HPL art will be emailed. Note this DOES NOT INCLUDE backstage visits.
Local Lengites VIP Reward Package - What, you want more? OK. At this level you will get two full weekend tickets including two Sunday brunch passes--NOT including drinks--mailed to you. You get access to a special VIP reserved seating section in the main lobby, two Kickstarter-exclusive posters, two HPLFF-LA 2013 T-shirts, PLUS two complimentary dinner tickets for the Friday pre-fest party and Saturday author reading at the Whale & Ale pub (does not include drinks or gratuity), one copy of the Bram Stoker-nominated short horror fiction anthology Hell Comes to Hollywood edited by Eric Miller, one 8" x 10" signed print of the surreal painting "Guitarist #2" by artist D.H. Covey, the PDF of Lovecraft art, and exclusive VIP backstage access in the Warner Grand Theatre during the festival to hang out with the monsters (and guests).
Hastur the Unspeakable Hotel VIP Reward Package - Need somewhere secluded to absorb the forbidden knowledge lanced into your mind from the festival? For this reward you can recuperate at the Crowne Plaza Hotel located just three blocks from the Warner Grand. You will have two nights in the hotel (either one King-size bed or two double beds, all are NON-smoking), but no extras included such as tips, telephone, room service, etc. Plus everything in the Lengites reward package.
DAEMON SULTAN AZATHOTH EXECUTIVE VIP REWARD PACKAGE - All Hail! You will go mad with Lovecraftian goodies at this reward level. If we meet our stretch goal, you will have four passes to join an exclusive game run by Sandy Petersen, either Call of Cthulhu or Cthulhu Wars. PLUS: FOUR full all-access VIP passes, four Kickstarter exclusive posters, four Kickstarter exclusive HPLFF-LA workshirts and four T-tshirts (eight shirts total). Includes everything from the Hastur Hotel level, but your hotel room is upgraded to a deluxe suite (king bed plus living room and double-sized hide-a-bed, enough room for four). You will also get one marquee-sized (36" x 48") official HPLFF-LA 2013 poster autographed by artist Jason Thompson and all the guests. In the past, only two or three of these are made--one for the artist, one for the festival organizer, one for HPLFF founder Andrew Migliore. This year, we will make two more just for this donor reward. You will also get a marquee poster for the 1970 movie The Dunwich Horror; an autographed copy of Hell Comes to Hollywood; an autographed (promotional edition) copy of Copping Squid by Michael Shea and S.T. Joshi; autographed copies of the chapbook The Electric Eye, Radiant Dawn and Ravenous Dusk by Cody Goodfellow, The Womb of Time written by Brian Stableford, edited by S.T. Joshi, and illustrated by Cyril van der Haegen; a printed set from the original storyboards for the movie Beyond Re-Animator autographed by the artist D.H. Covey and director Brian Yuzna; a print of "Guitarist #2" by Covey; a copy of the rules to the game Strange Aeons and the expansion Morbid Adventures; one copy of each of the following Lurker Films DVDs: Volume One: Cool Air, Volume Two: Rough Magic, and a director-autographed copy Weird Tales Collection Volume One: The Yellow Sign; an autographed copy of the ultra-rare Return to Innsmouth poster PLUS a remastered DVD screener--RTI has been out of print on VHS for years, this short film features "Dagon Rising" CG sequence by legendary illustrator Richard Corben; and all four of your faux obituaries (with photo that you provide) for the program paper, and lastly, the opportunity to join the ceremony on stage at the Sunday Cthulhu Prayer Breakfast. If you want to devour it all, this is the reward level.
PDF Lovecraft Art E-Book - Only for Kickstarter donors above $10! A collection of Lovecraftian art that will play on our onscreen slideshow as a digital PDF. This will be emailed to you. Artists who have agreed so far (more to come!): Lee Moyer, Jason Thompson, Mike Dubisch, Jason Voss, DH Covey, Brad Moore, Alex Ledante, Mario Zuccarello, Mariusz Siergiejew, Ashley Russell, Dark Bunny Studios, Paul Carrick (artist for 2010 HPLFF-LA poster), David Milano (artist for 2011 HPLFF-LA poster), Nicholas Collins (artist for 2012 HPLFF-LA poster), and more! Nemo's Locker will have six plates from the Lovecraft Tarot:
Tickets mailed - Our tickets are specially made each year, and will be mailed to you before the festival, so you can walk right into the lobby.
Kickstarter Exclusive poster - The official HPLFF-LA poster will be the same image, but additional text and logos will be added. This special Kickstarter-only reward highlights artist Jason Thompson's detailed image. 11 by 17 inches and printed on a heavier stock than the regular poster.
H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival®-Los Angeles T-shirt - These black T's will be printed in three colors and feature a cast of critters from Thompson's poster. We will ask for your size in our reward survey.
Both poster and T-shirt will be available at the theater for Kickstarter ticket holders. Arrangements will be made if you are unable to pick it up in person.
Sunday brunch - Our programming will be at the nearby Grand Vision Foundation annex on Sunday and feature Lovecraftian card, board, video and role-playing games, a live art contest, a physical art gallery, and the Lash of St. Francis, a scavenger hunt adventure in historic San Pedro. Brunch will be catered by Happy Diner (hot meal, vegetarian options), and covered by this ticket. Alcoholic drinks from the annex bar are NOT included with this ticket and must be purchased separately (21+, photo ID required).
Reserved seating and backstage access - A center section of seats roughly 1/3 back on the main floor will be reserved for upper level donors only; of course you can sit anywhere you like. VIPs only will have access to the green room and backstage areas, where our guests and performers will be hanging out. See the hidden secrets of the Warner Grand!
Meals at the Whale & Ale pub - We have a special list of Lovecraft-named entrees for a pre-fest party at this excellent Victorian pub on Friday night, and Saturday will feature lunch with the author guests reading from their works as well as talking about Lovecraft literature. Both of these meals are covered by the pass except for drinks and tip. Note that this does not cover late night happy hour on Friday night.
Hell Comes to Hollywood - This anthology is autographed by editor Eric Miller...
**Nominated for the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Anthology by the Horror Writers Association**
Vampiric producers, ghostly actors, psychotic limousine drivers, murderous stunt men and more haunt the streets and back lots of Hollywood in twenty original horror and suspense stories set in the heart of show business, and written by veteran movie and television professionals.
Copping Squid and Other Mythos Tales by Michael Shea (author), S.T. Joshi (editor) and Steven Gilberts (illustrator) - With eight psychotropic visions of damnation and transformation in the urban coral reef of San Francisco, COPPING SQUID forms a mosaic of otherworldly menace shot through with glimpses of awe-inspiring majesty: of invisible outsiders and self-medicating seekers whose desperate prayers and hidden rituals lead them to behold their alien reflections in the all-seeing eyes of the secret masters of creation.
The Womb of Time by Brian Stableford (author), S.T. Joshi (editor) Cyril van der Haegen (illustrator) - From Britain's master of the fantastic comes a pair of insidious new novellas that combine the pulp existentialism of the Cthulhu Mythos with a counterfeiter's eye for masterful literary forgery.
THE WOMB OF TIME: The rustic English village of Dunwich is slowly crumbling into the sea, but a rare tidal event promises to roll back the waves and reveal ancient ruins, buried treasures and the lost true crown of England. Three scholarly pilgrims have come to Dunwich for their own secret reasons, but as they gather at The Hidden Crown, the mysteries that summoned them begin to take on a life of their own, and the seashore offers a brief but shattering glimpse of the ultimate Other. Dreams and debates intertwine with nameless, sentient dread to form a daring deconstruction of the meaning and menace of Cthulhu.
THE LEGACY OF ERICH ZANN: Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast, but in the wrong hands, it can open doors to spheres of infinite evil. When a murderer stalks the streets of Paris on the trail of Erich Zann, only Europe's greatest criminal investigator, Auguste Dupin, can hope to foil an insane scheme to take up where the mad violinist left off. With deft craftsmanship that transcends pastiche, Stableford introduces a brilliant reincarnation of Poe's seminal detective to the cosmic irrationality of Lovecraft's Mythos, with explosive results.
Radiant Dawn and Ravenous Dusk two novels by Cody Goodfellow -
THE BEGINNING IS NEAR - From a ruined chemical weapons bunker in Iraq to a shallow grave in California's San Andreas Fault, the lines are drawn for a shadow war that will decide who, or what, will inherit the earth and reign as the next dominant species.
The Electric Eye, Copping Squid, The Womb of Time, Radiant Dawn and Ravenous Dusk are all courtesy of Perilous Press
Strange Aeons & Morbid Adventures - A miniature skirmish game of Eldritch horror: The aim of a miniature skirmish game is to enact battles between two opponents on a tabletop. In the case of Strange Aeons, one player takes control of a band of heroic Threshold operatives and the other player acts as the evil Lurkers. Games of Strange Aeons are based in a roughly historical setting sometime after 1920 and can take place anywhere in the world. Morbid Adventures expands your Strange Aeons repertoire with a collection of new scenarios to challenge even the most experienced of Threshold operatives. Includes rulebook and scenario book (no minis).
D.H. Covey art - Artist D.H. Covey will provide VIP donors with a signed print of "Guitaritst #2", partially seen below (is not full image). For the top Daemon Sultan Azathoth level, this will also include signed storyboard art for the movie BEYOND RE-ANIMATOR of the final confrontation scene between Howard, the Warden, and Evil Laurie.
- Sandy King - Producer of In the Mouth of Madness, They Live, and more. Wife to director John Carpenter!
- Brian Yuzna (Re-Animator producer, Beyond Re-Animator director, plus many other Lovecraft movies)
- Stuart Gordon - Just added, after our video was recorded, Dagon and Re-Animator director will be here!
- Jason Thompson (artist, writer for The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath and many other Lovecraft graphic adaptations)
- Mark Kinsey Stephenson (actor, "Randolph Carter" in The Unnamable I and The Unnamable II: The Statement of Randolph Carter)
- Nancy Holder (New York Times Bestselling author)
- Cody Goodfellow (writer, All-Monster Action, Radiant Dawn, Ravenous Dusk)
- D.H. Covey (artist, Dagon, Beyond Re-Animator)
- Macabre Fantasy Radio Theater - performing another thrilling audio drama on stage!
- Eben Brooks (The man responsible for the squamous, rugose filk song “Hey There Cthulhu”)
- More guests to be announced!
- Artist D.H. Covey
- Many more to come!
Our programming is still in the planning stages, but we will update you as soon as events are confirmed.
- Pre-fest dinner at the Whale & Ale pub with special Lovecraft-named food and drink. Open to all, but VIP-level donors will have their meals paid for from the prix fixe menu; drinks and gratuity not included.
- A block of Lovecraft music videos from Darkest of the Hillside Thickets and more. You may have seen them online, but you haven't seen nothing until they're on the big screen!
- Macabre Fantasy Radio Theater is an audio drama in the style of Old Time Radio. Each episode of MFRT features an original adaptation of a classic work of “weird” fiction/horror presented as though it had been produced in the 1930′s complete with an “old time” announcer and a “fake” sponsor ad at the top of each show. MFRT was created by David Milano.
- Post-fest party and pub trivia - return to the Whale & Ale Friday night for happy hour prices and a Lovecraft trivia contest with prizes. Open to all.
- Author readings and discussion about Lovecraft's literature at the Whale & Ale Pub, where they will have a special lunch menu for us. VIPs will have their meals covered (not drinks nor tip).
- Our famous shorts block will play on Saturday night. See the best from around the world, and vote on your favorite! We will try to get as many of these see by our "There in Spirit" donors as possible.
- 90 minutes for a dinner break
- This year, we are proud to present a block of Lovecraft-tehemed music videos, including The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets, who were unable to perform for us.
- UPDATED: Screening of Dagon, with director Stuart Gordon, producer Brian Yuzna, and storyboard artist DH Covey
- UPDATED: Screening of The Unnamable with director Jean-Paul Ouellette and star Mark Kinsey Stephenson.
- UPDATED: Screening In the Mouth of Madness with producer Sandy King!
- Of course, we'll have more features, Q&A, awards, etc. Watch the updates and this page as we keep you apprised of our progress.
- After Saturday night's festivities, you are all invited to join us at the Grand Vision Foundation annex for dessert and an after party.
Sunday will feature the CthulhuCon aspect of the festival, with games, art, brunch, etc.
- A live art show where artists create a work based on audience suggestion.
- Games! Lovecraft board games, card games, video games, every kind of game!
- The Lash of St. Francis live action role playing adventure! This is a mystery/scavenger hunt H.P. Lovecraft-themed LARP that will take place on foot in historic San Pedro starting at 11:30 AM. Players form teams to look for clues and collect objects at various locations in and around the theater. Cost is $5 per team (2-5 players).
$10,000 - Call of Cthulhu RPG creator Sandy Petersen, who just reached $1.4 MILLION dollars for his Cthulhu Wars Kickstarter campaign, will join us if we reach this level! He'll run games, talk game design, Lovecraft, and have fun with us! Help us bring this legend to Los Angeles! (and if you're one of the VIP donors, you can hang out with Sandy backstage)
The 2013 H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival®-Los Angeles is sponsored by the Horror Writers Association, the San Pedro Historic Waterfront Business Improvement District (PBID), and Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles
Risks and challenges
As with any event, there are associated risks of cancellation. However, the 2012 HPLFF-LA wasn't stopped by Carmageddon, so shy of major disasters or the Great Old Ones rising, this festival will occur rain or shine. This is the fourth year at this theater, so we are getting much better and familiar with the ins and outs of running a festival.
A few issues that may arise are: rewards delayed being made or mailed--though some, like the program papers, will be made prior to the fest; your name being misspelled or left off the program; a guest or vendor is unable to attend; a ticket is not included; your exact T-shirt size is suddenly sold out, or many other hiccups that could occur. But we'll be sure to straighten out any discrepancies as quickly as possible to make sure you have the best time possible. The H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival® has been running for almost 20 years--we think we know what we're doing, but of course we have room for improvement. We will continue to update our backers as much as possible so you are part of the experience. Thanks!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
If you want a reward that is tailored for one, but want to bring another, just double your donation, pick the reward level you want for you and others, and make sure to give all names of the guests in the survey at the end.
If three or more, just add up the number of people for that reward, pay that amount, and make sure to mention all names in the survey.
You can be with us this September!
Check out the "Ghoul Grab Bag" ($25), which is the t-shirt, poster, and program book mailed to you (with a charge to send to other countries), but the main one is the "There in Spirit" reward level ($50), where you get the ghoul grab bag PLUS access to our Livestream of events, exclusive interviews backstage with the guests, and online access to as many short films as we can get.
If you can get the features, you can have your own H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival in your home!
If you do NOT have the shirt you want in your reward level:
add $18 per T-shirt, and $35 per work shirt to your donation.
If you are an international donor, add $2 to your shipping cost per shirt.
If you already have the T-shirt in your donation level but want to upgrade to a workshirt (which are only available through this campaign), add $18 to your donation level. You will get the workshirt instead of the T-shirt.
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