The 10th Annual Horrible Imaginings Film Festival came to a close last Sunday, and we are already a week closer to the next one. Time flies so quickly, so it is about time I got to this public reflection. It was a year where I delegated more of the operations to members of my team, creating a more collaborative festival preparation than ever before. While integrating a team more completely can come with certain challenges, there is no denying that the joint efforts led to our most fully realized and smoothly-executed event thus far. So have some thank yous to get through.
Everybody contributed a lot to the festival that went above and beyond their assigned roles, but first I’d like to thank Operations Director Sterling Anno, Strategic Director Zeshaan Younus and Director of Special Events and Sponsorship Laura Vasquez. From social media communications, to filmmaker and special guest outreach, to mapping out all logistical scenarios, a film festival is a very big job and I’d say we had an outstanding result this year! Thank you all!
Our programming team included (in alphabetical order) Laila Ayad, James Coker, Jon Condit, Logan Crow, Rebekah Fieschi, Jay Kay, MZ Runyan, Didi Tee, and Ashlea Wessel. While sitting to give one’s full attention to hundreds of titles might sound like fun, and it can be, it is also very challenging, demanding WORK! What a fucking team we had this year—THANK YOU and get ready for the next round!
Of all the jobs, there is only one that I completely absolve myself of, and that is the difficult task of the Awards Judge. Our group is comprised of film critics, filmmakers, and screenwriters, and they have to actually name their favorites. I thank you, Beth Accomando, Cathy Alberich, Kirsten Elms, and Frank H Woodward, as well as Sterling Anno for pulling some double duty here!
HUGE GRATITUDE to The Frida Cinema for being more than just a venue. The Frida is not a “venue,” it is a home, with family contained within the walls. It is a place where the love of cinema is concentrated into a mass of pure magic that is felt by everyone who enters. The hardest worker award just has to go to projectionist Alissa Quinn Flores. Hey filmmakers, y’all don’t even know. If you saw how great your work looked and sounded, with appropriate aspect ratios and masking, then please know that this required WEEKS of painstaking attention from Alissa prior to the event. It was seriously monumental, and will be every year, so I hope we can clone her!
The Frida’s owner Logan Crow, Manager Trevor Dillon, and Marketing Guru Jordan Djahangiri were also instrumental in the success of Horrible lmaginings, from volunteer outreach, to marketing, to sponsorship outreach, to just plain therapy sessions, these people are true joys to work with! Oh! And speaking of volunteers, we couldn’t have succeeded without them! Thank you to (in alphabetical order): Daniela Aguas, Daniela Anguiano, Alison Avila, Maddi Bartow, Isa Bulnes-Shaw, Isyss Colombus, Dina, Hiroki Funahashi, Ree Han, Lucy Liu, David Olivares, Leonardo Ostergren, Chris Tom, Ben Tuschman, and Ruby Velasco! And a very special thank you to Whitney Elaine Wegman, who not only joined the volunteers, but fliered the neighborhood and acted as Media, interviewing special guests for IntelleXual Entertainment!
Finally, nothing at all would exist without the two more important elements to any artistic curation event: the creators and the audience. My heart goes, in equal measure, to the filmmakers, dancers, cast, crew, panelists, and not least of all THE AUDIENCE for completing the circle of the conversation. Art without an audience is nothing, so thank you for joining us, adding value to the event, and being a critical part of this ecosystem!
WE DID IT everyone! What a joy! And now it is time to do it again! That’s right—we are expanding! The inaugural CAMPFIRE TALES has a date! Join us on Friday, October 18th at 7:30 PM for a night of short horrors! I will be posting more information to our Events page on this website ASAP, but tickets are NOW AVAILABLE HERE!
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That’s it for now! Until the horrors start again, please try to stay scared!
Miguel Rodriguez, Founder and Director