We are excited to announce the Halifax premiere of the music documentary, No Fun City, as part of the Halifax Pop Explosion.

Thursday, October 20th, The Citadel Hotel at 6:00 pm
director Kate Kroll will be in attendance.

No Fun City is a documentary about what can happen to independent music and nightlife when it is faced with the issues of gentrification, noise complaints and stringent city by-laws. Set in Vancouver, Canada, long referred to as the No Fun City, it is a passionate account of a tight-knit underground music scene and its ongoing battle for space in a city that is becoming increasingly commercialized. The camera follows the lives of musicians and promoters as venues are shut down, parties are raided, and bands resort to playing in illegal venues, DIY warehouses, and even parking lots. Majority of the film takes place in the Downtown Eastside, Canada's poorest zip code. These brave supporters of loud music face irate neighbours, police raids, evictions, deportation, million dollar lawsuits, and City Officials in order to keep their underground music scene alive. With interviews from legendary Vancouver bands such as Skinny Puppy and DOA as well as current bands like 3 Inches of Blood and Japandroids,No Fun City features live high-energy music performances, candid behind the scenes action, and a throttling Rock’n’Roll soundtrack.

The timing could not be better as Halifax has recently experienced the closure of a number of venues including The Paragon and Elephant & Castle. The Halifax Pop Explosion have particularly felt the effects this year, having to move a number of their shows to a church hall because of the lack of live venues. Hopefully this film screening will inspire people to take action and make noise in city hall on or simply throw their own shows DIY.

Additionally, producer and director, Kate Kroll will be speaking on two panels during the festival - Internet Saved The Video Star which will take place on Friday, Oct 21st at 3:00pm and Fostering The All Ages Scene which will take place on Saturday, Oct 22nd at 12:00pm. Both conferences will be held at the Citadel Hotel.

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About the film:

No Fun City premiered at the DOXA documentary film festival in May 2010 to two sold out audiences, and is currently showing at music and film festivals across North America including it’s most recent screening at NYC‘s CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival. In addition, No Fun City premiered in the UK on October 8th in London at the Prince Charles Cinema as part of the month-long Oxjam music festival. The film has been featured in Macleans Magazine, the Globe and Mail, the Georgia Straight, Exclaim!, CBC Radio & TV and many others.

Emerging filmmakers Kate Kroll and Melissa James spent the past 2 years combining their directing and producing talents on this independent Canadian music documentary. Originally from Montreal James’ debut short documentary Shake, Rattle & Roll, won the CBC Award for Excellence in Broadcast Communications and the Deluxe Television award. Kroll’s short dramatic film Shi-shi-etko, was awarded “Best Canadian Short Film” at Toronto’s ImagiNATIVE Film Festival and was an official selection at VIFF 2009.

No Fun City is produced by Make Believe Films in association with the BC Arts Council. Edited by Luis Lam. Executive Producer Lynn Booth. Starring Wendy 13, Malice Liveit, David Duprey, Justin Gradin and Keith Wecker. Music by Skinny Puppy, DOA, 3 Inches of Blood, Japandroids, Bison BC, Vapid, Twin Crystals, Subhumans, Dayglo Abortions, Nu Sensae, Defektors, Adjective and many more.


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