EXCLUSIVE: The IFC Center is out with the slate for its second annual What the Fest!? gathering in Manhattan. The five-day event that highlights horror, sci-fi, documentary, thrillers and other content runs March 20-24.
The opening-night pic will be the world premiere of Depraved, veteran genre writer-director Larry Fessenden’s unique take on the Frankenstein story that’s set in modern Brooklyn. Organizers added that Fessenden will do a Q&A after the screening, and a “Frankenstein Origins” video will screen beforehand.
The closing-night film will be the North American premiere of Kiril Sokolov’s Why Don’t You Just Die! — a dark action comedy preceded by a stand-up set from comedian Harrison Greenbaum.
“We hope the diversity in programming gives food for thought and excites everyone, and we encourage you to take a closer look on some of the events designed for the films,” artistic director Maria Reinup said. “Discover what a doomsday specialist has to tell us. Dare to plunge into the world of pathology. Test the expertise of a working stuntwoman. Or pay tribute to cult author Jack Ketchum. All of this, and more, kicking off with a Frankenstein-themed evening as we world premiere Depraved.”