America's biggest genre film festival, Fantastic Fest
, is now less than a month away-- and man does it feel great to be able to type those words. In typical FF fashion, the minds behind the fest are keeping details of the cinematic bacchanalia (which spans eight days starting September 23rd!) close to their chest for as long as possible, but they have let a few things slip. A few weeks ago they announced the first thirteen films
slated for the fest, just last week they revealed that Matt Reeves' Let Me In
would be the opening night film
, and now they're keeping the teasingly slow drip of news going with the addition of a single film: Rodrigo Cortes' much-buzzed Buried
Given that this is a film festival created by the Alamo Drafthouse
we're talking about, FF won't simply be playing Buried
. That's too easy. No, they've also announced that they're giving the film an unprecedented spot in their Rolling Roadshow series
. Normally the RR brings screenings of classic films to the iconic towns and landmarks that helped make them famous (think Close Encounters of the Third Kind
at Devil's Tower in Wyoming) for hundreds of people to cherish for free, but for Buried
they're doing something a little different.
Yep, they'll be burying four brave souls six feet under to watch the entire film from within the confines of a coffin.
The finer details, like how the four men and women will be selected, will be revealed closer toward the fest, but we do know that the Rolling Roadshow of One will be taking place the weekend prior to the fest, and if you survive the surely harrowing experience with your sanity intact, FF will make sure you have a seat at their gala screening of the film.
Frankly, I couldn't be happier about the news. Buried
has been one of my most anticipated films of the fall after Lionsgate snapped it up following its buzzed reception at Sundance. I've refused to look at anything but the posters for the film so as to keep as unspoiled as possible about the film. I'm perfectly content only knowing people's general reactions and that it's the "Ryan Reynolds gets buried alive" flick. So I'm very excited to finally have a chance to see the film for myself.
For more information check out the official press release below:
****FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE****
FANTASTIC FEST ANNOUNCES GALA SCREENING OF
LIONSGATE'S "BURIED" WITH RYAN REYNOLDS
AND DIRECTOR RODRIGO CORTÉS IN ATTENDANCE
Four Lucky Winners Who Survive the
"Buried with Buried: Rolling Roadshow of One" to Attend Gala
Austin, TX---Wednesday, August 25, 2010--- Fantastic Fest will host a Gala Screening of Buried at The Paramount Theatre on Thursday, September 23, with Ryan Reynolds and director Rodrigo Cortés in attendance, as part of their opening night programming of the festival.
Buried, which Lionsgate will release in select theaters on September 24th and wide on October 8th, stars Reynolds as a truck driver and family man who wakes up six feet underground with no idea of who put him there or why. Buried with only a cell phone and a lighter, his contact with the outside world and ability to piece together clues that could help him discover his location are maddeningly limited.
"Buried is the most unique and compelling thriller I have seen in years. The festival is honored to screen what we feel is going to be the 'buzz' film of the season," said Fantastic Fest co-founder Tim League.
In celebration of the much buzzed about film, Fantastic Fest will also present the film as part of their "Rolling Roadshow" screening series the weekend prior to the opening of the festival. The unprecendted "Rolling Roadshow of One", goes beyond the bounds of sanity by enlisting four souls to view the entire film while buried! The Rolling Roadshow is the Alamo Drafthouse's nationwide tour of famous movies in famous places. Previous screenings have included Close Encounters of the Third Kind at Devil's Tower in Wyoming, Escape from Alcatraz on Alcatraz Island and more recently The Blues Brothers at Old Joliet Prison.
"The Rolling Roadshow is all about finding that unique film viewing experience with the perfect combination of movie and setting. It's traditionally been a communal experience of seeing a film outdoors with hundreds of people. But for this event, we're putting an even cooler twist on the concept, because some movies are perfect for seeing while buried," said Fantastic Fest co-founder Tim League.
Fantastic Fest has scoured the globe for the very best in action, horror, science fiction, fantasy to the truly bizarre in contemporary cinema for your viewing pleasure. Look for more announcements in the weeks to come, including information on our gala events, parties and AMD Next Wave filmmakers in attendance.
Fantastic Fest is the film festival with the boring parts cut out. Miss this one and your regrets will agonize you for years to come. You have been warned.
Buried is a Versus Entertainment production in association with The Safran Company and Dark Trick Films, a Rodrigo Cortés film.
For more information on the film, visit: http://experienceburied.com/
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About Fantastic Fest
Dubbed "The Geek Telluride" by showbiz bible Variety, Fantastic Fest is also known as the "Comic Con of film festivals." Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the United States, showcasing eight days of offbeat cinema from independents, international filmmakers and major Hollywood studios. The 2009 edition hosted over 70 world, U.S. and regional premieres of the latest sci-fi, horror, fantasy and cult films from around the world.
IFC is a significant media partner in conjunction with regional media partner Time Warner Cable. KXAN Austin News (NBC) and The CW Austin (CW) are our network television partners. Dell and AMD are teamed up to support the Next Wave Filmmakers Competition at Fantastic Fest. Presenting sponsor Ambhar Tequila is the official tequila of Fantastic Fest. FEARnet has come on board as a Presenting Sponsor, while HitFix and Radisson are Title Sponsors. Other sponsors include Anchor Bay Entertainment, Dark Sky Films, Embassy Suites, Maxwell Locke & Ritter, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Texas Film Commission and Whole Foods. Media partners include Ain't It Cool News, Austin Chronicle, 101X FM, The Onion, Chud, Fangoria, Moving Pictures and Twitch.
About Alamo Drafthouse
The Alamo Drafthouse is a lifestyle entertainment brand with an acclaimed cinema-eatery, the largest genre film festival in the United Sates and an online collectible art store. Named "the best theater in America" by Entertainment Weekly, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has built a reputation as a movie lover's oasis not only by combining food and drink service with the movie-going experience, but also introducing unique programming and high-profile, star studded special events. Alamo Drafthouse Founder & CEO, Tim League, created Fantastic Fest, a world renowned film festival dubbed "The Geek Telluride" by Variety. Also regarded as the "Comic Con of film festivals" Fantastic Fest showcases eight days of offbeat cinema from independents, international filmmakers and major Hollywood Studios. The Alamo Drafthouse's collectible art boutique, Mondo, offers breathtaking, original products featuring designs from world-famous artists based on licenses for popular TV and Movie properties including Star Wars, Star Trek & Universal Monsters. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is currently planning to expand its theaters and unique programming philosophy to additional markets across the United States.