|"Found" This year's winner for BEST FEATURE.|
The actual festival itself was an experience I won't soon forget. I remember walking onstage with a co-committee member, staring back at the horror-loving spectators, lavishing a moment of feeling important. Perhaps my favorite moment was fraternizing with people who were as obsessed (if not more so) with films than I was. I made some friends with people who had an professional attachment to the business. Among them were local NC filmmakers and even a couple of cats from Hollywood who I now bid good marrow on Facebook from time to time.
|"Headsome" Made right here in our fair state.|
This year, Nevermore means more to me than last year. It is a refuge from all the personal and emotional anguish I've faced (again, fuck you 2013! May I sleep for 300 days until you reach your vindictive end!). Having only been to one "official" film festival before Nevermore, I can safely argue that there's a level of intimacy involved in this one. Last year, both the audiences (which were record-breaking) and the filmmakers were just joys from top-to-bottom. The crowds came to enjoy a variety of horror cinema. People walked in and exited with grins. Everyone was relaxed and had a great time!
This year, Nevermore provides an even grander selection, which films scaling beyond what we conceive a "horror". For example, those who like tamer films will find refuge in "mind-benders" such as Found in Time. Those who prefer ghost tales will be scared shitless by the "found footage" gem Leaving DC or the documentary-inspired Casebook of Eddie Brewer. There's also the inventive feature Headsome that was produced right here in NC! Then, there's the bizarre, disturbing and utterly brilliant Found, which won this year's Nevermore Best Feature!
I haven't even begun to mention the short features that come packaged in either the international fare, Boogeymen From Beyond The Sea, or the two English-speaking shorts programs Dead Men Tell No Tales or They're Coming To Get You, Barbra!. All of these contain plenty of gems.
|One of the greatest horrors films finally makes its debut!!|
I'm absolutely proud of the selection the committee has made. I'm also delighted that there is a variety of films that serve each palette. So, if you are near the Raleigh-Durham area, please come out and support local and/or independent cinema. I'll be tall, uber-dork hounding all of the film makers. See you there.
Please visit the Carolina Theatre website for information, including the film schedule
Good screening to you,