Chuck Lucia TSA'09 to Direct The 5th annual NOLA Horror Film Fest

David Armentor

Sep 24, 2015
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The More You NOLA: Oh, the horror!

September 23, 2015 11:00 AM

By: Mary Cross

Many legendary horror auteurs — namely Wes Craven, John Carpenter and Sam Raimi — built their careers on celluloid screams captured in low-budget independent projects. From Friday through Sunday (Sept. 25–27), local horror film fanatics can celebrate a new generation of the genre’s filmmakers at the fifth annual NOLA Horror Film Fest held at Rare Form (437 Esplanade Ave.) in New Orleans.

“This festival is about new or recent independent films with little to no distribution,” says Chuck Lucia, festival director.

J.T. Seaton and Ryan Blake George originally conceived the event in 2010. While working together on a Mississippi film set, the pair thought about bringing a horror film festival to New Orleans.

Lucia, a 2009 Tulane University School of Architecture graduate, first got involved with the festival as a volunteer and eventually succeeded George as festival director in 2013.

“This year we had 414 submissions, and we are screening 42 films and featuring nine unproduced screenplays. We keep an eye open for genre-bending films that show us something new,” says Lucia. 

“I think horror films are popular with specific crowds because they are a visceral experience.” 

With its diverse lineup of shorts, music videos and feature films, the event offers festivalgoers a wide variety of creepy cinematic experiences to enjoy.

“If you want ‘laugh out loud,’ I would go with Bloodsucking BastardsClinger or You’re Killing Me, one of our LGBT screenings. If you are into foreign or experimental, I would suggestChimeres or Reveries of a Solitary Walker. If you are looking for more traditional films, I suggestThe House on Pine StreetTrace or Containment,” recommends Lucia.

The festival kicks off on Thursday (Sept. 24) with an opening party at Mag’s 940 (940 Elysian Fields Ave.) featuring live music from The NOLA Treblemakers. The fright-filled weekend will conclude at Rare Form with an awards ceremony and closing party with music by The Unnaturals on Sunday (Sept. 27).

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