The Awesome Fest’s eight-week summer movie screenings at Liberty Lands Park end this Friday with the East Coast premiere of Deathgasm, a gory, but hilarious, independent horror-comedy film.
The Awesome Fest, created in 2010 by Josh Goldbloom, is “a scrappy DIY community project designed to showcase innovative and cutting edge independent cinema in unique and non-traditional spaces throughout the City of Philadelphia.” Every summer since their debut, The Awesome Fest has held annual outdoor film and music festivals with more than 200 screenings, concerts, stand-up comics and art installations, all free and open to the public.
To conclude this summer’s movie screenings, held at Liberty Lands Park on North 3rd Street between Poplar and Wildey streets, Goldbloom and his team will show what they call “the most insane film we’ve ever screened outdoors.”
Deathgasm first premiered at South by Southwest Film Festival back in March. “It’s a gorefest comedy and it really goes for the jugular,” Goldbloom says. “It’s a ton of fun, its hysterical and the production value is though the roof. Personally it’s one of my favorite films I’ve seen all year.”
The film has been playing at different film festivals all around the world and is going to be released in theaters and on DVD by October. The blood-spattering gore and crazy comedy of Deathgasm can be compared to cult classics such as Evil Dead and Peter Jackson’s Dead Alive.
After the film series ends in Philadelphia this week, Awesome Fest plans to head out to Chicago to work on the Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival. “It’s such a big deal to us to work with horror legend Bruce Campbell,” Goldbloom says.
Deathgasm will screen this Friday, August 14 at 9pm at Liberty Lands Park, and is not appropriate for children. Goldbloom calls it the “craziest outdoor film Philadelphia will ever see.”