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Outlier Film Festival

Maybe it's something in the water, but Halifax film and television talent doesn't shy away from the creepy, the dark and the murky. The Outlier Film Festival will harness the power of a million damp basements with their inaugural showcase of "Horror Pop, Grey Magic, Psycho-Spiritual, Doom Fantasy, Genre and Other Films Outside of the Bubble."

"Halifax is gaining a reputation for producing against the grain film and television. Inspired by the likes of Hobo With A Shotgun, Picnicface, The Corridor, Thrillema, Trailer Park Boys and other local trailblazers, The Outlier Film Festival aims to celebrate our fringe film culture by presenting a program that will further inspire artistic deviance in our community,' says Seth Smith, director of Lowlife, the creepiest ode to drugs, nightmarish fantasy and rural Nova Scotia in existence. Smith, along with Matt Charlton, Sandi Rankaduwa, Darcy Spidle and Nancy Urich, pooled their love of film and festivals---they have combined experience with Halifax Pop Explosion, OBEY and Sappyfest---to create this November's lineup.

Dive into the weird with The Act of Killing, directed by Joshua Oppenheimer and produced by Werner Herzog and Errol Morris profiles the Indonesian gangsters responsible for the 1965-1966 death squads and Consuming Spirits, a film 15 years in the making depicting an ominous universe.

"Most major cities have genre type festivals and there seemed to be a lot of local interest," says Smith. "It's not easy to fund or make these films not to mention find an audience and have them seen. From working on other festivals and indie films we can really sense the importance and reward of showcasing underground, non-mainstream culture here on the east coast." —Stephanie Johns

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