22nd Calgary Underground Film Festival

April 17-27, 2025

12th CUFF.Docs Documentary Film Festival

November 20-24, 2024

Ghostkeeper - National Canadian Film Day Free Screening

Canada, 1981: 89 minutes
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Special Guest!
In Cinema Globe Cinema
Wed, Apr 17 7:00 PM Sold Out


Tickets to CUFF's April 17 #CanFilmDay screening of GHOSTKEEPER have all been claimed! As with all of our events, a rush line will be in effect for you to get in at the door, based on no-shows. Be there early enough, and you'll likely be able to snag a seat just before the film starts (especially since this one is free!)

For this year's CanFilmDay event, join us for a FREE screening of the homegrown 1981 Alberta supernatural slasher Canuxploitation classic GHOSTKEEPER! Cast & crew will be in attendance for this special reunion screening!

In the atmospheric GHOSTKEEPER, three friends on a New Year's Eve snowmobiling excursion in the Canadian Rockies find themselves stranded at an abandoned lodge, where the elderly female innkeeper is concealing a sinister secret. Unaware of the grave danger that they have put themselves in, they are left wondering who, or what, is the Ghostkeeper, and will anyone survive the night? Co-written and directed by James Makichuk in his directorial debut and featuring a cast of Albertan actors including Georgie Collins and Murray Ord, GHOSTKEEPER was filmed on location in Lake Louise and Banff, and is the only Albertan film created under the legendary Canadian tax shelter program in the 1980s.

GHOSTKEEPER will be presented on DCP. Upon inspection of the best available 35mm print, we have decided to screen a restored digital version of the film for the best viewing quality.

CanFilmDay is a massive, one-day coast-to-coast-to-coast celebration of Canadian cinema. Launched in 2014, CanFilmDay has brought together hundreds of thousands of Canadians, to celebrate our stories and the incredible achievements of our filmmakers. Each year, CUFF hosts Calgary's flagship event.

James (Jim) Makichuk was born and raised in Swan River Manitoba. Makichuk began his career as newswriter, soundman, and film cameraman. He attended film school in Banff, Simon Fraser University, and University of Detroit. His company Rocky Mountain Films with Phillip Borsos, produced two short films, CADILLAC and COOPERAGE, the latter, won a Genie for Best Short in 1976, and was a finalist in the 1976 Academy Awards. In 1977, Makichuk moved to Calgary to work for CFCN, and in 1981 he co-wrote and directed his feature debut GHOSTKEEPER, produced by his company, Badland Pictures. Following GHOSTKEEPER, he continued to write, direct, and edit television movies in Canada, before moving to Los Angeles in the 1990s, where he began working extensively in television and film as a writer, story editor, and director.


Horror / Retro

89 minutes

special guest

Cast & Crew in attendance for a very special reunion screening and Q&A!


Jim Makichuk

Jim Makichuk
Doug Macleod

Jim Makichuk
Harold J. Cole

Executive Producer
Lawrence A. Dickie

Riva Spier
Murray Ord
Sheri Mcfadden
Georgie Collins

John Holbrook

Stan Cole

Paul Zaza


Presenting Partner

None None


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