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

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. 1. To promote the filmmakers of new innovative and exciting independent cinema
  2. 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:
    What Brian Hu's role is in the San Diego Asian Film Festival
    The variety of films and the importance of genre
    How genre helps SD Asian Film Fest meet their mission statement
    MYSTERY KUNG FU THEATER
    A watch list for all of you!
    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

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. 

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 #173 True-Life Mystery Bonus Episode: What Happened to Elisa Lam?

It is one of the most terrifying mysteries of the 21st century. So many grisly and unexplained elements that it has gone viral and inspired hundreds, if not thousands, of conspiracy theorists, amateur detectives, and calls for action. It is the mystery of what happened to Elisa Lam. And What Happened to Elisa Lam? is the name of a new film in the works by documentarians Jake Anderson and Jared Salas. See the video below, which will also lead to their Kickstarter page: When Horrible Imaginings Film Festival outreach director Sterling Anno posted about this project on the Facebook page and Twitter, both platforms kicked off a lot of response. The fascination with this story has clearly lost none of its potency. What drew me to the project enough to want to discuss it, though, was the intended focus on Lam as a human being, in addition to the mystery itself. The humanity of victims in these mysteries can get lost in the details, but Anderson and Salas seem to keep Elisa Lam front and center as a human being. I reached out for an interview, and here it is! In this episode, Sterling joins me to talk to Jake Anderson about:  
  • The bizarre synchronicities and coincidences surrounding this particular mystery
 
  • The question of ghoulishness when creating true crime projects
 
  • Why this story fascinates so much
 
  • Who was Elisa Lam?
 
  • What is it about the viral video that made this case such a part of the zeitgeist?
 
  • Some of the details surrounding Lam's death, and how it affected others
 
  • More--so listen and share!
  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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