×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

New Genre Film Festival to Launch at ‘The Shining’ Hotel

Horror will take the spotlight at a new genre film festival launching next year.

The Overlook Film Festival will open on April 27 at Oregon’s Timberline Lodge, which was used for the exterior setting of the Overlook Hotel in Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Organizers Michael Lerman and Landon Zakheim announced the event on Halloween. They are planning to present experiential events, work in new and classic horror cinema, and interactive activities at the Timberline, located at the base of Mount Hood. The four-day festival will feature a weekend-long immersive game from Bottleneck Immersive and an original live version of the radio play “Tales From Beyond the Pale” by Glass Eye Pix.

The Shining” takes place in the fictional Overlook Hotel, a haunted resort in the Colorado Rockies. Kubrick’s movie, starring Jack Nicholson and released in 1980, was based Stephen King’s 1977 novel.

The Overlook Film Festival advisory board includes actor Elijah Wood, director Joe Dante, Sundance Film Festival programming director Trevor Groth, Alamo Drafthouse CEO Tim League, and “Insidious: Chapter 3” director Leigh Whannell.

Other members include Kristen Bell (Fantastic Fest), Nate Bolotin ( XYZ Films), Larry Fessenden, Colin Geddes (Toronto Intl. Film Festival), Mick Garris, Stuart Gordon, Daniel Noah (SpectreVision), Lindsay Peters (Fantasia Film Festival), Tom Quinn, Alix Taylor, Ryan Turek (Blumhouse), Josh C. Waller (SpectreVision), and Diana Williams (LucasFilm Story Group).

“We’re so grateful to the Timberline Lodge for providing such a gorgeous, iconic venue in the beautiful location of Mt. Hood, Oregon, where our unique, experiential celebration of all things genre can thrive,” Zakheim said.

More Film

  • Cannes Film Review: 'Alice and the

    Cannes Film Review: 'Alice and the Mayor'

    Sophomore director Nicolas Pariser follows his politically engaged debut, “The Great Game,” with an even deeper plunge into the disconnect between political theory and the workings of government in the unmistakably French “Alice and the Mayor.” Deeply influenced by Eric Rohmer in the way it aspires to use philosophical dialogue to reveal something about the [...]

  • 'Diego Maradona' Review: The Football Legend

    Cannes Film Review: 'Diego Maradona'

    You expect the director of a biographical documentary to have a passion for whoever he’s making a movie about. But the British filmmaker Asif Kapadia spins right past passion and into obsession. He doesn’t just chronicle a personality — he does an immersive meditation on it. Kapadia plunges into the raw stuff of journalism: news [...]

  • Atlantics

    Emerging Talent From Gallic Cinema

    Variety is teaming with Unifrance, an agency that promotes French cinema around the world, to focus attention on four emerging talents in the French movie industry as part of Unifrance’s “New Faces of French Cinema” program. Here Variety profiles the rising filmmakers: Justine Triet, Eléa Gobbé-Mévellec, Hafsia Herzi and Mati Diop. Mati Diop Born to [...]

  • John Hannah Reunites With ‘The Mummy’

    John Hannah Reunites With ‘The Mummy’ Actors for Horror Pic ‘Lair’ (EXCLUSIVE)

    John Hannah, Corey Johnson and Oded Fehr will star in “Lair,” billed as a socially conscious horror movie about an LGBT family embroiled in one man’s attempt to prove the existence of the supernatural. The trio all appeared in the successful franchise “The Mummy,” and their new picture goes into production later this year. Katarina [...]

  • Loving Vincent Animation Oscars

    Adult Audience Animation: Cannes Panel Talks Big-Screen Strategy

    CANNES–A panel of leading animation industry executives gathered during the Cannes Film Market on Sunday to shed light on their strategies for the theatrical release of adult-oriented animated features. It was a timely conversation at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Five of the 28 animated projects in the Marché du Film are adult audience-focused, including [...]

  • Lea Drucker poses with the Best

    French Filmmaker Axelle Ropert Readies 'Petite Solange' With MK2 Films (EXCLUSIVE)

    French writer/director Axelle Ropert is set to direct “Petite Solange,” a film that will star Léa Drucker and Philippe Katerine, who won the best acting nods at this year’s Cesar Awards for their performances in “Custody” and “Sink or Swim,” respectively. MK2 films will handle international sales. Haut et Court has acquired rights for French [...]

  • Dutch FilmWorks Moves into International Sales

    Dutch Film Works Moves into International Sales (EXCLUSIVE)

    A major new international sales outfit is coming to market. Dutch Film Works (DFW), one of the largest movie distributors in the Benelux region, is moving into film and TV sales. DFW general manager Angela Pruijssers will spearhead the sales effort alongside Charlotte Henskens, who will join from Amsterdam-based Fortissimo Films, where she is director [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content