RETROPATH!: Eaten Alive


WHAT: Eaten Alive
WHO: Directed by Tobe Hooper
WHERE: The Royal Cinema, 608 College Street, Toronto, ON 
Tuesday, October 17th, 2017 | 8:00 PM
WHY: Loosely based on the story of American serial killer Joe Ball (or the Bluebeard of South Texas or The Alligator Man), who owned a bar with an alligator pit as a local attraction in Elmendorf, Texas and was known to have killed as many as 20 women in the 1930s. Although suspected of several murders, he was never formally convicted because he committed suicide before he was arrested. 

In Eaten Alive, a sex worker named Clara finds refuge in a decrepit little establishment called the Starlight Hotel—located deep in the swampland of rural East Texas—after narrowly escaping the perverted paws of a frisky customer named Buck (Robert Englund). There, she meets the business's deranged proprietor, a man named Judd (Neville Brand), who is driven so mad from his own delusions that he attacks her with a pitchfork and then feeds her to his pet Nile crocodile, who lives in the swamp beside the building. What follows is a parade of oddball hotel guests (including an acting masterclass in unhinged lunacy from William Finley), all invariably in grave danger at the hands of Judd and his vicious friend. 




imagineNATIVE FILM + MEDIA ARTS FESTIVAL: Indictment Programme


WHAT: Indictment: The Crimes Of Shelly Chartier, screening as part of the Indictment Programme 
WHO: Directed by Shane Belcourt & Lisa Jackson
WHERE: TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 2, 350 King Street West, Toronto, ON 
Saturday, October 21st, 2017 | 8:30 PM
WHY: A riveting true story about the crimes of Shelly Chartier, a reclusive young woman from a small Manitoba First Nation who captivated the press and made international headlines. Sensationalized in the media as a high profile catfishing case involving an NBA superstar and an aspiring model, Shelly was portrayed as a master manipulator who used social media as her weapon. Through the sensitive and intelligent lens of directors Lisa Jackson and Shane Belcourt, the sensationalism is swept aside to reveal a much more compelling—and complex—story of a young woman caught in historical circumstances beyond her control and how she struggles to rebuild her life after incarceration. With in-depth access to Shelly, Indictment unpacks the crime and raises important questions about our justice system.




Submissions Are Now Open!

Submissions now open for the first annual Toronto True Crime Film Festival and we can't wait to see what you've got!

Whether you've made an in-depth expository documentary about a particular crime, a thorough biopic on individuals or parties on either side of the law, a personal and emotional exploration of the effects of crimes on victims and communities, a gritty investigative drama based on a real-life impossible-to-crack cases or deep-seated conspiracies, a fictionalized retelling of a fascinating crime, a terrifying horror flick based on a real-life monster, or anything in between—we want to see it!

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It's Really Happening!

It started, really, with my excitement to see My Friend Dahmer at this summer's Fantasia International Film Festival. I was talking with my partner about it—and in general about how the true crime selections of any given film festival are always at the top of my list—on our annual five hour train ride to Montreal when I said, "Somebody should start a festival that's just true crime movies!"

We played with the idea—me gushing about my favourite true crime documentaries, him reading me a list of films that are based on real criminal events—but I didn't really think it would be something I would do myself until I started talking to more people about it. My friend Richelle, who works as a Programming Director for The Royal Cinema, told me that it totally sounded like something her venue would be interested in hosting. My partner Steven continued to bounce ideas around with me. A few of my true crime compadres, when asked drunkenly via text, jumped at the idea of being a part of such a thing were it to ever to happen for real.

By the end of that ten day trip, I had firmed up a team a programmers and had a very good chance at landing a venue. In the month since I've been back in Toronto, I've purchased a domain, created this website, set up accounts across social media, secured official festival dates with an official venue, organized a submissions platform, and hosted our first staff meeting!

What started as a very casual remark has quickly snowballed into one of the most exciting projects I've ever been a part of. Now I can say, "It's really happening!"