IN SEARCH OF DARKNESS
2019, 240 min, Dir: David A. Weiner

Clocking in at more than 4 hours, this definitive ’80s horror documentary features interviews with John Carpenter, Joe Dante, Barbara Crampton, Sean S. Cunningham, Greg Nicotero, Don Mancini, Caroline Williams and many more. Loaded with anecdotes and clips, IN SEARCH OF DARKNESS illuminates horror’s wildest decade, where films were loaded with practical FX, sex and gore, and reality was rife with political and cultural strife as the AIDS epidemic, seismic socioeconomic shifts, the Cold War and a boom in technological growth were changing the world forever.


BLOOD & FLESH: THE REEL LIFE & GHASTLY DEATH OF AL ADAMSON
2019, 100 min, Dir: David Gregory

Maverick indie filmmaker Al Adamson’s real life was even crazier than one of the 30-plus sex ’n’ schlock drive-in movies he made in the ’60s and ’70s. Best known for directing biker flick SATAN’S SADISTS and the sexy STEWARDESS, Adamson made countless popcorn pictures with multiple titles to dupe audiences into repeat viewings. Director (and Severin Films founder) David Gregory expertly uses archival footage of the man himself, and a slew of interviews with those who knew and worked with him, to paint a portrait of a filmmaker’s life and a community of outsiders working during a weird, wild, never-to-be-duplicated era of the movie business.


THE FEELING OF BEING WATCHED
2018, 86 min, USA, Dir: Assia Boundaoui

Residents of Assia Boundaoui’s entire neighborhood outside of Chicago have felt under government surveillance for more than a decade. Returning home and recounting memories of her childhood suspicions, she visits her neighbors one by one, and their personal accounts begin to pile up. Assia decides it’s time to set up her own investigation. Her inquiries soon yield tens of thousands of FBI documents proving that her Arab-American hometown was indeed the subject of one of the largest counterterrorism investigations ever conducted in the U.S. pre-9/11. Creatively weaving the personal and political, this award-winning documentary is Assia’s story, as she grapples with the enduring impact government surveillance has had on her country, her community and her own sense of identity.


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