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Zombiefest takes over Vancouver

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Photo by Andrew Weichel/CTV
Photo by Andrew Weichel/CTV

Pretty funny event. Great special effects make-up too, most of them by Theta Effects, a local film effects shop. Read the whole article linked below.

Thousands of zombies reported in downtown Vancouver
Updated: Sat Aug. 15 2009 16:24:25
Andrew Weichel, ctvbc.ca

Police in downtown Vancouver watched helplessly from the sidelines Saturday afternoon as an army of the living dead gathered en mass to search for nourishing human brains.

Well, almost.

On the south side of the Vancouver Art Gallery at 750 Hornby Street, participants gathered for the Vancouver Zombie Walk — a growing annual event that has become known as the New Years celebration of the Goth community.

“We are protesting human stupidity,” parade marshal Ashton Green said Saturday. “We are protesting all the things that will lead to an apocalypse – zombie or otherwise.”

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VFS alumni join forces on District 9

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by Kyle Rupprecht | Published August 13, 2009

This week, Vancouver Film School (VFS), Canada’s premier entertainment arts institution, is celebrating the release of District 9. The highly anticipated sci-fi thriller, produced by Peter Jackson, is directed/co-written by VFS graduate Neill Blomkamp, making his feature debut. The entire VFS community congratulates Blomkamp—and the 24 VFS Animation & Visual Effects alumni who worked on the film—for their impressive, exciting achievement.

District 9 depicts a settlement of extraterrestrial refugees marooned in Johannesburg, South Africa. Living in slum-like conditions, they unexpectedly find a kindred spirit in a government agent (Sharlto Copley) exposed to their biotechnology. The movie, which has been steadily building buzz for months, is already being praised by critics for its deft blend of action and intelligence. The Hollywood Reporter calls it “smart, savvy filmmaking of the highest order” and, in a cover story, Entertainment Weekly deems District 9 “the must-see movie of the summer.”

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