May 12, 2005
Directed by Rob Stefaniuk
Rated Not Rated, 86 min.
Part of the Best of Slamdance Series
Phil the Alien, the Grand Jury Honorable Mention for best feature at Slamdance 2005, is a classic coming of age story, told through the bloodshot eyes of an alcoholic alien. Phil crashes into a small town in Northern Ontario, befriends a young boy, a super-intelligent beaver, and quickly develops a heavy drinking problem. Phil is an innocent lost in the wilderness. He learns that everyone in town (children included) drinks hard liquor and carries a gun. Surrounded by hunters, prostitutes, an ex-CIA operative, and other Northern misfits, Phil becomes close with the local bar band. Meanwhile over at the ?Top Secret American UFO base? (located beneath Niagara Falls), ?The General? has discovered Phil and orders his agents to bring in the beast.
Right wing radicals in fur coats are sent to find and capture Phil. Back up North, the Beaver tells Phil that there is a ship in Niagara Falls that can take him home. Phil wants nothing to do with it. Instead he uses his alien powers to perform bar tricks, falling deep into the depraved depths of alcoholism. Phil hits bottom and attacks a cigarette machine. After a short stint in prison, Phil finds Jesus and joins the band as their singer. When the General learns that Phil is performing miracles on a touring pilgrimage to Niagara Falls he orders Quebecois assassin ?Madame Madame? to kill the alien and his band. Phil the Alien is an original comedy that delivers on multi-dimensional levels, literally.
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