By Liz Lopez
NIGHTSTREAM is the collaborative online event launched in 2020 by organizers of multiple American genre festivals across the country to present a dynamic and accessible virtual film festival. It returns this year and will be held October 7-13, 2021. This year’s event is produced by the Boston Underground Film Festival, Brooklyn Horror Film Festival, North Bend Film Festival, and Overlook Film Festival.
For its second edition, NIGHTSTREAM is once again headlined by a slate of impressive virtual events, with notable guests including David Lowery on his epic fantasy THE GREEN KNIGHT, Akela Cooper, writer of the James Wan directed MALIGNANT, to discuss the recent smash horror hit, and Creepshow showrunner Greg Nicotero, who will dive into the show’s newest season in a Shudder presented conversation.
The fest will also feature a panel event to precede the launch of Shudder’s upcoming HORROR NOIRE anthology next month, with segment writers Tananarive Due and Steven Barnes, and invite back drag superstar Peaches Christ to celebrate the iconic Chucky franchise with its creator Don Mancini, as well as returns of popular events presented by The Future of Film Is Female and the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies.
Industry mavericks Divide/Conquer (FREAKY, CAM) will host a panel on indie filmmaking exclusive for NIGHTSTREAM, while celebrated collectives Museum Of Home Video and Racer Trash will stream special installments.
31 feature films as well as four short blocks will be screened, presented by Gunpowder & Sky’s horror brand, ALTER and sci-fi brand, DUST, with viewing windows to be both on-demand and scheduled. Highlights among the line-up include the World Premieres of Jefferson Moneo’s COSMIC DAWN, starring Camille Rowe and Emmanuelle Chriqui, and Scott Friend’s feature debut TO THE MOON, featuring Will Brill, as well as the Virtual Premiere of Scott Barber’s THIS IS GWAR documentary, along with a virtual tour of their workshop, and a special side-bar of rare folk-horror films curated by Kier-La Janisse in the NIGHTSTREAM Retro slate.