ZOMBIES, SEX THERAPISTS, FOOSBALLERS, SATANISTS, MERMAIDS AND OTHER CREATURES INVADE CALGARY UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL LINEUP

“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.”

Lupita Nyong'o in the film LIttle Monsters. (Courtesy, Calgary Underground Film Festival.)

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.

From the film High Life. Courtesy, Calgary Underground Film Festival. Calgary

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.”

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