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Upcoming Screenings: December 2011

While many of us discovered Canuxploitation films through late night TV screenings and VHS rentals, there’s still something special about catching a locally produced B-movie classic in the theatre alongside other Canadian film fans. Here’s a selection of classic Canadian B-movie screenings happening soon.

DEATH WEEKEND — 35mm
Monday December 5, 7pm
Innis Hall, University of Toronto
Free screening!  Bill Fruet’s rape revenge classic doesn’t screen very often, so make sure you check this one out! More info here.

JANIS — 35mm
Wednesday December 7, 7pm
Bytowne Cinema, Ottawa
The latest film in the Lost Dominion Screening Collective‘s Canadian Cult Revue season is this 1974 rock doc that features archival footage and performances by the iconic female rocker. More info here.

BLACK CHRISTMAS — 35mm
Friday December 9, 11:30pm
Metro Cinema at the Garneau, Edmonton
To me, nothing says Christmas in Canada more than Margot Kidder getting impaled on a glass unicorn. More info here.

A CHRISTMAS STORY & BLACK CHRISTMAS— 16mm
Friday December 9, 7pm & 9pm
Blue Sunshine, Montreal
Nothing will get you more in the holiday mood with this essential Bob Clark holiday double bill! More info here.

HIGH — 16mm
Saturday December 10, 8pm
Blue Sunshine, Montreal
Don’t forget to bring your patchouli for this Montreal-shot LSD art/exploitation movie. Director Larry Kent will be in attendance! More info here.

DOWN THE ROAD AGAIN & GOIN’ DOWN THE ROAD— DV/35mm
Sunday December 11, 3:15pm & 5pm
Tuesday December 13, 7pm & 9pm
Mayfair Theatre, Ottawa
Christmas got you down? Wallow in your holiday funk with a double bill of Don Shebib’s original tale of Maritimer joblessness and its brand new follow up, released earlier this year! Two chances to catch it! More info here.

THE DOG WHO STOPPED THE WAR — 35mm
Wednesday December 28, 1pm
Mayfair Theatre, Ottawa
This klassic Montreal kiddie matinee hits the Lost Dominion Screening Collective‘s Canadian Cult Revue! Take the whole family! More info here.

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RIP: Bob Clark

Yesterday, on April 4, 2007 we received the upsetting news that veteran director and Canuxploitation favourite Bob Clark and his son Ariel Hanrath-Clark were killed at 2:30 AM on the Pacific Coast Highway, when their vehicle was struck head-on by an SUV driven by an alledgedly drunk driver.

As you may know, I had the opoprtunity to interview Bob on two separate occasions in the past few years, and found him to be a warm, and thoroughly engaging personality. He really did seem to enjoy reminiscing about his past work, and loved to talk about his proudest achievement–working with Arthur Miller on the little-seen cable movie The American Clock

Though he “officially” retired from filmmaking after he 1990’s Loose Cannons, he couldn’t keep away from the camera. It’s true that many of his later movies were done for the money, but he still very much subscribed to the “one for them, one for me” theory of commerical filmmaking–even at 67, he had several films in pre-production when I spoke to him last October, and was extremely excited about his update of Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things.

I’m only glad that he was able to experience a resurgence in popularity in the last three or four years from more and more fans discovering his influential 1970s classics on DVD.

He will be missed.