About this project
"It was voodoo, apparently, but voodoo of a more terrible sort than they had ever known..." ~The Call of Cthulhu, 1926
Over the past few years, the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival® has taken you on adventures to locales far and near, and now we're bringing you a little of the New Orleans bayou with this year's Mardi Gras theme! Join us for 3-days of Lovecraftian horror in film, fiction, art, and music in the heart of beautiful Portland, OR!
If you're unable to attend the festival, you can still pledge for these fantastic rewards at the many "there in spirit levels." At the end of the campaign, we'll calculate your shipping to anywhere!
WHY A NEW ORLEANS THEME?
We lived in New Orleans before moving to Portland, and came to love the food, music, and unique blend of cultures there. H. P. Lovecraft also had a connection with the City that Care Forgot. In his 1926 story, “The Call of Cthulhu,” the famous Inspector Legrasse of New Orleans, encounters a Cthulhu Cult deep in the bayou. In 1932, Lovecraft actually visited New Orleans in person, and met E. Hoffman Price who lived there on Royal Street. Introduced via telegraph by Robert E. Howard, Lovecraft and Price spent the week together, got along famously, and collaborated on “Through the Gates of the Silver Key” later that year. Our rewards, VIP Party, and some programming content is designed to give you a taste of the Crescent City.
STRETCH GOALS & Gold/Silver Shoggoth Levels
Reaching our initial funding goal means we can afford one of our biggest expenses: the theater rental! Everything raised from here on out will help us make the festival experience even better, whether you'll be joining us in person, or through a “there in spirit” level.
$26,000 UNLOCKED! – CTHULHU PATCH. This beautiful embroidered patch is being produced & added to all GOLD SHOGGOTH levels FOR FREE, and is available as an ADD-ON for only $8.
$30,000 UNLOCKED! – MARDI GRAS CUP - This Cup completes your Mardi Gras Pack! The triumvirate of Mardi Gras throws are beads, doubloons, and cups. We reached this goal, so we are producing this traditional purple and shiny gold throw cup (with Cthulhu!) and INCLUDING IT FOR FREE to all levels that include the Mardi Gras Pack. ADD-ON for only $5 each!
$36,000 – VIRTUAL STREAM - BE THERE IN SPIRIT FOR REAL (kinda)! FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER we’ll provide an on-line stream DURING THE FEST WEEKEND with 2 full blocks of new short films, plus selected panels and live events FREE AT SILVER & GOLD SHOGGOTH LEVELS. Reaching this level makes the Shadow Out of Time and Traveler levels an INSANELY good thing for people who can't attend the festival in person.
$40,000 – BEST OF 2017 DVD -We’ll have the funds to produce the Best of 2017 Short Film Collection on DVD, pay the filmmakers royalties, and we’ll INCLUDE IT AT ALL GOLD SHOGGOTH LEVELS. It will also be available as a discounted ADD-ON for all other levels. NOTE: DVD production takes some time; it will be produced and mailed separately from other rewards in Spring/Summer 2018, as we've done the last 3 years.
$48,600 – BEST OF 2017 BLU-RAY - We’ll have the funds to produce the Best of 2017 on high definition Blu-ray, in addition to the DVD (so we'll have both available separately) and offer it at a nominal UPGRADE price for GOLD SHOGGOTH LEVELS and as a discounted ADD-ON. NOTE: Blu-ray production takes some time; it will be produced and mailed separately from other rewards in Spring/Summer 2018.
(why so much more? We did the math; commercial Blu-rays are much much more expensive to produce than DVDs, due to additional authoring and licensing fees, and higher priced replication, media, and packaging, but the advantage is a sturdier disc and a a great HD picture.)
SILVER SHOGGOTH LEVELS ARE:
- $100 Shadows Out of Time
- $150 Traveler From Beyond the Stars
- $195 VIP 3-Day
- $385 VIP for TWO
GOLD SHOGGOTH LEVELS ARE:
- $235 Deluxe Traveler From Beyond the Stars
- $325 VIP Experience Levels
- $500 All Access level and all levels above
You can support our Kickstarter whether you just want the Limited Edition stuff we're making, or you plan on attending. We have levels for both!
VIP – BAL MASQUE & RECEPTION - For VIP backers, the weekend gets kicked off on Thursday, October 5th with a VIP Reception and Masqued Ball at our secret Cultist Meeting location*. Mingle with some of our featured guests while sampling creole and cajun delicacies, enjoying free flowing refreshments, live music by New Orleans legend Reggie Houston, and a ritual like none you've experienced before! A ticket for this event is included in all VIP levels, EXPERIENCE levels, and ALL ACCESS levels.
*VIP Reception is 6-9 pm on Thursday, October 5th, 3721 SE Ankeny, about 1 mile from the theater and easily accessible by public transportation.
MARDI GRAS PACK
Mardi Gras, also referred to as Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday, or Carnival, is a season of celebration leading up to Lent. In New Orleans this tradition has become such a major attraction, it is ingrained in the city's culture and identity. In the late 1800s, Mardi Gras Krewes were formed, and to this day, Krewes like Bacchus, Endymion, Muses, Rex, and Zulu put on Balls and ride on Parade floats through the city. Tokens like beads, trinkets, and doubloons are thrown from the floats to the eager crowds lining the streets.
We have created a unique Mardi Gras Pack, which is included in all VIP, Experience, All Access, and some of the "There in Spirit" levels.
MASQUE OF CTHULHU - This custom painted Cthulhu Bauta mask is a classic Carnaval shape and is the perfect foundation for your next bal masque outfit or Cultist costume!
BEADS AND DOUBLOONS are coveted items, thrown by float riders to the crowds. Each mystic society has their own special medallions that hang on strands of colored beads and doubloon coin designs. It is only fitting that our custom-made bead medallions and aluminum doubloons feature the Great Cthulhu!
MARDI GRAS GO-CUP has been unlocked and is now INCLUDED in the Mardi Gras Pack! You can add these to your rewards for $5 each!
ATTEND- 3-DAY PASSES - A full 3-day pass to the festival comes at the $98 ATTEND level and above (look for "3-Day Pass" in the reward list). This gives you access to all main programming in our three auditoriums at the Hollywood Theatre and the E.O.D. Center for the duration of the festival. Many Levels that include a 3-day pass also include perks, like front of the line privileges on opening night, priority entry at events that have limited seating, and other extras that will unlock with stretch goals.
Regular passes will also go on sale shortly, however, the only way to get the Exclusive supporter Shirts and lapel pins, and other limited edition items is by reserving your ticket through this Kickstarter! Support us now and get something unique that you can wear to show others your love for the event!
SOUVENIR TICKET - Each 3-day pass in our backer reward levels comes with a souvenir ticket! This will not be available outside the Kickstarter. This gives you access to the festival and also becomes your badge. This will also help us identify you as a 3-Day pass holder and let others see that you're one of the chosen (you backed this Kickstarter).
EXCLUSIVE LAPEL PINS - Show the world you were there (or there in spirit!) with this Exclusive Cthulhu Lapel Pin. All Attendee levels, VIP levels, Experience levels, All Access levels and Shadows Out of Time, Traveler From Beyond the Stars, and Deluxe Traveler levels include the lapel pin. These are being produced exclusively for attendees (including higher "there in spirit" levels) and are not available separately or outside the Kickstarter.
LIMITED EDITION SHIRTS
This limited edition Carnaval de Cthulhu design is available on both men's (S-5XL) and women's (S-2XL) style shirts (we'll contact you for size and style when the campaign ends). Printed on high quality 100% (preshrunk) cotton, a t-shirt is included at many levels, but can also be added to any level that doesn't include it for $25.
SUPPORTER WORK SHIRT OR HOODY Get a work shirt (S-5XL) or full zip front hooded sweatshirt (S-5XL) for $50. (The design is printed on the back of the work shirt and hoody.) Work shirt is short-sleeved, black, 65% polyester/35% cotton. Hoody is 50% cotton/50% polyester. If your reward already includes the t-shirt, you can UPGRADE to a work shirt or hoody by adding $25 to your pledge. You can ADD ON a work shirt or hoody to any level by adding $50 to your pledge.
CHALLENGE FROM BEYOND 2017 - In 1935, H.P. Lovecraft wrote a famous round robin story with 4 of his author friends, called "The Challenge From Beyond." When C.L. Moore, A Merritt, H.P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, and Frank Belknap Long were finished, they had a singular plot written in each of their distinct styles.
This year, we asked Orrin Grey, Cody Goodfellow, Nathan Carson, Dominique Lamssies, and Chad Michael Ward to participate in "The Challenge From Beyond 2017.” The finished story will be published in a special edition souvenir book. You can add on the "Challenge From Beyond 2017" by increasing your pledge by $10. A copy of this limited edition book is included in many of the higher levels.
BREAKOUT SESSION WITH F. PAUL WILSON! - F. Paul Wilson, author of The Keep and the Repairman Jack series, is this year's Guest of Honor. 10 lucky backers will get to spend an hour chatting about whatever they want to with this fantastic author! We will randomly select 10 backers from any level that includes a 3-Day pass.
BREAKOUT SESSION WITH ADAM SCOTT GLANCY! - Have you heard any of Glancy's classic festival stories? The Dog Head? The Christmas Present? Rumor has it, he has a few new ones. Be the first to hear it straight from the master's mouth. We call it a breakout session, but it could just as well be called story hour with Scott. You'll be entertained, we promise! 10 backers will be randomly chosen from any level that includes a 3-Day pass.
TAKE A TRIP BACK IN TIME
MESSAGES FROM BEYOND - Find yourself in the pages of the DAILY LURKER, a 1930s style newspaper that we are creating to commemorate the event. Printed on real newsprint and containing faux articles, historic photos, fiction, comics, film and programming information, and content from our contributors. You can appear in the year 1937, without all the mental agony that comes with a Yithian brain swap.
Or maybe you'd like something a little more morbid? Bizarro author and publisher JEFF BURK will write your Weird Obituary! Supply a photo (period dress, monster costumes, etc., are encouraged) to take your place among the real and fictional individuals who passed in 1937 at our IN THE VAULT - OBITUARY level!
You're front page news! We can't promise it will be pretty, but it might make you infamous. You'll be the main subject of a front page mythos-related news story, written by KEN HITE, Daily Lurker special correspondent and author of Tour de Lovecraft: The Tales, Cthulhu 101, and numerous role playing campaigns. Includes the VIP 3-Day package and makes you eligible for all Gold Shoggoth Stretch Goal rewards.
THE TAINTED INKWELL
H.P. Lovecraft was all about spreading his mythos around, inviting his author friends to use his otherworldy entities and lore, and encouraging them to take part in adding to his mythology. This created a collection of shared universe fiction by several of his contemporaries, and is a legacy that continues today as more writers contribute to his oeuvre. Pledge at this level and you can take your place among the stars as you become a character in a short story by PETER RAWLIK (Reanimators, Weird Company) commissioned specifically for this festival and printed in the Daily Lurker. Includes the VIP 3-Day package and makes you eligible for all Gold Shoggoth Stretch Goal rewards.
THE HORROR IN THE PLAY
The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society thrilled the Lovecraftian world with their award winning film adaptations of “Call of Cthulhu” and The Whisperer in Darkness. However, Sean Branney and Andrew Leman have been bringing the old gent's stories to life for over 20 years through live role playing games, music, and now 1930s style radio plays. Their series of Dark Adventure Radio Theater Plays dramatize Lovecraft's fiction with stirring voice acting, musical scores, and atmospheric special effects.
You have the opportunity to participate in the walk-on role of a lifetime in this year's LIVE performance of a Dark Adventure Radio Theater production on the festival's main stage! That's right! They'll be performing a radio play live, and you'll get to be a part of it! Includes the VIP 3-Day package and makes you eligible for all Gold Shoggoth Stretch Goal rewards.
GAMING WITH THE GODS
This year, we carry on the tradition of Adam Scott Glancy killing your character in a private Call of Cthulhu Game that takes place at the Festival Founder's home. As you play your scenario in the ambiance and comfort of his gaming den, you'll be surrounded by vintage movie posters, action figures, games, and other movie memorabilia. If there is time after your game, Andrew may even break out some films or clips from years past! The game will be on Friday, October 6th starting at 11 am and running until your characters are dead or insane, so you get to play in an epic game and not miss any films! Includes the VIP 3-Day package and makes you eligible for all Gold Shoggoth Stretch Goal rewards.
ALL ACCESS – COURTIER OF CTHULHU
More than a mortal, not quite a god; in the Court of Cthulhu is still a good place to be! This is for hard-core festival fans. From out of the writhing masses, your voice will be heard! Your VIP treatment includes a Vote for Best Short Film in our jury, 3-day pass, limited edition lapel pin and t-shirt, Green Room access, VIP Bal Masque Reception, Mardi Gras Pack, the "Challenge From Beyond 2017" book, signed festival poster, digital download pack, a message in the Daily Lurker, and makes you eligible for all Gold Shoggoth Stretch Goal rewards.
ALL ACCESS – GRAND MARSHAL OF CTHULHU
Your love of all things H.P. Lovecraft has garnered you the ultimate in rewards. As the number one Festival Fan, you'll view the films in your own reserved seat, refresh yourself in the Green Room, give a shout out to your friends with a message on the slideshow and in the Daily Lurker, choose your favorite submitted film and present it with a special award during the Sunday night Award Ceremony, and play the Call of Cthulhu game with Adam Scott Glancy at the Founder's home. On Saturday night, the Festival Directors and Founder will take you out to dinner. Along with the 3-day pass, Bal Masque VIP Party, lapel pin, supporter t-shirt, and the digital download pack, you'll take home a lot of exclusive swag including a coveted display box sized festival poster signed by this year's guests, the Mardi Gras Pack, and the "Challenge From Beyond 2017" book. Makes you eligible for all Gold Shoggoth Stretch Goal rewards.
GREAT OLD ONE
Attending is fun, but you want to be instrumental in this production. Be the presenter of one Short Film Block, and take two reserved seats in the theater. As a high level VIP you will be taken out to dinner by the Festival Directors and Founder Andrew Migliore on Saturday night. Includes onscreen message, TWO 3-day passes, two lapel pins, two limited edition t-shirts, work shirts, or hoodies, the Challenge From Beyond 2017, the Mardi Gras Kit, and VIP Bal Masque tickets. Also includes Green Room access, a light-box sized festival poster signed by this year's guests, digital download, and makes you eligible for all Gold Shoggoth Stretch Goal rewards.
THERE IN SPIRIT LEVELS
If you can't attend the festival, but want to join in the Carnaval de Cthulhu fun, pledge at one of these levels.
SEARCHERS AFTER HORROR- You can haunt strange dark places in your limited edition supporter t-shirt. You'll also receive the Challenge From Beyond 2017 book, Official Festival Poster, the Daily Lurker, and the digital download pack.
SUPPORTER T-SHIRT/MARDI GRAS PACK COMBO - Just the essentials! Get the limited edition supporter t-shirt and the Mardi Gras Pack containing the Cthulhu Bauta Mask, custom Cthulhu Mardi Gras Beads and Doubloons.
SHADOWS OUT OF TIME- Be with us in spirit by sending a message through the Daily Lurker (up to 35 words), and we'll send you a copy of the Daily Lurker, the limited edition supporter t-shirt, lapel pin, souvenir badge, Challenge From Beyond 2017 book, the official festival poster with art by Nick Gucker, and the digital download pack.
TRAVELER FROM BEYOND THE STARS- You get all the goodies in the Shadows Out of Time level PLUS you get the Mardi Gras Pack containing the Cthulhu Bauta Mask, custom Cthulhu Mardi Gras Beads and Doubloons.
DELUXE TRAVELER FROM BEYOND THE STARS- You get everything in the Traveler From Beyond the Stars, but you also get the Work Shirt or Hoody. Pledging at this level also makes you eligible for all Gold Shoggoth Stretch Goal Rewards!
You can add additional items to your rewards even if they're already in your level. Want more shirts or a couple more Mardi Gras Packs? You can have them by increasing your pledge! We'll sort out your Add-ons in BackerKit after the campaign ends.
Add a supporter t-shirt - increase your pledge by $25.
Add a supporter work shirt or hoody - increase your pledge by $50.
Upgrade your t-shirt - If your level already comes with a t-shirt, you can upgrade your t-shirt to a work shirt or hoody. Increase your pledge by $25 (for each t-shirt you are upgrading).
Add the Mask of Cthulhu 3" embroidered patch - increase your pledge by $8.
Add the Custom Cthulhu Mardi Gras Beads - increase your pledge by $10.
Add the Carnaval de Cthulhu Doubloons - increase your pledge by $10.
Add a Challenge From Beyond 2017 book - increase your pledge by $10.
Add the Mardi Gras Go-Cup - increase your pledge by $5.
Add an Official Poster - increase your pledge by $10.
Add a plain 3-Day pass (normal wristband; does not include anything else) - increase your pledge by $60.
Add the Cthulhu Absinthe Glass Set - increase your pledge by $45
Add the Cthulhu Pint Glass - increase your pledge by $30
Masks are included in limited reward levels. If any are not claimed at the end of the campaign, they will be offered for add on in BackerKit.
A NOTE ABOUT SHIPPING
This year, in an effort to continue to streamline the survey and reward fulfillment process, we are using BackerKit. At the end of the campaign, Kickstarter will charge your account for the amount of your pledge. After the campaign ends, we will send you the survey through BackerKit. If you are having your rewards shipped to you, you will be charged the actual weight-based shipping through the app. This means you will be paying shipping separately, but it also means you'll likely be paying less shipping because we can more accurately calculate it by what country you are in. Depending on your reward level, you can expect US shipping to be between $2-$20, and International shipping to be between $7-$35.
Thanks to our Contributors and Cohorts!
Risks and challenges
If we reach our goal, we'll have the resources needed to complete our programming, take care of our guests, and provide an even more amazing experience for attendees. If we don't reach our goal, we will have to pawn everything and probably make a deal with a crossroads demon to fund the festival. This will be our 9th festival as directors, so we are comfortable with all the processes that make up the festival. Also, this is our 5th Kickstarter for the HPLFF. The first four were very successful so we do not anticipate any problems with fulfillment of rewards, since we're pretty used to the process now.
Once successfully funded, we will need to start the process of printing T-shirts, producing the lapel pins and other physical rewards. These jobs have already been arranged and are just waiting for us to greenlight them at the end of our Kickstarter project. With successful funding, we will also be able to begin confirming special events, as well as book additional films that provide historical perspective on Cosmic Horror in Cinema. As a backer, you will be kept in the loop on all these developments leading up to the festival, so that you can be sure that we are fulfilling our end of the bargain.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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