The Timberline Lodge in Mount Hood, Oregon might be the most interesting location for a film festival in the country, or perhaps one of the most unexpected.
It’s just a resort, people will say, so why are a bunch of horror fans flocking out there at the end of April to watch a bunch of interesting new premieres and play super cool games? Well, there’s one hell of an answer: The Timberline Lodge was used for the exteriors of the Overlook Hotel in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, and it’s arguably the most famous housing in horror outside of the Bates Motel.
Seriously, though, the inaugural edition of the Overlook Film Festival looks to be an absolute blast.
You’ve got screenings of Ana Lily Amirpour’s The Bad Batch, William Olyroyd’s Lady Macbeth, the world premieres of Georgia Lee’s Capture and Rodney Ascher’s Primal Screen, and a bevy of releases we saw at SXSW that we wholeheartedly suggest you seek out regardless of whether or not we liked them.
There’s a really interesting short film program as well, and one or two TV premieres.
Also, the G.O.A.T. producer Roger Corman will be on hand to receive the Master of Horror award, and he’ll be in conversation with director Mick Garris. They’ll be conducting an immersive horror game throughout the weekend, and word is that it’s going to be particularly incredible this year. Plus there’s tons of parties and other cool shit to do. Like audio dramas? There’s a live recording of one there. Like VR? Well, feel free to soil your pants with some state-of-the-arts demos. Like immersive theater? “Chalet,” a performance conducted with only one person in the audience, is sure to be fascinating.
The Overlook Film Festival takes place from April 27 to 30 in Mount Hood. Try not to kill Shelley Duvall.