19th Calgary Underground Film Festival

April 25 - May 1, 2022

9th CUFF.Docs Documentary Film Festival

November 24-28, 2021


USA/ France, 2010 : Alberta Premiere
Archives 2011
In Cinema Globe Cinema:
Sat, Apr 16 9:15 PM


“A hyper-stylized Twin Peaks for the Coachella Generation, featuring a gorgeous, super hot young cast, Kaboom (Gregg Araki; Mysterious Skin) is a wild and sex-drenched horror-comedy thriller that tells the story of Smith, an ambisexual 18-year-old college freshman who stumbles upon a monstrous conspiracy in a seemingly idyllic Southern California seaside town.”

Smith’s everyday life in the dorms - hanging out with his arty, sarcastic best friend Stella, hooking up with a beautiful free spirit named London, lusting for his gorgeous but dim surfer roommate Thor - all gets turned upside-down after one fateful, terrifying night.

Tripping on some hallucinogenic cookies he ate at a party, Smith is convinced he’s witnessed the gruesome murder of an enigmatic Red Haired Girl who has been haunting his dreams. What he discovers as he tries to fi nd out the truth leads him deeper and deeper into a mystery that will forever change not only the course of his young life but the destiny of the entire world.

Cannes Film Festival 2010
Toronto International Film Festival 2010
Stockholm International Film Festival 2010
Sundance Film Festival 2011
San Francisco Independent Film Festival 2011

press for Kaboom

"Kaboom is an erotic blast of sinful flesh, fun and fantasy that you don't want to stop"
- Rolling Stone
"A delirious and lighthearted pop spectacle with a dark undercurrent of apocalyptic horror"
- Salon

screened with a short film

I Liked You Better Before

Calgary, 2010, 12 min, Director: Michal Lavi

A band of charlatans who travel through rural Canada performing plastic surgery procedures.


Narrative / Sci-Fi / Comedy / Erotic / Drama

86 Minutes


Gregg Araki

Andrea Sperling, Gregg Araki, Why
Not U.S. Productions

Thomas Dekker, Haley Bennett,
Chris Zylka, Roxane Mesquida,
Juno Temple



Presenting Partner