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Horrible Imaginings Podcast #171: Horror from South of the Border – A Conversation with Two Mexican Filmmakers

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Hi, everyone! Tomorrow (March 16th) is the opening night of the 24th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival! It also marks the third year of Horrible Imaginings Film Festival partnering with them to bring the “Un Mundo Extraño” block of horror and fantastic cinema.

This year promises to be our strongest showcase of dark films yet, and I am so excited to blast off with this tomorrow night! Just check out the trailer we put together:

Dark comedic madness with Argentine nudism fable Los Decentes, 8mm found footage possession terror with 1974depraved explorations of the absolute limits of human behavior with the not-for-the-faint-of-heart We Are the Flesh! This podcast episode includes interviews with the directors of Histeria, an exploration of the limits of human endurance, and Las Tinieblas (The Darkness), an atmospheric post-apocalyptic horror about the demons both within and without us. You can see the showtimes and dates for each film here.

First up in this podcast, Histeria director Carlos Meléndez talks about the different types of horror, the current rise of the genre from Mexico, the very real social unrest that gave birth to his film about good people taken over by rage, and more. Then, Las Tinieblas (The Darkness) director Daniel Castro Zimbrón joins the podcast to talk about how paintings and images have influenced his filmmaking, the fascination of horror, the importance of using monsters and fantastic films as metaphor, and his own take on the contributions of Latino cinema to the horror landscape.

Even if you don’t live near San Diego or can’t make it to the festival, there are some very strong ideas from these awesome filmmakers in this podcast! Be sure to keep your eyes open for their films and the other films on the program. If you are in San Diego, though, join us over the next 10 days for some incredible cinema! Conveniently, there is a $45 five-pack available! That gets you in to all of the “Un Mundo Extraño” films for less than 10 bucks per movie! Don’t fuck this up–get your five-pack today!

And remember… If you are a filmmaker, we want to see your latest scares! Horrible Imaginings Film Festival is now accepting submissions! Submit today to the film festival Shant Hamassian, director of Night of the Slasher, says is “five stars across the board!” Horrible Imaginings Film Festival proudly accepts entries via FilmFreeway.com, the world’s best online submission platform. FilmFreeway offers free HD online screeners, unlimited video storage, digital press kits, and more. Click below to submit with FilmFreeway.

Subscribe to the Horrible Imaginings Podcast right here. You can also listen here on Dread Central or on the Horrible Imaginings website. You can help keep the podcast, the film festival, and our horror community going for only $1 per month! Become a patron at our Patreon for exclusive content and perks! Find out about San Diego horror events on our FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube pages, and always stay scared!

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Horrible Imaginings Podcast #183: Films to Watch at San Diego Asian Film Festival 2017!

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Hello everyone! As you know, this is a horror genre podcast but it is also a film festival official podcast, and we are trying to increase our content that has to do with film festival missions and purposes from the start so let’s start with an element in the film festival world that I am particularly a proponent of: collaboration.

From my point of view, this is in the effort to serve two main purposes:

  1. To promote the filmmakers of new innovative and exciting independent cinema
  2. To build a community of general audience members who are smart, enthusiastic, and eager to learn more about the art of cinema

There are parts of our mission statement, and every mission statement that differ or go beyond those things, but I would say those are the two main umbrella purposes. In my view, we fill those needs better and with greater power when we work together, expose each other’s audiences to different types of films, and learn from each other’s experiences. Not only that, but I get the opportunity to experience a number of fantastic film festivals year in and year out, which is no small benefit!

This week includes one of the best here in San Diego. With their 18th year about to kick off on Thursday, November 9th, Pac Arts Movement’s San Diego Asian Film Festival has spent almost two decades celebrating Pan-Asian media arts and the creators of those arts with over a week of films, panels, discussions, and more. They also do year-round programs, work with schools in youth outreach efforts, and generally help with some much needed enrichment of San Diego Arts and Culture. I am happy to have my friend, the Artistic Director of Pac Arts Movement, Brian Hu here to chat with us about this year’s offerings. It is amazing to get him just one day before his madness begins, so thank you, Brian! 

In this episode, we discuss:

  1. What Brian Hu’s role is in the San Diego Asian Film Festival
  2. The variety of films and the importance of genre
  3. How genre helps SD Asian Film Fest meet their mission statement
  4. MYSTERY KUNG FU THEATER
  5. A watch list for all of you!
  6. Other special programs

If you are not in San Diego, take these titles down to seek them out at a film festival near you, or perhaps even another theatrical run. If you are, you need to join us! Click Here for a complete program!

If you want to join us, here are our itinerarys:

Miguel:

Friday 11/10: 
2:15pm: Bad Genius at Ultrastar
4pm: Short Films: New Mutants at Ultrastar
6:15pm: Marlina the Murderer at Ultrastar
8:35pm: Before we Vanish at Ultrastar
Saturday 11/11:
1pm: Podcasting Panel at Marriott Mission Valley
2:40pm: Shopping for Fangs at Ultrastar
4pm: Animation at Ultrastar
8:40pm: Try to catch the first act of The Villainess
9:45pm: Caniba at Ultrastar
Sunday 11/12
Noon: Reel Voices Shorts at Ultrastar
3:45pm: Have a Nice Day at Ultrastar
6:30pm: Mon Mon Mon Monsters at UCSD Price Theater
Monday 11/13
4pm: Short Films: Where the Light at Ultrastar
9:40pm: Mystery Kung Fu Theater at Ultrastar (this is nonnegotiable for us all)
Tuesday 11/14
5:30pm: Birds without Names at Ultrastar
8:55pm Paradox at Ultrastar
Wednesday 11/15
2pm: Our Time will Come at Ultrastar
5:45pm: Shorts International Discoveries at Ultrastar
6:45pm: Cococolors (only 45 mins)
8:55pm: Dragonfly Eyes at DGC
Thursday 11/16
4pm: Short Films Disinherit Me at Ultrastar
7:50pm: Somewhere Beyond the Mist at Ultrastar
Sterling:
Saturday 11/11:
1pm: Claire’s Camera
5pm: The Day After
9:45pm: Caniba at Ultrastar
Sunday 11/12
4:05pm: They
6:30pm: A Taxi Driver
Monday 11/13
4pm: Short Films: Where the Light at Ultrastar
7:35pm: Those Long Haired Nights
9:40pm: Mystery Kung Fu Theater at Ultrastar
Wednesday 11/15
6:40pm: Bamseom Pirates Seoul Inferno at DGC
8:55pm: Dragonfly Eyes at DGC
Thursday 11/16
6pm: A Day
7:50pm: Somewhere Beyond the Mist at Ultrastar
Friday 11/17
7pm: A Better Man at TheNAT

The San Diego Asian Film Festival is San Diego’s largest film festival and premiere showcase of Asian American and international cinema. This year, SDAFF includes International, North American, and San Diego premiere screenings, filmmaker and artist Q&As, celebrity appearances, and exclusive events.

Subscribe to the Horrible Imaginings Podcast right here. You can also listen here on Dread Central or on the Horrible Imaginings website. You can help keep the podcast, the film festival, and our horror community going for only $1 per month! Become a patron at our Patreon for exclusive content and perks! Find out about San Diego horror events on our FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube pages, and always stay scared!

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Horrible Imaginings Podcast #182: 2 Sentence Horror Stories

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In a recent trend of referring to popular web based content as a means of retelling the modern horror story, the amount of viable source material to draw upon seems to expand in measure quicker than said supply can be depleted. We’ve seen Youtube provide us with creepypasta born series such as Marble Hornets and SyFy has tuned us in to Channel Zero for two consecutive seasons, as of this publication. Turning to the online populous for the darkest & most effective material has proven fruitful thus far, allowing for a welcomed and less-traditional narrative structure to be executed when necessary. But aside from the telling and retelling of now familiar internet urban mythos, we have many alternative avenues of unnerving narrative to adapt. Some that would, at first glance, appear far too modest in length to concisely rework as a compelling visual device. Yet, Independent voice and executive producer Vera Miao has experienced quite the opposite while doing just that.
Some, if not most of us, are familiar with the idea of 2 Sentence Horror Stories. For those who are not as acquainted with the idea, it couldn’t be more literal if we tried to make it so. These admittedly compact tales provide us with an entire feature’s worth of lore, all while keeping specifics at such a minimum, that we are already filling in these blanks with what our own psyche conjures up. It is upon finishing the climactic second half of these short stories that we swiftly find out how effective this simple literary device is at creeping us out. This of course allows for much room to spread one’s visionary wings, which Miao has done quite masterfully. Stage13, a subsidiary of Warner Bros Entertainment, has been the vessel to aid in Miao’s adaptation of this material, which has been delivered as a web based anthology series. As writer, show runner and occasional director of the series, this discussion describes the difficulties and blessings of working with a narrative so minuscule yet open-ended in order to derive an episodical end result. Another topic touched on is the fact that this series has been critical in the truthful on screen representation of varying culture, ethnicity and gender. This is admirably fitting, as in the year of Barry Jenkins, Jordan Peele and Patty Jenkins, we also have Vera Miao’s 2 Sentence Horror Stories – an unsung chapter in an all around progressive year for cinematic diversity. 
All currently available episodes of 2 Second Horror Stories can be viewed for free by visiting www.Stage13.com. 

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Horrible Imaginings Podcast #181: Halloween Watchlists to Make You Shudder!

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We are less than a week from Halloween, the best year of the night for us horror fans, and if you are anything like me you are planning on filling your days with even more horror films than usual in celebration. With all of the new and unprecedented access to more film titles than ever before, we can spend just as much (or more) time combing through lists and trying to make decisions than we do actually watching our favorite movies. That’s why it can be a lot of help to have some solid curators around.

In this episode I recruited two of the best curators around. The horror streaming service Shudder is the Halloween destination for all things horror, thriller and suspense. They distinguish themselves from other streaming services with a keen attention to film selection, categorization, and, of course, curation. Colin Geddes and Sam Zimmerman are very passionate about that curation job they do for Shudder, and I am happy to have them on this episode.

There was only one true mission here: we each created our own lists of films that we think are great for Halloween. I asked them for titles and to explain why they would fit specifically for this season, when we all know we watch horror year round. So, what are you waiting for? Get your pen and paper out to copy down these lists, prepare your nights for popcorn and frights, and (if you haven’t already) subscribe to Shudder for some of the best horror around!

ABOUT SHUDDER: AMC Network’s Shudder is a premium streaming video service, super-serving fans of all degrees with thrillers, suspense, and horror. Home to the largest and fastest-growing human-curated selection of high-quality, spine-tingling and provocative international and independent films, TV series, and originals, there’s always something new and unexpected for Shudder members to explore. Shudder’s expanding library is available in the US, Canada, UK, and Ireland on the web, iOS, Android, Chromecast, Apple TV, Fire TV, Xbox One, and Roku for $4.99/month or $49.99 with an annual membership. Join the Shudder community experience commitment-free for 7 days, visitwww.shudder.com.

Twitter @shudder | Facebook @Shudder | Instagram @Shudder | YouTube @Shudder

  • Shudder offers a wide variety of high-quality films and series that span all decades and sub genres of thrillers, suspense, and horror, featuring fan favorites, classics and brand new original and exclusive content.
  • Shudder currently features several hundred titles for members to enjoy. More importantly, there are new film and TV series being added on a regular basis every week with Shudder’s commitment to provide an authentic member- centric streaming video experience.
  • Shudder engages a diverse and thriving community of genre fans by delivering an extensive library of films that span across all categories of horror, thriller and suspense as we continue our aim to be irreverent and provocative. For example, some of our most popular titles include Beyond the WallsPrevenge, Rob Zombie’s 31, and Neil Gaiman’s Likely Stories.
  • A large number of the films and series on Shudder are exclusive, and our aim is to increase the amount of content exclusively available on the service.
  • Shudder is currently available in the Canada, the UK and Ireland, in addition to the U.S.

About Shudder Lead Curator Colin Geddes: 

Colin Geddes comes from the film festival world, where he selected cutting-edge films for the Toronto International Film Festival. As a former programmer for TIFF’s Midnight Madness and Vanguard selections, he introduced new talent and hosted the premieres of beloved films including Miike Takashi’s Ichi the Killer; Alex Aja’s High Tension; Jim Mickle’s Stakeland; James Wan’s Insidious; Mike Flanagan’s Oculus; and Eli Roth’s Cabin Fever and Hostel.

About Shudder Curator Sam Zimmerman: 

Sam Zimmerman is a curator of Shudder and represents a well-respected voice in this enthralling community while racking up his impressive knowledge from past work as former web editor at Fangoria and managing editor at the horror site Shock Till You Drop. He’s recognized as an early champion of acclaimed contemporary horror including The Babadook and Kill List. He’ll watch anything with witches.

Subscribe to the Horrible Imaginings Podcast right here. You can also listen here on Dread Central or on the Horrible Imaginings website. You can help keep the podcast, the film festival, and our horror community going for only $1 per month! Become a patron at our Patreon for exclusive content and perks! Find out about San Diego horror events on our FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube pages, and always stay scared!

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