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THE 17TH ANOTHER HOLE IN THE HEAD FILM FESTIVAL IS ONLINE THIS YEAR



THE 17TH ANOTHER HOLE IN THE HEAD FILM FESTIVAL IS ONLINE THIS YEAR 14 DEC 2020 PETER WONG



People who’ve had a few film festivals under their belt will call holding a film festival in the weeks around Christmas and Hanukkah a mark of insanity. But given that Another Hole In The Head Film Festival (hereafter AHITH) comes from the crazy geniuses behind the S.F. Independent Film Festival, creative craziness is standard operating procedure. COVID-19 lockdowns have curbed many reasons to leave the house. In this cooped up situation, having a film festival of genre chills and thrills streamed via Eventive and Zoom feels more appropriate this holiday season. This year’s AHITH runs from December 11-27, 2020. Yes, this officially makes AHITH the last film festival of 2020. But viewers will have two weeks to stream some of the over 40 feature films and over 250 short films being offered by the festival. For those who want to hear from the filmmakers themselves about their films, there will be scheduled Zoom events requiring pre-registration.

If you caught the Mr. HoleHead’s Warped Dimension show a couple of months back, you may recognize “Blue Unnatural” and “Lost Lula.” But there’s enough new films here that you will find something to entertain you and more.  Here are some suggestions for films to catch: An Unquiet Grave An Unquiet Grave—It’s the first anniversary of the death of Jamie’s wife.  The mourning husband convinces Ava, his dead wife’s sister, to join him to visit the site of the fatal car crash that resulted in familial loss.  The purpose of the visit?  It’s to perform a strange ritual.  What starts out as mourning pains soon turns into something more sinister.

Beasts Clawing At Straws–Yes, this South Korean neo-noir has already played the Roxie virtual theater (among others).  Consider this streaming a second chance to catch the film before some Hollywood studio decides to do an eye-rolling American remake.  Take a fortune in cash stuffed into one Louis Vuitton bag.  Watch a bunch of lowlifes fight each other to get their hands on the fortune.  With each betrayal, see the bigger picture start sliding into place. The Curse Of Willow Song–Willow Song just wants to find employment as a welder in Vancouver.  But there are several big strikes against her.  She’s an ex-con who got jailed for arson.  She’s a recovering addict.  Employers aren’t keen on hiring Chinese female welders.  Song’s biggest problem, though, might be her shadow self…which has just come to life.