FANTASTIC FEST 2011 Signature Events and Additional Films

     September 20, 2011


Sometimes it seems like film festivals can’t keep from brimming over with content. Last year held very few surprises at Fantastic Fest, besides being awesome and having four secret screenings that remained truly secret. This year, Fantastic Fest keeps adding more content and actually announcing it. Oh, and we have two secret screenings and possibly more content on the way. Scott Wampler and I are going to be busy bees covering the event. Stepping back a bit though, the genre festival also loves throwing events, and lots of them. How many film festivals can you recall that actually invites attendees and non-attendees alike to come celebrate and embrace the absurdity that genre films often entail? Austin’s annual film festival, co-created by Alamo Drafthouse creator Tim League, goes above and beyond to celebrate the madness and this year is no different. Among the events are karaoke, debates followed by boxing matches, horror film feuds pitting America versus the rest, parties, a film-inspired prom, superhero carnival, and much more. Drinking is encouraged, but with responsibility of course. Hit the jump for the full details including the two most recent film additions.

fantastic-fest-2011-posterFantastic Fest announces the events lineup as well as two additions to the film programming with LOVE and WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN.  The events and parties at Fantastic Fest are part of what makes the festival a wholly unique experience.  The festival is pleased to continue the tradition with events like Fantastic Debates, 100 Best Kills, and Chaos Reigns: Fantastic Fest Karaoke Party and offer new events like Attempted Rap Throw Down.

LOVE (2011)

Austin Premiere

Director/Writer William Eubank, Actor Gunner Wright and Producer & Angels & Airwave’s Tom DeLonge live in person!

Director William Eubank, USA, 85 minutes

After losing contact with Earth, Astronaut Lee Miller becomes stranded in orbit alone aboard the International Space Station. As time passes and life support systems dwindle, Lee battles to maintain his sanity – and simply stay alive. His world is a claustrophobic and lonely existence, until he makes a strange discovery aboard the ship.


Texas Premiere

Director Lynne Ramsay, UK, 112 minutes

Based on the award-winning novel, WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN is a suspenseful and gripping psychological thriller that explores the factious relationship between a mother and her evil son. Tilda Swinton, in a bracing, tour-de-force performance, plays the mother, Eva, as she contends for 15 years with the increasing malevolence of her first-born child, Kevin.

Fantastic Arcade Happy Hours and Tournaments

Location: The Highball

Dates: Thursday, Sept. 22nd, Friday Sept. 23rd, Saturday Sept. 24th

Time: 6pm-8pm

Description: Every day from Thursday the 22nd through Saturday the 24th, guests are encouraged to come by the highball and compete or just watch the daily indie game tournaments.  We’ll have drink specials each day and you will get to meet the folks that make up both the indie gaming scene in Austin as well as the international Fantastic Arcade game designers.

fantastic-fest-logoFantastic Fest Opening Night Party

Location: The Highball

Date: Thursday, Sept. 22nd

Time: 10pm

Description: Eat, drink and be merry with us after the world premiere of THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2: FULL SEQUENCE, the second installment in Tom Six’s squirm-inducing saga of unnecessary surgery.  Featuring live music from The Charles Edward Cheese band and an attempt to break the world’s record for the longest human centipede conga line.  100% medically fun!

Attempted Rap Throw Down

Location: The Highball

Date: Friday, Sept. 23rd

Time: 11:30pm

Description: Come watch the battle unfold as a handful of nerdworthy contenders vie for lyrical supremacy in this movie-themed rap competition all from Fatboy Roberts tracks.  Click here for an example of an attempted rap from Eugenio Mira.

Fantastic Debates presented by KNUCKLE and Arc Entertainment

Location: South Austin Gym

Date: Saturday, Sept 24th

Time: 11:55pm

Description:  Quench your thirst for blood AND intellectual disputation with another installment of the Fantastic Debates, where the burning questions facing the fan community are resolved once and for all.   In honor of the regional premiere of the acclaimed Irish bare-knuckle boxing documentary KNUCKLE, this year’s debates will culminate in a fight-to-the-pain featuring KNUCKLE star and undefeated bare-knuckle brawler James Quinn McDonagh versus Fantastic Fest Co-Founder Tim League.

Japan Night: Chaos Reigns Karaoke Party presented by Well Go USA Entertainment

Location: The Highball

Date: Sunday, Sept. 25th

Time: 11pm

Description:  Demented revelry and potential humiliation combine in the night of your life during one of our favorite traditions here at the festival.

Fantastic Fest Awards

Location: Alamo South Lamar

Date: Monday, Sept. 26th

Time: 9:30pm

Description: Not for the faint of heart… when you win an award at Fantastic Fest you better be ready for a shotgun-blast of appreciation to the face.   Strap on your drinking horns and join us for a night of ceremonial tomfoolery.

Fantastic Feud

Location: Alamo South Lamar

Date: Monday Sept. 26th

Time: 11:55pm

Description: The Fantastic Feud, brainchild of FearNet’s own Scott Weinberg, pits the greatest American horror scholars against the feeble competition from foreign lands.  Much drinking and feats of mental agility ensue.

Karaoke Apocalypse

Location: The Highball

Date: Tuesday Sept. 27th

Time: 11pm

Description: You provide the vocals while the kids of Karaoke Apocalypse do the rest with their scorching live renditions of your favorite punk and metal hits.

100 Best Kills

Location: Alamo South Lamar

Date: Tuesday Sept. 27th

Time: 11:55pm

Description: Fantastic Fest celebrates the great legacy of stomach-churning, blood-spurting movie magic with this interactive showdown party where YOU THE AUDIENCE are invited to join the FF programmers in providing the all-time greatest on-screen headbursts, rib-rips and gutblasts!

Fantastic Trivia presented by Geeks Who Drink

Location: The Highball

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 28th

Time: 7pm

Description: A special Fantastic Fest edition of our weekly trivia challenge at the Highball.

Prom Party

Location: The Highball

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 28th

Time: 10:30pm

Description: The Highball and Fantastic Fest invite you to dress up, grab a corsage and dance the night away at the prom! Beginning at 10:30 PM, we’ll have bowls of spiked punch available for party guests, and we’ll be giving away drink tickets to Fantastic Fest badgeholders. Warm up on the dance floor with a prom montage & music videos hosted by the Action Pack, then prepare for a rock ‘n’ roll journey led by Rick K. and The Allnighters, featuring Steve Moore, a YouTube drumming sensation! We’ll also hosting a dance-off and a costume contest, and the winners will be crowned Prom King & Queen. It will truly be a night to remember, and Annie Ray will be there with a photobooth to capture all of those special memories.

Fantastic Fest Closing Night Party: Superhero Carnival

Location: The American Legion Hall, 2001 Veteran’s Drive

Austin, Tx 78703

Date Thursday, Sept 29th

Time: 10pm

Description:After our heroic closing night film, Comic-Con: Episode Four: A Fan’s Hope, put your cape on straight, your tights on tight, ditch that squaresville alter ego of yours for the night, and let your superhero flag fly as we close out this year’s Fantastic Fest with a Legion of Superheroes Carnival down at the American Legion Hall!

Not only will you get to booze and schmooze with your fellow defenders of Truth, Justice and Skintight Outfits, but we’ll have a full carnival of suitably heroic activities set up in the yard including Aquaman’s Ocean, The Flash’s Mountain Race Challenge, Batman’s Boxing Battle, Spider-man’s Wall of Webbing, Superman’s House of Flight and more!  Plus, our Alamo chefs are creating special carnival food for everyone (mmm… funnel cake) and plenty of beer and cocktails to help a crusader unwind!

Presented by Comic-Con: Episode Four: A Fan’s Hope, Ambhar Tequila, and Shiner

About Fantastic Fest

Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and just plain fantastic movies from all around the world. In years past the festival has been home to world premieres of THERE WILL BE BLOOD, APOCALYPTO, ZOMBIELAND and RED while the guest roster has included such talent as Mel Gibson, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Ryan Reynolds, Karl Urban, Josh Hartnett, The RZA, Dolph Lundgren, Jemaine Clement, Paul Rudd, Bill Pullman, Paul Thomas Anderson, Kevin Smith, Jon Favreau, George Romero, Darren Aronofsky and Mike Judge. FantasticFest also features world, national and regional premieres of new, up-and-coming genre films.  The festival has launched and propelled the buzz for international genre hits like THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE, MONSTERS, TIMECRIMES and TROLLHUNTER.  Fantastic Fest is held each year at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema on South Lamar in Austin, Texas. The Alamo Drafthouse was named the best cinema in America by Entertainment Weekly and features food and drink served to your seat without any disruption of the movie experience.

During his Keynote Address at the International film Festival Summit in Las Vegas, Variety president and publisher Charlie Koones listed Fantastic Fest in a list of “10 Film Festivals We Love,” a list which included industry heavy-hitters such as Cannes, Toronto and Telluride.  We’ve also been named as one of the “25 coolest film festivals” and the “25 film festivals worth the entry fee” by Moviemaker Magazine.

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