The Winner of Spectacular Optical’s 2015 Barry Convex Award for Best Canadian Feature or Co-Production is Larry Kent’s SHE WHO MUST BURN.

Larry Kent’s SHE WHO MUST BURN from Andrew Dunbar on Vimeo.

We selected Larry’s film for a number of reasons. Whether with words or imagery, Larry’s films have always been ferocious, and critically engaged with the culture he creates them in. As a filmmaker who actually worked in the Canadian tax shelter era that this award references, Larry is a bridge between the generation of uncompromising veterans of Canadian film, and the emerging filmmakers who are making their mark on this landscape now. His frequent collaborations with young West Coast filmmakers Shane Twerdun, Andrew Moxham and Andrew Dunbar only reinforces this connection further, and so in giving Larry this award, we are also recognizing the many talents of his collaborators, who will carry Canadian genre film into the next generation.

The Barry Convex Award is a physical statuette featuring artwork by Canadian genre artist Gary Pullin, as well as a $1000 cash prize, funded by the Paul A. Ray Memorial Fund. Larry was presented with his award at the Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal on August 3rd, 2015. Check out the photos of the presentation by King-Wei Chu below!


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About the author:

Kier-La Janisse

Kier-La Janisse is a film writer and programmer, Editor-in-Chief of Spectacular Optical Publications, founding director of The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies and the Festival Director of Monster Fest in Melbourne, Australia. 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 and was the subject of the documentary Celluloid Horror (2005). She has written for Incite: Journal of Experimental Media, Filmmaker, Offscreen, Shindig!, Rue Morgue and Fangoria magazines, has contributed to Destroy All Movies!! The Complete Guide to Punks on Film (Fantagraphics, 2011), and 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). She recently co-edited and published the anthology books KID POWER! (Spectacular Optical, 2014) about kids in cult film and television and Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s. She is currently working on the book A Song From the Heart Beats the Devil Every Time about children’s programming from 1965-1985.



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