LOS ANGELES — Lao American writer Bryan Thao Worra will be a guest at the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival from September 28-29th in Los Angeles.
The H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival promotes the works of American science fiction and horror author H.P. Lovecraft through motion pictures by both professionals and amateurs, current and classic, national and international.
The festival was founded in 1995 by Andrew Migliore in Portland, Oregon to promote and encourage film and television adaptations of Lovecraft’s great works and other, similar weird-tale writers, such as Edgar Allan Poe, M.R. James and Robert E. Howard.
This year’s festival has a cartoon theme. Besides the weird shorts and features, they have scheduled a special animated block featuring South Park (South Park: The Coon Trilogy) and Scooby-Doo (Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated episode “The Shrieking Madness”).
The special guest for 2012 is Michael Reaves, a writer known for scripting series such as Batman: The Animated Series, Star Trek: The Next Generation and The Twilight Zone. An anthology he co-edited with John Pelan, Shadows Over Baker Street, features Sherlock Holmes stories set in the world of Lovecraft.
Mr. Reaves will receive the Howie Award for his contributions to Lovecraft cinema, penning the classic 1987 episode of The Real Ghostbusters entitled “The Collect Call of Cathulhu”, the first time Cthulhu appeared on television.
Other authors confirmed to appear include Cody Goodfellow, Denise Dumars, T. E. Grau, and Michael Tice. Additional authors are still being confirmed.
The Music of Jo Hyeja” was accepted for the festival. An adaptation of Lovecraft’s “Music of Erich Zann” starring two women from South Korea, directed by a first time South Korean woman. “This will be a world premiere of her short. I’m starting to see a few more HPL movies that are breaking the gender and ethnic ceiling in his writing,” said organizer Aaron Vanek. Vanek was one of the first three filmmakers to screen a Lovecraft movie at the HPLFF in 1995.
“I’ll be sharing examples of my work from Innsmouth Free Press, On The Other Side Of The Eye, BARROW, and a few other works that have been previously scattered around the world,” Thao Worra said. “Some of my readers are surprised you can find examples of my Lovecraftian work in the anthology Bamboo Among the Oaks, or Paj Ntaub Voice and Tale of the Unanticipated.”
Thao Worra was Cultural Olympian work was recently featured during the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London as part of the Festival of the World. He represented his birthland of Laos. His first full-length book of speculative poetry On The Other Side Of The Eye, from Sam’s Dot Publishing, recently celebrated its fifth anniversary.
He is the first Lao American to hold an NEA Fellowship in Literature and is currently editing the first anthology of Lao American Speculative Arts with award-winning writer Saymoukda Vongsay.
You can visit the official site at www.hplfilmfestival.com.