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VBAFF – That’s what I call Badass!

April 1, 2019 Nick Wangersky


Okay, so there’s a Jewish film festival, a Queer film festival, a web festival, and some documentary festivals here and there, but there’s never any particular festival that celebrates the edginess and intensity of horror films or certain films that are so cool they make you freak out with excitement. Come to think of it, I don’t think I’ve ever been to a horror film festival, unless The Haunted Saloon qualifies as one. Well, some of that got changed, thanks to the Vancouver Badass Film Festival, a festival with minimal selection of screenings happening only in the late afternoon/evening providing some of the most darkest and craziest films ever made. Shoutout to David Aboussafy for making this cool event happen, for about 5 years so far. Now here’s what happened.


Opening – Like all film festivals, there’s got to be an opening. I’ll say it right now, I’ve never attended an opening like this. Okay, sure, there was a cash bar and some free food which I will not go into detail about because I’m not a foodie (but Hollywood North Mealtime does sound like a good idea). But some time before the shows started, everyone was treated to an opening speech/show coordinated by Sean Covernton (playing one of his short film characters) and Gidget Gravedigger. Nothing says badass then those two being dressed up as Vampires and then putting on some horror plot-based magic tricks before a show. And if that wasn’t enough, they opened up the first screening as well by performing another trick involving a seance where Sean’s great great aunt Millicent possesses Sean and shows her mind-reading capabilities. Those two put on the most entertaining opening and the greatest magic show I have seen in years.


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It’s anal over respectable at the Badass Film Fest

by Adrian Mack on March 27th, 2019 at 12:12 PM

Can something last for five years and still be called “badass”? Does success confer status and respectability? And is it possible to feel sympathy for a cold-blooded child killer? You can ponder these important questions as the fifth annual Vancouver Badass Film Festival gives rotten taste a good name at the Vancity and Rio theatres starting Friday (March 29). Included among this year’s many shorts, notably, is “Fun and Games”, the first directorial effort by Northwest Horror Show curator Shane Burzynski, which features the acting debut of Straight contributor and legendary badass Allan MacInnis! Of the features, here’s what we liked. For more information, go to www.vbaff.com/.    Read more here: > GeorgiaStraight

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Phil Granger is a BADASS!

 

Date: March 31st, 2019

Time: 10:30 pm

Location: Rio Theatre, 1660 E Broadway, Vancouver, BC

Our very own Phil Granger has just been Nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the movie Ami! Phil’s been a constant source of ongoing quality acting and directing for years, guiding countless students onto their creative paths deftly. We are proud to see him be nominated this year for the Fifth Annual Vancouver Badass Film Festival!


" Seventeen-year-old Cassie has become a recluse ever since her mother died in a horrible car accident. In an effort to fill the void, she downloads the latest intelligent personal assistant A.M.I., which is also the first to have a real consciousness. Their relationship quickly deepens into a twisted co-dependency and Cassie falls deeper and deeper under A.M.I.’s spell; driving her to perform what Cassie perceives as justifiable murderous acts. But what are A.M.I.’s true intentions? Soon Cassie begins to realize A.M.I. has something sinister planned. "

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TWO UK FILMS KICK OFF GENRE FILM FEST BADASS V

Inside Vancouver

 

By SHAWN CONNER in ENTERTAINMENT on March 15, 2019 


Two UK films kick off The Fifth Annual International Vancouver Badass Film Festival.

From March 29-31, the festival presents genre films from Vancouver and around the world, along with interactive events featuring filmmakers and live shows. Badass takes over VIFF/Vancity Theatre for its first two days and the Rio on Sunday, March 31. Find out more about films like Polterheist, Perfect Skin (both from the UK), and The Hollow Child below.


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The Hollow Child – Review

Hollywood North Magazine

March 14, 2019  Nick Wangersky

I’ve always enjoyed a good dose of horror from time to time. And one of the best I’ve seen so far is Jeremy Lutter’s film, The Hollow Child. Having covered some of his work before, I can personally say Jeremy’s films always find a way to impress and surprise me at the same time. Not only did this film do that, but it also had contained subject matter that has been my personal favourite for reasons that baffle even me: A horror film with a creepy ominous little girl. So how does it go?


Read more here: Press review 

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BADASS press

BADASS WELCOMES BADSVILLE AT FILM FEST THIS WEEKEND

by SHAWN CONNER in EVENTS on February 22, 2018 


 

The Fourth Annual International Vancouver Badass Film Festival is the biggest edition of the annual festival in its four-year history. Running Feb. 23-25 at the Rio Theatre (1660 E. Broadway), the event includes six feature-length films (including four premieres), shorts, special guests and a circus performance. 


Read more here
http://www.insidevancouver.ca/2018/02/22/badass-film-festival-2018-vancouver-april-mullen/


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The Vancouver Sun

Things to do in the Lower Mainland this week: BadAss Film Festival and more

 

BadAss Film Festival

When:Feb. 23-25

Where:Rio Theatre

Tickets and info:$35 (festival pass), riotheatretickets.ca

The fourth annual BadAss Film Festival consistently flies under the radar — possibly because the genre (exploitation, horror, action) film festival is largely the work of one man. Yet this year organizer David Aboussafy has arranged premiere screenings of no fewer than four features including the well-reviewed Badsville from Canadian director April Mullen. Guests include actor Tristan Risk (pictured), who also performs Sunday with the Caravan of Creeps.


http://vancouversun.com/entertainment/local-arts/things-to-do-in-the-lower-mainland-this-week-toronto-dance-theatre-the-past-badass-film-festival-and-more

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Two UK films kick off genre film fest Badass V

 

 By SHAWN CONNER in ENTERTAINMENT on March 15, 2019 


Two UK films kick off The Fifth Annual International Vancouver Badass Film Festival.

From March 29-31, the festival presents genre films from Vancouver and around the world, along with interactive events featuring filmmakers and live shows. Badass takes over VIFF/Vancity Theatre for its first two days and the Rio on Sunday, March 31. Find out more about films like Polterheist, Perfect Skin (both from the UK), and The Hollow Child below.


Read more here: Link

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