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, Owner/Artistic Director of Spectacular Optical Publications and founder of 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 and published the anthology books KID POWER! (Spectacular Optical, 2014), Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s (Spectacular Optical, 2015) and Lost Girls: The Phantasmagorical Cinema of Jean Rollin (2017), and is co-editing Yuletide Terror: Christmas Horror on Film and Television for release in late 2017. She is currently writing A Song From the Heart Beats the Devil Every Time: Children’s Programming and the Counterculture, 1965-1985, monographs about Monte Hellman’s Cockfighter and Patricia Birch’s Grease 2, and is in development on a TV series based on her book House of Psychotic Women with Rook Films.



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