The “something-for-everyone” claim has become somewhat of a cliche for festival programmers.
But with the Calgary Underground Film Festival, which runs April 22 to 28 at the Globe Cinema, a case could certainly be made that most film buffs will find something of interest in a lineup that includes both a documentary about advice-dispensing sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer and a horror-comedy about zombies-run-amok during an elementary school field trip.
Between these two poles lies a far-flung collection of off-kilter cinema that includes films about foosball fanatics, media-savvy Satanists, a fading grunge rocker, mermaids in Israel, a killer dress and a scary deep-space voyage towards a black hole.
“It’s all unique,” says festival director Brenda Lieberman. “There are tons of award-winning stuff and festival favourites and stuff we’ve discovered through submissions of screeners. We fought hard for a lot of the titles.”