The sleuce gates are OPEN! Let the glorious pumpkin orange sewage BEGIN!!!
Gothtober is an online countdown calendar to Halloween, it’s got 31 doors, behind each door is a contributor. We hope one of those contributors will be YOU! The calendar is filled with creepy crawly goodies, from short films, to print-outs, to slideshow presentations, music, crafts, recipes and more!
This year’s theme: Metamorphosis
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HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE!!!
Our final treat in the Gothtober Line-Up this year is from the Family Waller in Los Angeles, California. There are three Waller kids, and each one in this film has a dream after having too much candy. Footage from these miraculous dreams involves sweets, dolls, space travel, dirt, and a white pumpkin. The Waller family came together to make this film to let you know that if YOU eat too much candy, you might also experience vivid, sugar-laden visions, so be careful how many Junior Mints you eat before going to sleep! It’s kind of a cosmic cowboy PSA for the times we live in, feel free to sing along at the end!
We’d like to thank all of you out there who followed us until the very last day of October, and we’d like to pat on the back every skeleton, ghost, monster, and all of the other crawly screamy freaky things who made this year a great success. Thank you for being part of our 13th endeavor, dirt and worms for you all!
Head Candy Corn, JP
Aunt Connie has been in Gothtober films before, we’re happy to have her again! Barry Morse put it all together, we follow Aunt Connie all over town, but someone is spying on her! Someone’s got a camera, what are they doing?
Aunt Connie has plans of her own, a type of departure some of us know about, and some of us have yet to know. Normalizing the difficult and the morbid is tough in a society that doesn’t really want to dwell on such subjects. Aunt Connie approaches such subjects approaches such things in a way that is hers, a way that is different. We need more of this.
She doesn’t really seem to give a hoot, whatever we think, galavanting along MacArthur Park, balloons in hand, feather duster at the ready, there goes everyone’s favorite Aunt! Aunt Connie! More power to her!
From two young film maker brothers arrives a cautionary tale about how NOT to treat your feline friend!
When Max and Jay decide to mess with the cat, Children of the Corn, they learn the hard way that cats do NOT take kindly to human shenanigans! KP Pepe produced and directed this collaborative film, it’s got some sweet stop motion and some expert animal wrangling! I asked KP the inspiration for the work, and here’s the scoop:
We pretty much let Jay come up with the story with some assistance from Max and me and Candi. The boys/Candi made the bulk of the sets and we took turns animating it. They had a big role in the story and dialogue.
This is a fine family project, big props to everyone who worked so hard on it, especially Mama Candi, who was production designer! And very big thanks to Children of the Corn, who is a BIG Gothtober Star, we hope you get all of the fish you like!
Mellocreme Fairchild III invites you to gaze upon 13 paintings from the human race that explore the horrors, the darkness, the eerie and the depraved. Please look, take a gander, dance with your fears in a safe way upon this little gem of monstrosities and unsettling moments. Some of these images are freakishly weird and threatening, others are more subtle, but explore deeply important themes of our times: past, present and future.
For to see these things is to see a truth that is sitting just below the surface, the patina of contentedness can only last so long, and the sheer terror of breathing in and breathing out bathes you in a cool, terrified sweat. In a world constantly trying to lie about the terrors of living and making everything appear to be “just fine” here instead is a refreshing collection of reminders that maybe every cloud has a bloody lining, not a silver one.
It’s time for mid terms, or rather, it’s time for 13 teachable moments in the form of three witchy sisters who have a thing or two to teach you about Halloween. Prepare yourself for a list of stone cold snopes-proof fact about our favorite holiday, and yes, there will be a test.
You’ve never seen this much make-up and attitude crammed into one educational presentation, your brain curds are going to leak out your ears, they’ll be so smart! Never fear, these three damsels in excess will make sure you’ve got enough brains for everyday living.
A mind is a terrible thing to waste, especially if you have leftover BBQ sauce.
Ian MacKinnon is a gay based performance activist in Los Angeles, the writer and performer of The Gay Hist-Orgy series of shows that has played all over California. If you haven’t seen his time traveling hot pants, well, please do yourself a favor and let Ian take you on a romp down memory lane as soon as possible.
He teaches workshops, he makes new shows and performances constantly, he’s a never-ending power source of fiery flaming inspirational awesome that will make you feel like your underwear is made out of 5,000 tiny peppermints!
You can also catch Ian at Planet Queer, along with other interstellar performers, it’s the first Monday of every month at Akbar on the corner of Sunset and Fountain.
Some really lovely editing, textures and scenarios in today’s short film “A(n)droit [An Exorcism of Consciousness]. Gothtober Day 26
Ocean waves, public transportation, objects of bondage, divination, consumption and identity create a push and pull for the sense and sensibility of the viewer.
Shot entirely solo in urban locations around Southern California, it’s a feat to shoot stuff like this without tripping over yourself, watching your device get carried away by an unknown bystander or having it destroyed by the waves of the sea.
Yet, here it is, every shot meticulously captured and sliced to fruition.
It’s truly a lovely way for one to debut Gothtober, and so we tip our hat to Ordinary Oliver, as his endeavor is most impressive, and we can’t wait to see what he’ll do next.
Watch Arcadia-based artist, Lush Newton, do a silent film style quickdraw of a Gothtober greeting for day 25! Lush lives up north where it gets quite chilly. She carries index cards in her pockets at all times in case she’s got to jot down an idea or a sketch. She wears overalls, and takes no guff.
She can make a giant polka-dot pony that blows bubbles out of it’s keister, and in fact, this contraption lives in her town and leads its own parades. She can make a sculpture of a ham out of just about any materials you give her.
She is originally from Missouri, and lists some of her influences, inspiration and tools as: Hee Haw, fresh cut hay, Johnny Cash, Zorro, Rankin Bass, True Grit, Wonder Woman, E6000, Wylie E. Coyote, Little Debbie, #2 Dixon Ticonderoga, Mickey, Hot Glue, Harold and the Purple Crayon, Egon Schiele, Etta James, Ethel Merman, and Thomas Hart Benton.
I mean… she listed way more than that, but this is just a sliver of information.
Tired of the same old raisin bran?
Do you have food ennui?
Will one more turkey sandwich drive you over the edge?
Well, today’s a game changer.
Experience “Monster Mash”, Yuki’s recipe for some pre-winter sustenance, a dish that gets rave reviews from those of you who need a little love and light in your food repertoire.
There is a LOT of candy in today’s Gothtober 23rd cinematic jaunt, so much that you may feel your glycemic index go up just a bit watching today’s animated diversification of candy craziness!
Jenny Walsh, fim maker, commercial animator, teacher, and martial arts mama has recruited her sons, Harry and Liam, to help her make the shapes march and twirl across the candy screen! They could not be learning from a better animator, Jenny Walsh’s locomotion skills are to be envied, she knows analysis and locomotion, squash and stretch, the rhythm and blues of making stuff move. Habitually, Jenny Walsh is always Day 23 on the Gothtober calendar, so for past glimpses of her greatness, visit the Gothtober archives and check out all of the twenty-threes.
It is indeed a conspiracy, a plot to inspire trick-or-treating and rabble-rousing of the best kind.
You’ll dig the 8-bit soundtrack, colors and composition of this animated piece. Jenny’s husband, Dave, did the editing and post, so it really is a family affair!