Damnationland NEWS

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Samuel James Added to Damnationland 2018 Filmmaker Lineup

Samuel JamesOur next filmmaker is conjuring up some horror with a purpose. Samuel James is a world-touring musician and storyteller, award-winning songwriter, columnist for The Bollard, blogger for Blackgirlinmaine, as well as the writer, director and creator of the music/comedy web series “Kitty Critic”. Damnationland fans may remember his onscreen appearances in “Forgiveness”, “Last Flight of the Freya”, and “Neurophreak”. This year he will write, direct, produce, edit and score his own short.

When asked to give us a snippet of what we can expect on October 12, Sam had the following to say: “This is a psychological, sci-fi thriller in the vein of The Twilight Zone or The Outer Limits… or, as we’ve been saying to ourselves, we’re gonna put the ‘Black’ in Black Mirror.”

We are so excited to have Sam on board, and you can learn more about his project (and support it!) by checking out his GoFundMe page below:



Damnationland Welcomes Mariah Klapatch to the 2018 Filmmaker Roster

Maraiah KlapatchOn Friday the 13th, we could think of no better way to celebrate than to announce our next filmmaker for 2018, who is no stranger to hometown horror: Mariah Klapatch hails from Rockport, Maine.

After receiving a BFA in film from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU she relocated to Los Angeles, where she’s spent the past decade making all manner of naughty, strange things. Most recently, she produced the independent horror feature Island Zero (regarded as one of the “best creature features of the year” by Horror Society, available now for digital download!) and is the creator and host of Reckless Fancies, an anthology story podcast for frisky adults (season 2 out on ApplePodcasts soon!).

She now haunts Owls Head, where she’ll be brewing up some terror for October’s premiere.


Shannon Meserve Joins 2018 Damnationland Filmmaker Roster

Shannon MeserveIt’s time to announce our filmmakers for 2018. We love this part of the year, because it means we get to talk about all the exciting talented people who will be making films for this year’s Damnationland – people like Shannon Meserve.

Shannon is coming off her hugely popular interstitial film last year – it was the one on the cover of the Phoenix, with bathtubs and drippy moose skulls. We liked it so much we asked her to make a longer piece this year, and she has already started.

Shannon describes her piece for this year’s showcase, entitled IN HIS HOUSE, like this:

“In the tradition of Rosemary’s Baby and Get Out, our film is a psychological horror story exploring the internal nightmare that unfolds when a young woman is forced to confront that her life, her destiny, and her very own body, can be forcibly taken from her. (Timely, no? Ugh.)”

We’re very excited to have this amazing young talent making a movie for Damnationland this year, and you should be too! Go on over to her Gofundme page and give her a little money to show your support!


Stay tuned! We’ll be announcing more filmmakers very soon!


Damnation is Nigh!

It’s finally here!!! Here’s the schedule for this weekend’s activities:

Thu, 10/12 – 7pm – 11pm – Nothing to Fear But Beer, a fundraising event at Oxbow Brewing on Washington Ave. in Portland!

Fri, 10/13 – 7pm – 10pm – The premiere of the Damnationland 2017 film showcase at the State Theatre in Portland!

Fri, 10/13 – 10pm – ???? – The official afterparty continues right at the State Theatre! Enjoy live music, meet the filmmakers and actors, and more!

Sat, 10/14 – 10am – 10pm – Our first-ever International Film Festival, presented by Damnationland! Watch a selection of dark films from around the globe! Hosted at Mechanics Hall in Portland.


Nothing to Fear But Beer Itself

Step right up… to the bar, and help us raise money for Damnationland!

This year, our friends at Oxbow Brewing have generously offered to give us a portion of the proceeds from each beer they sell on October 12th. So, we want you to come and celebrate the beginning of the Damnationland weekend. From 7pm to 11pm at the Oxbow Tasting Room on Washington Ave, we will have filmmakers, music, classic horror films, and our own DJ (and Damnationland producer) Remy Brecht spinning some musical mayhem.

Admission is Free!

This is, of course, all in preparation for the following night at the State Theatre, where we will unveil the 2017 Damnationland film program showcasing the best in local dark indie cinema. Then, on October 14th, we will be screening the best indie films “from away” at Mechanics Hall!

So come by, have a drink, and help us get the weekend started right!

Click here to view the official Facebook event.