This year’s Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival will be its seventh run, but the inaugural year for its Local Filmmaker Summit on Sunday, October 14, 2012.
The fest, running October 10 through the 18th, will play this year at the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, Maryland, just outside Washington D.C. Of the 21 features and 31 short films to be presented, seven have been formally announced. Highlights in the schedule include the festival opener – Excision (2012) – a film by North Virginia native Richard Bates, Jr., starring AnnaLynne McCord (90210) and Traci Lords (Cry Baby, Zack and Miri Make a Porno). The film premiered earlier in the year at Sundance.
Also featured is Jennifer Lynch’s Chained (2012), about a boy raised by a serial killer. That film stars the ever-versatile Vincent D’Onofrio (Men in Black, Full Metal Jacket).
But the focus of Spooky Movie 2012 is really on its local talent. The mid-atlantic region of the U.S. has been home to the likes of John Waters and George Romero; this year, the festival invites several current filmmakers working in the area to participate in a summit, featuring a 90-minute roundtable and Q & A, open to the public.
Moderated by Eduardo Sanchez (co-director, The Blair Witch Project), the discussion will include Justin Timpane (Ninjas vs. Monsters) and Eric Thornett (A Sweet and Vicious Beauty). Their latest films will both have their world premieres at the festival, directly following the summit.