NOIRCON 2014 Preview | 10.29-11.02.14

NOIRCON-sqNOIRCON takes an expansive view of noir—including not only film, but also literature, art, and more—and the lineup of events for the weekend reflects this broad approach. 

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If you’re a fan of all things noir—and goodness knows, I am—there’s a festival you should know about. NOIRCON is held every other year in Philadelphia, and this year will take place, appropriately, over the extended Halloween weekend: Thursday, October 30, through Sunday, November 2.

NOIRCON takes an expansive view of noir—including not only film, but also literature, art, and more—and the lineup of events for the weekend reflects this broad approach. Featured guests for NOIRCON 2014 include:

Fuminori Nakamura, author of the novels Thief and Evil and the Mask, both published in English translation by Soho Press, who will receive the David Loeb Goodis Award of Literature and will be interviewed on Saturday by Tom Nolan of the Wall Street Journal.

Bronwen Hruska of Soho Publishing, who will receive the Jay and Deen Kogan Award for excellence in publishing noir fiction, and will be interviewed on Friday by Deen Kogan.

Eddie Muller, who will receive the Anne Friedberg Award for Noir Film Appreciation and Preservation and will introduce a showing of the 1951 film The Prowler, written by Dalton Trumbo and directed by Joseph Losey.

NOIRCON 2014 will also include many panels and presentations related to noir, including:

  • Cheerleaders, Rodeo Clowns, Wrestlers, and Sideshow Stars: The Deadly Serious World of B Noir
  • Veering Off the Highway: How Springsteen’s Music Shapes Crime Fiction
  • Jewish Noir
  • Beyond Black: Bad Behavior and Outright Evil in Patricia Highsmith and Flannery O’Connor
  • Stray Dogs: Writing from the Other America
  • Hybrid Noir: How Noir Can Accommodate Any Genre and Still Retain Its Identity

Other events at NOIRCON include a Halloween party on Friday night featuring readings by Fuminori Nakamura and Stuart Neville, a screening of the 1971 film Get Carter, and an awards dinner on Saturday night. NOIRCON will be preceded by a special presentation of Noir at the Bar (and what better location for noir?), a reading event at the Misconduct Tavern featuring many of the guests.

NOIRCON will be held primarily at the Society Hill Playhouse, 507 South 8th St., Philadelphia, PA 19147, with some events taking place at other locations, including the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art and Port Richmond Books. For more information, including a detailed schedule and ticket information, see the event’s website. | Sarah Boslaugh

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