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Frontières@Fantasia 2017: We Saw Footage From Housewife, Knuckleball, The Lodgers, Trench 11 And Untold Horror In The Buyer's Showcase

This morning the annual works in progress session, now dubbed the Buyer's Showcase, took place. The session features showing footage from feature films in post or recently completed. This year we got to see footage from Can Evrenol's (Baskin) Housewife, Michael Peterson's Knuckleball, Brian O'Malley's (Let Us Prey) The Lodgers, Leo Shcerman's Trench 11 and Bob Barrett's television series Untold Horror.  Now, we the press are not allowed to go into any great detail about what we watched today so in that regard you may be disappointed. However, you will get my impressions from the footage we saw and some suggestions about what to look for when these films make their way around the festival circuit and into distribution in whatever territories they are sold...

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Indie Spotlight

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We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes the short film “Hold Your Fire,” release details for The Black Dahlia Haunting, trailers for Truth or Dare and The Shadows, and much more:

Full Short Film “Hold Your Fire”: “Twitch Film proudly presents the online premiere of artist-turned-filmmaker Wes Benscoter’s debut short film, Hold Your Fire, exclusively at Twitch Film.

A ghostly soldier comes face to face with this grim reality of his war-torn existence on the battlefield… and beyond! Assaulting international audiences at festivals from Montreal’s Fantasia to Sitges, Fantasporto, A Night of Horror, and Dead by Dawn, to sending domestic shivers up spines at Screamfest, Boston Underground, and the New York City Horror Film Festival, Twitch Film now takes the mantle in offering Wes Benscoter’s mini-masterpiece to its largest audience ever.

A twenty-year veteran of horrific illustration,
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Fantasia 2013: Off-Frontières Projects Revealed

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After announcing the 12 projects that comprise its Frontières selection of film projects in May, the Fantasia International Film Festival's Frontières International Co-Production Market’s team has now revealed the event’s Off-Frontières line-up of 12 projects. Read on for the details of this latest dirty dozen.

The first Frontières announcement contained new projects being pitched by Joe Dante, Bobcat Goldthwait, Richard Stanley, and more. The following Off-Frontières projects come from such amazing talent as Larry Fessenden, The Rasmussen Brothers, and Josh Johnson.

Montreal's Fantasia International Film Festival, widely acclaimed as one of the largest and most influential genre film festivals in the world, introduced its Fantasia Industry Rendez-Vous, including the Frontières International Co-Production Market and the Fantasia Film Market, in 2012. Frontières is the first international co-production market to connect North America with Europe, in an environment focused specifically on genre film production. Now Frontières has become a circuit in-between Fantasia, in July,
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Fantasia’s Frontières International Co-Production Market Announces Its Off-Frontières Projects Selection

From the Fantasia Film Festival press release:

After announcing the 12 projects of its Frontières selection of film projects in May, the Frontières International Co-Production Market’s team has now announced the event’s Off-Frontières line-up of projects.

The projects, in this second group, feature additional up-and-coming talents and experienced filmmakers from the independent genre film world. The Off-Frontières 2013 selection of the 2nd edition of the Frontières International Co-Production Market will consist of the following 12 projects:

Canuxploitation (USA)

Director: Josh Johnson (Rewind This!)

Documentary

Dead Max (Québec)

Director: Patrick Boivin (Bunker)

Writer: Randall Lobb

Producer: Stéphane Tanguay (Jaloux) Productions Kinesis

Emerald Falls (Québec)

Director: Boris Rodriguez (Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal)

Writer: Phil M. Rosenberg

Jumbo (France)

Director/Writer: Zoé Wittock (First Feature)

Producer: Anaïs Bertrand (First Feature) Insolence Productions

Réclusion (France)

Director: Franck Richard (The Pack)

Writers: Franck Richard and Florent Silieri

Producer: Fares Ladjimi (The String) Mille et Une Productions
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Lloyd the Conqueror (2012)

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Directed by Michael Peterson

Featuring Evan Williams, Jesse Reid, Scott Pately, Tegan Moss, Mike Smith, Brian Posehn, Harland Williams

Three college students (Lloyd, Patrick & Oswald) are flunking out of community college. In a desperate attempt to make up some extra credit they are roped into taking part in their first Live Action Role-Playing tournament (known as LARPing) by their principal (Mike Smith). Little do they realize is that their principal is actually Derek the Unholy. Derek the Unholy has been defeating the other teams so severely that tournament is in danger of being cancelled. So Lloyd and his friends are brought in to keep the tournament alive so Derek can keep his title. Once Lloyd realizes this, he and his friends bring on a former wizard champ to teach and train them (in somewhat of a Jedi fashion). Along the way Lloyd enlists a female self-defense instructor (Tegan Moss) that
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Tadff 2012: ‘Lloyd the Conqueror’ is sporadically fun and games

Lloyd the Conqueror

Directed by Michael Peterson

Written by Michael Peterson and Andrew Herman

Canada, 2011

Society has an outrageous double standard. If you like to play Dungeons and Dragons and watch sc-fi fantasy movies, you’re a bit of a dork, but if you love to watch NFL football and take part in fantasy sports (read: fantasy sports), then you’re a real hard nut. If you get dressed up in cosplay or costumes of your favourite fictional character and Larp (live action role play) for a lark, you’re a delusional git who needs to snap back to reality, but if you’re a sport-jersey-wearing, pick-up-football-playing, face-painting fanatic who refers to his or her favourite team with the word ‘we’, and who throws a tantrum every time they think they’ve lost unjustifiably (or just plum lost), as if they were personally wronged, then by Jove, you’re just a healthy,
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Fantasia 2012: Humour conquers all in ‘Lloyd the Conqueror’

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Llyod the Conqueror

Directed by Michael Peterson

Written by Andrew Herman and Michael Peterson

Canada, 2011

Some games, while popular within the circles of their respective fans, are the target of not so subtle jibes from most other people who either do not understand their appeal or actually have a point in venting their annoyance at these activities. Who really knows. The debate rages on. World of Warcraft (seriously, why would anyone keep themselves locked up in their room to play this thing for hours on end?), Dungeons and Dragons (really people? How old are we here?), and, the subject of Michael Peterson’s film Lloyd the Conqueror, Larping. What is it larping? It is what men in arrested develop- ha, I mean, it is ‘live-action role playing,’ wherein individuals dress up as knights and other such medieval warriors and duel with fake swords and whatnot. Might it serve a greater
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Fantasia 2012: Week one wrap up

We are now a week into the three week long Fantasia Film Festival, and while we admittedly have been a little behind due to some technical issues with our website, we still managed to get a dozen film reviews published. Keep coming back to our site as we promise twice the amount of articles by the end of week two. In the meantime, here is a round-up of what we’ve seen and written about so far.

Black Pond

Directed by Tom Kingsley and Will Sharpe

Written by Will Sharpe

U.K., 2011

Comedy, in its nature and its presentation, has morphed dramatically over the past decade or so, both in North America and in Europe, in particular the United Kingdom. From the more overt, on the nose comedy of yesteryear we have now live in an era in which the comedy is delivered with a completely different version of wit.
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Fantasia 2012: Humour conquers all in ‘Lloyd the Conqueror’

Llyod the Conqueror

Directed by Michael Peterson

Written by Andrew Herman and Michael Peterson

Canada, 2011

Some games, while popular within the circles of their respective fans, are the target of not so subtle jibes from most other people who either do not understand their appeal or actually have a point in venting their annoyance at these activities. Who really knows. The debate rages on. World of Warcraft (seriously, why would anyone keep themselves locked up in their room to play this thing for hours on end?), Dungeons and Dragons (really people? How old are we here?), and, the subject of Michael Peterson’s film Lloyd the Conqueror, Larping. What is it larping? It is what men in arrested develop- ha, I mean, it is ‘live-action role playing,’ wherein individuals adorn themselves as courageous knights and other such fierce fantasy warriors and duel with fake swords and whatnot. Might it serve
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Fantasia 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced; Key Selections From This Year's Axis Lineup

The July 19th start of Montreal's 16th annual Fantasia International Film Festival is drawing closer (it runs through August 7th), and the powers-that-be have announced the second wave of films along with a few selections from the new Axis section of the event.

Fantasia Announces The Satoshi Kon Award For Achievement In Animation + A New Section Dedicated To International Animation Cinema + Second Wave Title Announcements

The art of animation in its many forms and disciplines has always had a strong place at Fantasia. This year, the festival has decided to give the form its own permanent section: Axis. From social realism to mind-bending fantasy, all styles and sensibilities will be showcased, now on a greater scale than ever. Further, the festival is proud to be rechristening its animation jury prize as The Satoshi Kon Award for Achievement in Animation, named after the dear, departed visionary whose feature debut, Perfect Blue,
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Calls For Entry: Minneapolis Underground Film Festival & Black Thorns

The 4th annual Minneapolis Underground Film Festival, which is now open for submissions, is mixing things up a little bit this year. The fest has appointed a new Director, Mark Hanson, to inject some new blood into the proceedings. And if there’s something Muff usually likes, it’s a little blood with their cinema.

It’s not known yet what new visions Hanson will bring to the table, but Muff has previously been known to enjoy the exploitation side of underground filmmaking, as one can tell from last year’s lineup, which included gruesome and spooky fare such as Drew Bolduc and Dan Nelson‘s over-the-top offensive The Taint.

The fest also screened the female vampire film Camilla Hyde, directed by Dave de Vries; John Ervin’s Vixen Highway, Carlos AtanesMaximum Shame and Bill Cooper’s Hunting Buddies. But, they also screened lighter documentaries such as Michael Peterson
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2010 Minneapolis Underground Film Festival: Official Lineup

As the holiday season begins to ramp up, the 3rd annual Minneapolis Underground Film Festival is going to be spreading some naughty cheer on Dec. 3-5 for a weekend packed with over 16 feature films, several short films, parties and more.

While there are tons of great films to see at the festival, Bad Lit is especially excited by a trio of features that will be screening. First up is a rare U.S. screening of Spanish avant-garde filmmaker Carlos Atanes‘ third feature film Maximum Shame, an intense and surreal journey into an alternate reality on the verge of the destruction of the entire universe. The film combines philosophical ranting, verbal and physical torture, and singing! What more could you ask for?

Another international film that will be playing comes from just over the northern border. It’s Michael Peterson‘s wickedly entertaining Eddies: The Documentary, a truly inspiring film about
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Underground Film Links: September 19, 2010

Mike Rollo has just started a new series on old theaters in Saskatchewan. I’m very excited about this, especially based on his first profile of the Majestic Theatre in Biggar, Saskatchewan. Also starting a new blogging series is animator Patrick Smith of Scribble Junkies. He’s teaching “Animation 101″ online and, again, has an excellent first post about sacks of flour. (Sounds like I’m joking, but I’m not.) Plus, one excellent and one horrendous Bakshi movie poster. Smith’s blogging partner Bill Plympton has a horrifying story of when self-distribution goes awry. (At least it all worked out in the end.) P.S. Words of advice: When starting a filmmaking competition, be sure to remember that your email is working. Dolphins, space whales and Stan Vanderbeek, oh my! Andrea Grover on the collision of science, sea creatures, space and the universe. Film Studies for Free has compiled a
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Eddies: The Documentary

There exists, in every one of us, a tiny creative spark that once ignited can explode out of our heads, hearts and hands into an unstoppable force to be reckoned with. All of our passions, all of our dreams and all of our desires come bursting out with an intense ferocity to create a work of art that is the ultimate expression of who we are as human beings.

In Calgary, the fuel that ignites that spark in its residents is beer. Glorious, delicious, refreshing beer.

This is not to imply that Calgary is filled with drunks. But, in that fair city, there exits the Eddies, a special award given out annually by the Big Rock Brewery to amateur and professional filmmakers who are invited to submit short films promoting the brewery’s ales, lagers, and stouts.

While unknown just about everywhere else, in Calgary and the surrounding region the Eddies are an absolute phenomenon.
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Eddies Wins Best Documentary At First Detroit Independent Film Festival

The first ever Detroit Independent Film Festival has given its Best Documentary award — to a film produced outside of Michigan — Eddies: The Documentary by Calgary filmmaker Michael Peterson. Eddies chronicles the journey of several Canadian filmmakers as they compete in the Big Rock Brewery’s annual filmmaking competition, which is an event relatively unknown outside of Calgary, but is a prodigious affair in the region.

As of this writing, I haven’t posted my review of Eddies on Bad Lit yet, but I’ve seen it and it’s a really wonderful documentary about everyday, creative folks really getting into the spirit of filmmaking — even for what are just essentially short beer commercials. I’ve previously reviewed three short fictional films by Peterson, who’s a great talent out of Canada.

The Detroit Independent Film Festival ran back on March 2-7 at the Burton Film Theatre and screened close to
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