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Celebrating 20 years of scaring, thrilling and entertaining audiences in Durham, the Nevermore Film Festival will return to the Carolina Theatre from Friday, March 8 through Sunday, March 10. Tickets for this annual cinematic feast of horror, science-fiction and dark fantasy films, cost $10 per screening and are on sale now at the Carolina Theatre Box Office or online at carolinatheatre.org.
Ten-passes, which entitle buyers to admission to 10 Nevermore film screenings of their choice, cost $80 and are available only at the Carolina Theatre Box Office in downtown Durham (309 West Morgan St.).
Marking two decades of terror with three days of original programming, the Nevermore Film Festival is a juried competition festival which programs brand-new international and domestic genre films in the categories of horror, science fiction, mystery, thriller, animation and action-adventure. Nearly 1,000 features and shorts have screened at the festival since 1999.
As always, Nevermore’s programming is original, creative and visceral. More than 500 films were submitted this year, but only 8 feature-length films and 38 shorts were selected to be in competition for the Nevermore Audience Award during this year’s event, which also includes a 40th anniversary presentation of David Cronenberg’s 1979 classic, The Brood, and boasts the world premieres of the following two feature films:
CAMP WEDDING (Directed by Greg Emetaz)
Mia’s wedding party is not too keen on transforming a dilapidated summer camp into the wedding venue of her dreams—and when people begin disappearing in the night, that doesn’t help either.
MAGGOTS (Directed by Neil Meschino)
In the mountains of upstate NY, giant, mutant maggots terrorize a group of college kids who are trying to uncover evidence of mutations caused by pollution from a nearby fracking site.
In addition, the festival has announced the winners of the 2019 Nevermore Jury Awards:
BEST FEATURE (TIE)
ECHOES OF FEAR (Co-directors Brian Avenet-Bradley & Laurence Avenet-Bradley)
After inheriting her grandfather’s house, Alysa must confront the mystery of his sudden death and the evil that hides inside.
LONG LOST (Directed by Erik Bloomquist)
When Seth receives a mysterious letter inviting him to spend the weekend at a secluded mansion in the country, he soon realizes the people inside the house may know him better than he knows himself.
BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT
COLD STORAGE (Directed by Thomas Freundlich) (Finland)
On a desolate arctic shore, a lonely bearded fisherman discovers his prehistoric counterpart frozen in the ice and thaws him out as his newfound soul brother.
BEST NORTH AMERICAN SHORT
WE GOT A MONKEY’S PAW (Directed by Aaron Pagniano)
Zack and Jakki are your typical “odd couple” roommates. Jakki likes staying in and reading a good book while Zack likes waking the dead. Things go off-kilter when Zack convinces Jakki to spend the day making wishes on a Monkey’s Paw. Soon they find themselves doing backflips trying to undo the cataclysmic series of hilarious events they’ve set off.
BEST LONG-FORM NARRATIVE SHORT (19+ min)
THE 100th VICTIM (Directed by Anthony Seck) (Canada)
A skeptical blogger for the Los Angeles Times sits down in a coffee shop and listens to a serial killer reveal his horrifying stories of murder experiments.
See a full schedule of Nevermore Film Festival film and short capsules at www.nevermorefilmfest.org