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Gangrene Film Festival

The comedy mind is a mysterious thing. But is it as mysterious as a rock band made up of sasquatches doing a cover version of Journey’s “Separate Ways”?

Now in its 12th year, the annual Gangrene Film Festival—a one-night-only showcase for comedy shorts—has regularly pushed the boundaries of the goofy and bizarre, including 2010’s centerpiece performance by the little-people tribute band Mini Kiss. Gangrene 2011 will feature as its headliner live performance the public debut of Wasasquatch—”Bigfoot rock” at its finest. That’s just how Gangrene rolls.

But the event began as a chance for funny short films from around the country and around the world to find an audience, and there are still plenty of the recorded laughs to accompany what you’ll get from the live performance. The early session, as has been traditional for Gangrene, will include only films that are completely appropriate for all ages and audiences, with no crude or objectionable content. The later session might get a little more off-color or spiced with comic violence, but the organizers still promise a “PG-13” experience at the most extreme—something along the lines of the toilet-paper public-service announcement Wipe and Fold (pictured) that played in 2010.

Come join funny filmmakers for rambunctious Q&A sessions, and kick off your Labor Day weekend the way we all need to forget about our jobs (or perhaps lack thereof)—with a smile. And a sasquatch. (Scott Renshaw)

Gangrene Film Festival @ Ed Kenley Amphitheater, 403 N. Wasatch Drive, Layton, 801-546-8575, Sept. 2, 7 p.m. (general session) & 10:30 p.m. (late session), $10 per session, family and two-session passes available.

Date: Sep 2, 2011
Time: 7 pm
Phone: 801-546-8575
Address: 403 N. Wasatch Dr, Layton, 84041
Where: Ed Kenley Amphitheater