A new film, “Whisperer in Darkness,” which is based on a story by H.P. Lovecraft and was shot partly in Vermont, will have its Vermont premiere on Thursday, Oct. 20, at the Hotel Coolidge in White River Junction, VT. The showings will benefit victims of the recent flooding from Hurricane Irene.
The Oct. 20 events begin at 6 p.m., with a slide/film lecture from Vermont folklorist Joseph A. Citro. The event also includes a silent auction. Admission is $100 to benefit Main Street Museum’s Hurricane Irene flood reconstruction efforts. Following the talk, Citro will introduce the film “Whisperer in Darkness” for an 8 p.m. screening (Tickets are $25) and at a 10 p.m. screening (tickets are $15). Proceeds from both screenings benefit the Main Street Museum.
The film is based on a short story which Lovecraft wrote afer a visit to the Brattleboro area in 1928 as an invited guest of local poet Vrest Orton. Lovecraft visited Guilford, Brattleboro, Dummerston and points north, and his visit came soon after the 1927 Vermont flood. The film was shot, in part, in Jamaica, Chester and Bellows Falls, as well as Spofford and Walpole, N.H. The Brattleboro Reformer is featured as a prop and key element in the film. For information or tickets, call 802-295-3318 or 802-295-6370.
There’s a special synchronicity to the fact that these showings will benefit flood victims, since Lovecraft set the original story in the aftermath of a series very real and extremely devastating floods that occurred in Vermont in 1927. There’s a great article on the story and the film here.
So, did I tell y’all that I am a featured extra in this movie? It’s true. In fact, that’s me “acting” in yon photo, with the hat and the walking stick. This was shot at Jamaica State Park in Jamaica, Vermont. Here are two trailers for the film: trailer 1 and trailer 2. I like trailer 1 because I’m in it.