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LEGEND OF THE LICH LORD AND OTHER ALBERTA BUZZ CIFF PICKS

by / No Comments / September 29, 2015

by Joel Schulz – Publisher

I had the opportunity to write many of the synopses for the Program Guide of this year’s Calgary International Film Festival and view many screeners in the process. A couple of films stood out for me as must sees and are Alberta Buzz picks. We are also recommending Spencer EstabrooksLEGEND OF THE LICH LORD based upon the well deserved reputation the award winning Spencer has developed for writing/directing/producing films that are so much fun to watch. LEGEND OF THE LICH LORD is his first feature.

LEGEND OF THE LICH LORD

When an evil necromancer resurrects an ancient Lich Lord, the only thing preventing the pair from destroying the realm is a magical orb that holds the key to the Lich Lord’s power. Thenecromancer grudgingly embarks on a journey to retrieve the orb, leaving a trail of death anddestruction in her wake. Among her victims is the entire Druidic Order of Walden Green saveone, a novice named Willard, who stumbles across a team of equally novice adventurers andunwittingly recruits them to find the orb and save the realm from total annihilation. 

As the wannabe heroes race to reach the orb before the necromancer does, they findthemselves fighting their own personal demons and each other. If they are to succeed in theirquest they must first face their own deepest fears, stop bickering, and come together as a teamto battle the Lich Lord in a showdown where the fate of the entire realm is at stake.

Based on the award winning web series One Hit Die, Legend of the Lich Lord is a comedicsword and sorcery meta-mockumentary starring Julie Orton, Andrew Long, Mikeala Cochrane,and AMC’s Hell on Wheels star, Phil Burke.

Legend of the Lich Lord screens again at THE GLOBE at 4:30 PM on Wednesday September 30th.

THE MESSENGER 

Director Su Rynard will be in attendance at both screenings!

A Hot Docs 2015 Top Ten Audience Favourite, THE MESSENGER takes us on passionate journey around the world, from the Boreal Forest through to the mountains of Northern Turkey and on to the streets of New York City. We learn that the migratory patterns of the songbird are an essential component of our planet’s complex ecosystem.

Our environment is changing at a rate that the songbird cannot keep pace with the adaptation demanded of them. Director Su Rynard provides us with a frightening account of the perilous future the entire planet faces should the current trend of human interference continue without intervention.

The alarming use of pollutants such as pesticides, the annihilation of our forests through clear cutting, the rapidity of climate change, and industrial agricultural methods, such as monoculture, are causing the disappearance of migratory songbirds at a disquieting pace. As the film explores, we may be at the state of this being irreversible.

Through skillful narration and camerawork, THE MESSENGER takes on a visually stunning and intimate journey into the endangered world of the songbird and the need for immediate intervention to prevent their extinction.

THE MESSENGER SCREENS AT EAU CLAIRE ON FRIDAY OCTOBER 2ND AT 7:15 PM AND AGAIN ON SATURDAY OCTOBER 3RD AT 12 NOON.

DIAMOND TONGUES

DIAMOND TONGUES directors Pavan Moondi and Brian Robertson will be in attendance at both screenings!

Edith Welland (Leah Goldstein a.k.a. Leah Fay of the indie band July Talk) is an actress who has seemingly sociopathic delusions of grandeur.

She believes that she is the gift to the screen that directors and casting agents have failed to recognize. Every part she auditions for is the perfect role for her, including playing a morbidly obese woman, when Edith herself is anything but overweight.

Edith immerses herself in the local film community, jealous of anyone who has success, even going as far as to sabotage the careers of her friends in hope of her own recognition. Despite creating her own fantasy world, the psychodrama begins to flow into her real life.

In DIAMOND TONGUES, directors Pavan Moondi and Brian Robertson craft a character who appears to have little talent, but much ability to drape her life in a shroud of drama in her attempts to prove that she truly is a gifted performer.

DIAMOND TONGUES SCREENS FRIDAY OCTOBER 2ND AT 9:15 PM AT EAU CLAIRE AND ON SUNDAY OCTOBER 4TH AT 6:00 PM AT THE GLOBE.

FUNNY BUNNY

In a conversation I had with director Alison Bagnall, she revealed that FUNNY BUNNY is a metamorphosis of the lives of three people she knows in real life.

Titty is a rich and extremely immature young man whose fortune came from suing his father for embezzling his inheritance. Gene has recently been kicked out of the house by his estranged wife, and Ginger is an emotionally withdrawn young woman who hates being touched. These three misfits are destined to end up intertwined.

What all three main characters share is a neurotic form of compensating for their individual tragedies. Gene takes on the cause of obesity in children, to the extent where he is actually abusive and insensitive to those he shares his cause with. Ginger keeps alive through her web series promoting the tragedies of her pet bunny rabbit; one begins to wonder if she is superimposing her own story on that of the rabbit. Titty is a withdrawn loner who believes nobody likes him, but when he does seek love, his lack of social skills dooms the end result. Drawn to Ginger from her blog, Titty and Gene feel the need to make her happy by buying her a bicycle.

What grows is a friendship that is always troubled, but very much sensitive to what each person’s needs are. An absolute delight, providing surprises at every turn, FUNNY BUNNY has been nominated for several Best Narrative awards at a plethora of important US film festivals.

FUNNY BUNNY SCREENS AGAIN SATURDAY OCTOBER 3RD AT EAU CLAIRE AT 7:00 PM.

DARK HORSE

From writer/director Louise Osmond (DEEP WATER), DARK HORSE is an emotional look into the life of the working class Welsh and their decision to breed a track-ready racehorse to compete against the progeny of hundreds of years of English aristocratic horse breeding.

The fox hunt, polo, and horse racing are considered the traditional sports of the English aristocracy. The janitor from ASDA Stores and his supporting crew create a real life fairytale about a racehorse bred by a group of people who can barely afford their own living expenses.

DARK HORSE follows the trials and tribulations of this aptly named horse, Dream Alliance, as it attempts to build a career in a world where the owners of its competition believes it does not belong.

The ups and downs of this seemingly insane idea is a riveting story based in a culture where crossing class boundaries is still considered one of the last taboos. DARK HORSE won the 2015 Sundance Audience Award and was also nominated for the Sundance Grand Jury Prize for World Cinema Documentary.

DARK HORSE SCREENS AGAIN ON SUNDAY OCTOBER 4TH AT 8:45 PM AT EAU CLAIRE.

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