Dark cinema descends upon Maine once again in the form of the 8th annual Damnationland film showcase. we will kick off this year’s festivities with the official premiere screening at Portland’s State Theatre, scheduled on the auspicious date of Friday the 13th in October. An official afterparty will continue the fiendishly fun proceedings at Port City Music Hall, starting at 10:30 PM. Just like the premiere, the afterparty is open to the general public and is an excellent chance to meet the filmmakers, cast, and crew members from this year’s deliciously morbid works.
This year’s crop of Maine-based talent includes short features by Mackenzie Bartlett, Tadin Brown, Alexander Balzano & Ellis Ducharme, Alex Steed, and Charlotte Warren, with interstitial segments between each piece by Derek R. Brigham, Julia Haltof, Stacey Koloski, Shannon Meserve, Melissa Salmi, and Clark Shepard.
Here is the macabre lineup for our 2017 program:
A shy teenage girl battles more than just high school bullies and passing her classes. It’s her own demons she will need to overcome, and the medication isn’t working anymore.
The story of Evelyn Doyle: a beacon of sin in a town which values moral piety above all else. Evelyn Doyle is not the first to be baptized. There are women in the town who carry with them the burden of their shame, and they do not speak.
In a neo-period world near the turn of the 20th century, an amnesiatic traveling shoe salesman finds himself guest in a strange Inn, with dark secrets behind every door. With a journal to guide his way, and a peculiar attachment to footwear, Mortimer Laszlo Frein will navigate the steps of his past, present, and future.
Seduced by the promise of the impossible a young woman follows a strange guide through a derelict world of misfits. Heaven isn’t for everybody.
A vivid and beautiful animated ghost story about a father and daughter who visit a graveyard on a rainy day.