A New Kind of Film Festival

     There’s a time and a place for charming, simple, beautiful films...for sweet, positive, life-affirming cinema...

     This ain’t that.

     Bizarre.  Strange.  Peculiar.  Eccentric.  The abnormal.  The disturbing.  The troubling.  The unsettling, the unsavory, the upsetting, the unusual, and the uncategorizable.  
     You’re invited to a celebration of the darker side of cinema, as we unleash an entire weekend devoted to absolute celluloid insanity and some seriously fucked up flicks at our CINEMATIC PANIC! - a four day film festival devoted entirely to the dangerous, the demented, and the damaging in film...

      Black Lodge and Piano Man Pictures have joined together to offer you a unique cinematic dare: to test your limits and subject yourself to the most subversive cinema we can find.  Can you handle it?
     Prepare for a universe of deranged movie treasures!  Worried you may not be able to handle the madness?  Let our “Panic Meter” help guide you through the fest, revealing just how disturbing each movie is.  Can’t say we didn’t warn ya!

      But we not only want to show you some of the most outrageous, mind-blowing and even sinister movies we can find...we want to see YOURS.

     We’re inviting any film-maker to submit your most outlandish film to screen and enter for CASH PRIZES with categories in features, short films, music videos and even fake trailers.  And there is only one criteria: all submissions must simply be as bizarre, strange, and unsettling as possible, whatever genre they are.  The best, or possibly the worst, will be publicly screened at the festival, where YOU, the audience, will pick your favorites and decide who gets the prizes.  Those looking to submit films can find details on the CINEMATIC PANIC page...

    During the fest, check out a varied selection of some of history’s weirdest, strangest, and most disturbed video games in our PSYCHOTIC ARCADE, including landmarks of gaming insanity like Eternal Darkness, Fatal Frame, P.T., Manhunt, Silent Hill 2, Outlast, Postal, Dead Space, Limbo, Polybius, Resident Evil Biohazard in VR, and more!
     And challenge your senses by testing the boundaries of your flavor pallet with unusual food selections from our FORMIDABLE FARE menu, specially designed for the fest by Black Lodge chef and co-owner James Blair: unconventional culinary creations, bizarre snacks, and odd cuisine choices await those with adventurous tastes.
     Join us for a whole weekend of brain-melting movies, music, food, and games at the new Black Lodge!  
Hosted by a slew of cinema-obsessed deviants: Matthew Martin, Chad Allen Barton, John Pickle, Christian Walker, Rachel M. Taylor, and Charlie Metz.  And perhaps a few surprise guests...

     Can your grip on reality handle just how far it can all go?  Prepare to Panic...

     Tickets are $20 a person for full access to every screening and event at this 4 day festival for the deranged. Tickets go on sale NOW... Come join our weekend of insanity!



Event Date: October 3-6, 2019

Location: Black Lodge, 405 N Cleveland, Memphis TN

Now accepting submissions from filmmakers. Midsouth area filmmakers receive free entry. Just email for more info.