What is Macabre Faire, you ask? Well, it's an film festival like none other I have ever attended. It's more of an experience, really. Imagine an event where there are more than 30 independent films being screen, both shorts and features, drawn mainly from horror, sci-fi, fantasy and steampunk genres. Imagine also being able to meet many of the filmmakers, cast and crew of these films, and having the chance to really get to know them, and what makes them tick. Finally, imagine all of this happening in a setting where you are made to feel like you are actually part of something big, and that you belong there, and that you are among friends, even if you may never have met most of them. Well, that, and much, much more, is Macabre Faire.
Event organizers LC Macabre and Adam Ginsberg, of TwitchTwitch Productions, have been putting this amazing event together since 2012, and their passion and effort really shines through. This time around, The Horror Nerd had the honor of being one of the judges responsible for evaluating all of the films and voting on several categories. This was one of the toughest things this Nerd has ever done.
Please allow me to walk you through the weekend. Bear with me, as it's a little much to be able to document in blog.
Friday Night - Red Carpet Gala
One of the special guests for the weekend was makeup and special effects artist Tom Sullivan, who is famous for the work he did on the "Evil Dead" films. Tom is not only incredibly talented, but also a great guy, and it was a pleasure talking with him and spending time with him over three days.
The night wound down with more dancing, laughing, fellowship and of course PICTURES. (Come on, everyone knows I'm a picture whore!!). It truly was a very special night that The Horror Nerd will never forget.
For a larger photo gallery from Friday, click HERE.
Saturday - Panels and Film Screenings
Also throughout the day, there were several seminars and panels held.
Bob Socci is an actor and memorabilia collector who has been meeting and greeting Hollywood royalty for over 50 years. He shared with us many great stories about meeting celebrities such as Elvis Presley, Sofia Loren and many other, and he also showed us some of the amazing photos and memorabilia he has collected over the years.
The night concluded with a musical performance by The Slippery Chickens and a comedy roast of frequent festival Wyzae (Zombie Zae). He was a great sport, even though we completely destroyed him. After that, more dancing, joking, camaraderie and.....you guessed it! PICTURES!!
For a larger photo gallery from Saturday, click HERE.
Sunday - Panels, Film Screenings and Awards
Talented Director Jeremiah Kipp ("Crestfallen", "Baggage") spoke about working with actors to bring their roles to life in this informative seminar.
As I mentioned before, The Horror Nerd was one of the judges responsible for considering all of the films submitted, in various categories such as Best Sound, Best Cinematography, Best Screenplay, etc. This is one of the hardest things I have ever done, as there was something to like about each film. Narrowing it down was very difficult. As tough as it was, it was a honor to be a part of it, and I am humbled that LC Macabre and Adam Ginsberg would think enough of me to ask me to be a judge.
Many of the winners were in attendance, and the joy the expressed at winning was a lot of fun to watch. The evening concluded with (of course) more photos, partying and friendship.
For additional photos from Sunday, click HERE.
For more information, visit the TwitchTwitch Productions website bu clicking on the image below. There you will find information on the Macabre Faire Film Festival and the other projects that they are working on.