The First Sleepy Hollow International Film Festival is Coming!

SLEEPY HOLLOW, NY – September 10, 2019 - The first annual Sleepy Hollow International Film Festival (SHIFF) will take place in Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown, New York, on October 10-13, 2019.

The festival is a celebration of outstanding genre cinema and includes: feature film premieres and groundbreaking new films and screenplays in competition; a 20th Anniversary presentation of Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hollow; a 70th Anniversary screening of Disney’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow; a special celebration of Brian DePalma’s Phantom of the Paradise; and a salute to the 1935 classic The Bride of Frankenstein. In addition, live stage events at The Tarrytown Music Hall during the festival include Jeffrey Combs as Edgar Allan Poe in Nevermore, and a live reading of Plan 9 from Outer Space! with an all-star cast including Dana Gould, Bobcat Goldthwait and more.

It’s an auspicious year for the debut of the Sleepy Hollow International Film Festival, as the region marks the 200th Anniversary of the publication of Washington Irving’s classic tale, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” with an 18-month bicentennial celebration.

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The SHIFF festival is a cornerstone event during the bicentennial, with screenings at The Tarrytown Music Hall and nearby Warner Library offering everything from family-friendly fare to cult classics beloved by enthusiasts of the supernatural genre.  SHIFF celebrates the legacy of artistic inspiration and achievement that Washington Irving first established in the region, and that has been extended by generations of writers, artists, and filmmakers. 

In a year of remarkable anniversaries coinciding, 2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the beloved 1949 Walt Disney animated classic The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, which will be screened as part of an exclusive presentation of Disney’s Hollow-een Treat. 2019 is also the 20th anniversary of Tim Burton's acclaimed 1999 film, Sleepy Hollow, which will be featured at SHIFF

A special celebration of Brian De Palma's cult classic feature film Phantom of the Paradise with stars Paul Williams and Gerrit Graham and producer Edward R. Pressman in person, adds to the roster, along a salute to the legendary TV and film franchise Dark Shadows (two feature films of which were shot in Sleepy Hollow and at Lyndhurst, in Tarrytown). 

Acclaimed actor Jeffrey Combs will appear live on stage as Edgar Allan Poe in his remarkable one-man performance of Nevermore. Comedians Dana Gould, Bobcat Goldthwait, Jean Grae, among others, offer a hilarious, one-of-a-kind live script reading of Plan 9 from Outer Space

SHIFF strives to bring important works from current and future filmmakers to the fore with exciting new films in competition and premiere screenings, such as the U.S. premiere of the acclaimed documentary The Phantom of Winnipeg and a screening of Making Apes. The excitement continues with Friday the 13th composer Harry Manfredini celebrating the 35th anniversary of Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, and a special 25th anniversary showing of cult classic The Crow. The classic The Bride of Frankenstein will also grace the fest with a screening and guest speakers. More panels and screenings will be programmed at Warner Library, including a free showing of Return to Oz with special guest, composer David Shire

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Advance tickets for the Sleepy Hollow International Film Festival are available online at www.tarrytownmusichall.org

For general inquiries and sponsorship opportunities,

contact info@sleepyhollowfilmfest.com

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Game of Thrones Season 9 : What if?

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GOT Season 9…

What if?

From week to week for the last six episodes of Season 8, I have been listening to various Game of Thrones podcast commentary in order to help me digest it all. It has been a wonderful post episode ritual and I am sad that it has concluded (for now).

On episode 42 of the Game of Thrones: On the Throne podcast, as Gene and Big D break down season 8 episode 6 series finale, Gene presents his brilliant breakdown for what could have been a season 9 of the show.

As I mentioned in my personal thoughts on the finale, the single biggest issue with seasons 7 & 8 is time. And though I do have issues with the story beats and character arcs themselves, I have truly come to realize that if I had been the boiling frog, I would have been much more accepting of it all.

Even in moments of heightened action and suspense, Game of Thrones is still a nuanced show that needs time to let things breathe. To an extent, this has always contributed to its continued success and high praise for storytelling. Shocking moments never come in the episode 10 finale of a season. It is always episode 9, followed by a whole episode just to process what has happened. It is crucial.

Previously, I thought it made most sense to think of season 7+8 as one mega 13 episode final season. But after hearing Gene’s idea of a season 9, I am convinced that the bittersweet conclusion of Game of Thrones is not one of story, but almost purely one of timing.

Gene tells Big D to think of episodes 1-5 as season 8, and season 9 as episode 6 of season 8. Yes, that is right. EPISODE 6 = SEASON 9.  He then proceeds to exquisitely break down and elaborate on the story beats contained in this one 80 minute episode and spins each one into an intriguing and thoughtful episode until there are 10 of them! It is a god(s)damn Game of Thrones chanukah miracle!!

I am truly convinced you could have told the EXACT same story, but stretched it out to 30 episodes and the audience of the realm would have enjoyed it more, accepted it more, and forgiven its shortcomings more. The only thing I would change is moving season 8 episode 5 over to season 9 with episode 6. It could work, a shame that we will never know.

Season 7 - Take 10 episodes to tell the 7 episodes’ worth of story.

Season 8 - Take 10 episodes to tell episodes 1-4.

Season 9 - Take 10 episodes to tell episode 5-6 of season 8.


"Game of Thrones" is over, and we're having a hard time letting go. Our final On The Throne Deep Dive examines whether "The Iron Throne" helped or hurt this monumental series' legacy and why things ended the way they did. Gene and Big D discuss whether Bran was the right choice for King, whether justice was served, and what the heck the Dothraki do now that they're stranded in Westeros and don't get speaking roles. We couldn't bring you a "Game of Thrones" Season 9, but Gene argues the final episode of Season 8 had all the makings of its own season ... so he wrote it. And we reflect on each major characters farewell and how it fit his or her tale. Also, if you were confused about who the heck also those randos were at the Kingsmoot, we've got you covered. Help Support the Podcast

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Junk Food Journey - Sour Patch Kids Cereal

This one really caused my jaw to drop. What an idea? Who is the animal that came up with this? Probably the same guy who brought us green and purple ketchup.

This was either going to be a disaster or a stroke of genius and I simply had to know how they managed to synthesize Sour Patch Kids into a nutritious breakfast cereal.

The results were both shocking and conclusive. Watch now.