UFO death cult thriller, Mexican wrestlers, restaurant mayhem in VIFF’s Altered States series

Friendly Beast is the debut feature from Brazilian filmmaker Gabriela Amaral Almeida.

Amidst all the kitchen-sink foreign dramas, big-name Hollywood blockbusters and poignant, thought-provoking documentaries, the Vancouver International Film Festival also makes room for mind-bending, compelling and sometimes just weird genre (and genre-bending) movies.

This year, the VIFF (Sept. 28-Oct. 13) is once again presenting its Altered States film series. The series features 10 movies that don’t fit in with the regular, more mainstream (read: less gory/perverse/violent) fare. This year’s 10 Altered States run the gamut from UFO death cult thriller (The Endless) to surreal relationship drama (Animals) to weird domestic nightmares (Housewife, Bitch).

Here are five Altered States films that look particularly intriguing. (Note: click on film titles to watch trailers.)

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Kate Gives Vancouver a Shout Out From the Red Carpet

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Kate Winslet walked the red carpet at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF),  and gushed about how much she loved filming The Mountain Between Us in Vancouver. Check it out!

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Kate Gives Vancouver a Shout Out From the Red Carpet

Food on Wheels in Vancouver

The following article was written by Carly Whetter, Communications Assistant at Tourism Vancouver.

Whether you’re enjoying Vancouver’s summer sun, colourful autumn leaves or stormy skies, the city’s food truck scene never slows down. From Tacofino to Aussie Pie Guy to Chou Chou Crêpes, here are a collection of the city’s best food trucks, available year round.

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Food on Wheels in Vancouver

S’More Summer left at Golden Ears Provincial Park

Entrance to Golden Ears Provincial Park Photo: Rob Weiss

Twisting and turning along the long winding road we travelled deeper and deeper into the lush forest. With the end of summer quickly approaching it was time for one last camping trip and the proximity and ease of access to Golden Ears Provincial Park made it our obvious first choice. Located in the Coast Mountain Range, 11 km north of Maple Ridge, Golden Ears is a Vancouver favourite.  Ideal for first-time campers or those not quite ready for backcountry travel the provincial park features three vehicle accessible campgrounds, Gold Creek, Alouette and North Beach all situated close to the lake for endless hours of outdoor exploration. Open year round, the Gold Creek site boasts 148 sites, the majority of them reservable through Discover Camping.

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S’More Summer left at Golden Ears Provincial Park

Vancouver’s Gay Nuns: Get Close and Personal on Sept. 30, 2017

Vancouver’s Gay Nuns | Image via whatsonqueerbc.com

By Casey Stepaniuk

Have you ever heard of Vancouver’s gay nuns? Maybe you’ve seen them marching in one of the Lower Mainland’s Pride parades. Maybe you’ve seen folks dressed up in beautiful elaborate costumes and make-up roaming Davie St in the heart of the gay village at any time of year. Maybe you’ve caught a glimpse of them at an LGBTQ2+ fundraiser. This September 30th, you can have a chance to find out what Vancouver’s gay nuns (also known as the Vancouver Joyful Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence) are all about and who they are.

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Vancouver’s Gay Nuns: Get Close and Personal on Sept. 30, 2017

Sock puppets, an octopus and more at the NSFW film fest for the open-minded adult

Short, sexy films covering workplace power dynamics, playful doggie cosplay, and a dreamy animated octopus are coming to Vancouver this weekend.

Born and bred in the great Pacific Northwest, Dan Savage’s HUMP! Film Festival has been bringing audiences a new kind of porn since 2005.

The annual short film festival features erotic and explicit clips from amateur filmmakers. Popular syndicated sex columnist Dan Savage curates the sex-positive program, which is an all-inclusive cornucopia of body types, shapes, ages, colours, sexualities, genders, kinks, and fetishes.

The annual festival premieres a new program each fall in Seattle and Portland. In the meantime, however, the touring edition of the 12th annual compilation is coming to Vancouver’s Rio Theatre this weekend, Sept. 14-16. Read about some of the NSFW entries below.

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Sock puppets, an octopus and more at the NSFW film fest for the open-minded adult

Filming in Vancouver: Vince Vaughn, Mel Gibson, Ryan Reynolds, Dwayne Johnson, Parker Posey, and more

Parker Posey will be shooting Elsewhere nearby on Vancouver Island.

A number of Hollywood stars have gathered on Vancouver Island to shoot a new feature film, but who knows if they’ll make appearances here in nearby Vancouver? Meanwhile, a Hollywood thriller is wrapping up this week.

We also take a look at some special messages from stars shooting in town.

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Filming in Vancouver: Vince Vaughn, Mel Gibson, Ryan Reynolds, Dwayne Johnson, Parker Posey, and more