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In England and other countries, winter has been the season for telling ghost stories and other tales of the supernatural. Over here in the SF Bay Area, our nod to that tradition is the return of the Another Hole In The Head Film Festival (hereafter AHITH).

The 18th edition of the festival, brought to viewers by the wonderfully twisted geniuses of the S.F. Independent Film Festival, will present over 25 feature films and over 200 short films from December 1-15, 2021 to sick and twisted audiences both live and online. Selected live in-person screenings will be held at SF Japantown’s famed New People Cinema (1746 Post, SF) starting December 3, 2021. Admission to these shows is $15 apiece, and viewers must wear masks and have legitimate proof of vaccination ready. As no food or drink will be allowed in the theater, viewers who might have trouble keeping their mask on for the whole of the screening should probably stick to watching AHITH offerings via video on demand.

Online choices are either on-demand via Eventive or via live Zoom chats beginning December 1, 2021. The latter option allows viewers to interact in real time with audience members and even filmmakers. Individual on-demand tickets are $10 apiece, while the Zoom chats are $7 apiece.

For those who want to see multiple AHITH offerings, passes will be the most economical way to go. Options range from the Zoom Pass or the 5-Show Pass (for any on-demand screening) for $40 all the way up to the All Access Pass ($160). Just as it says on the tin, the All Access Pass lets you see all the New People Cinema screenings, all the online on-demand screenings, and all the Zoom screenings.

The New People Cinema screenings kick off with the 3D silent film “Leda.” It’s a re-interpretation of the Greek myth of “Leda and the Swan.” This black and white film involves divine visions, memories of sexual trauma, and an unexpected pregnancy. For people choosing to stream the film at home, AHITH offers both 2-D and 3-D streams. However, those watching from home will need to provide their own 3-D glasses if necessary.

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