Canuxploitation Runs Wild at Fantasia’s Cinépix Tribute

I was thrilled when I heard that this year’s Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal was planning to celebrate Canadian genre film pioneers John Dunning and André Link, and even moreso when the festival organizers asked me to pack my bags and attend the July 20, 2011 gathering. It was a really fun, heartfelt evening–a Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to the Cinépix founders, they were toasted by their peers, and it all culminated in a screening of David Cronenberg’s SHIVERS, the pair’s breakout Anglophone hit that changed the entire direction of not only their own future productions, but Canadian cinema as a whole.

That’s enough CanCon to give anybody Log Driver’s Waltz nightmares for a month, but it didn’t stop there–I squeezed much Canadian cinema goodness out of those five days, a maple-syrup drenched holiday that overflowed with Canadian cult screenings, conversations and meetings. I thought I’d recapture the whirlwind events of the week here while gratuitously name-dropping all the great people I met which is, I’m told, what one usually does on one’s blog.

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