During the early stages of this project, creator Wally Coberg was supported by several consultants who contributed significantly to his efforts to write, submit and ultimately secure the original NEH Development Grant that helped launch the project. Among them were:
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October 31, 2014
“NEVERMORE” SPECIAL HALLOWEEN PERFORMANCE
We filmed actor Jeffrey Combs as he prepared to perform his one-man Poe play “Nevermore: An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe” to a sold-out crowd at the Somerville Theater. The play is written by Dennis Paoli and originally directed by Stuart Gordon. The Boston production was produced by Izzy Lee and Bryan Moore, and co-produced by Baltimorean and friend-of-Wally Mark Redfield.
October 5, 2014
POE RETURNS TO BOSTON
We were there to document the event as the city of Boston celebrated the homecoming of one of its most famous – and contrarian -- native sons. Installed just a block from Poe’s birthplace, a life-size bronze statue sculpted by Vermont artist Stephanie Rocknak is proving to be the hottest selfie magnet in the city. Our project adviser Prof. Paul Lewis of Boston College was instrumental in bringing the Poe statue from dream to reality. The unveiling ceremony included talks by Paul, project adviser Richard Kopley, and former Poet Laureate (and film interviewee) Robert Pinsky. One of our most important project supporters, Susan Tane, came for the event. A few weeks later, a Poe bust was unveiled at the Boston Public Library.
July 10, 2014
ROGER CORMAN UNRAVELS POE’S MYSTERIES
Director Eric Stange and DP Boyd Estus travel to Los Angeles to interview Roger Corman, the famous B-movie director and Poe popularizer. Corman’s five Poe-inspired films, four of which star Vincent Price, have helped keep Poe a household name for the past 50 years. We also interviewed Director Stuart Gordon, best-known for his adaptation of the Poe story The Black Cat.
June 4, 2014
AMERICAN MASTERS WILL BE THE BROADCAST VENUE
American Masters, the acclaimed, multi-Emmy-award winning PBS arts and culture series, will be the broadcast venue for “The Mystery of Edgar Allan Poe.” The new Executive Producer of American Masters Michael Kantor has been a longtime supporter of the project since Wally Coberg first approached him in 2009.
March 26, 2014
N.E.H. PRODUCTION GRANT
The National Endowment for the Humanities awards “The Mystery of Edgar Allan Poe” a grant of $500,000 – the highest level of support possible – to move forward with production. The panelists cited the film’s innovative and refreshing approach to Poe, and its exploration of Poe’s continuing pervasive influence on art and culture.
April 27, 2015
TONY AWARD-WINNER DENIS O'HARE CAST AS POE
We are excited to announce that Tony-award-winning actor Denis O'Hare will be joining us to portray Edgar Allan Poe in Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive. A stage, television, and film actor, Denis is best known to television audiences for his roles on FX's American Horror Story, HBO's True Blood, and The Good Wife on CBS. We are looking forward to filming with him next month at Boston's Castle Island!
April 13, 2017
OFFICIAL SELECTION AT IFF BOSTON!
We're excited to announce that EDGAR ALLAN POE: BURIED ALIVE has been selected for the 2017 Independent Film Festival of Boston.
The film will screen Saturday, April 29, 1:30 pm, in the historic Brattle Theater in Harvard Square. A Q-and-A session with director Eric Stange, producer Jen Pearce, and editor Peter Rhodes will follow the screening.
Tickets are available now at the Independent Film Festival of Boston website: http://iffboston.org.