Photo credit: Annie Ray
About Me: R.J. LaForce is the Austin Creative Manager and a programmer for the Alamo. The first thing you’ll notice about him is that he’s tall. His first love was sports, then when he moved to Austin that passion transitioned to movies in a very unhealthy way. Since then he’s kind of done everything in the realm of film and filmmaking: he went to film school at UT, wrote and directed a bunch of terrible but fun short films and worked on Hollywood productions and TV shows. Fittingly, he now finds himself at the Alamo, a company that has been supporting his love of movies for over a decade.
Programming Genius: Since I have an academic background in film I’ve loved going to Cinema Club screenings because it’s a casual, fun way to learn about and discuss a film with purpose. That’s what made one of my very first programmed events, a Cinema Club screening of GRAND HOTEL w/ Tom Schatz, a special night.
Favorite Movie(s): This is a loaded question. So I’ll just name what I can think of: MODERN TIMES, THE EVIL DEAD, CASABLANCA, BOTTLE ROCKET, A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, DAZED AND CONFUSED, ZODIAC, DIRTY HARRY, THE 400 BLOWS, WAITING FOR GUFFMAN, GOOD WILL HUNTING, MAJOR LEAGUE, PSYCHO, WITHNAIL & I, GRAN TORINO, THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES, THE LORD OF THE RINGS
Favorite Beers: Pabst Blue Ribbon, Stone IPA, Austin BeerWorks Black Thunder, Real Ale Devil’s Backbone, Sam Smith’s Winter Warmer
Favorite Character: Dignan in BOTTLE ROCKET
Favorite Movie Quote: “So there I am, in Sri Lanka, formerly Ceylon, at about 3 o'clock in the morning, looking for one thousand brown M&Ms to fill a brandy glass, or Ozzy wouldn't go on stage that night. So, Jeff Beck pops his head 'round the door, and mentions there's a little sweets shop on the edge of town. So - we go. And - it's closed. So there's me, and Keith Moon, and David Crosby, breaking into that little sweets shop, eh. Well, instead of a guard dog, they've got this bloody great big Bengal tiger. I managed to take out the tiger with a can of mace, but the shopkeeper and his son... that's a different story altogether. I had to beat them to death with their own shoes. Nasty business, really. But, sure enough, I got the M&Ms, and Ozzy went on stage and did a great show.” – Del Preston, WAYNE’S WORLD 2
Line to Live By: “If you plan ahead, then when things happen, you're prepared for them.” –Hank Hill, KING OF THE HILL