PANELS AND SPECIAL EVENTS
Featuring an artist talk with famed filmmaker Mike Flanagan, an all-star tribute to Stuart Gordon, (bad) career advice from Simon Barrett, Gary Sherman’s virtual b-day bash, and much more!
While Fantasia 2020’s films are geo-blocked to Canadian audiences, all of the festival’s panels and special events are free and accessible worldwide, allowing these unique experiences to be enjoyed by fans on every corner of the Earth!
AFROFUTURISM: VISIONS OF THE FUTURE FROM “THE OTHER” SIDE
Friday, August 21 – 5PM EDT
Presentation by Carolyn Mauricette
In this lecture, Canadian film critic Carolyn Mauricette will explore how the lack of representation of BIPOC people in science fiction changed with Afrofuturism pioneers of music, film, and literature, break down the definitions of Afrofuturism, and see how the movement has influenced today’s creators towards making a whitewashed future a thing of the past.
RUE MORGUE MAGAZINE: PRINT’S NOT DEAD – GENRE JOURNALISM IN 2020
Sunday, Aug 23 – 4PM EDT
Join the staff of Rue Morgue, Canada’s premiere horror and culture in entertainment periodical, for a discussion on the challenges, merits, and overall state of print journalism in an increasingly digital age.
SIMON GIVES BAD CAREER ADVICE: A TALK WITH SIMON BARRETT
Monday, Aug 24 – 5PM EDT
Simon Barrett, screenwriter of THE GUEST and YOU’RE NEXT (and director of the upcoming SEANCE), unsuccessfully attempts to answer the questions he is most commonly asked about the increasingly inexplicable business of filmmaking.
Severin Film presents
NARRATIVES OF RESISTANCE IN FOLK HORROR
Tuesday, August 25 - 3PM EDT
With panelists Kinitra Brooks (author, Searching for Sycorax: Black Women’s Hauntings of Contemporary Horror), Bernice M. Murphy (author, The Rural Gothic in American Popular Culture), Michelle Latimer (director: The Inconvenient Indian), and Mikel Koven (author, Film, Folklore, and Urban Legends); Moderated by Kier-La Janisse (director/producer, Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror)
In anticipation of Severin Films’ upcoming documentary Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror, this panel looks at folk horror from different perspectives rather than as a specifically British phenomenon. From Dybbuks to Conjure Women and Ozark Witches, join us as we investigate folk traditions as a source of empowerment for marginalized communities that have endured cultural erasure.
THE UNITED BEAT OF SEX AND ART - Reshaping Cinematic Ecstasy through the Modern Female Gaze on Sexuality
Tuesday, August 25 - 5PM EDT
With panelists Nicole Bazuin (MODERN WHORE), Josie Hess (MORGANA), Isa Mazzei (CAM), Morgana Muses (MORGANA), and Isabel Peppard (MORGANA); Moderated by pornographer/writer Stoya, co-creator of ZeroSpaces
Join us for a sex-positive conversation with women who are bringing new meaning to sex on screen, in pleasure, in work, in the mainstream, in porn, alone, with a man, with a woman, or... a ferris wheel.
SCORE SALVATIONS: THE ART OF SAVING SOUNDTRACKS
Wednesday, Aug 26 – 5PM EDT
A talk with the sonic archeologists at La-La Land Records, featuring panelists Matt Verboys, author Jeff Bond, Neil S. Bulk, Dan Goldwasser, composer Joe Kraemer, and legendary producer/mixer Mike Matessino; Moderated by Concordia Film professor Randolph Jordan
At the forefront of the movement to bring new life to lost and out-of-print soundtracks is La-La Land Records, a California-based label specializing in musical resurrection. In recent years, this label and its team of producers-cum-sonic-archeologists have obtained access to archives previously all but inaccessible. They are responsible for restoring and releasing a number of definitive and key genre scores from across the decades, from composers such as Ennio Morricone, Bernard Herrmann, Franz Waxman, Elmer Bernstein, Danny Elfman, Hideakira Sakurai, David Shire, Leonard Rosenman, Dimitri Tiomkin, Basil Poledouris, Jerry Goldsmith, John Carpenter, and John Williams, among many others.
Join us for a talk with some of La-La Land’s key team of holy grail rescuers to discuss the agonies and ecstasies of soundtrack preservation work.
A MISKATONIC TRIBUTE TO STUART GORDON
Tuesday, August 27 - 5PM EDT
With panelists Bruce Abbott, Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Dennis Paoli, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon, and Brian Yuzna; Moderated by Graham Skipper
Stuart Gordon, who we lost earlier this year, is inextricably tied to Miskatonic. Not only by continuing the legacy of the fictional Miskatonic University in his iconoclastic Lovecraft adaptations, but by christening the very first branch of the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies with a masterclass on the challenges of adapting “the unfilmable” H.P. Lovecraft for the screen. Two years later, Stuart’s Frontières project Purgatory was the very first project submission of the initiative, making him integral to the founding of not only Miskatonic, but Frontières as well.
Here we bring together his closest collaborators from stage and screen to celebrate the life of this pioneering director who invigorated his community and never ceased to surprise and inspire.
GARY SHERMAN’S VIRTUAL BIRTHDAY BASH
Friday, Aug 28 - 5PM EDT
We love Gary Sherman. You surely do too. A trailblazing US filmmaker and longtime member of the Fantasia family, we can’t imagine what the genre would look like without the inspiration he’s brought to it through such singular classics as DEATH LINE, VICE SQUAD and DEAD & BURIED, to name a few, not to mention the influence he’s had on so many careers. On Friday, August 28, Gary’s turning 75 and we’re going to toast with him, alongside an assortment of special guests that will include John McNaughton, Jeremy Dyson, C. Robert Cargill,
William Lustig, Kier-la Janisse, Steven Poster, Jovanka Vuckovic, Joe Renzetti, and others to celebrate his life and career. You’ll be able to ask questions and give him birthday wishes as well. Join us… and mind the doors!
THE NEW YORK STATE OF HORROR
Saturday, August 29 – 3PM EDT
Presentation by author/filmmaker Michael Gingold
New York City has long been a stalking ground for cinematic creatures big and small, slashers and spectres, devils, and deviants. Author/filmmaker Michael Gingold (AD NAUSEAM) takes you on a tour through the city's history in horror films, from expensive studio fare to down-and-dirty independents, spotlighting resident auteurs such as Larry Fessenden, William Lustig, Abel Ferrara, Larry Cohen, and Frank Henenlotter, and how the many sides of the city were explored and exploited by filmmakers.
TORN FROM THE PAGE, BLED INTO LIGHT: Mike Flanagan on Literary Adaptations and Personal Horror Creation - A Live Post Mortem Event
Sunday, August 30 – 3PM EDT
A conversation between filmmakers Mike Flanagan and Mick Garris
Writer/Director Mike Flanagan ranks among today’s most exciting genre talents, with directorial credits that include DOCTOR SLEEP, GERALD’S GAME, BEFORE I WAKE, OCULUS, HUSH, ABSENTIA, and Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House all in less than a decade.
He’s also one of the rare filmmakers able to effectively tackle complex literary works and adapt them to the screen in ways that not only do justice to the original material, but bring heartfelt new dimensions into play. How many filmmakers can say that they’ve successfully adapted works from both Stephen King and Shirley Jackson? The answer, of course, is one.
Join Fantasia for a special artist talk that will see Mike Flanagan in conversation with filmmaker and Post Mortem founder Mick Garris, himself no stranger to adapting Maine’s favourite son, having directed THE STAND, BAG OF BONES, RIDING THE BULLET, DESPERATION, SLEEPWALKERS and the 1997 TV mini-series version of THE SHINING. Both filmmakers have been to Fantasia multiple times, but the festival has never had the ability to feature them together. Until now.
Film Fatales presents
GENRE FILM AS POLITICAL AND SOCIAL COMMENTARY
Sunday, August 30, 5PM EDT
Featuring panelists: Gigi Saul Guerrero, Elza Kephart, Natasha Kermani and Amelia Moses, and more.
As the voices behind the camera become increasingly diverse, genre cinema continues to grow, evolve, and reinvent itself to better serve these stories, Film Fatales invites a distinguished group of women directors to discuss the power of genre cinema as a tool for social and political commentary.
BOUTIQUE VIDEO LABELS AND FILM FESTIVAL COMMUNITIES IN PANDEMIC TIMES
Monday, August 31, 5PM EDT
With panelists Donato Totaro, Peter Rist and Randolph Jordan (Concordia Film Faculty), Lee Paula Springer & Chris Bavota (directors, Dead Dicks), Louise Buckler and Mike Hewitt (Arrow Video)
Concordia film faculty converse with Fantasia-favourite filmmakers and video label representatives about maintaining cinephile communities during pandemic times
APPRENTICESHIP OF EVIL: DENNISON RAMALHO ON JOSÉ MOJICA MARINS
Wednesday, Sept 2, 5PM EDT
Presentation by Dennison Ramalho
This year South American cinema lost one of its boldest visionaries with the passing of José Mojica Marins. As part of our tribute to the departed artist, award-winning Brazilian filmmaker Dennison Ramalho, long-time friend and protégé of Marins, will give a profound live talk. He will reminisce on his own history, of growing up inspired by the great man’s work, and the evolution that came with the two meeting and developing both a friendship and creative relationship with the legendary director that endured through the years. The talk will close with a question period open to the virtual audience.
As the history and future of Brazil’s cinema is currently under threat in unconscionable ways, we feel it especially urgent to present a talk of this nature, both out of love for Mojica and in solidarity with Brazilian artists and the hardships they currently face.
Fantasia is also proud to be screening over 200 shorts in its line-up, including the directorial debut of Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things, IT).
For more information, visit us on the web at www.fantasiafestival.com