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Ithaca, NY, October 31, 2016 – The fifth annual Ithaca Fantastik (IF) festival of film, art, and music returns to downtown Ithaca Nov. 9–13. The festival is a celebration of the “fantastic” genre (which began in France as “le fantastique”), a mix of horror, fantasy, science fiction, and the supernatural.

The IF team, made up of local volunteers and led by co-founder and artistic director Hugues Barbier, has carefully curated a selection of eye-widening, mind-bending, state-altering independent and vintage fantastic films for a fully-loaded 5-night schedule at Cinemapolis (120 E. Green St., Ithaca).

Featured films will include festival circuit standouts, international selections, documentaries, shorts, and nostalgic horror and sci-fi from the 1920s to the 1980s—including a special 30th anniversary screening of James Cameron’s “Aliens.” Films are grouped into series connected by theme, such as Festival Favorites, the Far East Undead miniseries, Cinema Pur, and Werewolves in ‘81.

Ithaca Fantastik 2016 Poster by local artist Steve Ellis Provided

Ithaca composer/conductor Tenzin Chopak and local musicians Peter Dodge and Bill King will present a live score of the 1926 Japanese silent film, “A Page of Madness.” Chopak’s score—dark and groove-oriented with Moog, vocals, harmonizers, drums and percussion—will enhance the abnormal sensory experience created by the film. The live score cinema concert event takes place Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. at Cornell Cinema (104 Willard Straight Hall, Cornell Campus).

The festival’s creative competitions will showcase works from aspiring and seasoned filmmakers. IC students will compete in a 48-hour short film competition held by student-run production house The Studio (, while IF’s 45-second film bumper competition entitled “Nature’s Revenge” includes submissions from the broader public.

Three art shows complement the fantastic film selection: IF spotlight artist Arik Roper will be featured at Gimme! Coffee on State Street (506 W. State St.) for the month of November; “FNTSTK WMN,” featuring local women in the fantastic arts, will run Nov. 1-15 at Gimme! Coffee on Cayuga Street (430 N. Cayuga St.); and “The Known Unknowns” art exhibition curated by acclaimed local artist Steve Ellis will open Nov. 11 at 5 p.m. at Whitham Planning & Design (1 Bank Court, Ithaca).

IF will partner with Ithaca Underground to present their November Music Series during the festival at the Community School of Music and Art (CSMA, 330 E. State St) Nov. 10–11. IF badge holders gain free admission to the series.

Additional events include an opening party Nov. 9 at The Range (119 E. MLK Jr. St.) following the opening film, nightly events in The Loft at The Chanticleer (101 W. State St.), and a closing party Nov. 13 at Casita Del Polaris (1201 N. Tioga St.) following the closing film.

Festival badges and tickets can be purchased at Cinemapolis or online at

For more information about the festival, including a full schedule of films, events, and filmmaker Q&As, visit