WHAT THE FILM FESTIVAL 2018
March 24th + 25th
THE LASER BLAST FILM SOCIETY is proud to present the 4th edition of the WHAT THE FILM FESTIVAL, an annual celebration of contemporary eccentric cinema. Spanning March 24th – 25th at THE ROYAL CINEMA, this year’s festival not only promises five feature films, including two WORLD PREMIERES, but will also inaugurate the WHAT THE FILM BAZAAR presented by ARROW VIDEO, a market floor for VHS tape-traders, indie comic collectors, and vendors of obscure and cult cinema.
The WHAT THE FILM BAZAAR presented by ARROW VIDEO will precede film screenings daily, and take place at THE MONARCH TAVERN (12 Clinton St.), mere steps away from the ROYAL CINEMA, and will also feature live-podcast recordings, bizarre presentations, and fun social events.
If you are interested in being a vendor at the WHAT THE FILM BAZAAR, please contact [email protected]
with the word “BAZAAR VENDOR” in the subject line for more details.
The feature film schedule is as follows:
SATURDAY, MARCH 24th:
7:00 PM — THE LAPLACE’S DEMON Dir. Giordano Giulivi / Italy / 2017 / 109 min TORONTO PREMIERE! Scientists find themselves ensnared in a sinister game of fate where their every decision has been anticipated and engineered to systematically send them to their doom in this sci-fi noir shot entirely against rear-screen projections over seven years!
9:30 PM — MANGOSHAKE Dir. Terry Chiu / Canada/ 2018 / 97 min WORLD PREMIERE!
An uproarious lo-fi labyrinth of suburban adolescent shenanigans over ‘one crazy summer’ that recalls the generational coming-of-age myths of Richard Linklater or George Lucas’s American Graffiti and introduces a bold and brilliant new Canadian filmmaker!
SUNDAY, MARCH 25th:
4:00 PM — ANCHOR ZONE Dir. Andrée Pelletier / Canada / 2017 / 82 min / 35MM PRESENTATION!
A young woman living in a dystopian St. John’s must enlist in the aid of skateboarding punks to find her father. The Laser Blast Film Society will celebrate this obscure Newfoundland sci-fi adventure on a rare 35mm print!
6:30 PM — GREEN HOUSE Dir. Armando Lamberti / USA / 2017 / 101 min / WORLD PREMIERE!
A comic character study of a sneering manifestation of arrested adolescence gradually crescendos into a full-blown familial melodrama after a young man is forced to move in with his estranged half-sister. Indie filmmaking reminiscent of Hal Hartley or early Wes Anderson.
9:00 PM — JUNK HEAD Dir. Takahide Hori / Japan / 2017 / 114 min / TORONTO PREMIERE!
An eight-years in the making stop-motion tour-de-force that’s as whimsical as Wallace and Gromit, but with the aesthetic predilections of H.R. Giger. It’s picaresque plot concerns a cybernetic explorer’s descent into the recesses of the Earth to recover ancient DNA that promises to restore fertility to the human race.
Secure your All-Access Pass for $40!
An All-Access Pass ensures you:
— Access to all five screenings at The Royal Cinema
— Access to the festival market at The Monarch Tavern
— An limited print of the festival’s 2018 poster (illustrated by Shira Haberman)
A limited supply of passes now available here: universe.com/wtf2018
WHAT THE FILM FESTIVAL fills a gap in Toronto’s dense film festival landscape, showcasing outlier and outsider films that intersect definitions of both genre and avant-garde cinema and operate outside the traditional parameters of taste and convention. It is made possible in part by the funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.