RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Fall has begun. Halloween will be here before you know it.
For now, there is a film festival going on in town which celebrates the work of Edgar Allan Poe.
Victoria Price, who is Vincent Price’s daughter, came to the 8News studio to give the details about the festival and why she is involved.
From September 22 – 24, the Poe Museum, in partnership with the Byrd Theater, will host the Poe Film Festival to showcase the best in Edgar Allan Poe movies of the past ninety years from around the world.
There have been hundreds of cinematic adaptations of Poe’s works and biopics of his life. These films, featuring Hollywood stars like Vincent Price, Jack Nicholson, and Sir Christopher Lee, have become part of our cultural heritage. Yet, so far, there has never been a film festival devoted entirely to Poe movies. By bringing the first Poe Film Festival to Richmond, the Poe Museum, along with special guests such as Victoria Price and Raul Garcia, invites fans to explore Poe’s legacy and influence through iconic American cinema.
The three-day event will begin at the Poe Museum on Thursday, September 22 from 6 – 9 p.m. with a special “Poe Goes to the Movies” Unhappy Hour, attended by special guest Victoria Price, daughter of screen legend Vincent Price. The Unhappy Hour will also showcase a new exhibit of Poe-inspired art in partnership with Ohio’s Good Goat Gallery.
On Friday the 23rd, from 7 – 10 p.m. the Byrd Theatre will show two feature-length adaptations of Poe’s most beloved works, Stonehearst Asylum (2014) and House of Usher (1960), which will be introduced by Victoria Price. On Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., the Byrd will screen a series of short films, followed by panel discussions with film experts such as Raul Garcia, director of Extraordinary Tales; Scott Peeples of the College of Charleston; John LaTier, director of The Tell-Tale Heart; Sean Kotz of Radford University; and many more.
On Saturday evening from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m the Poe Museum, in partnership with the Berkeley Hotel in downtown Richmond will host a special “Evening with Victoria Price.” This ticketed event will allow attendees to meet and mingle with Victoria Price and to celebrate the artistic legacy of Vincent Price and Edgar Allan Poe.