The Unnamed Footage Festival Announces 24-hour Webathon 4th Edition

February 19, 2021

Written by Joseph Perry

Joseph Perry is the Film Festival Editor for Horror Fuel; all film festival related queries and announcements should be sent to him at [email protected] He is a contributing writer for the "Phantom of the Movies VideoScope" and “Drive-In Asylum” print magazines and the websites Gruesome Magazine, Diabolique Magazine, The Scariest Things, B&S About Movies, and When It Was Cool. He is a co-host of the "Uphill Both Ways" pop culture nostalgia podcast and also writes for its website. Joseph occasionally proudly co-writes articles with his son Cohen Perry, who is a film critic in his own right. A former northern Californian and Oregonian, Joseph has been teaching, writing, and living in South Korea since 2008.

Found-footage horror movie fans need to mark March 26th on their calendars because that is the date that San Francisco’s Unnamed Footage Festival will hold a live, one-time-only, day-long marathon of features and shorts, as well as Q&As with filmmakers and industry professionals. All the details follow in the fest’s official press release.

Since 2018, the Unnamed Footage Festival has brought a unique and often obscure selection of found footage horror, first-person POV cinema, and faux documentary to San Francisco, with previous festivals being hosted at the historic Balboa Theatre, the Roxie Theater, and ATA. Strange times call for strange measures, and like so many other events, the fourth edition of the annual film festival is moving to a virtual landscape in the form of a 24-hour long webathon.

UFF24hr will be a live, one-time-only, day-long marathon of weird and exclusive in-world camera features and shorts, alongside Q&As with filmmakers and industry professionals. Beginning on March 26th at 7 PM CST, the event will be hosted by the forgotten legendary broadcast icon Vernon Herman Salinger, in his first return to the public eye in three decades, and other surprise guests.

All proceeds from UFF24hr will be donated to non-profit and independent cinemas across the country who are in need of support, and virtual badges, which include access to the full 24-hour event for viewers in North America, will go on sale the first week of March for the cost of $10 USD. Additional donations will be collected throughout the night and into the next day — as long as the team can stay awake to receive them.

UFF is thrilled to announce a new partnership with the lifestyle drug Waketrix as our presenting festival sponsor. A revolutionary sleep suppressant soon hitting the market, Waketrix is now holding a special promotion and raffle for a free UFF24hr badge and virtual merch pack. To enter the raffle, and to learn more about Waketrix, visit their website: https://www.waketrix.info.

In this first wave of feature titles, UFF is proud to announce Gillian Horvat’s I Blame Society as the opening film — the latest found footage release making waves with fans and critics alike. Writer/director Horvat plays a fictionalized version of herself working on a documentary exploring her friends’ belief that she has the ability to commit murder.

Additional feature films from the lineup include the following.

0s & 1s (2006)

Director Eugene Kotlyarenko’s (Spree) sophomore feature 0s & 1s is exploding with nostalgic internet ephemera as a pioneering screenlife comedy set entirely on a computer screen from the 00s. James Pongo (Morgan Krantz) has a cushy job, a busy social life and an alluring love interest all through the click of a mouse. But when he wakes up after a night of reckless partying to discover that his computer is missing, James’ hyper-connected reality takes a nosedive.

Dwellers (2021)

A collaboration between Megadeth bassist David Ellison and Bang Tango guitarist Drew Fortier, Dwellers is a found footage horror set in the deep, damp sewers of L.A. While shooting a documentary, a filmmaker and his crew go missing while uncovering a terrifying and vicious secret below the city’s surface. It’s C.H.U.D meets The Blair Witch Project featuring surprising cameos from several rock legends.

Poser (2020)

Aiden Doherty, once a skate legend, returns home from rehab to star in a documentary about his recovery in the lo-fi, Ohio punk skateboarding thriller Poser.  But it doesn’t take long for the project to derail when a drug stash is uncovered in an old hangout spot. Directed by up-and-comer Jake Striebel, and with a killer garage punk soundtrack featuring tracks from Together Pangea and The Raging Nathans.

Murder Death Koreatown (2020) 

An exclusive screening in collaboration with the anonymous filmmaker themselves. A man’s curiosity over his neighbor’s murder becomes a conspiratorial descent into madness. Since the premiere of Murder Death Koreatown at UFF3, the film has garnered a cult following for its bizarrely unnerving blending of reality with fiction. This replay of the film will be a different cut than the version available on streaming platforms, with more surprises to come.

More titles will be announced shortly, along with the full schedule and ticket sales, on the Unnamed Footage Festival website:

 www.unnamedfootagefestival.com

Follow @unnamedfootage on Twitter for more updates and tweet about #UFF24hr

UFF24h will be accessible for audiences in  North America, with any additional countries to be added and announced closer to the event.

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