"Childhood Haunts" Halloween Party

Halloween is truly hallowed at Cinefamily — it’s both the right time to get down, and to celebrate our birthday. We opened seven years ago this week (Holy Hades, how time has flown), and we mark every Cinebirthday with an unforgettable, all-night audio/visual bash. This year, we reach out beyond what haunts us in our waking adult lives, to explore the depths of our collective childhood movie-watching subconscious in an original Cinefamily video mix. This signature Mondo video collision covers the hazy, freaky-deaky memories of these pivotal pieces of films and TV that pretty much screwed us up for life; this is a mix that’s been years in the making. Plus, a midnight ghost story performance by Chicago-based artist Lyra Hill (Brain Frame), previously-unseen terrifying animated shorts from Fox’s ADHD, a live set of dronescapes by Telecaves, and a return of our upstairs Oculus Rift lounge (this time, loaded up with “Satan’s Family Arcade” virtual reality realms fresh from the domes of L.A. gearhead dementoids Glitch City!) Did we also mention drinks, dancing and other ridiculous reverie?

Halloween is truly hallowed at Cinefamily — it’s both the right time to get down, and to celebrate our birthday. We opened seven years ago this week (Holy Hades, how time has flown), and we mark every Cinebirthday with an unforgettable, all-night audio/visual bash.
This year, we reach out beyond what haunts us in our waking adult lives, to explore the depths of our collective childhood movie-watching subconscious in an original Cinefamily video mix. This signature Mondo video collision covers the hazy, freaky-deaky memories of these pivotal pieces of films and TV that pretty much screwed us up for life; this is a mix that’s been years in the making. Plus, a midnight ghost story performance by Chicago-based artist Lyra Hill (Brain Frame), previously-unseen terrifying animated shorts from Fox’s ADHD, a live set of dronescapes by Telecaves, and a return of our upstairs Oculus Rift lounge (this time, loaded up with “Satan’s Family Arcade” virtual reality realms fresh from the domes of L.A. gearhead dementoids Glitch City.) Did we also mention drinks, dancing and other ridiculous reverie?

“CHILDHOOD HAUNTS” MONDO MIX
At the center of this year’s event is one of Cinefamily’s signature “Mondo” mixes (a homemade, long-form found footage montage that can blow your mind, put a smile on your face, renew/destroy your faith in humanity, and possibly change your life.) Locked away in the dusty corners of our memory banks, we all have a secret stash of half-remembered nightmarish moments from our early viewing habits that still, to this day, shake our spines. Everybody’s got ‘em. “All I remember is the clown in the window, holding the knife…”, “What’s the movie where the midget gets his fingers blown off?”, “There were some kids…and a bearded guy chasing after them with a potato peeler…” Did these films actually exist, or did we just dream them? Find out for sure, as we take you by the hand and konk your pre-pubescent noggin with a storm of vintage video vittles on the theme of CHILDHOOD HAUNTS!

LYRA HILL
It’s no hyperbole to say that Chicago’s Lyra Hill has pioneered a brand-new artistic medium: cartoonists performing their cartoons. Her regular live series Brain Frame has, over the last several years, given comixheads a place to interpret their work in front of an open-minded audience, incorporating elements impossible to reproduce on a printed page: costumes, cardboard, projection, puppetry, props, songs, soundscapes, speeches, primal screams, smoke machines, and/or more. For our Halloween bash, Lyra performs a psychosexual horror story called “Go Down”, which follows a young woman who buys a magic crystal, meets her boyfriend in a field, eats the crystal, and then hallucinates a death orgasm. Intense, hair-raising and kinda steamy!

Watch Cinefamily’s teaser trailer for our custom “Childhood Haunts” video mix!