Fri. Apr 14, 2017

It’s a night that Whistlerites know and love, and one that festival goers discover and fall in love with. A night of fun, creativity, and maybe a little debauchery. It’s the Olympus 72hr Showdown and it never disappoints.

Funny and irreverent host Feet Banks can hype up a crowd like no other, and he sets the tone for an exciting evening ahead. Feet is quick to point out that we are not f**king Vail (not yet), and these kinds of wild and creative nights are what Whistler is all about.

And so, the night begins.

Ten teams were selected after careful review and it was enjoyable to see the calibre and variety of films in this year’s competition.  Sharai Rewels delivered her film ‘The Catch’, setting the bar high for production quality. Twelve-time competitor Rebecca Wood-Barrett boldly shot a film almost entirely in slow-motion in the hopes of finally claiming her illusive win. Some teams took the legendary ‘showdown prop’ to new levels, creating personalities and characters for the push broom provided.

Inside jokes and observations of Whistler society were presented with humour, style and hell of a lot of talent. It’s amazing what these teams can throw down given that they only have 72 hours to shoot, edit and complete a film.
In the end, it was the charming film ‘Two Guys, One Shirt’ that took the top prize of Best of Show. A comical look at the life of conjoined twins who’s desire to be separated takes them on a journey into the woods. There they meet an eccentric guru who promises to split them, and after an unfulfilling journey they realize the importance of what they have,  .
People’s Choice went to local Kyle Killeen for his film ‘Dawn of the Dead Season’. Kyle brought down the house with his wild and raucous story of a disease that turns people into zombies, which start to take over the town during the slow season. Who will save the day? Comedian Jon Baum (with his trusty sidekick, the broom) gives a valiant attempt, but it’s a gang of May long weekend tourists that end up saving the town. More than a few inside jokes in this film, folks.
Bringing the night to a close was the first on-stage sabering by the winning team. Because we all know opening a magnum of champagne (courtesy of Andre St. Jaques and the Bearfoot Bistro) with a sword is the best way to celebrate a well-deserved win.