Beyond Fest is promoted as a “genre” festival, but over the years, it has become, fittingly, beyond any niche or genre. Weird, dark, ominous, campy, creepy… all these words work just as well to describe the collection of horror, Sci-Fi, B-movies, fantasy and unique cinema (mainstream and underground) the festival showcases.
The American Cinematheque and NEON-backed event is the highest-attended film event of its kind in the U.S. and its line-ups –both on screen and off– are the reason, with discussions, panels and more. From the opening night premiere of Gareth Edwards’ The Creator to a celebration of Roger Corman and the controversial “ultimate” cut of Caligula, to appearances by legends Michael Mann and James Cameron, the fest has been showcasing impressive line-ups, and this year’s have been bigger than ever.
Beyond Fest kicked off on September 26 and continues through October 10, and it still has several new and classic offerings to come. True Romance, The Iron Giant, and Final Destination are some of the classics that might be sold out by now (check the website) while Kristoffer Borgli’s comedy-satire Dream Scenario starring Nicolas Cage serves as the closing night presentation. There’s also a selection of shorts, more panels and mixers on the schedule with tickets available. Screenings take place at the Aero Theatre, Los Feliz 3 and Regency Westwood Village, and all revenue goes to Beyondfest’s 501c3 non-profit film institution. americancinematheque.com
Follow the fest’s Instagram for great content from this year’s event so far.
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