Ground Zero Guest 10.21.11 – Sean Branney | H.P. Lovecraft
Sean writes, produces and directs for screen, audio and theatre. In 1985 with collaborator Andrew Leman, he co- founded the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society (“HPLHS” http://www.cthulhulives.org). Sean wrote the adaptation of Lovecraft’s celebrated short-story The Call of Cthulhu as a silent film and co-produced it for the HPLHS. The Call of Cthulhu has screened at more than seventy film festivals worldwide and has won numerous awards including: Les Prix Tournage (Grand Prize) — Avignon Film Festival; Audience Choice Award — Århus Festival of Independent Arts, Denmark; Best Feature — Eerie Horror Film Festival; and many others. Sean’s co-written, produced and performed in many audio projects, including the HPLHS’ very popular Dark Adventure Radio Theatre CDs, a series of 1930s-style radio plays. Sean co-founded and is currently an artistic director of Theatre Banshee, a small professional theatre in Los Angeles. He has directed twenty critically acclaimed and award-winning plays for Theatre Banshee and was recently honored with an Best Performance award from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle for his performance in Banshee’s Of Mice and Men. Sean was born in Englewood, Colorado and lives in Southern California with his wife Leslie, son Aidan and four chinchillas. He enjoys travel and playing ice hockey. Sean received his MFA degree from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) and a BFA in theatre from the University of Colorado at Boulder. The Whisperer in the Darkness is the first feature film Sean has directed.
H.P. Lovecraft historical Society
The Whisper in the Darkness – H.P. Lovecraft’s classic tale of suspense and alien horrors is brought to life in the style the classic horror films of the 1930s like Dracula, Frankenstein and King Kong. Using the “Mythoscope” process — a mix of modern and vintage techniques, the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society has strived to create the most authentic and faithful screen adaptation of a Lovecraft story yet attempted.