Monday, 27 October 2008

Toronto After Dark Film Festival 2008 Day 8 - Friday October 24, 2008

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Closing Night at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival was a star-studded and sold out event! There was festive energy in the as the audience searched and grabbed every last seat in the house. The short, Treevenge, certainly had the house in an uproar and the feature film for the evening in it's World Premiere screening, I Sell the Dead was well represented with a lively Q&A after the film with Glenn McQuaid , Larry Fessenden, legendary screen actor Angus Scrimm, Brenda Cooney and Peter Phok.

To hear and see about Day 8 check out my TADFF'08 Vlog for Day 8.

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Festival Director & Founder Adam Lopez with Treevenge director Jason Eisener

Treevenge
Dir: Jason Eisener
Canada, 2008
15 min

In this first ever (that I've heard of) Christmas Tree Explotation film, the trees are out for blood and they aren't taking any prisoners! It might be safe this year to keep the holly away of the jolly in annual yuletide celebrations. This short literally had the audience going wild.

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Festival Director & Founder Adam Lopez with I Sell the Dead cast & crew: Brenda Cooney (actor), Glenn McQuaid (writer/dir), Angus Scrimm (actor), Peter Phok (producer)

I Sell the Dead
Writer/Dir: Glenn McQuaid
Cast: Dominic Monaghan, Larry Fessenden, Brenda Cooney, Angus Scrimm, Ron Perlman, John Speredakos, Eileen Colgan
USA

Dominic Monaghan and Larry Fessenden play unconventional graverobbers in this historically set horror comedy. We also see Ron Perlman in his second religious role of the festival as the recorder of the last words on Arthur Blake (Dominic Monaghan). There are hilarious creature encounters and touching storylines woven throughout the film which gives you an idea of the genre blends involved.

The screening of the film was followed by a lively Q&A by the enthusiastic cast & crew. One of the astonishing tidbits shared was that the pub in the film was actually a New York bar that was transformed nightly at 3AM into the Irish pub in the film, and then back to the regular bar every day during the filming.

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Festival Director & Founder Adam Lopez with I Sell the Dead cast & crew: Larry Fessenden (actor/producer) Brenda Cooney (actor), Glenn McQuaid (writer/dir), Angus Scrimm (actor), Peter Phok (producer)

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One of the great things about Day 8 was hanging out with my sisters, Suzie and Jamie , who came to the film with me - thanks ladies!

The Toronto After Dark Film Festival 2008 ran from October 17-24/08 at the Bloor Cinema, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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