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Funny is the rule at Gangrene film fest
by JENNIFFER WARDELL
Sep 06, 2013 | 1072 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Screencap from "Cootie Contagion."
Screencap from "Cootie Contagion."
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LAYTON – At the Gangrene Film Festival, comedy is more important than tradition.

This year’s “Tuba-Q” themed festival, set for Sept. 6 at the Ed Kenley Amphitheater in Layton, will include everything from an all-tuba rock band to barbeques made out of tubas. The theme breaks with the festival’s usual habit of connecting the theme to the festival’s year, but organizer Craig Nybo said it’s worth it.

“It’s our 14th festival,” he said. “We came up with a few things, but we decided tubas were funnier.”

Local musician Mark Robinette will head the all-tuba band, and organizers will grill hot dogs on the tuba barbecues.

“The audience might get thrown a few,” said Nybo.

There’s also plenty of laughs in this year’s film lineup, which is divided into a general session starting at 7 p.m. and a late session starting at 9 p.m.

“There’s some comedic violence in the late session,” said Nybo. “It’s about PG-13. There’s no real hard language or sexual situations.”

One of the films Nybo is most looking forward to in the general session is “Cootie Contagion,” directed by Joshua Smooha. In the short film, a group of kids deals with a cootie outbreak at their school as if they were the CDC dealing with a viral outbreak.

“Occasionally, we get a film that really speaks to our inner child,” said Nybo. “This is one of those films.”

Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at tickets.davisarts.org.
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