On Saturday, June 23, the Revue Cinema is holding a dusk-to-dawn grindhouse movie marathon entitled ‘SHOCK & AWE: A Dusk-to-Dawn Grindhouse Movie Marathon.’ Running from Saturday night to Sunday morning, the ‘Shock & Awe’ marathon will feature a barrage of six films of questionable value and dicey taste, such as
While the event is not a fundraiser, I’ve decided to turn my participation into one. I’m taking pledges to raise money for Red Door, a very important family shelter in Toronto that does incredible work in this city. Since 1982, they’ve provided safe emergency housing to individuals and families in need of refuge from domestic violence and to those who find themselves without accommodation. Currently, the Red Door Family Shelter provides comprehensive 24-hour accommodation through 156 shelter beds at two sites in Toronto, while also providing crisis counselling, legal and immigration assistance, on-site medical assistance and referrals, assistance in finding and keeping permanent housing and much more.
If I reach my fundraising goal for the Red Door — a very modest (and appropriate, given the movies’ subject matter) $666 — I promise to subject myself to the entire six-movie lineup (without napping or dozing or anything like that). I’ll also make sure to document the entire experience in some way following the event (via website post or something) for those of you morbidly interested in the event.
I’m hoping it proves to be a bizarrely fun way to help with a good cause. Realistically, I’m never going to run a real marathon. And those of you who know me know this is the event I’ve been training for my entire life. Any amount helps, so I hope you can aid in this worthy cause. My donation page can be found here, at CanadaHelps.org.