A Miskatonic Tribute to Stuart Gordon at Fantasia 2020

With panelists Bruce Abbott, Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Dennis Paoli, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon and Brian Yuzna. Moderated by Graham Skipper.

Stuart Gordon, who we lost earlier this year, is inextricably tied to Miskatonic. Not only by continuing the legacy of the fictional Miskatonic University in his iconoclastic Lovecraft adaptations, but by christening the very first branch of the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies in July 2010 with his longtime writing partner Dennis Paoli – while visiting Fantasia with their acclaimed stage production Nevermore – with a masterclass on the challenges of adapting “the unfilmable” H.P. Lovecraft for the screen. Two years later, Stuart’s Frontières project Purgatory was the very first project submission of the initiative, making him integral to the founding of not only Miskatonic, but Frontières as well. Like a peeping pineal gland, Stuart Gordon was the trigger that gave to life to what was only in our imaginations.

Here we bring together his closest collaborators from stage and screen to celebrate the life of this pioneering director, who always found bold new ways to access difficult material, who invigorated his community and never ceased to surprise and inspire.

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This event took place at Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival on July 27, 2020. You can see the tribute in full on Fantasia’s Youtube channel HERE: https://youtu.be/6iQpYvbQP0k

Special thanks to Miskatonic Board member Stephanie Trepanier for assembling the visual presentation!