Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Vampire Exorcism Doc Wraps Up Rough Cut Mini-Tour

Tomorrow night at the Westerly Public Library in Rhode Island, Alec Asten will host the last of this month's five rough-cut screenings of his ghoulish documentary project The Tillinghast Nightmare.

Half the battle for aspiring documentarians is to find subject matter that is both compelling and not already heavily touched upon. Asten has managed this in spades and hopes to eventually also spin the gruesome historical events of his home state into a feature film.

From The Tillinghast Nightmare website:
EXETER, RHODE ISLAND1799: Several members of the Tillinghast family mysteriously died. To preserve the life of those remaining, the father (Stukeley) exhumed his daughter (Sarah), cut out her heart, burned it and consumed it. His action in the face of death was not unique. There are 60 reported exhumations of suspected vampires in North America.
Through interviews with experts from different fields, The Tillinghast Nightmare makes surprising connections to give insight into the practice of vampire exorcism in 18th and 19th century New England.

Experts interviewed so far by Asten include folklorist Dr. Michael Bell, author Dr. J. Stanley Lemons (The First Baptist Church in America), Brown University history professor Linford Fisher and Yale University history lecturer Dr. Rebecca Tannenbaum.

Earlier this month, Asten via Facebook announced the winners of a Vampire Art Contest. Winning entries will be showcased on the movie's website and possibly used in the finished documentary.

[The Tillinghast Nightmare]

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