It’s Devil’s Night again in Detroit, and the Senate is celebrating with an evening of darkness and gloom that will culminate with a screening of the locally set cult film, “The Crow.”
Starring Brandon Lee, (the son of kung-fu legend Bruce Lee) who tragically died on set before filming could be completed, this is a film that almost never got released. But, thanks to the emerging state-of-the-art digital technology and some rewrites, the film was saved from the half-life suffered by incomplete works of art that languish in a sort of creative purgatory, its creators forever wondering what might have been. Instead, like a feverish nightmare, the deceased star haunts every frame. Even when his body is not present, he still reminds us, the viewer, of our mortality and the spirit of retribution that may haunt the guilty among us, here personified by a vengeful angel of death, unleashing his wrath on those who brutalized his beloved and cast him from this mortal coil.
In short, this is a film perfect for Halloween weekend. And, like the success of Mayor Archer’s Angel’s Night campaign that put a stop to Detroit’s annual Devil’s Night conflagrations, The Crow represents the tenacity of people to work together to restore and protect something shared – something worth saving for the people who are yet to arrive on this world. Whether that’s a city block, with all its homes and family histories, or a collaborative work of art as a film, it is the same spirit of community.
So, come join us for this modern classic. But be sure to come early, because prior to the film screening we will be presenting a very special happening: Devil’s Night Gallery: A Film + Art Event, inspired by Rod Serling’s anthology series, Night Gallery. Like that classic example of 1970s spooky television, this event will introduce short films – tales of supernatural horror that exemplify the tone of Night Gallery – by revealing paintings by local artists, inspired by these short films.
Directed by Niels Bourgonje (represented by an original piece of art by Brian Lewandowski), Woodland Cemetary is about a photographer who has the assignment to shoot Skogskyrkogarden, a cemetery located in the woods of Stockholm. There she sees an old woman placing a lantern on a grave. When the photographer shoots a picture of this very private moment, she soon finds out that this haunting image is more haunted than she bargained for.
In “Possessions,” Zeke decides to sell all his things and make a documentary about it. He discovers that some possessions are easier to let go of than others. Directed by Zeke Farrow this film is represented by an original piece of art by Steve Czapiewski.
When an unhappy girl decides to end her life, what she didn’t expect is that her attitude would negatively interfere with the natural order of life for other people in her city. Directed by Renata Moraes this film will be represented by an original piece of art by Melanie Brooks of Earthenwood Studio.
Blunda (in English “close your eyes”) is a short horror film about sleep terror. A professor in clinical neuroscience has finally detected the cause of the sleeping disorder, and the result turns out to be quite unpleasant. Directed by Fredrik Hellqvist, “Blunda” will be represented by an original piece of art by Blight Hernandez.
Directed by Emre Yapıcı, “Attached” is about Mert, who has always had a problem in her relationship. She thinks that the girls are troubled, but there is only one problem and that is Mert. This film is represented by an original piece of art by Jen McBride Photography.
And that wraps Devil’s Night Gallery, composed of 10 Short Films and 10 Local Artists before it screens the