NIGHTSTREAM, a new and ambitious virtual film festival, is a collaborative product from five genre festivals in the U.S.: Boston Underground, Brooklyn Horror, North Bend, Overlook, and Popcorn Frights, all of which have been gravely affected by COVID. Rather than accepting the cancellations of their festivals, these organizations decided to band together and reimagine festivals by including social distancing guidelines. Ultimately, they created NIGHTSTREAM, so that movie-lovers, artists, and filmmakers can still enjoy partaking in film festivals safely amidst the pandemic.
This virtual festival features exciting horror films and will even be premiering RUN, a Hulu original thriller, which features Sarah Paulson from American Horror Story and was directed by Aneesh Chaganty, who also directed for Sundance's Searching. NIGHTSTREAM will be hosting seven world premieres, nine North American premieres, seven U.S. premieres, and 164 short films. Notable films premiering during this festival are Jesse Blanchard's Frank & Zed, Nicholas Payne Santos's It Cuts Deep, Devereux Millburn's Honeydew, Jake Mahaffy's Reunion, Terence Krey's An Unquiet Grave, and Ryûhei Kitamura's The Doorman, featuring Ruby Rose, who will partake in a Q&A after the movie's screening.
Aside from premiering movies, this festival is also hosting events, panels, and masterclasses led by acclaimed and esteemed filmmakers, such as Mary Harron, the co-writer of American Psycho, for the 20th anniversary of the movie, and Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, screenwriters of A Quiet Place. Mick Garris, filmmaker and screenwriter who created notable horror films including Sleepwalkers, Nightmare Cinema, and Digging Up the Marrow, will host a "Dinner With the Masters of Horror." Guests will include Joe Dante, film director of Gremlins; Mike Flanagan, filmmaker of Before I Wake, Gerald's Game, and Oculus; John Landis, film director of Twilight Zone: The Movie and An American Werewolf in London, and more.
NIGHTSTREAM will also include a special event hosted by Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson, the directors behind The Endless and Spring, in which they will share their early works, which have never been viewed before. The festival will also feature Peaches Chris, notable drag performer and horror expert, who will share the history of campy horror and will also host a spooky and dazzling festival party. In addition, "Evening Rituals Presented by IFC Midnight," a unique Happy-Hour social, will stream every night, hosted by different guests, including Elijah Wood, the actor who played Frodo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
NIGHTSTREAM will run from October 8 - 11 with select films available till the 14th. Sales will be geo-locked to the United States. Tickets are currently available in packages, such as the Night Owl (5 tickets for $65), Homebody (9 tickets for $99), and Events Only (worldwide access for $25). The Night Owl and Homebody bundles both offer unlimited access to events and panels.