Virtual film festival a nod to Stephen King

Local film company Barker Street Cinema is offering Stephen King Rules, a virtual film festival, April 23 to 25.

The film fest will feature 25 films, some never seen before, as an homage to the horror-movie King.

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Since 1977 King has offered his unproduced short stories to be adapted into films by those who are looking to launch their careers. The effort is called Dollar Baby Deal and the showcase will feature the independent movies, interview and panel discussions with the filmmakers.

Barker Street Cinema made their own Dollar Baby adaptation of King's mystery called The Doctor's Case three years ago and will show their work during the festival.

"I can personally attest to the impact the Dollar Baby initiative has had on my career as a filmmaker,” James Douglas of Barker Street Cinema said. “Being able to share these stories with the world in this manner is unbelievably profound.”

“As storytellers, we were looking for ways to do our part to help provide an escape for people that wouldn’t cost them anything,” Norm Coyne of Barker Street Cinema, said. “The fact that James got the approval for an entire festival of stories from Stephen King himself is a total mind bender.”

During the three-day festival co-hosts include Anthony Northrup who is author of Stephen King Dollar Baby: The Book; Leah Coghlan, media and design personality and Bev Vincent, a King collaborator, who worked on Flight or Fright and The Dark Tower.

For information about the film festival including the schedule visit

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