The Two Gay Geeks wish to shine the spotlight on Miguel Rodriguez, founder of the Horrible Imaginings Film Festival. We were introduced to Miguel a number of years ago by Neal Hallford, who we spotlighted here a few weeks ago. They were among our first interviews and we are still very involved with them both.


Who is Miguel Rodriguez?

Miguel Rodriguez directs and hosts the Horrible Imaginings Film Festival and Podcast in San Diego. The mission of both the film festival and podcast is to exhibit and analyze misunderstood genres in order to de-stigmatize the stigmatized. He also programs a monthly film series called The Film Geeks at the Digital Gym, a monthly film series called Delirio San Diego, and another monthly film series called Schlockfest at the San Diego Public Library. All of these things are in addition to his day job as an Educational Technology resource teacher for San Diego Unified School District.

About Horrible Imaginings Film Festival

Horrible Imaginings Film Festival ushers in a season of fear with three days in early September at The Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park in San Diego. They screen a variety of international and independent short and feature films, all of which have some focus on the darker sides of the human condition. It used to be called a horror film festival, but they have learned that people’s definition of horror seems to be quite narrower than theirs, and they tend to film an eclectic selection. In keeping with the mission of analyzing the genres they showcase, we also show a few repertory titles, as well.

An Update to Horrible Imaginings

Horrible Imaginings Film Festival (HIFF) today announced a move from their most recent home in San Diego to The Frida Cinema, a nonprofit arthouse theater centrally located in Santa Ana. The 2018 film festival will officially take place on Labor Day weekend, from August 31st through September 2nd, at this new location. The move is reflective of HIFF’s long-term goal to bring a collection of dark genre cinema, literature, and art to a diverse and passionate community.
For the last nine years, Horrible Imaginings Film Festival has helped to redefine the landscape of genre film exhibition while establishing themselves among the “Top 100 Best Reviewed Film Festivals” on the film submission platform FilmFreeway. Through broadening genre definitions, highlighting filmmakers from diverse backgrounds, and curating meaningful discussion panels, HIFF is committed to bringing their unique passion and philosophy to Orange County.

Where Miguel can be found

The website for the film festival and podcast is Facebook is a great place at, as well as my personal page. You can also find me on Twitter @HIFFSD.

Some of our coverage of Miguel and Horrible Imaginings

For several years The Two Gay Geeks have sponsored the LGBT block of films at Horrible Imaginings and have worked very closely with Miguel. Miguel has made horror fans out of us by introducing us to the concept that horror can be as simple as something that happens unexpectedly.
Miguel is truly a film buff and all around good guy.

Horrible Imaginings Film Festival Moving
San Diego’s Horrible Imaginings Film Festival Announces Program
Interview with Miguel Episode 27

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