Scares Un­der the Stars

Terror in the Bay Fest Heads to the Drive-In

The Walleye Magazine - - Film Theatre - By Kris Ke­to­nen

There will be some changes at this year’s Terror in the Bay film fes­ti­val, but don’t worry, hor­ror fans: the scares aren’t go­ing any­where. This year’s fes­ti­val is sched­uled for Oc­to­ber 15–18, and fes­ti­val di­rec­tor Chris Borgo hopes 50 to 60 films will be screened. How­ever, he ac­knowl­edges the COVID-19 pan­demic may play a role in ex­actly what this year’s fes­ti­val looks like. Rest as­sured, though, that pre­cau­tions de­signed to keep film-go­ers safe will be in place, Borgo says.

“Hand san­i­tizer stations will be fully ac­ces­si­ble in­side to the pub­lic,” Borgo told The Wall­eye. “We will re­quire ev­ery­one to wear face masks and the seat­ing chart will have mark­ings, ap­prox­i­mately six feet away from each other,” he says. “[Cur­rently] the max­i­mum num­ber of peo­ple we would be able to have is 50, and we will be sure to fol­low all of the proper health and safety guide­lines.”

The cur­rent sched­ule calls for the Oc­to­ber 17 screen­ings to take place at the In­ter­stel­lar Out­door Cin­ema, with the rest of the fes­ti­val hap­pen­ing at Para­mount The­atre. How­ever, the pan­demic may force some changes, Borgo says. “A

One Must Fall;

vir­tual on­line fes­ti­val for Terror in the Bay was never an op­tion,” he says. “The ma­jor­ity of film­mak­ers, es­pe­cially the ones pre­mier­ing their films for the first time, would only want their films screened live in front of an au­di­ence. If we have to have our fes­ti­val at a later date, then we will do so.”

What is still un­known is ex­actly which films will screen this year. “The film se­lec­tion process is a year-long process,” Borgo says. “It can be gru­elling at times, es­pe­cially be­cause there are so many fan­tas­tic en­tries and only so many slots to fill in our pro­gram.”

“How­ever, we have a very knowl­edge­able and pas­sion­ate judg­ing panel that I trust to choose hor­ror films that are the very best fit for our fes­ti­val.”

The film lineup will be an­nounced in Oc­to­ber.

For more in­for­ma­tion, you can visit ter­ror­inthe­bay.com.

- Terry (Mar­lon Brando) to his brother Charlie (Rod Steiger) in

On Septem­ber 7 we cel­e­brate Labour Day, the sig­na­ture hol­i­day for work­ing peo­ple. The movies have al­ways found strong sto­ries in the lives of the work­ing class, their fam­i­lies, their bosses, and their broad range of oc­cu­pa­tions. Dur­ing the cur­rent pres­sures on em­ploy­ment due to the pan­demic, Labour Day res­onates more than ever. Here are sto­ries about work thrown on the big screen that in­clude jobs fa­mil­iar to our re­gion, as well as a new mu­si­cal cel­e­brat­ing one of the great­est labour strikes in Cana­dian his­tory.

Still from last year’s screen­ing of An­to­nio Pan­toja’s pic­tured, left to right, Julie Stre­ble and John Wells

Still from last year’s screen­ing of Jac Kessler's Popsy; pic­tured, left to right, Alex Dun­ning, Ted Raimi

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