with Instructor JEFF LIEBERMAN
at Blue Sunshine – 3660 St-Laurent, ,3rd Flr
Sunday June 26 – 11am-2pm
Registration: $15 (or $25 combo ticket available that includes screening of Blue Sunshine)
The Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki ushered in a new element of fear for modern civilization, both impending doom, and the horrific effects of this new thing called ‘radiation’ on the human body and mind, making it a natural area for filmmakers to exploit. Gradually this fear was replaced by new ones; the effects of LSD, then later the effects of manmade pollution, all the while employing the basic story telling formulas of the early radiation movies. We’ll track these basic elements, how they adapted to the changing times, and how filmmakers are employing them to this very day.
About Jeff Lieberman:
Writer-director JEFF LEIBERMAN has crafted a handful of highly quirky, creative, and distinctive horror movies that are much enjoyed by fans of offbeat and imaginative genre pics, for their novel oddball plots and an amusingly eccentric off-center humor.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1947, Lieberman attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City. His first film credit was co-writing the script for the gritty police action thriller Blade (1973), which was directed by his mentor Ernest Pintoff. Lieberman made his debut as a writer-director with the excellent and inspired revolt-of-nature killer-worm outing Squirm (1976). He followed this substantial drive-in hit with his best and most beloved film to date, Blue Sunshine (1978), which tells the extremely absorbing and original tale of a bunch of hippies who take a lethal form of LSD that causes them to lose their hair and become insane psychotics 10 years afterward. Lieberman’s entry in the popular early-1980s wackos-in-the-woods slasher sub-genre was the potent and harrowing “Deliverance” variant Just Before Dawn (1981). Remote Control (1988) was a hugely entertaining science-fiction alien invasion romp that Lieberman himself considers to be his worst feature. After a regrettably lengthy absence from directing, Lieberman made a triumphant return to fabulously freaky form with the enormously fun-n-funky psycho hoot Satan’s Little Helper (2004).