Don’t be LEFT out! The very first Lost Episode Festival Toronto (LEFT) is taking place this weekend at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema. What’s a “lost episode,” you ask? Well, the clever festival organizers put it best:
Our focus is on independent short films, which are meant to be “lost episode” satires of popular and cult television shows (ex. Star Trek, The Twilight Zone, etc). LEFT is targeted at anyone who has ever fallen in love with a television show, and wished it was still around — now it can be! Fans and filmmakers alike can create their own “lost episodes”, and we will showcase them. This is a festival by and for fans of great cult classics of television and cinema.
I met the incredibly nice folks behind the festival, Johnny and Nicole, recently and their enthusiasm is infectious. On Saturday at 4pm, they’re showing lost episodes of Star Trek, Batman, and The Twilight Zone in addition to some other great short films including the amazing Astron-6 masterpiece Biocop. Sunday at 4pm they’ll be showing films from the 50 Hour Film Competition and presenting awards to the best films.
Tickets are a very reasonable $10 for each day (and a measly $5 for students) and the event is 19+ due to the Bloor’s fantastic liquor licence! Johnny and Nicole assure me that they’re going to be running some interesting drink deals, courtesy of Mill Street Brewery. I recommend getting there no later than 3:30pm each day to check it out!