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In Caelum Vatnsdal's creepy, concise Deadfall, originally conceived for a 48-hour horror film event, a man's split personality gets divided further by liquor and a game of Risk. The results redefine the idea of self-destructiveness.
Jaimz Asmundson's Kanashibara centres on a man traumatized by his girlfriend's death. Modern psychology combines with the age-old image of the succubus, as Asmundson creates some genuinely disturbing images of that limbo between sleep and waking.
Kick Jaxon brings his quirky mix of deliberately bombastic dialogue and blood-spurting violence to Going to the Big C (Don't mean California). A man's dying wish causes deep trouble in his mopey, morbid nuclear family. Look for more demons -- and some awesome demon F/X.
In the funny-but-horrifying Jenny Johnson, Erica Eyres offers a Cindy Sherman-inflected collection of female images, as an awkward pubescent girl goes to extreme lengths -- and I do mean extreme -- to get her ears pierced.
Ryan McKenna's Knights of the Blue Collar is a sacrilicious comic take on a church fire, complete with larcenous workmen and morphing nuns. (Watch for the filmmaker's unique take on religious iconography.) Mike Maryniuk's Lockport: A Place for Lovers is a funny musical ode to catfish, curly fries and foot-long dogs, the latter springing into startling life as the film's main character. With a catchy song and surreal visuals, this comedy repositions Lockport as a budget honeymoon destination.
Sean Garrity also looks at love in Reorder, a wry, tender drama, in which a young man responds to his fiancée's confession of infidelity with increasingly arcane forms of housekeeping. Garrity gets lovely performances from his two leads.
After all these monsters, Bruce Claydon offers a glimpse of the Holy Ghost in Fish + Loaf, a short doc about two men who combine love of God with love of wrestling. It's not as improbable as it might seem. As Loaf says, or maybe Fish: "If you let God pin you, you win."
Both shows are free, but anyone wanting to attend tonight's showing needs to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a seat.)
Winnipeg Film Group Premiers
To Nov. 10