San Francisco’s Another Hole in the Head Film Festival is a 15-day cinematic excursion into the realms of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and assorted other genre fare. Under the auspices of SF IndieFest, ‘AHITH’ has an 18-year tradition of pulling together diverse Independent films of all varieties and budgetary considerations--from major productions by professional companies to micro-budget labors of love, and everything in between. This year’s festival takes place December 1st - December 15th, 2021 with an offering of over 30 features and 200+ short films. The majority of content will be available on-demand via the Eventive platform, plus live online screenings with audience interaction and filmmaker Q&A on the Zoom platform, and long-awaited theatrical screenings at New People Cinema in San Francisco's Japantown (limited-capacity, masks and proof of vaccination required). Theatrical admissions will be $15; Eventive and Zoom screenings will be $10 each. The full schedule along with ticket links and programming details will be available at www.ahith.com after
The festival's engagement at New People Cinema (http://www.newpeopleworld.com/cinema) will begin at 6:30 pm on December 3rd with the presentation of a 3D feature film, "Leda" - A dreamlike re-imagining of the Greek myth, "Leda and the Swan," directed by Samuel Tressler IV. Haunted by divine visions, a young woman struggles with memories of sexual trauma and
her resulting pregnancy. This surreal black & white film will be presented in anaglyphic 3D; special glasses will be provided. This film will also be available on Eventive in both 2D and 3D formats. Online viewers will need to provide their own anaglyphic (red/cyan) glasses.
Other theatrical highlights of the fest include:
"The Cloud" - A found footage horror anthology based on the popular live series from San Francisco's Awesome Theatre Company. Told through multiple personal video feeds, it tracks the proliferation of ReKompoZe, a sinister mobile app that infiltrates and attacks the lives of unsuspecting users. Theatrical Premiere; the filmmakers will be in attendance.
"Red Snow" - A local production directed by Sean Nichols Lynch. Over the holidays, a struggling romance novelist’s dream of meeting a real-life vampire comes true when an injured bat she takes into her isolated Tahoe cabin reveals his true nature. But trouble ensues with the arrival of a seasoned vampire hunter--and more vampires! Featuring Vernon Wells (Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior; Commando) as the vampire hunter. SF Bay Area Premiere; the filmmakers will be in attendance.
"Strictly Local 1-4" - four collections of short films by SF Bay Area filmmakers, screening at 6:30 pm on Saturday, December 4th; Sunday, December 5th; Saturday December 11th; Sunday, December 12th. Many filmmakers will attend for post-screening Q&A panels.
"Bashira" directed by Academy Award-winner Nickson Fong, whose VFX credits include The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, Eight Legged Freaks, The Scorpion King, Godzilla And Starship Troopers. A nerdy electronic musician and a troubled fan are plunged into a hallucinogenic nightmare where they must confront an ancient Japanese entity in order to save their souls.
“The Monsters Without” directed by Randal Kamradt. When a rogue monster threatens existence, only the scrappy multi-national team P.H.A.S.E. can stop him. But their newest recruit holds a stunning secret. Against impossible odds, this lonely, conflicted, and altogether human team must band together to save the world. Set and filmed in the Philippines, this action-packed adventure features terrifying and amazing creatures from Filipino Mythology. Starring Jake Macapagal (Metro Manila).
"Christopher Coppola Presents: A Crazy Evening of Clown HeadCowboys, Demon Fireplaces, Living Headless Chickens, and Lunar Sexpots" - A theatre-only screening of four short films
"Gunfight at Red Dog Corral";
"The Cage of Nicholas" - a film by George Kuchar;
"Mike the Headless Chicken";
"Invasion of the Lunar Sexpots" -
a tribute to George Kuchar) followed by a live Q&A session with Christopher Coppola, featuring Mike Kuchar and Linda Martinez. [Theatrical Closing Night Event]
Online highlights include:
"The History of Metal and Horror" directed by Mike Schiff. A documentary that explores the history of heavy metal and horror, and how the two genres merged over time. Hosted by Michael Berryman, and featuring Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie, Kirk Hammett, John Carpenter, Tom Savini, Dave Mustaine, Jonathan Davis, Corey Taylor, and many more.
"Cats of the Bayou" directed by Roman Alexander. An experimental film infusing dark dramatic narrative material with ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response), an audio technique that produces a calming, pleasurable feeling often accompanied by a tingling sensation. Headphones are recommended to experience the full effect. Mysteries unfold in this twisted noir-ish tale of New Orleans. This film will be our first offering of the festival via our customized Zoom stream, better known as The Warped Dimension.
“The Unhealer” directed by Martin Guigui. A botched faith healing on a bullied teenager bestows Native American powers that deflect any attempted physical harm back on his aggressor. When his lifelong tormentors pull a prank that kills someone he loves, he uses his powers for revenge and goes on a bloody rampage to settle the score. Featuring Lance Henriksen (Aliens; Millenium) and Natasha Henstridge (Species; Species II).
“The Night Caller” directed by Chad Ferrin. A telephone psychic is pulled into a complex web of mystery when she receives a call from a serial killer. Featuring Steve Railsback (The Stuntman; Lifeforce; Helter Skelter).
“Woodland Grey” directed by Adam Reider. When a man living alone in a forest saves the life of a young woman, they are forced to coexist. Chaos ensues when the woman makes a terrifying discovery in the woods behind the man's home and unleashes something truly haunting. Featuring Art Hindle (The Brood; Invasion of the Body Snatchers – 1978).
“Occupants” directed by Russ Emanuel. When an award-winning filmmaker and her husband set up cameras around their home for a '30 Days of Clean Living' documentary, many of the cameras capture a parallel version of themselves--a version that ultimately unravels and threatens their very existence. Featuring Robert Picardo (Star Trek: Voyager).