We must all face the devastating reality that Fantastic Fest 2011 is truly over. May I recommend coping with your heartbreak through a steady intake of vegetables, water and desperately needed sleep? And, of course, the Daily Recap! Remind yourself of all the glorious, geeky fun you had, and then eat a salad. That should help.
Day 8 brought us a screening of Ti West's THE INNKEEPERS, a stunning haunted hotel flick with deep scares and a great sense of humor. The Q&A was really charming and insightful. Expect a video of the Q&A to be posted in the next day or two. You can read my interview with Ti West here. Photo by David Hill.
Our closing night film was Morgan Spurlock's COMIC-CON EPISODE FOUR: A FAN'S HOPE with producer Harry Knowles, Thomas Tull, Skip Harvey, Tova Goodman, James Darling, Chuck Rozanski and Holly Conrad in attendance. Everyone who saw the film absolutely loved it; I heard the words "delightful" and "riveting" thrown around at the party last night, so I'm really looking forward to seeing it! Photos by Jack Plunkett.
And we closed out the evening and the festival with the Fantastic Fest Closing Night Party: Superhero Carnival. The combination of those two words entailed everything that is beautiful in the world: a queso fountain, velcro wall, bouncy castles, lasers, karaoke exotic dancing, free beer, dance party, spectacular costumes and something called The Vertical Rush that must be seen to be comprehended. In the next day or so we'll have video from the party that will truly capture the magnificence of the evening, but in the meantime, get a load of this. Photos by David Hill.
We'll also post a sizzle reel of the ENTIRE festival in the upcoming days, so be on the lookout for that. We're going to keep adding kick-ass content to the Fantastic Fest and Alamo blogs, so don't stop visiting just because the fest is over. We all need to fill the hole in our hearts that exists without Fantastic Fest, and the best way to do that is TOGETHER.
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And on a personal note, I just want to say that I miss you guys already. Fantastic Festers are the best movie-lovers and festival-goers in the entire universe, and we've all been incredibly lucky to spend eight days in the company of one another. So give yourselves a hug and a high five for being so indisputably awesome. We'll see you next year.