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Salem Horror Fest 2019 to Feature Live Performance by John Waters

One of the most exciting genre celebrations in recent years, the Salem Horror Fest celebrated another successful gathering of horror lovers last year, and Daily Dead was thrilled to be a media sponsor of the 10-day event. This year's Salem Horror Fest looks to be even more memorable, as it's been announced that legendary filmmaker and […] The post Salem Horror Fest 2019 to Feature Live Performance by John Waters appeared first on Daily Dead.

One of the most exciting genre celebrations in recent years, the Salem Horror Fest celebrated another successful gathering of horror lovers last year, and Daily Dead was thrilled to be a media sponsor of the 10-day event. This year's Salem Horror Fest looks to be even more memorable, as it's been announced that legendary filmmaker and author John Waters will be on hand to do a live performance of "This Filthy World: Filthier & More Horrible."

Waters' live performance will take place at the Peabody Essex Museum on Wednesday, October 9th. To learn more about tickets, visit Salem Horror Fest online.

Salem Horror Fest 2019 will begin on Thursday, October 3rd and run through Sunday, October 13th. If you're looking to book a hotel or secure an Airbnb, then you'll want to do it here sooner rather than later, as space is limited.

We'll be sure to keep Daily Dead readers updated on further announcements from the festival. In the meantime, read on for additional details on John Waters' live performance, and keep an eye on Salem Horror Fest's official website for more information!

Press Release: Salem, MA - Salem Horror Fest will host film legend, raconteur and bestselling author John Waters for a live performance of This Filthy World: Filthier & More Horrible on Wednesday, October 9th at the Peabody Essex Museum.

Musing on his early childhood in Baltimore, John Waters (Pink Flamingos, Cecil B. Demented, Serial Mom) will identify his favorite horror influences, including tacky drive-in movies and local burlesque performers. He recalls his rocky introduction to film, how his longtime friend Divine, a genderbending drag performer known for his outlandish stunts, inspired some of his most famous work and what he really thinks about "this filthy world."

“I can’t wait to get my warlock little self to Salem to meet all the witches, gore hounds and punk goblins-together we’ll cast a horror spell like no other,” John Waters said in a statement.

The performance comes in the midst of a ten-day festival that will feature premieres, parties, live music, lectures, podcasts, celebrity appearances and more in the Halloween capital of the world beginning Thursday, October 3 through Monday, October 14, 2019.

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TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets start at $49. Limited VIP passes are available for a meet and greet after the show that includes a photo and personalized, autographed copy of his new book Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder. Tickets and more info are available at salemhorror.com.

ABOUT SALEM HORROR FEST

Salem Horror Fest is a cultural exploration of the horror genre with two weeks of screenings, speakers, parties, podcasts and more in the Halloween capital of the world beginning Thursday, October 3 through - Monday, October 14th, 2019. Visit salemhorror.com for more information.

ABOUT JOHN WATERS

John Waters has written and directed sixteen movies including Pink Flamingos, Polyester, Hairspray, Cry Baby, Serial Mom and A Dirty Shame. He is a photographer whose work has been shown in galleries all over the world and the author of eight books: Shock Value, Crackpot, Pink Flamingos and Other Trash, Hairspray, Female Trouble and Multiple Maniacs, and Art: A Sex Book (co-written with Bruce Hainley), Role Models and Carsick.

The gift book, Make Trouble, published by Algonquin Books in 2017, features the text, with illustrations, of Waters’ commencement speech delivered at the 2015 Rhode Island School of Design graduation ceremony and was subsequently released as an audio album in 7” single format by Third Man Records.

Mr. Know-It –All, The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder, will be published in May 2019. John Waters is a member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Additionally, he is a past member of the boards of The Andy Warhol Foundation and Printed Matter, a former member of the Wexner Center International Arts Advisory Council, and was selected as a juror for the 2011 Venice Biennale. In 2017, Waters’ was honored when his “Study Art” series was selected to be featured at the Biennale in Venice. Mr. Waters also serves on the Board of Directors for the Maryland Film Festival and has been a key participant in the Provincetown International Film Festival since it began in 1999, the same year Waters was honored as the first recipient of PIFF’s “Filmmaker on the Edge” award. In September, 2014, Film Society of Lincoln Center honored John Waters’ fifty years in filmmaking with a 10-day celebration entitled “Fifty Years of John Waters: How Much Can You Take?” featuring a complete retrospective of his film work. In May, 2015, Waters was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and the same by the Maryland Institute College of Arts (MICA) in May, 2016. In the Fall of 2015, the British Film Institute also honored John’s fifty year contribution to cinema with their own program called “The Complete Films of John Waters…Every Goddam One of Them.” The French Minister of Culture bestowed the rank of Officer in the Order of Arts and Letters to Mr. Waters in 2015. In February, 2017, John Waters was honored with the Writers Guild of America, East’s Ian McLellan Hunter Award honoring his body of work as a writer in motion pictures. “Indecent Exposure”, a retrospective of Waters’ art was exhibited at the Baltimore Museum of Art from October, 2018, to January, 2019, and will be on view at the Wexner Center for the Arts in, Columbus OH, from February 2 to April 28, 2019.

ABOUT THE PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM

Over the last 20 years, the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) has distinguished itself as one of the fastest-growing art museums in North America. Founded in 1799, it is also the country’s oldest continuously operating museum. At its heart is a mission to enrich and transform people's lives by broadening their perspectives, attitudes and knowledge of themselves and the wider world. PEM celebrates outstanding artistic and cultural creativity through exhibitions, programming and special events that emphasize cross-cultural connections, integrate past and present and underscore the vital importance of creative expression.

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