Jonathan Culp's Taking Shelter sounds like a film that could satisfy all the requirements for our Movie Night in Canada series, in which we ask for recommendations for obscure, unusual, or little-known Canadian films.
That is, except for the part where we ask for "gems".
You see, Culp took snippets from 434 Cancon films made from 1970 to 1989, fashioning them into a craptastic cinematic collage of found-footage.
Most of these Canuxploitation films were Capital Cost Allowance productions, or movies that were made during a period in which the government attempted to stimulate the Canadian film industry with tax shelter programs.
Culp took seven years to stitch together clips from the films to create a narrative in which aliens invade Canada and subject Canadians to live by the rules of cinema as they colonize us. (Kind of sounds like what the U.S. has been doing to us for ages.)
The film roster includes Shivers, Starship Invasions, The Mystery of the Million Dollar Hockey Puck, The Corpse Eaters, High-Ballin’, The Shape of Things to Come, Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone, and Firebird 2015 A.D.
The masterpiece had its world premiere in Toronto on Canada Day (July 1).
Will Taking Shelter make it to screens in Vancouver? One can only hope so.
In the meantime, here's the trailer to whet your appetite (or quite possibly the reverse).
Here are some excerpts to check out. Just imagine sitting and watching 100 minutes of this.
In this last clip, Canadians put Bollywood and Michael Jackson to shame with a dancing extravaganza that proves that True Northerners have no sense of rhythm.