This week I'm heading up to Colorado for an event that has me beyond excited: the first ever Stanley Film Festival, a fest held in the hotel that inspired Stephen King to write The Shining. The festival is dedicated to horror - especially of the indie variety - and it's shaping up to be an extraordinary amount of fun.
Since The Stanley is the inspiration for The Shining, and since the bravura doc Room 237 is playing at the fest, it makes sense that Stanley Kubrick's original would show as well. The Stanley Fillm Fest will be screening The Shining for free outdoors on Friday evening after Room 237 plays (so I'd say around 10). That's pretty awesome, and if you're in the Colorado area this feels like a must-attend event.
But wait! There's more! The next day there will be a panel called The Secrets of The Shining, and the line-up of panelists is killer:
Rodney Ascher (Director, ROOM 237)
Mick Garris (Director, "The Shining" miniseries)
Leon Vitali (Assistant to Stanley Kubrick on THE SHINING)
Jay Weidner (Subject, ROOM 237)
And if those names don't sell you, I'll be moderating the damn thing.
That's just one of the great events on Saturday, and Stanley Film Fest now has a Saturday-only pass available, so if you can't make the whole fest from Thursday on, you can take part in the weekend fun.
Here's hoping I see some of you guys at the Overlook!