What the Film Festival 2019 Celebrates Eclectic Filmmakers and the Moviegoers Who Love Them
For the past four years, our friends at The Laser Blast Film Society have gifted Toronto with the What The Film Festival. Billed as Toronto’s preeminent celebration of eccentric movies and media, this year’s WTFF features an intriguing slate of films that certainly backs up that argument. Now in year five, What The Film Festival 2019 runs March 1st – 3rd at The Royal Cinema with a video and comic arts marketplace and party happening just down the street at The Super Wonder Gallery on March 2nd.
And if you were somehow still on the fence about attending this exciting festival, I have one thing left to tell you: on March 2nd there is an all-you-can-eat-cereal party/panel. Go get your sugar rush on while listening to cinephiles drop knowledge. Life doesn’t get much better. Check out What The Film Festival’s 2019 slate of movies and events below.
THE 2019 WHAT THE FILM FESTIVAL FEATURE FILM LINEUP:
A BREAD FACTORY, PARTS 1 & 2 Dir. Patrick Wang / USA / 2018 / 243 min TORONTO PREMIERE! FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE!
An epic, yet intimate two-part portrait of an idiosyncratic community and the struggle of its indelible artists. Hailed by critics as among “the best films of 2018!” (The AV CLUB)
BATTLE FOR THE LOST PLANET Dir. Brett Piper / USA / 1986 / 91 min / CANADIAN PREMIERE OF RESTORATION!
The incredible preservationists of cult video label Vinegar Syndrome present a brand-new restoration of cult FX artist Brett Piper’s most infamous sci-fi epic, wherein a man finds himself stranded on a post-apocalyptic Earth full of mutants and stop-motion monsters.
MARY JANE’S NOT A VIRGIN ANYMORE Dir. Sarah Jacobson / USA / 1996 / 98 min / TORONTO PREMIERE OF RESTORATION!
Sarah Jacobson’s punk-spirited DIY feature about the sexual awakening of a high-school girl as she spends her senior year working at an independent movie cinema. Preceded by her acclaimed feminist B-movie tribute I WAS A TEENAGE SERIAL KILLER.
NIGHT PULSE aka FATAL PULSE aka UNTITLED 90s YUPPIE THRILLER Dir. Damon Packard / USA / 2018 / 115 min / CANADIAN PREMIERE!
Underground filmmaker Damon Packard’s four-year in the making epic follows the exploits of husband/wife moguls trapped with a deadbeat couch potato brother in a hallucinogenic 1-900 world of 1991. Inspired by the corporate take-over era of the late 80s/early 90s and all the dark, atmospheric, neo-noir thrillers that came along with it.
SURFER: TEEN CONFRONTS FEAR Dir. Douglas Burke / USA / 2018 / 98 min / CANADIAN PREMIERE!
Shot over 11 years by a physics professor at the University of Southern California, this incredibly strange parable about a teenager overcoming his fear of surfing has been steadily accruing a reputation at international Midnight screenings as the cult film successor to the THE ROOM and FATEFUL FINDINGS.
STRIKE DEAR MISTRESS, AND CURE HIS HEART Dir. Mickey Reece / USA / 2018 / 71 min / CANADIAN PREMIERE! FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE!
Inspired by Ingmar Bergman’s AUTUMN SONATA and conjured by an obscure auteur who’s been averaging two feature films a year since 2008, this offbeat discovery depicts the uncanny psychological duress endured by the newlywed proprietors of an ancient hotel following the arrival of an estranged matriarch.
COWBOY WHO? ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT-CEREAL PARTY + PANEL / Created by Jeff Green, Mike Cormier, Rob Eastland / Canada / 1990 – 1994 FILMMAKERS IN ATTENDANCE!
From noon to 4pm on March 2nd, eat all the sugar-coated cereal you can while watching highlights from the strangest children television series ever made, and then meet the show’s puppets in person as well as series creators Jeff Green and Mike Cormier.
WHAT THE FILM BAZAAR presented by Vinegar Syndrome Following film programming on March 2nd, the festival will be hosting a late night party and marketplace mere steps away from The Royal Cinema at The Super Wonder Gallery (584 College St.) where cult cinema aficionados can peruse the wares of unique video vendors, indie artists and two art installations – complete details to be announced on February 15th.
Spearheaded by TIFF Midnight Madness Programmer Peter Kuplowsky, 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. Produced by The Laser Blast Film Society, a monthly film series at The Royal Cinema, this year’s festival is made possible in part by the funding support from home video label Vinegar Syndrome and the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.
What The Film Festival 2019 runs March 1st – 3rd, at The Royal Cinema.