Film Block: SUMMONING THE SUPERNATURAL
Date/Time: April 16th @ 3:30 pm; Saturday, April 18th @ 9:00 pm
A cornerstone of Lovecraftian horror is the frustration of words being not enough. There’s an inability to communicate the immense and ineffable curiosities that occupy the peripheries of unwitting eyes that peer too far into the dark void. Luckily, instead of having to explain it with the limited palate of language, we can explore these supernatural terrors with the illuminating nature of the moving image.
Starting with a stunning showcase of live action table top puppetry in “Hitori“, followed by the story of a man whose head is a literal portal for extra-dimensional beings to cross into our realm (and room with him) in “Ed Is a Portal“, all of these films demonstrate instances when that which is only dreamt of, or perhaps imagined in the dark, appears before you in all its absurd glory. “Artio and Belenus” brings about an origin story of mythical and epic proportions, while “The Department of Signs and Magical Intervention” offers a peek behind the veil of those all-too-perfect coincidences we experience. “Do Not Disturb” takes you through a very peculiar day in the life of a motel custodian, and “The Never Bell” tells the story of youthful curiosity that can never be quelled, with gorgeous live puppetry and mixed media animations. Finally, “Palm Rot” is the story of an old crop duster who comes across a crate full of mischievous critters of a metaphysical nature–rendered in beautiful color and nimbly animated for a absurdly imaginative experience.