City’s cult clas­sic Fubar turns 15 De­TAilS

An­niver­sary screen­ing at Un­der­ground Film Fes­ti­val

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Fif­teen years ago, three Cal­gary boys re­ally had to giv’er to make Fubar hap­pen.

The cult-clas­sic film is cel­e­brat­ing the an­niver­sary with a show­ing at this year’s Cal­gary Un­der­ground Film Fes­ti­val (CUFF).

It was filmed on a shoe­string bud­get by a bunch of im­pro­vis­ers, and pro­duc­tion threat­ened to fall apart mul­ti­ple times.

There’s a notable scene in the film in which the main char­ac­ter Dean (Paul Spence) drunk­enly yells at a storm. The crew ended up fry­ing their only cam­era.

“That was in the mid­dle of the pro­duc­tion,” re­called ac­tor David Lawrence, who played Terry. “We had such a low bud­get, we thought we were done. But we were shoot­ing in the rain, so what do you ex­pect to hap­pen?”

They man­aged to cob­ble to­gether a bit of money for a new cam­era to fin­ish the shoot.

With­out any light­ing equip­ment or a big crew, some res­i­dents of High River (who found their way into Fubar) didn’t know they were shoot­ing a movie.

“A year later, we had to go find them and try to get per­mis­sions,” laughed Lawrence. “They were cool. They all re­mem­bered us. That part was re­ally ex­cit­ing.”

Fubar has gained cult sta­tus be­cause of its over-the-top, head­banger char­ac­ters, which led to a se­quel and might even launch a TV se­ries.

Lawrence was train­ing at Cal­gary’s famed Loose Moose im­prov theatre when artis­tic direc­tor Den­nis Cahill men­tioned there was once a troupe that ex­clu­sively played head-bangers. It in­spired Lawrence to come up with the char­ac­ter of Terry.

“It was al­ways fun im­pro­vis­ing, be­cause we weren’t very good at it,” he said. “Bangers don’t re­ally know how to say yes and agree. The fun­da­men­tals of im­prov don’t make sense for them.”

Lawrence con­tin­ued to play the role in a stage va­ri­ety show called Hot­dogs and Pop­corn, where Terry was es­sen­tially the tech­ni­cian for the show who con­stantly chimed in.

Be­fore the movie be­gan film­ing, Lawrence and Spence put The an­niver­sary screen­ing takes place April 20 with Lawrence, Spence and Dowse. Af­ter­ward, Lawrence (as Terry) will host Heavy Metal Karaoke at the Ship & An­chor.

For more info, visit cal­gar­yun­der­ground­film.org. on a show called Terry and My Buddy Dean.

“We only did four shows, and they weren’t re­ally good, but we got into char­ac­ter,” Lawrence said, laugh­ing.

“What we most love to cel­e­brate is Cana­dian and lo­cal film,” said Cameron Mac­gowan with CUFF. “We’re re­ally stoked to bring (direc­tor) Michael Dowse back to town to cel­e­brate Fubar.”

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