Rare Blue Apes of Cannibal Isle / Against the Grain

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  • Friday, May 17

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Rare Blue Apes of Cannibal Isle / Against the Grain

Q&A with Justin LaLiberty, producer at Vinegar Syndrome and former JBFC projectionist

Vinegar Syndrome is a film restoration and distribution company with a catalogue of hundreds of feature films, produced primarily between the 1960s and 1980s. In this special presentation, Justin LaLiberty of Vinegar Syndrome (and formerly the JBFC) will share their documentary Against the Grain, which details the challenges to preserving genre film, and The Rare Blue Apes of Cannibal Isle, a previously lost musical film now restored.

When a young boy decides to run away from home with his beloved pet duck Mr. Quack Quack, the two find themselves lost in a strange world filled with singing anthropomorphic blue apes and cannibal crocodiles, deadly booby traps, and psychedelic hellscapes. Shot in Malaysia by veteran sexploitation filmmaker Donn Greer (101 Acts of Love), The Rare Blue Apes of Cannibal Isle is a singularly bizarre “kid’s film” that’s ready to inspire nightmares yet again after being lost for nearly 50 years.


Q&A with Justin LaLiberty of Vinegar Syndrome

Q&A with Justin LaLiberty of Vinegar Syndrome

Friday, May. 17 2024, 6:30

Justin LaLiberty is a writer, curator and film archivist living in Connecticut. He is the Director of Operations of Vinegar Syndrome's sister company OCN Distribution and the Director and Curator for Vinegar Syndrome sub-label Cinématographe. Prior to these roles, he served as Vinegar Syndrome's Film Archivist in addition to being a film projectionist and programmer at various movie theaters, including the JBFC, for over a decade.

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