It goes without saying that we all know Sarah Pitre, Greg MacLennan, Sam Prime and Joe Ziemba are extremely talented and already irreplacable members of Alamo Drafthouse, we are now thrilled to have them as members of the programming team! “Sarah, Greg, Joe and Sam will make excellent additions to the team and will continue the Alamo Drafthouse’s mission of providing an outstanding movie-going experience with unique, original film programming initiatives,” - Tim League.
“I am super excited about joining the programming team on a full time basis,” says Sarah. “It's a mix of so many different tastes, but we all share a passion for the magic of film, and I'm thankful for the opportunity to spread this love with Alamo audiences across the country.” Sarah brought Girlie Night to the Alamo in 2008 with her first screening of AMELIE. You can find her around the Alamo in adorable pink dresses continuing to program all female centric screenings, including Girlie Night, Afternoon Tea and Man Crush.
After working on locally-produced TV shows, Greg originally joined the team as a host for quote-alongs and sing-alongs and now states that he couldn’t feel luckier for what he gets to do for a living. You can find him now editing montages and stingers and programming Cinema Cocktails, Bangarang!, and Tough Guy Cinema in addition to blowing things up the theater.
We welcome Sam to the team right out of graduate school at UCLA. In addition to programming, Sam oversees the American Genre Film Archive's extensive collection of more than 3,000 35mm prints. Sam says, “Being hired right out of grad school by the Drafthouse felt like winning the job lottery. I’m excited to be a part of a team that cares deeply about film, excellence in presentation, and keeping the in-theater experience free from unwelcome talkers and texters.”
Creator of BLEEDINGSKULL.COM and co-author of the forthcoming book BLEEDING SKULL!, Joe joins us with his obsession for ultra-obscure horror movies after spending many years as a graphic designer and writing music and touring in various bands. His music has been licensed for television shows by MTV, TV Land, and CBS.
Read on to each programmer's bio and snazzy photo by Annie Ray.
SARAH PITRE, PROGRAMMER
As a programmer for the Alamo Drafthouse, Sarah is happily responsible for all "lady" screenings, including Girlie Night and Afternoon Tea. She graduated from Rice University in 2001 and got a Masters from UT Austin in 2008, but most of her professional expertise stems from watching the same ten movies over and over again. (And no, she's not tired of them.) Sarah is also crazycakes for young adult literature, an obsession that led to her creation of Forever Young Adult, a site for YA fans who are a little less Y and a bit more A. In her free time, Sarah enjoys fancy cocktails, dance parties and watching YouTube videos of different animals being friends.
In December of 2008, Sarah decided to screen her favorite Christmas movie, LOVE ACTUALLY, for Girlie Night. The other programmers were skeptical (because they're boys). It is now an Alamo holiday tradition, with multiple sold out screenings. Told you so, boys!
YOU'VE GOT MAIL
Champagne! Especially in can form.
Cher in CLUELESS. Duh!
Line to Live By:
"So much of what I see reminds me of something I read in a book, when shouldn't it be the other way around?" - Kathleen Kelly in YOU'VE GOT MAIL
GREG MACLENNAN, PROGRAMMER/VIDEO EDITOR
After working at video stores and attending the University of Texas to study film production, Greg MacLennan used to write for several (now-defunct) websites and work on bad TV shows. He is currently a video editor and film programmer at the Alamo Drafthouse, where he programs Cinema Cocktails, Bangarang!, and Tough Guy Cinema. Greg's ideal woman is a baked good and he is originally from Canada...but you shouldn't hold that against him.
Managing to talk the Drafthouse into letting me show a bunch of Jean-Claude Van Damme movies in a row for VAN DAMMAGE.
BRAZIL, LEON: THE PROFESSIONAL, SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN, THE APARTMENT, DELICATESSEN, THE FOUNTAIN, SOME LIKE IT HOT, BLADE RUNNER, COMMANDO, LIONHEART, PUNCH DRUNK LOVE, TIME BANDITS, and MONTY PYTHON
Austin Beerworks: Sputnik. Or a beer that is made out of Scotch.
Leon from THE PROFESSIONAL. He loves milk, his best friend is a plant, and he loves watching Gene Kelly musicals.
Line to Live By:
"Well...nobody's perfect!" – Osgood Fielding III in SOME LIKE IT HOT
SAM PRIME, PROGRAMMER
Sam Prime is a film programmer for the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and also oversees the operations of the American Genre Film Archive's extensive collection of more than 3,000 35mm prints. He was previously the Director of Melnitz Movies at UCLA, programming the latest in independent, foreign, and unreleased films. His all-time favorite Sonny Chiba movie, WOLFGUY: ENRAGED LYCANTHROPE (1975), features Chiba as a werewolf detective tracking down a murderous, invisible ghost-tiger. His eternal quest is to track down a 35mm print of this rare film.
Back at UCLA, I dreamed up and organized a 25th anniversary reunion screening of ROBOCOP (1987). Every living member of the cast and crew was in attendance, including Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Ed Neumeier, Michael Miner, Phil Tippett, and Paul Verhoeven -- who flew in all the way from the Netherlands to attend. It took a year to plan everything, but it was worth every late night spent responding to e-mails until 5am.
YEAR OF THE DRAGON, FAT CITY, DEAD PIGEON ON BEETHOVEN STREET, DIONYSUS IN '69, FACES, SANS SOLEIL, THE KNACK... AND HOW TO GET IT, EMMA MAE, SOME CALL IT LOVING, BLADE RUNNER, F FOR FAKE, ARTISTS AND MODELS, THE KEEP, CRAZY THUNDER ROAD, FLESH FOR FRANKENSTEIN, CATCH MY SOUL, SLEEPWALK, AMSTERDAMNED and, you know, more.
I'm not exactly a teetotaler, but ask anyone and they'll tell you the following in an old timey voice: "Boy, that Sam Prime sure likes himself a Roy Rogers when he can get it!" A Roy Rogers is a delicious cocktail mix of cola and grenadine, garnished with a single maraschino cherry (or sometimes multiple, if your waitress is especially keen on you).
Vincent Price as Dr. Goldfoot in DR. GOLDFOOT AND THE BIKINI MACHINE (1965) and DR. GOLDFOOT AND THE GIRL BOMBS (1966) is hard to beat. A friend even designed a t-shirt especially for me that reads as follows: "I would go gay for Vincent Price, if he weren't dead."
Line To Live By:
"How can anybody care too much?" - Stanley White (Mickey Rourke) in Michael Cimino's YEAR OF THE DRAGON (1985)
JOSEPH A. ZIEMBA, ART DIRECTOR/PROGRAMMER
Joseph A. Ziemba is an art director and programmer for the Alamo Drafthouse. He's the creator of BLEEDINGSKULL.COM and co-author of BLEEDING SKULL! A 1980s TRASH-HORROR ODYSSEY (Headpress, 2013), both of which chronicle ultra-obscure horror movies that can never be recommended to anyone in good conscience. He's spent many years working as a graphic designer and even longer writing music and touring as a member of various bands. He is not a fan of Corey Feldman's work after LICENSE TO DRIVE. He was born and raised in the greater Chicagoland area. Joe really loves ice cream.
Terror Tuesday and Weird Wednesday change my life on a weekly basis.
My favorite movie doesn't exist, but it falls somewhere between Francois Truffaut's 400 BLOWS, Doris Wishman's A NIGHT TO DISMEMBER, and everything ever filmed by Laurel & Hardy.
Bigfoot, as depicted in NIGHT OF THE DEMON (1980).
Line To Live By:
"You can trust me insipidly!" - Oliver Hardy, OUR RELATIONS (1936)