TIFF Midnight Madness And Vanguard Programmer Colin Geddes Hangs Up The Gloves

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TIFF Midnight Madness And Vanguard Programmer Colin Geddes Hangs Up The Gloves
Word has come from the Toronto International Film Festival that veteran programmer Colin Geddes is hanging up those programming gloves and moving on after serving the festival for twenty years. 
 
Geddes, a friend to the ScreenAnarchy family since our humble beginnings almost 14 years ago, was the programmer of the ever popular Midnight Madness and Vanguard programs at the festival. From the straight out bizarre and awesome titles of the Midnight Madness program to the largely conceptual genre titles in Vanguard, if you wanted a taste of weird during your time at TIFF you wanted tickets for those two programs. 
 
Colin will continue to curate titles for the horror streaming service Shudder. He and his wife Katrina are also Artistic Directors for one of the best rep cinemas in our city, The Royal. They also have a son who is cute as a bug`s ear. 
 
As Colin departs, his protege, Peter Kuplowsky will be taking over the reigns for the Midnight Madness program. Kuplowsky, longtime programmer at Toronto After Dark and producer of films like Manborg and The Void, is a worthy heir to the MM Throne. He also programs for The Royal cinema. His Laser Blast Society program, devoted to straight to video VHS culture, is a popular choice among film nerds in the city. 
 
We thank Colin for his friendship with the ScreenAnarchy family over the years. We look forward to continuing on with Peter at the helm. I for one, will be seeing them a lot throughout the regular year, as the The Royal is becoming a steady haunt for me. 
 
“Colin embodied a wicked and savvy eye for what’s at the cutting edge of fun, eye-popping horror, and way-out-there, in-your-face, genre-bending movies that were not always in good taste — and we loved him for it,” said Piers Handling. “He put his indelible stamp on Midnight Madness, corralling the programme and its wonderfully insane audiences for 20 years.”
 
"Colin raised a whole generation on the thrills, shocks, and laughs of Midnight Madness,” said Cameron Bailey. “Toronto audiences came to know and love his passion for movies, his knowledge and his celebrated red trousers. We're grateful for everything he's contributed to the TIFF experience, and glad to know he's built a strong Midnight legacy that will continue to grow."
 
“When I started at TIFF in 1997, I had no idea it would be a journey that would last two decades,” said Colin Geddes. “I’m very proud of the work we have done and of the growth of Midnight Madness during those years. What began as a fun sidebar for wild and provocative films has turned into one of the most respected genre selections in the world. I’m also very proud of the smart, dedicated and diverse audience for growing with me, being brave and risking sleep deprivation year after year to see these films.”
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GarthDFebruary 7, 2017 1:12 PM

MM and Vanguard often make up a big chunk of what I see every year at TIFF so I'm curious about how different they will be this year.

One slight positive is that I may not ever have to hear "Vanguard is Midnight Madness's cool older sister" again. :P

Ben UmsteadFebruary 7, 2017 1:30 PM

Me thinks a few people on the SA team should step into this gig. Gayne and Mack sure come to mind. Maybe even a combo effort?

Andrew S MackFebruary 7, 2017 2:27 PM

I enjoy a low and humble profile here in the city (for starters, I have never met Zack in person). Peter Kapow! has been weened by Colin for a number of years now. He will do just fine. It may mean a opening at Toronto After Dark but I am happy with my work at Saskatoon Fantastic Film Festival (plug).

ZachFebruary 8, 2017 2:33 PM

A kind thought. I'm pretty devastated to hear of Colin's departure. I was raised by Midnight Madness from Bubba Ho Tep to Haute Tension to Borat to Raw. Replacing the man is the last thing on my mind. The first? The sad thought that my dream of Colin presenting my first horror film at MM will never happen. Sigh.

Andrew S MackFebruary 8, 2017 6:16 PM

Twenty years is a long time and since starting a family perhaps priorities have changed? Before Headshot this past year I had not been to a MM screening since The Raid. So when Peter is doing the Q&A and Colin is liking my Facebook live feed from the comfort of home, news like this, some six months later, is not surprise. As I said above, I'll be seeing Colin and Peter and the rest of the programmers a lot at The Royal now. Terrific programming there. Rivals anything else put on in the city on any given day.

ZachFebruary 9, 2017 12:02 AM

It makes sense that he's ready to hang in the towel, I just wish we had a chance to celebrate his last year. That said, I love Kaplow and look forward to seeing what nightmares may come. I also love The Royal and that Colin has taken a more involved interest over the last 1-2 years. You can me find me there at least once a week when I am in town. I also consider myself a pretty low key Toronto cinephile. I'm sure we've been in the same room countless times over the years.