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Horrible Imaginings Podcast #166: Long Live the King, The Legacy of King Kong

Happy New Year, everyone! I have a thrilling episode for you tonight! You won't believe it but is believing! He was a KING in his world, but here he is just a captive--KONG, the 8th wonder of the world! Yes, this episode is all about one of cinema's most innovative and grandest achievements. None other than King Kong himself! And who better to join us in the Kong part than artist, producer, actor, and director Frank Dietz, who is the co-director of a brand new documentary all about everyone's favorite giant ape called Long Live the King! Also joining us in this episode is Cinema Junkie Podcast's Beth Accomando, who is also my programming partner in San Diego for an organization called The Film Geeks, where we highlight, program, and introduce unique, transgressive, or bizarre films that otherwise would not get a proper screening in our unfair city. We are doing TWO different full-year series in 2017, one of which is at The Museum of Photographic Arts and will start on Friday the 13th of this month--a double feature of Frank's documentary and the original 1933 classic King Kong! I can't wait! Get your tickets here! In this episode, we discuss the factors that make the original King Kong such an important piece of cinematic history, take a look at the many imitations and remakes that have followed in its wake, and discuss some of the key elements of the documentary Long Live the King and what it adds to the conversation. Enjoy this episode--it's one of my faves! Follow Beth on Twitter @cinebeth and Frank @theFrankDietz! Also, you should definitely check out the podcast Damn Dirty Geeks!

Artwork by Frank Dietz himself!

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June 8, 2016 Posted by admin in General

#156: Explore the Italian Dark SciFi Film INDEX ZERO with Director Lorenzo Sportiello (SPOILER FREE)

index zero posterIndex Zero is a new dark science fiction film from Italy, and a debut feature from director Lorenzo Sportiello. As with any good genre story, Sportiello uses high-concept cinema to explore some very real problems facing Europe today--namely the refugee and immigration problems that challenge many European countries. The film also boasts an impressive world-building attention to details, oppressive dystopian atmosphere, and an immersive soundscape as we follow the refugee points of view of two characters trying to cross a border toward, not just a better life, but to actual survival.

Horrible Imaginings has been invited by the San Diego Italian Film Festival to co-present a special, one-time-only screening at The Museum of Photographic Arts on June 16th. Since I will be introducing the film, I decided to contact director Lorenzo Sportiello to get some insights into his vision. He graciously agreed to join me on Skype all the way from his homecity of Rome, Italy.

You never know where an interview will take you, and we get into so fascinating discussions about his refugee metaphor, independent filmmaking challenges, as well as comparing and contrasting indie filmmaking in the US vs. Europe, and the importance of the "middle class" of independent filmmaking. It was great fun for us, and I hope it will be for you, too! This will be a NON-SPOILER episode, so you can listen to it before seeing the film, and I hope it will interest you in seeking the film out!

For those of you who live around San Diego, and if you catch this episode in time, I hope you will join us in 8 days at MOPA for our screening! Here are the details:

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Where: The Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park
When: Thursday, June 16th at 7:30pm
Co-Presented by San Diego Italian Film Festival and Horrible Imaginings Film Festival

Tickets will be available at the door. Now listen to our conversation, and remember to follow me on Twitter @HIFFSD! Until next time!



#146: The 6th Annual Horrible Imaginings Film Festival Wrap-Up and Reflection

Another year has come and gone, leaving us with the best Horrible Imaginings Film Festival yet! Our new venue at The Museum of Photographic Arts was a hit, the films were top notch, the audience was incredible, and the feedback has been overwhelming. Join me in a reflection of the event, along with Cinema Junkie Beth Accomando and film festival regular attendee Joshua Sutton as we discuss highlights and think about the future!

See the full list of awards recipients here!


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