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Five top genre festivals are teaming up for online Nightstream event; info and poster

Thursday, August 13, 2020 | Events, News


With the current pandemic throwing the plans of countless festivals awry, several of them are joining forces to jointly present a showcase of new fear fare.

The people behind the Boston Underground Film Festival, the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival, the Overlook Film Festival, the Popcorn Frights Film Festival and the North Bend Film Festival are collaborating on Nightstream, which will run on-line October 8-11 and present a mix of international horror, sci-fi, fantasy and other genre fare. “Amidst forced festival cancellations and upended film releases, we felt an overwhelming need to come together and join forces to present a first-class film experience for the larger genre community this Halloween season,” the team says in a group statement. Programmers from all of the festivals will participate in the selection, with each film noted as a selection of each individual event. There will also be curated short-film programs and a number of live events and panels.

Nightstream, which will be geolocked to the U.S., is a charitable event, with ticket purchases going to the showcased filmmakers, as well as charitable causes and struggling businesses in the parent fests’ home cities. Early-bird badges are currently on sale at the Nightstream website, with a Night Owl Badge (five features or short programs and unlimited events for $55 and a Homebody Badge (10 features or short programs and unlimited events) for $90. The program will be announced in late September; watch this space!​

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and in addition to his work for RUE MORGUE, he has been a longtime writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. He has also written for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM,, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM, MOVIEMAKER and others. He is the author of the AD NAUSEAM books (1984 Publishing) and THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press), and he has contributed documentaries, featurettes and liner notes to numerous Blu-rays, including the award-winning feature-length doc TWISTED TALE: THE UNMAKING OF "SPOOKIES" (Vinegar Syndrome).