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With the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival upon us, FANGORIA
readers have plenty to get excited about. From the delirium of BERBERIAN SOUND
STUDIO, to the ballistic omnibus THE ABCs OF DEATH; from Rob Zombie’s THE LORDS
OF SALEM to JT Petty’s THE HELLBENDERS; from THE SHINING doc ROOM 237 to the
sexually bent THALE, terror is a major presence at the fest.
Much of this is due in no small part to the programming
efforts of Colin Geddes, whose show-stopping Midnight Madness and Vanguard
programs are turning heads with mouth watering lineups of diverse, weird
We talked briefly to Colin this week to get inside the
psyche of the man who sure can pick ‘em…
FANGORIA: You have been at this game for years, do you
still get excited?
COLIN GEDDES: Hell yeah! I'm always eager to find new films
that take old conventions and twist and spin them on their heads. Discovering
new stories like Ryuhei Kitamura's NO ONE LIVES, or pushing talent like JT Petty
with HELLBENDERS always gets me excited.
FANG: What part of the process do you love the most? The quest? Securing the deal? Putting it together? Or the thrill it gives fans when
you make “the announcement"?
GEDDES: I'm going to take the liberty of jumping to the
final stage of the process, which is actually sharing the film on the big
screen in front of 1200 fans at the Ryerson Theatre, which is the home of
Midnight Madness. It's like glorified show & tell, and I love the energy
that the audience gives to the director upon seeing the film for the first
FANG: What a
fantastic lineup this year; high quality, challenging and diverse
fare. When you program, do you think in terms of theme? Is there kind of a
narrative trajectory from the first screening to the last?
GEDDES: I never go into the process with a theme in mind,
and themes that do emerge are purely organic. Sometimes I notice themes after
the fact that are an interesting reflection of what's going on in the film
industry or in the world, but it's never intentional on my part. I'm at the
mercy of what films are available in a given year, but I always try to mix it
up with a lineup of diverse films. If the lineup were all zombie films or all
slasher films, I don't think the audiences would be as interested.
FANG: You have LORDS OF SALEM, an instant sell-out for
sure. Do you have any plans to
incorporate any kind of Rock 'N Roll spectacle into the screening?
GEDDES: I'm just after capturing Rob Zombie as a filmmaker
for the evening, and I have a feeling that he likes to keep the two sides of
himself separate, as each requires a different kind of talent and sensibility. (The truer answer for that question is that sadly, because there are five films
playing in that venue ahead of us and we have to start on time at midnight, we
have no time for a proper soundcheck).
FANG: Which features are you most excited about in Midnight
GEDDES: That's a hard question to answer because it's like
picking your favorite children. Each selection has a different meaning to me.
However, I am really excited to see the return of Midnight Madness alums like
Kitamura, JT Petty, Don Coscarelli and Eli Roth, but I must admit that I'm also
very proud to have THE ABCS OF DEATH with a total of 27 directors! Honestly, I
don't know how we'll fit them all on the stage.
FANG: Vanguard. It's even more delicious than MM! Talk
about the choice to veer into darker fantasy and pulp this round...
GEDDES: With the Vanguard Programme, we realized that
there's an audience that likes their entertainment to be dark, edgy and sexy,
but aren't into the extreme thrills that the Midnight Madness audience craves.
Here, we can program films that straddle the line between arthouse and genre,
bringing a more sophisticated experience to the audience with films like
BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO, THALE and ROOM 237. Every year, I see a lot of great
films that just aren't quite right for Midnight Madness, and I'm thrilled that
I have a place for them within TIFF. Vanguard allows me to share a broader
spectrum of great cinema with the audience.
Finally, you have spoken to everyone, you have insight into the
process, when can we expect a film by Colin Geddes at TIFF?
GEDDES: Honestly I think where my talents lie is in
producing. I've got a few projects that I'm currently working on, but who
knows. They might be too extreme even for Midnight Madness!
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