In the six years I have lived in Cape Town I have not once gotten off my lazy ass to go support what is probably the best film festival in South Africa. Every year I look at the list of movies being screened and every year I promise to go, yet every year.. I don’t. Classic Zombie of Doom.
This year will be different though. With the below list of movies on display I have more than enough motivation to get out there and go see at least one of them. I definitely want to check out Tattoo Nation. The other zombie has talked about Tattoo Nation before and it seemed really interesting.
Below is some more information about this year’s X Festival, so you also have no excuse.
Date: 14 – 20 June
Where: Labia Theatre, 68 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town
More festival info & trailers at www.xfest.org
On-line booking: www.quicket.co.za/xfest
Join the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/groups/7939698591
RSVP at the Facebook event page: www.facebook.com/events/540710432652889
The X Fest is proudly associated with Sailor Jerry Rum, Labia Theatre, Ster Kinekor, all the Cape Town tattoo studios, and the producers, directors and filmmakers who submitted their work.
Linked to the X Fest and the 2013 HorrorFest is a free sneak preview of the upcoming EVIL DEAD re-make, before it hits cinemas! (August, Ster Kinekor, Cape Town) – for details head to : www.horrorfest.info
Another movie X-Festers would have to check out is TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D (in theatres from 31 May).
THE X FEST LINE-UP
Labia Theatre, 68 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town. All shows R35.
Book on-line at www.quicket.co.za/xfest (service fee applies) or at 021 424 5927
For years people saw tattoos as a sign of rebellion. A middle finger salute to the rest of the world. Outlaw bikers got tattoos. Sailors on leave in Singapore got tattoos. Lifers in the joint got tattoos. But now in the United States one out of every three adults under forty has a tattoo! So what happened? How did a tattoo go from something that was etched on your skin, to an expression that comes from within you? Tattoo Nation tells the story of a few people who helped transform the world of tattoo art, and the way we think about tattoos, forever. This is the true story of the ink revolution.
Music by Psycho Realm & Sick Jacken.
With Danny Trejo, Don Ed Hardy, Freddy Negrete, Travis Barker, Mister Cartoon, Charlie Cartwright, Kate Hellenbrand, Tim Hendricks, Mark Mahoney, Freddy Negrete, Jack Rudy. Directed by Eric Schwartz
A film-maker Skype interview is planned for after the premiere screening on Friday 14 June, and a drink promotion is being attached.
Audience give-aways will include R5,000 tattoo vouchers from THE TATTOOER and bottles of SAILOR JERRY RUM.
Participating Cape Town tattoo studios include:
THE TATTOOER / CAPE ELECTRIC / BODY ARCHITECTS / WILDFIRE CAPE TOWN / WILDFIRE CANAL WALK / TATTOO MANIA / INKFINITY / MR LUCKY / MANTRA / METAL MACHINE / SKINTRADE / MAD TATTER / PRIMAL CULTURE / FIREFLY TATTOO / CTHULU / EMERALD FOX / LEIGH SOULINK
Greg Sommer is an enigma wrapped inside a mystery, encased in a Jean-Jacket Vest. An enterprising man in his early 30s, Greg, and his alter-ego SKULL MAN, are at war. Box Wars that is!
Welcome to Greg’s world. A world of warriors, magic, and glory. A world of Metal. Greg is building the Canadian-chapter of BOX WARS, an international underground movement of Cardboard-based combat. SKULL WORLD follows two years in the life of Greg, and sheds light on exactly what makes him, and his goals in life, so unique. A comedic and moving journey awaits – not for the faint of heart.
Directed by Justin McConnell
BLOOD FOR IRINA
Irina is dying. A predator who stalks streets at night looking for blood, she has lived over a century; tormented by memory, living in a run-down motel by the sea, Irina has reached the end. Her perceptions skewed, her body and mind revolting against themselves, she waits for an exit. Her private hell is echoed by the motel manager, driven by an obsession to protect Irina and keep her secrets safe, and a broken prostitute whose desperate plight may be worse than Irina’s. It’s the tale of three people living a life on the fringe, trapped in a world of literal and figurative decay.
This is the feature directorial debut of Fangoria Magazine editor Chris Alexander, starring (South African-born actress) Shauna Henry, Carrie Gemmell, David Goodfellow
American Goth, an 86-minute feature documentary, provides an in-depth examination of Gothic culture, which is often typified by black clothes and an interest in dark music, literature, and culture. In a post-Columbine era, Goths have been perceived and stereotyped in many ways. American Goth is a D.I.Y.-style, conversational documentary that asks if Goth culture poses a threat to society or if it is simply an alternative lifestyle. With a think-for-yourself approach, this guerilla film features Goths in their own words, and first-time filmmaker Ryan Rhea explores their unique place in todays society. The film is divided into sections including the Goth Scene, Gothic Origins, Goths and Music, Goths and Society, Paganism, Vampirism, Witchcraft, Goths and Spirituality, and Prejudice. The idea from the film came out of a reaction to hearing about the Goth Grant, $273,000 given to the community of Blue Springs, Missouri, to investigate Goth culture. Ryan Rhea’s film questioned the validity of such a grant, but ultimately provided an overview of Gothic culture, and the people in it, in a much broader context.
Directed by Ryan Rea. Music by PJ Corvus.
Junkie is a pitch black comedy about two heavily addicted, drug addled brothers, Danny (Daniel Louis Rivas) and Nicky (Robert LaSardo). When Danny decides he’s going clean, Nicky reacts aggressively, driving Danny from one insane experience to another as a whole host of bizarre, surreal characters descend on their house, all with grievances to bear, debts to reclaim or trouble to cause. It quickly becomes apparent that Nicky is not really Danny’s brother, but a fictitious personification of his own drug addiction, manifested in the form of an impish nightmare hellbent on Danny’s self-destruction. As Danny’s life spirals out of control he must fight tooth and nail to kick the habit and rescue himself from the personal hell Nicky has consigned him to, whilst simultaneously attempting to repair the deeply damaged relationships with his increasingly bizarre friends and family.
X FLIX Short Film Collection
The tradition of short film collections started with affiliate parent festival the South African HORRORFEST and is still pounding hard in the X FEST line-up with the X FLIX short film anthologies, giving you short bursts of crazy, amazing, audacious, hot and hilarious short films from all corners and alleys of the planet (incl. Germany, UK, France, Canada, Italy,Spain, Finland).
QUIET YOU – Strange dark comedy (Directed by Joonas Makkonen – Finland)
ST. CHRISTOPHORUS: ROADKILL – A nightmare on the road (Directed by Gregor Erler – Germany)
NO – A model’s obsession with beauty turns nasty (Directed by Guillermo P. Bosch – Spain)
WE SHALL – Twisted religious convictions with dark intentions (Directed by Demetri Panayotopoulos)
1000 GRAMM – A film about flesh in all of its meanings (Directed by Tom Bewilogua – Germany)
NOSTALGIC Z – Zombies! (Directed by Carl Bouteiller – France)
I’M DEAD (Io Sono Morta) – A countryside trip becomes a total nightmare (Directed by Francesco Picone – Italy)
THE LAST DAY OF HAROLD FISHMAN – A man undergoes a strange metamorphosis (Directed by Remi Frechette & Andreanne C. Beaudry – Canada)
BABY STEPS – Exploring a new born zombie’s point of view (Directed by Stephen Graves – UK)
BARIKU LIGHT – A man’s insatiable hunger reaches (hilariously) gory extremes (Directed by Asier Abio – Spain)
(while unlikely, may be subject to change)
Friday 14 June
6:15pm – X FLIX Short Film Collection
8:30pm – TATTOO NATION
Saturday 15 June
6:15pm – JUNKIE
8:30pm – SKULL WORLD
Sunday 16 June
6:15pm – BLOOD FOR IRINA
8:30pm – AMERICAN GOTH
Monday 17 June (public holiday)
6:15pm – X FLIX Short Film Collection
8:30pm – TATTOO NATION
Tuesday 18 June
6:15pm – SKULL WORLD
8:30pm – BLOOD FOR IRINA
Wednesday 19 June
6:15pm – TATTOO NATION
8:30pm – JUNKIE
Thursday 20 June
6:15pm – AMERICAN GOTH
8:30pm – X FLIX Short Film Collection