"Beyond the Wall of Sleep," a short film by a group of Murfreesboro filmmakers, has been accepted as an official selection of the 2009 H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival in Portland, Ore Oct. 2-4.
The sci-fi/horror film is based on H.P. Lovecraft's 1919 short story of the same name. It premiered July 30 at The Belcourt in Nashville.
A second screening is slated for Sept. 12 at The Boro Bar & Grill at 10 p.m. Admission is free.
The film, directed by Nathan Fisher, is shot in a neo-noir style and with nods to B movie chillers, Twilight Zone and, Universal Horror, according to the movie's Web site at www.myspace.com/sleep_movie. "Beyond the Wall of Sleep is a fresh look into the inventive mind of one of the masters of horror H. P. Lovecraft."
Filmed in Murfreesboro, Nashville and Springfield over the course of five days, the short film is about an illiterate alcoholic mountain man who beats his neighbor to death in front of a crowd. The man is found insane and confined to a mental institution, Fisher said.
His psychiatrist tries to find out what is wrong with the man as unusual things begin to happen, he said. The murderer, who has lived a very sheltered life, begins to have rants where he shouts about the cosmos and things that have happened in the ancient past that he shouldn’t know.
Fisher said he is very excited about his film being accepted into the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival.
“It is nice to get that validation from someone other than your friends that you made something good,” he said.
Fisher is still waiting to hear if his film is accepted into 15-20 other festivals.
He expects to regionally release the film on DVD with bonus features around the first of next year. Fisher also is already working on a screenplay adapting another Lovecraft story that he would like to direct next year.
Ron Coons served as director of photography and Paul Steward as editor.
"Beyond the Wall of Sleep" features a cameo by Lloyd Kaufman.