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Podcast Episode 89: Horrible Imaginings Film Festival Preview

Fest enters 7th year and continues to expand definition of horror

Horrible Imaginings Film Festival enters its 7th year and expands to five day...

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Episode 89: Horrible Imaginings Film Fest Preview

Festival founder and director Miguel Rodriguez talks about the 7th Annual Horrible Imaginings Film Festival. We talk about the state of the horror genre, preview films, and about how the festival expands the definition of horror.

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Something wicked this way comes. It is time for the seveth annual Horrible Imaginings Film Festival, which runs Sept. 7 through 11 at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park.

I have been working with Miguel Rodriguez since the inaugural year of the Horrible Imaginings Film Festival because we both shared a love and passion for horror and the macabre. The festival began at the 10th Avenue Theatre, then moved to the Digital Gym Cinema, and now calls the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) its home.

This year the festival expands to an ambitious five days and will include performance art, virtual reality film screenings and literary readings in addition to a full slate of shorts, features and documentaries.

As a member of the jury that voted on this year's awards, I saw all the entries and can attest to the high caliber of the films being screened. Especially noteworthy are the shorts from around the globe. This festival may be the only time to see some of these short films on a big screen and works like "Little Boy Blue," "Leshy" and "The Disappearance of Willie Bingham" will be breathtaking at MOPA.

Rodriguez also teases the concert Horrible Imaginings will be hosting featuring Italian composer Fabio Frizzi. Frizzi is highlighted on Cinema Junkie Podcast Episode 47 from Abertoir. He is best known for composing horror scores for Lucio Fulci. Tickets for the concert at Brick by Brick are available online.

The film festival will also be a panel on Cannibals that ties in with the San Diego Museum of Man's current exhibit and will feature Dr. Emily Anderson. I interviewed her at the opening of the SDMM's Cannibals: Myths and Reality.


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opening quote marksclosing quote marksI cover arts and culture, from Comic-Con to opera, from pop entertainment to fine art, from zombies to Shakespeare. I am interested in going behind the scenes to explore the creative process; seeing how pop culture reflects social issues; and providing a context for art and entertainment.

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