Before major screenings at the Montreal-based Fantasia Festival, people meow. Yes, I mean that literally. As the lights go down, people make sounds that remind you of cats. There’s an occasional quiet dog and I even heard a sheep once. I asked a number of people about the origin of this ritual and no one knew. I heard variations on, “They’ve just been doing it forever. I’m not sure most people even know why they do it.” At first, I thought it was a bit silly, but I have to admit that I miss that silliness now that I’m back, closing out my coverage of the festival with this dispatch. It’s indicative of the atmosphere at FF, one that encourages a bit of unusual behavior. … Read entire story.
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