The hills around Utah's Capitol Reef will be alive with the sound of bad musicals next weekend, as the 19th annual Bicknell International Film Festival celebrates B-movie musicals.
The three movies chosen for this year's festival, held at the Wayne Theatre in the south-central Utah town of Bicknell, are not the family-friendly fare you'd associate with Julie Andrews, though.
• The opening-night film, to be screened Friday night at 6:30 p.m., is "Cannibal! The Musical." This 1993 low-budget musical centers on Alferd Packer, a mountain guide who got his pioneer party lost in the mountains and was accused of eating his companions to survive. The movie was the student film of Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the Colorado filmmaking team who went on to create the animated series "South Park" and the Tony-winning musical "Book of Mormon." They first screened the movie, guerrilla-style, in a hotel room in Park City during the 1994 Sundance Film Festival which inspired the creation of the Slamdance Film Festival the following year.