Giveaway of 1000 Ugly Brutal Cuts: Winners!!

The results are in on our THINGS fanart giveaway! Today we’re handing out THINGS DVDs courtesy of Intervision Picture Corp and copies of WICKED WORLD from Barry J. Gillis himself. A few weeks ago we asked questionably artistic B-movie fans to send in their most horrible, brutal and insane fanart devoted to the most warped Canadian film of all time, THINGS.  Here are the results!

“Grand” Prize Winner
A hearty mulleted congats to Wilson Stiner, who picks up an autographed THINGS DVD courtesy of Intervision as well as a THINGS comic book that we didn’t even know we were giving away until Barry gave us an extra copy. Like THINGS, Mr. Stiner’s submission is acutely painful to look at, hazy and garish in all the right (wrong?) ways.  One of several entries that chose to capture the film’s dreamlike intro of a nude devil-masked woman, we also particularly liked the inclusion of the clothes iron in the background to add to the seedy basement ambience. Check it out!

First Runner-Up
It’s obvious that Jesse Arnison‘s runner-up winning entry displays at least a little artistic talent, but the expression on Barry’s face is just too perfect as he hoists his beer while completely failing to notice the ant/creature/thing sneaking into the frame, which fairly sums up the entire plot of the film. Jesse picks up a DVD copy of THINGS from Intervision for his trouble.

More fanart and prizes revealed after the jump!

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A Q&A with Lost Dominion Screening Collective’s Paul Gordon

Based out of Ottawa, the Lost Dominion Screening Collective is a group of film professionals, enthusiasts and students that are dedicated to bringing forgotten,  rarely-shown Canadian classics back to the big screen. A lofty goal for any programmer, but the recently formed collective, or LDSC for short, makes a special effort to delve deeply into tax shelter era for their popular screenings at Ottawa’s Bytowne and Mayfair theatres.

On September 17, 2011, the LDSC is set to launch the second season of their largest film series, the Canadian Cult Revue, the only long running program of its kind in Canada. Tickets are already on sale for this unique screening series that features double and triple-bills of an exciting lineup of classic Canadian B-movie fare, including DEADLY EYES, RABID, PAPERBACK HERO and THE PEANUT BUTTER SOLUTION, as well as a few “lost” gems recently uncovered in the film collection of Library and Archives Canada. One of the collective’s founders, Paul Gordon, talked to Canuxploitation.com about the LDSC’s upcoming Canadian Cult Revue series and offered some of his thoughts on the state of Canadian genre filmmaking today.

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Psychotronic NFB: TI-JEAN GOES LUMBERING (1953)

The National Film Board of Canada may be the nation’s venerable award-winning public film producer and distributor, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t weird gems lurking on the fringes of its impressive back catalogue. “Psychotronic NFB,” attempts to filter through the earnest docs on social problems, overserious animation and World War II newsreels to uncover the NFB’s weirdest works.

Who’s your favourite Canadian hero–the red-and-white clad Captain Canuck? Louis Riel? Maybe Terry Fox or Wayne Gretzky?  Well, they’re little more than pimples on the mighty backside of  Ti-Jean–a superstrong pre-pubescent workhorse who appeared in three NFB shorts in the 1950s. Supposedly based on folk tales about a mysteriously powerful 10-year-old French-Canadian hero, TI-JEAN GOES LUMBERING is a prime slice of Canadian kitsch where Ti-Jean breezes into town like Clint Eastwood’s Man With No Name, embarrasses those lazy loggers with his super-skills then takes all their money before heading off into the sunset on his white horse. Gee, what a swell kid!

Based on this film, I can only assume that the NFB once employed scientists working around the clock measuring exactly how many Canadian stereotypes could fit into a single frame of film. Then, another team of technicians used dangerously experimental techniques to insert as many plaid jackets, pipe-smoking outdoorsmen, toques, rosy-faced lumberjacks, reindeer adorned sweaters, funny French-Canadian cooks, log cabins, deep woods moustaches and snowshoes as possible, resulting in films like this. It is also rumoured that the film stock for TI-JEAN GOES LUMBERING was actually developed in a big vat of poutine, but I was unable to confirm this.

Stories involving precocious children are staples of educational films, giving young viewers a point of view to identify with while they are subjected to detailed looks at farm machinery or the finer points of industrial jobs. Even though this is supposed to be a dramatzied folk tale, the narrative here seems to get lost in a blizzard of Canadiana, making me wonder if the point wasn’t just a loving look at logging camps. Regardless, the film was apparently one of the NFB’s more popular offerings at the time, and was quickly followed up by TI-JEAN IN THE LAND OF IRON and TI-JEAN GOES WEST, only with new, much less freckled children playing the lead role.

Bizarrest moment: Ti-Jean tries to get a job at the logging camp by headbutting a lumberjack in the chest.

Lesson learned: No matter what, don’t ask Grandpa to tell one of his stories–stick to beating your siblings in arm wrestling.


CanFilm Five: Rewind This! Director Josh Johnson

“CanFilm Five” is the Canuxploitation blog’s ongoing guest column, which brings together prominent filmmakers, bloggers, critics and programmers to discuss their most loved offbeat Canadian films.

Along with film partners Christopher Palmer and Carolee Mitchell, Josh Johnson is deep in production on  REWIND THIS!, a documentary that will trace the cultural and historical impact of the VHS tape by examining its impact on art and technology and its societal perceptions. The first film of its kind to tackle the subject, REWIND THIS! will document the rise and fall of video cassestte culture via interviews with filmmakers, studios, archivists, rental chain operators, personal collectors and media experts, who each explain the importance of this film format. An expert and devout disciple of the home video revolution, Josh took a break from a packed schedule of interviews to present his five favourite VHS covers from classic Canuxploitation releases.

Josh: In recent years, the VHS boxes of the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s have become a fondly remembered and obsessively documented form of pop art. Nostalgia for the video era has seen a resurgence of the VHS cover design aesthetic in a slew of modern design arenas. Because of the uniquely democratic layout of the average Mom ‘n’ Pop video store big studio product and micro-budget SOV scorchers were placed side-by-side with only the video box art to distinguish them from each other. Since most Canadian films lacked the stars or marketing funds of the Hollywood system they were forced to sell a concept rather than a personality.
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