I’ve been Sundancing for 7 years now and while this was a particularly strong year for the festival, it was not a strong year for genre films.
It was about three weeks ago when I first started watching my neighbor across the way. He looked like any other person in the neighborhood--maybe a little beardier than most--but a regular guy all the same. Normally, I wouldn’t have given him a second thought, only he crossed my sights more than the others.
As I got closer, I noticed he looked pretty rough. Greasy hair, dirty sweat-stained shirt, muddy work boots. His face was gaunt and ashen. His eyes were sunken but wild, like he hadn’t slept in days.
“What can’t get out?”
He said nothing, just put down the hose, walked up to his door and held it open.
STAR WARS was a sacred cinematic experience from my childhood as I shared in this earlier blog post. How dare someone attempt to recreate or reimagine the epic? Oh, the sacrilegious injustice! I could only imagine the desecration of no to low-budget cinematography, editing, and special effects to the STAR WARS canon.
Boy, was I proven wrong.
With the gala screening of BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS, support for the Austin School of Film's free screenwriting workshop with writer Matt Lohr, an extra full day of programming, and SIX parties this year, the Other Worlds Austin team has fully launched into the maelstrom of bringing fabulous content and memorable experiences to our audience.
BATTLEDREAM CHRONICLE screens at 11:45am on Saturday, December 3. Click here for the full schedule.
The real cornerstone of my youth was TNT’s MonsterVision, hosted by the brilliant Joe Bob Briggs (as portrayed by John Bloom.) He sat in front of a trailer set in a lawn chair and introduced that night's line up of films, which could be anything from an all-night FRIDAY THE 13TH marathon, to a John Carpenter double feature to a George Romero-themed lineup to even classics accepted by the public at large. He added such a sense of fun to watching these films, and obviously took a great sense of pride in hosting this series.