Vortex Film Festival: Celebrating Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Horror Genres

Saturday, October 22, 2016

2:00 PM-4:00 PM

Cost: Free and Open to All

Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903

Auditorium (3rd Floor)

Sat, 2016-10-22 14:00 - 16:00


October 17-23, 2016 

Celebrating the Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror Genres


This year, the popular annual H.P. Lovecraft Walking Tour hosted in collaboration with the RI Historical Society will be held on two consecutive dates: Saturday, October 22nd at 12:00 NOON, and again on Sunday, October 23rd, at 12:00 NOON.


The life and work of Providence's best-known fantasy and horror author, Howard Phillips Lovecraft, provide the backdrop for this walking tour. Acknowledged genius of occult and horror fiction, Lovecraft's Providence Stories (written between 1924 and 1935) provide the basis for this walk. Lovecraft wrote eloquently, and in great detail, about such landmarks as Prospect Terrace, the First Baptist Church, and the historic homes of Benefit Street. See the site of his former home, as well as the sights mentioned in The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, The Haunter of the Dark, The Shunned House, and The Call of Cthulhu. Lovecraft's own words offer a most amazing literary, historical, and architectural walking tour.


The tour will depart on both days from the John Brown House at 52 Power Street, Providence and lasts 90 minutes.




On Sunday, October 23rd, the screening will take place at the Providence Public Library Theater, 150 Empire Street, Providence at 2:00 p.m.

Fantasy Shorts with an edge



The Signalman | Daniel Augusto, Director | 15 min. | Brazil, 2015.

An old fisherman captures a mermaid in a world that tells him they don't exist.


Last Door South | Sacha Feiner, Director | 14 min. | France/Belgium, 2015.

A two-headed child who was always bricked up in the family manor, tries to find the end of it.


Death Metal | Chris McInroy, Director | 5 min. | USA, 2016. A metalhead gets passed down a satanic guitar that riffs to shreds.


Pyotr495 | Blake Mawson, Director | 15 min. | Canada, 2016. 'Set one evening in present day Moscow, 16 year-old Pyotr is baited by an ultranationalist group known for their violent abductions and anti-gay attacks bolstered by Russia’s LGBT propaganda law, but Pyotr has a dangerous secret his attackers could never have accounted for.'


Elle | Vincent Toujas, Director | 20 min. | France, Belgium, 2015.

Maria and Jonathan meet after witnessing a car crash. Despite an instant attraction, Jonathan will have to come to terms with a strange companion who has invaded Maria’s life for too long: “ELLE”.


Gryla | Tomas Heidar, Director | 6 min. | Iceland, 2016. A man finds himself mistakenly taken hostage by a troll-size debt collector and driven into the mountains. Things go from bad to considerably worse when a real troll shows up. Fortunately for the man, this particular troll is very particular about what she eats.


The Man Who Caught a Mermaid | Kaitlin Tinker, Director | 16 min. | Australia, 2015. An old fisherman captures a mermaid in a world that tells him they don't exist.



This event is sponsored by Flickers, the Rhode Island International Film Festival, The Rhode Island Film & Television Office, Amtrak, RISCA, Cox Media, Eurochannel, CW28, Diabolique Magazine, Motif,The Harrington School of Communication and Media atthe University of Rhode Island,The URI College of Arts & Sciences, The Film Media Program, and the URI Feinstein College of Continuing Education, Roger Williams University and the RWU Film Production Collaborative.