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Midday Movies: Horrible Imaginings

Going Someplace Dark

Above: "Zero Killed" is the first documentary to screen at the 3-year-old Horrible Imaginings Film Festival focusing on horror.

Aired 10/17/12 on KPBS Midday Edition.


Beth Accomando, KPBS Arts Reporter and Author of the blog Cinema Junkie

Miguel Rodriguez, Director of Horrible Imaginings Art Show and Film Festival and Host of Monster Island Resort Podcast


A new addition to Midday Edition -- the Midday Movies. First up, with Halloween just around the corner, prepare for something scary at the Horrible Imaginings Art Show and Film Festival.

This is the third year for the Horrible Imagining’s Art Show and Film Festival , which kicks off next Wednesday at the 10th Avenue Theatre and Arts Centre and continues for three weeks. The festival’s director, Miguel Rodriguez, describes Horrible Imaginings as, “The first film fest in San Diego to showcase macabre cinema and art." Rodriguez’ mission statement for the festival is to elevate the horror genre, create a conversation about horror, and provide a venue for the artists to achieve the goal of horror as an “expression of a feeling."

The festival will showcase more than 40 shorts and feature films as well as a documentary, a first for the festival. Classics of the genre and new offerings will be featured. Along with the festival, the 10th Avenue Theatre and Arts Centre is featuring a production of “Evil Dead: The Musical” based on the Sam Raimi Evil Dead Trilogy of films. To complement this, one of the classic films Rodriguez is showing at the festival will be Raimi’s “Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn," starring Bruce Campbell of “Burn Notice” fame.

The documentary film “Zero Killed," directed by Michal Kosakowski, is a look at the darker and more murderous side of human nature. The film poses the question “What are your murder fantasies?” to people from all walks of life. Personal interviews, as well as some of those interviewed starring in short films of their own murder fantasies.

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Above: The poster for "Gut."

Another film featured at the fest is “Gut," directed by Elias, which Rodriguez describes as an “interesting look at horror”.

A Guillermo del Toro produced short film, “The Captured Bird," directed by Jovanka Vuckovic, is one of the many anticipated films being showcased at the festival and has created quite a stir at other festivals around the world.

Animation will also be featured at the fest. The short animated film from Israel “Escape from Hellview”, directed by Ryan Spevack, is making the film fest circuit and we’re lucky to have the opportunity to see it here in San Diego.

The art show runs through to November 11th and the film festival runs November 10th and 11th at the 10th Avenue Theater.

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EbenBrooks | October 18, 2012 at 12:52 p.m. ― 4 years, 5 months ago

Also, on opening night (Wednesday, October 24th), Allison Lonsdale and I (Eben Brooks) will be presenting a set of monster-themed music during the gallery reception, which starts at 7pm.

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Miguel Rodriguez | October 18, 2012 at 1:29 p.m. ― 4 years, 5 months ago

To get the full details on the art exhibit opening next Wednesday, check out

Art, music, literature, film, food, and more! What a great way to spend an evening. The Reception is free to the public--donations will be gladly accepted!

Short Films:
This Little Light by Jeff Cohlman
The Transmission by Brian Lonano
Killing Candi by Julie Ufema
Sacha the Bear by Francois Morisset
Thy Kill be Done by Greg Hanson and Casey Regan
The Can-Cannibals by Matthew Ragsdale

Feature Film:
Video Diary of a Lost Girl by Lindsay Denniberg

Allison Lonsdale
I've been doing this since I was twelve, and doing it competently since I was sixteen. I performed with San Diego Celtic folk band The Wild Oats (not to be confused with the Wild Oats band from the UK) during the 1990s and started performing solo in 1999. I play my original songs about sex, science and God, full of metaphors from math, physics, biology, the supernatural, comic books, Tibetan Buddhism, and role-playing games, at coffeehouses and science fiction conventions. I write a lot of songs about monsters -- vampires, serial killers, and demon-eating exorcists among them.

Eben Brooks
I am “The Working Class Superhero of San Diego”: geeky musician par excellence, gamer, comic book reader, science fiction lover, and the man responsible for the squamous, rugose filk song “Hey There Cthulhu”. I perform original and filk songs on a variety of geeky topics, such as superheroes, cyberpunk, magic, minstrelry, literature, gaming, comic books, eldritch horror, science fiction television shows, and the dangers of teleportation. I also perform more “normal” songs about human existence, love, death, and workplace accidents, among other topics.

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scalawag | October 18, 2012 at 9:13 p.m. ― 4 years, 5 months ago

really interesting conversation. thanks!

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Miguel Rodriguez | October 19, 2012 at 9:24 a.m. ― 4 years, 5 months ago

Thanks so much for listening! I hope people look at genre or disreputable art in new and enlightening ways!

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