In the Belly of the Beast (2001)

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Credited cast:
Richard Stanley ...
Nacho Cerdà ...
Jim Van Bebber ...
Todd Morris ...
Mitch Davis ...
Chas Balun ...
Anthony Timpone ...
Mariano Baino ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Loris Curci ...
Demetri Estdelacropolis ...
Marcelle Perks ...
Peter Rist ...


For 11 years, the FantAsia Film Festival in Montreal has been the premiere showcase in North America of fantasy, horror and action films from around the world. Every July, sold out crowds of 900 line up around the block before each screening; the festival itself lasts approximately 3 weeks. Shot during the 2 year of the festival in 1997, In the Belly of the Beast chronicles the intense struggles that five filmmakers in attendance went through to complete their films. Crew rebellions, corporate embezzlers and bankrupt studios are just a few of the memories conjured up during candid interviews, while the camera captures the latest challenge: the public acceptance - or rejection - of their films. Written by jojo

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Excellent documentary about REAL independent filmmakers
25 July 2005 | by (Zone 23) – See all my reviews

In the Belly of the Beast is a documentary set at 1997's legendary Fant-Asia Festival in Montreal, Canada. It really gets into the trials & tribulations of genuinely independent filmmakers - everything from spending years trying to finish a single film, funding problems (including criminal embezzlement by backers), right through to hostile audience & critical reactions.

The filmmakers themselves were a mixed bunch. Judging from the way they came across here, the one I'd most want to hang out with is Jim van Bebber who just seemed cool. The soft-spoken Nacho Cerda was also endearing, and I felt sorry for him when Chas. Balun verbally attacked him over his film Aftermath.

Festival organizer Karim Hussain annoyed me, but I ended up feeling sorry for him when no one would talk to him after the screening of his then-unfinished movie, Subconscious Cruelty. Deborah Twiss & Todd Morris's account of the making of their movie was amazing - not much else could possibly go wrong for them, but they managed to stay in good (sarcastic) humour while telling the story.

Some of the gory clips, especially from Aftermath, might keep some people from enjoying this very well put together documentary, which you can find on the 2-disc version of the Manson Family DVD.

Highly recommended!

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