X-Dance, sponsored by Skullcandy, is a four-day celebration of adrenaline in its cinematic form, showcasing incredible film footage of action aficionados as they conquer the elements aboard bikes, boards, and skis. Cypher Vision meticulously documents the wave-wrassling abilities of the world's best surfers with an innovative camera capable of shooting 1,000 frames per second and getting very wet. Other equally kinetic films shine a spotlight on record-breaking free skier Grete Eliassen, speedy snowboarder Jeremy Jones, and motocross stunt specialist Robbie Maddison. Many of these daredevils will be on hand to answer questions after their films are shown. Passholders also get to attend FirstCom's music-licensing panel, which will show aspiring filmmakers how to access FirstCom’s massive catalog of licensed tunes so that their awe-inspiring base-jumping footage can be scored to something more extreme than “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.”
• For $5, you get one general-admission pass (a $12 value before fees, or up to a $13.50 value online, including all ticketing fees). • For $20, you get one VIP pass (a $50 value before fees, or up to a $51.50 value online, including all ticketing fees).
The course itself carries on that fun vibe, too. Winding through city streets and local parks, the 5K route is dotted with hydration stations that dole out hot chocolate. Holiday music, a giant Santa inflatable, and snow blowers help to set
On the fourth Sunday of every month, Downtown Flea transforms four parking lots into a party, and turns the traditional flea market experience on its ear. Indie designers, crafts folks, vintage retailers, food trucks, and a DJ collide, then stand back up and welcome guests to an all-day event that eliminates the musty enclosed markets and drags shopping excursions in the open air. VIP passes let guests take a load off in the Chill Lounge, sip complimentary drinks, and use upgraded restrooms, but every visitor can browse the wares of the eclectic vendors or participate in a monthly scavenger hunt to earn Flea Bucks. Recent participants include Cigar Box Guitars, Blossom Vintage, and Combustion Glassworks.
Vancouver hometown heroes Theory of a Deadman return to their roost in an exertive panorama of stadium-sized riffs and hard-rocking party anthems. Like the letter E at an optometrist’s office, the band has grown accustomed to the top of the charts, with mainstream rock hits such as “Lowlife” and “Bad Girlfriend” and the life-affirming sing-along “Hate My Life.” Stuffing kevlar crunch, post-grunge, and rockabilly into its sonic calzone, Theory of a Deadman dethaws January fans with seasoned classics and newborn cuts from its latest smash The Truth Is…. Locally acclaimed indie rockers Louder Than Love whet aural appetites in their opening performance as they juggle genres without falling off their tandem unicycle.
Formed in 2001 by producers and ardent horror buffs Rachel Belofsky and Ross Martin, Screamfest gives the corn-syrup-drenched cleavers of future visionaries a chance to shine while talking shop with the legends of the genre. On Saturday, October 20, Dread Central's Sean Decker moderates a Q&A with John Carpenter following a screening of his underrated 1989 film Prince of Darkness. Viewers can also take in an early screening of the wintry abduction thriller The Factory, starring John Cusack. Bruce Spaulding Fuller and Kurt Carley, protégés of the late Stan Winston, are also on hand to impart the fine art of sallow skin and faux viscera during a zombie-makeup demo on Saturday, October 13. Throughout the weeklong festival, dozens of features and short films from future Hitchcocks turn the theater's projected air blood red and shadow black as they compete for the gold-skull trophy. Will Ryan Haysom's neo-giallo short Yellow beat out JessiGotta's Anniversary Dinner, a zombie-apocalyptic commentary on the War on Terror that centers on a marriage gone necrotic? Will the haunting atmosphere and Del Toro–esque mythological flourishes of Aleksander Nordaas's Thale win out over the primal childhood terrors of Steven C. Miller's Under the Bed? The winners will be announced during the closing party and awards ceremony on Saturday, October 20, with all winners receiving an encore screening on Sunday. The runner-up films will be picked off one by one and torn apart in creative ways by an unstoppable, chainsaw-wielding line editor.