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Monday, September 22, 2008

Day 5 of CIFF Highlights



Calgary, AB The Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) is moving into day-5 of the 10-day event, and tomorrow's schedule includes a wide variety of cinematic fare for every movie-lover Visiting special guests from the Music on Film and Canadian Perspectives program are the highlights of the day, as well as two urban fairytales from the Contemporary World section.


The Wrecking Crew

*Director Denny Tedesco in attendance. Q&A following screening.

Interviews and photo opportunities available.

Nicknamed by their conservative predecessors, the Wrecking Crew was comprised of prodigious rock 'n' roll session players in the prolific California music scene. The Wrecking Crew was behind nearly every hit of the '60s and some of the most enduring songs ever recorded. The Wrecking Crew springs to life with no less than a hundred memorable hits from the era and just as many backstage stories. Guitarist Tommy Tedesco's son, Denny, narrates and directs this loving tribute to the spirited gang behind hit records from Simon & Garfunkel, Jan & Dean, The Byrds, Tijuana Brass, The Mamas & The Papas, Ike & Tina Turner, and many more.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008 7:15 p.m. @ Cineplex Eau Claire

Sunday, September 28, 2008 2:30 p.m. @ The Uptown Downstairs


*Director and Calgary-native Kent Tessman in attendance. Q&A following screening.

Interviews and photo opportunities available.

Bull is a darkly comic neo-noir film, set among the heat-wave-baked skyscraper canyons of the Toronto financial district. A hapless stockbroker named Charlie finds himself caught up in a twisty web where no one, no one at all, is telling the truth. Not only did Kent Tessman write, produce and direct this film, he also edited, mixed, completed the visual effects and composed the score, showing his talents as a one man filmmaking tour-de-force.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008 7:00 p.m. @ The Globe Downstairs


Mermaid blends age-old myths and youthful imagination into a surreal and beautiful urban romance. It is a fanciful tale of an introverted little girl named Alisa who grows up believing she has the power to make wishes come true. When she is 18-years-old, she meets Him, who needed to be saved and she who was there to save him. Lending a hand, our mermaid's life begins to change and from this point on she learns about love, life and materialism.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008 9:15 p.m. @ The Uptown Upstairs

Sunday, September 28, 2008 7:00 p.m. @ Cineplex Westhills

The Amazing Truth about Queen Raquela

A plucky Filipino transsexual hopes porn and prostitution are the gateway to international travel and true love in this so-surreal-it-must-be-true "visiomentary." Exploitation, prostitution, poverty and First/Third World relationships are addressed, but the film's heart lies in the innovative transformation of "reality" into something far more fantastical and fabulous.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008 7:15 p.m. @ The Uptown Downstairs

Saturday, September 27, 2008 4:15 p.m. @ The Uptown Downstairs

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