Rup­ture will kill its dar­lings

> BY ADRIAN MACK

The Georgia Straight - - Movies -

Next Sun­day (May 27), in an act of per­verse beauty, 12 lo­cal film­mak­ers will premiere their new­est short works at the Vancity The­atre, and then rit­u­ally de­stroy them—never to be seen again.

Cap­ping the Van­cou­ver In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val’s in­au­gu­ral Rup­ture event, Self-destruc­tive Cin­ema pro­vides a pos­si­bly fiery cli­max to four days of wild cin­e­matic de­lights compiled for your plea­sure by Al­tered States pro­gram­mer Cur­tis Woloschuk, who knows a thing or two about mid­night movies. As he tells the Straight: “It’s my de­formed child.”

In­deed, if you’ve been keep­ing an eye on the raves com­ing out of re­cent edi­tions of the Sun­dance, Slam­dance, and South by South­west film fes­ti­vals, then Rup­ture is prob­a­bly the most es­sen­tial thing on your cal­en­dar this year, with Ari Aster’s in­stant hor­ror clas­sic Hered­i­tary the most con­spic­u­ous of the nine ti­tles get­ting their Van­cou­ver premiere.

No less im­pres­sive: Woloschuk has also scored Wil­liam Fried­kin’s The Devil and Fa­ther Amorth, which sees the vet­eran film­maker grap­pling with a real-life ex­or­cism, along with the lat­est from Greasy Stran­gler sleaze au­teur Jim Hoskins, An Evening With Bev­erly Luff Lin, and the Por­tuguese art-house slasher For­est of Lost Souls. Film­maker David Low­ery will also be on hand to present a Cre­ator Talk about his enig­matic 2017 fea­ture A Ghost Story.

It’s with Self-destruc­tive Cin­ema, how­ever, that the event re­ally an­nounces it­self as the kind of “old­timey hap­pen­ing” its cu­ra­tor halfjok­ingly calls for. Woloschuk cred­its Van­cou­ver film­maker Ju­lia Hutch­ings for float­ing the idea two years ago of a “Not Avail­able On­line” film fes­ti­val. Work­ing to­gether, they’ve in­duced lo­cal no­ta­bles like Lawrence Le Lam, Cody Brown, and So­phie Jarvis to sub­mit one-night-only works. It’s a po­etic way to hon­our the ephemeral na­ture of the art form while lev­el­ling a blow against the soli­tary ex­pe­ri­ences of­fered by the web.

“We plan to have a wake after­wards so peo­ple can com­mis­er­ate, or mourn to­gether, or cel­e­brate the short mayfly lives of these films,” says Woloschuk, adding that they haven’t quite “worked through the ex­act par­tic­u­lars” of de­stroy­ing the movies. One team is ap­par­ently bent on us­ing an acid bath, but the or­ga­nizer prom­ises, how­ever it hap­pens, “it’s go­ing to be cin­e­matic.”

“I think one of the re­ally en­chant­ing el­e­ments about this for us is that we re­ally don’t know what the evening is go­ing to be like,” he says. “Will it be cel­e­bra­tory? Fune­real? I don’t know! The film­mak­ers don’t know ei­ther!”

The “rules of en­gage­ment” are also still be­ing ham­mered out. As with Dan Sav­age’s HUMP! Film Fes­ti­val, cell­phones won’t be wel­come.

“But do we want peo­ple to even tweet or talk about or de­scribe what they’ve seen?” pon­ders the pro­gram­mer.

How about slaugh­ter­ing the au­di­ence on the way out?

“No,” in­sists Woloschuk. “No­body’s go­ing to die. Every­body makes it out alive. It’s the films that are be­ing sac­ri­ficed here.”

Rup­ture takes place at the Vancity The­atre from Thurs­day to Sun­day (May 24 to 27). More in­for­ma­tion is at www.

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