April 8, 2015
American Horror Story: The Films of Larry Fessenden
As a film director, Larry Fessenden has crafted several of the most indelible and idiosyncratic horror movies of the last 25 years, from the urban vampire tale Habit to the visionary and environmental apocalypse of The Last Winter. But he’s also had a major impact on the independent filmmaking landscape as a producer of genre films, including the work of Ti West, as well as via his collaboration with the acclaimed writer-director Kelly Reichardt, who cast Fessenden as the uneasy-riding star of her breakthrough road movie River of Grass. As Fessenden’s Glasseye Pix production company celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2015, the time seems right to survey the career of a brilliantly expressive filmmaker whose clever, palpably handcrafted films honor the noble B-movie tradition of tackling social issues without sacrificing scares. This lecture, specially created for The Black Museum, will weave together critical commentary with clips from Fessenden’s films, including his recent killer-catfish film Beneath.
April 8, 2015 at 9:15pm
The Royal Cinema, 608 College St, Toronto
Cost: $12 advance / $15 at the door
Lecturer: Adam Nayman
Adam Nayman is a film critic in Toronto and a contributing editor to Cinema Scope. His writing has appeared in The Walrus, the Globe and Mail, the National Post, Reverse Shot and the Village Voice, and he teaches Cinema Studies at the University of Toronto. His first book, It Doesn’ Suck: Showgirls, was published in 2014 by ECW Press