Events, Festivals, Film
Sep 1, 2017

Chicago to Herald New Film Festival with its Inaugural Cinepocalypse Fest

The Music Box Theatre in Chicago is once again proving why it is one of the best theaters in the country for film and independent cinema. This year the venue will host the first ever Cinepocalypse Festival, an evolution of the program designed of Bruce Campbell’s Horror Film Festival.

A must for fans of horror and indie cinema the event will be will be hosted by Simon Barrett (You’re Next, The Guest) with other names coming in throughout the show. Writer/director Joe Carnahan (The Grey, Smokin’ Aces, The A-Team) will guest curate “Blood, Guts, Bullets, and Octane” – a special program of 35mm repertory films screening during the fest – while Oscar-nominated thespian Eric Roberts will take part in a very special live recording of Doug Tilley and Liam O’Donnell’s acclaimed film podcast “Eric Roberts Is The Fucking Man” – uniting the actor and the program that bears his name for the very first time.

As if that wasn’t enough to entice you, The Music Box Theatre decided to up-the-ante a bit more. The production team at Boulderlight Pictures consists of 23-year-old JD Lifshitz and 24-year-old Raphael Margules. Alongside both Contracted films, they also produced Bad Match, which received its premiere at FrightFest; the upcoming Dismissed (starring Dylan Krause); and numerous other genre titles.

With their youthful exuberance and heavy output, the theater has issued them a challenge: produce a genre feature exclusively for Cinepocalypse 2017. There are no parameters other than it must be a feature-length midnight movie, and that they must begin production immediately upon release of this announcement.

Together, attendees of Cinepocalypse will all experience the World Premiere of this yet-untitled (and unwritten… and unfilmed) production during a special midnight slot in this year’s inaugural festival!

The festival will take place Nov.2-9, 2017. For more information, visit To purchase early bird badges, please visit