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Academy set to launch first-ever Film-to-Film Festival


In its continued quest to ramp up film preservation efforts, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Wednesday it will launch the first-ever Film-to-Film Festival, featuring films the Academy has preserved, running Sept. 27 through Sept. 29.

The festival will take place in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills and the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood, according to a press release. It stems from a highly-touted Academy initiative launched a year ago called Project Film-to-Film with the goal of preserving as many movies on film as possible over a two-year span by mainly using film stock to create new prints. So far, more than 390 new prints have been created, according to the Academy, ranging from the short Naked Yoga to 1962’s beautifully, strangely mysterious Carnival of Souls.

Festival tickets for the movies, which range from Terry Gilliam’s 1985’s wildly futuristic Brazil to Carnival of Souls and 1942’s Mr. Blabbermouth!, are $5 each for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. They can be purchased online or in person at the Academy box office, or by mail. Check the Academy’s site for a full list of screenings and ticket info.

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'Carnival of Souls': The movie that inspired 'Insidious' is the spookiest, weirdest, and maybe greatest horror film you've never seen

The characters in Insidious, the terrific and blessedly scary new horror film, are menaced by ghosts, but a better way to put it would be that they’re frightened by faces. Faces that stare and smile and hover, and eventually turn out to be part of the spirit world that Patrick Wilson, as the besieged father, must enter — when he’s roaming around in it, it’s like a fun house designed by David Lynch. Insidious has been directed, by James Wan (Saw), in a highly effective spooky manner, but there’s no denying — it’s almost part of the movie’s fun — that it echoes several notable horror films of the past, like Poltergeist and The Exorcist. The film that arguably influenced it the most, though, is one that a lot of people haven’t seen or probably even heard of. It’s called Carnival of Souls, and it’s a creepy little black-and-white cult movie, made in 1962 for $33,000, that in its low-budget way is a symphony of scary faces. The film was revived once in commercial theaters, back in 1989 (if you ever saw it, speak up — I’d love to know your thoughts!), and I hope that Insidious prompts a whole new round of interest in it. Because Carnival of Souls is a movie that anyone who loves horror movies simply has to see. READ FULL STORY

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