Spectacular Optical initiates new BARRY CONVEX AWARD


for Best Canadian Feature

Administered by Spectacular Optical
with support from the Paul A. Ray Memorial Fund

DSC_7713Spectacular viagra to order Optical returns to the Fantasia International Film Festival in 2015 to present the first-ever Barry Convex Award, a new prize available to all Canadian genre features and co-productions making their Canadian premiere at the festival. Spectacular Optical, which started as the Fantasia International Film Festival’s online web journal, was reinvented as an independent small press publisher of film and pop-culture books in 2014 with Kid Power! and returns to the festival this year for the launch of its latest book, Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the cheapest viagra usa 1980s. The Fantasia International Film Festival is hosting Spectacular Optical’s presentation of this award.

Why Barry Convex? Named after the head of the fictional company Spectacular Optical in David Cronenberg’s Videodrome (1984) as played by iconic character actor Les Carlson, Barry Convex understood the transformative power of dark and dangerous imagery. In this robust new era of Canadian genre film, the subversive potential of Canadian cinema is now being appreciated in ways it wasn’t during the initial tax-shelter era that produced Videodrome. And it’s time to recognize that.

The film selected for the Barry Convex Award will receive a physical award featuring artwork by renowned Canadian genre artist Gary Pullin, as well as $1,000 cash courtesy of the Paul A. Ray Memorial Fund.

A lifelong genre fan (and the father of Spectacular Optical’s Owner and Editor-in-Chief http://www.spectacularoptical.ca/2021/02/female-viagra-next-day-delivery/ Kier-La Janisse) Paul A. Ray passed away in 2014, within months of the passing of Les Carlson. This award is dedicated to viagra price germany their memory.


The Barry Convex Award will be given out at the awards ceremony at The Fantasia International Film Festival and will be juried for its first year by Spectacular Optical founder and EIC Kier-La Janisse and Managing Editor Paul Corupe.


About the author:

Kier-La Janisse

Kier-La Janisse is a film writer and programmer, soft viagra founder of Spectacular Optical Publications and The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies. She has been a programmer for the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, co-founded Montreal microcinema Blue Sunshine, founded the CineMuerte Horror Film Festival (1999-2005) in Vancouver, was the Festival Director of Monster Fest in Melbourne, Australia and was the subject of the documentary Celluloid Horror (2005). She is the author of A Violent Professional: The Films of Luciano Rossi (FAB Press, 2007) and House of Psychotic Women: An Autobiographical Topography of Female Neurosis in Horror and Exploitation Films (FAB Press, 2012) and contributed to Destroy All Movies!! The Complete Guide to Punks on Film (Fantagraphics, 2011), Recovering 1940s Horror: Traces of a Lost Decade (Lexington, 2014) The Canadian Horror Film: Terror of the Soul (University of Toronto Press, 2015) and We Are the Martians: The Legacy of Nigel Kneale (PS Press, 2017). She co-edited (with Paul Corupe) and published the anthology books KID POWER! (2014), Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s (2015), Lost Girls: The Phantasmagorical Cinema of Jean Rollin (2017) and Yuletide Terror: Christmas Horror on Film and Television (2017). She edited the book Warped & Faded: Weird Wednesday and the Birth of the American Genre Film Archive (forthcoming), and is currently co-authoring (with Amy Searles) the book ‘Unhealthy and Aberrant’: Depictions of Horror Fandom in Film and Television and co-curating (with Clint Enns) an anthology book on the films of Robert Downey, Sr., as well as writing a monograph about Monte Hellman’s Cockfighter. She was a producer on Mike Malloy’s Eurocrime: the Italian Cop and Gangster Films That Ruled the ’70s and Sean Hogan’s We Always Find Ourselves in the Sea and her first film as director/producer, Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror is due out from Severin Films in 2020.


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