Overlook Film Festival Co-directors Michael Lerman (L) Landon Zakheim (R)
Overlook Film Festival Co-directors Michael Lerman (L) Landon Zakheim (R)

The Overlook Film Festival, a four-day celebration of all things horror will return to New Orleans for its 3rd edition, taking place May 30 through June 2, 2019. The festival will showcase exciting work in new and classic horror cinema, live events, and it’s trademark interactive activities where attendees can become immersed in the diverse world of the genre space. A summer camp for horror fans, the four days of events and screenings will be located in and around the the famously haunted French Quarter, New Orleans’ oldest neighborhood and home to some of America’s most legendary spooky encounters.

Screenings will take place at Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre and at the nearby Regal Cinemas Cinebarre Canal Place 9 Movie Theater. In addition to presenting the best in world genre film, the festival’s dedicated  focus on interactive performance  will be headlined once again by a weekend long alternate reality game experience. The festival announced the designers of the 2019 game will be guest artists E3W Productions (In Another Room), Eva Anderson (You’re The Worst, Comedy Bang! Bang!, Amos: A Play With Music), Eric Hoff (DryCraeft Los Angeles, Thinkwell Group, Amos: A Play with Music), and Tommy Honton (Stash House, Museum of Selfies). Mali Elfman will produce the experience. For the first time, the festival has made available a new pass tailored to fans of immersive entertainment. The Platinum Immersive Pass is on sale now. Quantity is extremely limited.  

“We’re so thrilled to return to New Orleans for the 2019 festival. In addition to it’s notoriously haunted history, the city has been incredibly welcoming to our films, guests and enduring audiences and we can’t wait to share our spooky offerings with them again.” said festival co-director Michael Lerman.

Added festival co-director Landon Zakheim: “We have so much fun in store in terms of our signature programming and live experiences. Our guest immersive designers are responsible for some of the most thrilling experiences we’ve ever seen. We’re overjoyed to bring these groups of dedicated professionals we’ve long admired together to collaborate on a full weekend of interactive activity available to pass holders.”

Past Overlook festivals have included the presentation of awards to Roger Corman, Leigh Whannell and Jason Blum, world premieres of A24’s It Comes At Night, Cinestate’s Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich, Darren Lyn Bousman’s St. Agatha and Rodney Ascher’s Primal Scream, and a closing night screening of horror hit Hereditary, alongside one-of-a-kind theatrical performances, live radio plays, unique virtual reality, storytelling shows and themed experiences.

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