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18th SF IndieFest 

Wednesday, Feb 10 2016
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SF Indiefest turns legal this year, to the delight of some and the chagrin of others. (You know who you are.) Among the pleasures to be had for grown-ups are Tim Kirk's Director's Commentary: The Terror of Frankenstein, which was not only produced and edited by Rodney Ascher of Room 237 fame, but which also has a killer hook: a fake commentary track to a real movie, in which it's revealed that what happened behind the camera is much more interesting, and disturbing, than what was captured on film. Working on a similarly meta-textual level is Torin Langen, Navin Ramaswaran, Zachary Ramelan, Kelly Michael Stewart, and (whew) Jason Tannis's anthology film Late Night Double Feature, a sort of Creature Features take on the Grindhouse formula as the terrors continue on the set of a Canadian horror-host show between and after the movies. Indiefest being Indiefest, there are plenty of audience-participation shows full of silly people doing silly things, such as the annualSuper Bowl: Men in Tightsscreening, as well as the 13thannual Big Lebowski Party, and something called JamCon 2016, evidently anMST3K-style riffing of Space Jam— a downright sacrilegious concept, because Space Jam is the best movie ever and shouldn't be mocked. This blasphemy is bad, and the people behind it should feel bad.

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