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The Gangrene Film Festival: Apollo 13 Official Press Release


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Comedy Film Festival Goes Beyond the Stratosphere

KAYSVILLE, Utah, September 4 – The Gangrene Film Festival, now in its 13th year, has grown from a private, backyard party into an international independent film festival destination. With directors visiting from such places as London, Montreal, Winnipeg, Los Angeles, and New York, it’s surprising that an event that has drawn such international interest has bloomed and matured in our own Davis County, Utah.

Each year, the quirky film festival takes on a new theme. Now in its 13th season, Gangrene event planners have dubbed the event, The Gangrene Film Festival: Apollo 13. This year’s out-of-this-world edition of the festival promises all the laughs, quirks, and sideways glances Gangrene fans have come to expect, all served up from the universe and beyond.

“In space, no one can hear you laugh,” Mike Terrell, festival production designer, says with a chuckle. “It’s this year’s catch phrase and we think it fits the Gangrene mold perfectly. Gangrene is all about putting the absurd and unexpected on stage. Taking on an outer space theme is a natural tack for Gangrene.”

The latest crop of short films to be showcased at Gangrene come from all over the United States. Films such as The Muppetless Movie, directed by Vincent Gargiulo of San Francisco, which features everything any Muppet movie offers but with an all Muppetless cast, and Expiration Date, directed by Ryan Lagerstrom of Los Angeles, which features a mortician who takes a dead date to a party, frontline the festival with all the charm and laughs Gangrene fans have come to love.This years show will open with the funkadelic sound of Funk Toast, Utah’s own veteran funk and disco band. Funk Toast brings more than their sound to the stage. They offer an all-inclusive show that brings in live elements, dance, and audience participation, sure to leave Gangrene goers with smiles on their faces and a groovy lift to their souls.

The Gangrene Film Festival: Apollo 13 lands on earth at the Ed Kenley Amphitheater in Layton, Utah, on Friday, September 14th. The festival is broken into two sessions, the General Audience Session (appropriate for all ages) begins at 7pm. The darker (approximately PG-13 rated) late session begins at 10:30. Individual and family rate ticket prices are available in advance at or at the door.


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