Published Aug 06, 2019In addition to their annual movie fest, the Vancouver International Film Festival has expanded with VIFF Live — a showcase of cinema culture via a series of curated live events. The lineup was just released, and it looks like a seriously impressive sub-category of the film fest.
Among the events coming to VIFF Live include a special episode of the popular Song Exploder podcast. A tie-in with the 30th anniversary of Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing, the event will see Chuck D discuss his song "Fight the Power" with Song Exploder host Hrishikesh Hirway. That goes down at the Playhouse on October 7.
Meanwhile, on October 6, Tim Heidecker and Gregg Turkington will bring the bizarre and impossibly meta world of their YouTube film criticism show to the stage at the Playhouse with On Cinema at the Cinema Live!. The show promises guest appearances from beloved cast members of the On Cinema/Decker universe. If you know, you know.
Claudio Simonetti's Goblin are bringing their live score of Dario Argento's giallo classic Deep Red to the Rio Theatre on October 3. The show will also include other Goblin hits, making it an impressive evening for fans of the iconic band.
This Is Spinal Tap will celebrate its 35th anniversary with a unique live show where local musicians will perform tunes from the film at the Rio Theatre on September 29. The live score will be led by Louise Burns, with support from Jody Glenham, Catherine Hiltz, Ayla Tesler-Mabe and Adam Fink. They'll play tunes from the film while it plays out.
Further, the 60-year old film Some Like It Hot will be explored through Feminist Live Reads. The reading of the screenplay will be led by filmmaker and critic Chandler Levack.
"VIFF Live has created platform to push the boundaries of festival programming, exploring how a multitude of artistic genres intersect with cinema to create unique once-in-a-lifetime experiences for VIFF audiences," programmer and curator Ken Tsui said in a statement. "Having seen the success of live events over the last number of years, we are excited to expand our program from two to six events this year, exploring music, comedy, podcasting and cultural commentary."
VIFF Live runs parallel to VIFF, which takes place from September 26 to October 11. For more information, including tickets, go here.