Vampires, Pirates, and Blood Cars, Oh My

This year, in addition to the Film Festival, the Independent Film Track brings you four feature-length movies: Vampira: The Movie, Pirates of the Great Salt Lake, The Signal, and Blood Car.

Friday: Vampira: The Movie
Learning Center, 1AM (Sat morning)

From pin-up to TV star to B-movie icon, Vampira: The Movie documents the life and career of Maila “Vampira” Nurmi, the “glamour ghoul” and horror movie hostess best known for her appearance in Ed Wood’s 1956 low-budget Plan 9 From Outer Space. (documentary)

Q&A with director Kevin Sean Michaels to follow.

Saturday: Pirates of the Great Salt Lake
International North, 7PM

Two outcasts and loners take the pirate code to heart in their landlocked home and set out for a life of pillaging and plunder. They stumble upon a long lost treasure map, but will it fulfill their wildest pirate dreams or curse them…or both? (fantasy/comedy)

Q&A with director E.R. Nelson to follow.

Saturday: The Signal
International North, 4PM

In the city of Terminus, all forms of communication have been jammed by an enigmatic transmission that preys on fear and desire. Ben must save the woman he loves from the bedlam in the streets as well as her crazed, sadistic husband by uncovering the true nature of The Signal. (sci-fi/horror/thriller)

Q&A with the cast and crew to follow

Sunday: Blood Car
Learning Center, 11:30PM

Save gas…drive Blood Car! In the near future, gas prices have reached astronomical highs, and Archie Andrews is trying to discover an alternate fuel source. While experimenting with wheat grass, he accidentally stumbles upon a solution: Blood. Human Blood! (horror-comedy)

Q&A with writer/director Alex Orr to follow.

Author of the article

Eugie Foster was the long-time Director/Editor of the Daily Dragon an award-winning writer of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and YA/children's lit. She received the 2009 Nebula Award for her novelette, "Sinner, Baker, Fabulist, Priest; Red Mask, Black Mask, Gentleman, Beast," the 2011 and 2012 Drabblecast People's Choice Award for Best Short Story for "The Wish of the Demon Achtromagk" and "Little Grace of the House of Death," and has been nominated for the Hugo, British Science Fiction, and Washington Science Fiction awards. Her works have been translated into eight languages, and her short fiction collection, Returning My Sister's Face and Other Far Eastern Tales of Whimsy and Malice, has been used as a textbook at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the University of California-Davis.