Shriekfest: America's Preeminent Celebration of Horror

August 28, 2014 4:30 PM

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Shriekfest: America's Preeminent Celebration of Horror

What is it you need in the greatest quantity in order to launch and maintain a successful film festival? Well, if you ask Denise Gossett, founder and director of Shriekfest Horror Film Festival, Hollywood's preeminent celebration of independent horror films and screenplays for the past fourteen years, she'll tell you: it's naiveté! As an author and filmmaker myself, I can unabashedly attest to that - sometimes there is grace in not knowing it can't be done!

In 2001, after starring in "Chain of Souls", and then wanting to publicize it, Denise could not find a film festival specific to horror in the US, so she decided, a the end of August, to start her own. "It'll be a nice little part-time hobby," she thought. Yeah, right! She enlisted her sister-in-law...

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