TIFF09: My Thoughts on Survival of the Dead and Origins of Factum

For my first day of film viewing I checked out George A. Romero’s Survival of the Dead, as well as a presentation called Origins of Factum.

Survival of the Dead is, of course, the latest zombie film my Romero and loose follow-up to Diary of the Dead.

The film centers around two feuding families on a island and the debate about whether the undead should be hunted or allowed to survival.

Since Romero now lives and films in Toronto, the film features a lot of local talent that I recognized. It was the first of Romero’s films that I saw and it was campy fun film with a lot of interesting zombie kills.


The Origins of Factum was a presentation by artist Candice Breitz about a video installation she prepared involving twins. She showed clips from the exhibit, as well as from her sources of inspiration.

Being a film student, it was definitely interesting to attend a TIFF event that wasn’t purely about film and the presentation was definitely quite intriguing.

I will next be heading to the festival on Wednesday, where I will have a full four-film festival experience.

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Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described über-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).