The Toronto horror film lecture series at THE BLACK MUSEUM has its line up for spring 2013, including a FAMOUS MONSTERS writer (the talented Alexandra West)!
West, film critic Richard Crouse, and video artist Clint Enns will talk about THE DEVILS, found-footage horror and its origins, horror film poster art, and an in-depth look at the history of Bigfoot in cinema. Check the press release below for all the exciting information.
Film critic Richard Crouse, video artist Clint Enns and Famous Monsters writer Alexandra West are set to headline the spring 2013 season of The Black Museum,the critically acclaimed Toronto horror film lecture series that will return on March 21, 2013. After a successful inaugural fall session, curators Andrea Subissati and Paul Corupe have brought together a new slate of presenters for another casual, but informative, exploration of genre film themes.
“We’re thrilled to continue this important and unique series” says Subissati of the upcoming semester, which is again hosted by Big Picture Cinema on Gerrard (formerly The Projection Booth East). “We believe this season features our most diverse offerings yet, and we hope that those who loved our first series will be excited to return.”
Continuing the series’ commitment to thoughtful film criticism by Toronto writers, Raising Hell author Richard Crouse will appear on May 2, 2013 to talk about Ken Russell’s oversexed-priests-and-sexually-suppressed-nuns film The Devils, based on his recent book. Famous Monsters and Rue Morgue writer Alexandra West will appear on April 18, 2013 to discuss how found-footage horror has grown from literary beginnings to become a critic-bewildering mainstay of the film genre in “Ghosts in the Machine: The Evolution of Found Footage Horror.”
Other lectures include an in-depth look at horror film poster art, including the new trend for collectible pieces by contemporary artists, in “Killer Portraits: Iconography of the Horror Film Poster” on May 16, 2013, and “Primate Panic”, a history of Bigfoot on film which will include a screening of the creepy cryptozoological classic, Sasquatch the Legend of Bigfoot on March 21, 2013.
“One thing we’re trying out this season is to expand our series to look at science fiction” says Corupe, noting Clint Enns’ presentation, “Tourism in the 4thDimension: Parallel Realities and Time Loops in Cinema,” on April 4, 2013, which will look at how real theories of time travel relate to dark genre films like 12 Monkeys, Donnie Darko and Primer. “Clint is a mathematician and video artist and this lecture should prove fascinating for anyone with even a passing interest in both science and pop culture.”
Named after Scotland Yard’s infamous gallery of dark crime and murder, The Black Museum is hosted by Subissati and Corupe to encourage industry professionals to share their experience, knowledge and love of genre film in a casual and interactive atmosphere. Advance tickets for all lectures can be purchased online starting March 8 atwww.theblackmuseum.com
Check out the schedule:
The Black Museum: Semester 2
- March 21, 2013: “Primate Panic: Bigfoot on Film 1967-1980” Instructor: Paul Corupe
- April 4, 2013: “Tourism in the 4th Dimension: Parallel Realities and Time Loops in Cinema” Instructor: Clint Enns
- April 18, 2013: “Ghosts in the Machine: The Evolution of Found Footage Horror” Instructor: Alexandra West
- May 2, 2013: “Raising Hell: Ken Russell and the Unmaking of The Devils” Instructor: Richard Crouse
- May 16, 2013: “Killer Portraits: Iconography of the Horror Film Poster” Instructor: Andrea Butler