As the Alamo Drafthouse brand has grown, we've had the pleasure of bringing some very unique individuals into the programming team. I met Lars Nilsen, for example, when he was working at Kinko's near campus and soon found that he had a knowledge base of exploitation film that was unparalleled in the city, perhaps the universe. I later got to know former Alamo programming savant Kier-la Janisse at the 2002 Sitges Film Festival. We were both on vacation to absorb their comprehensive retrospective of Spaghetti Westerns (most of which were unfortunately NOT subtitled in English). If you travel halfway across the globe for a movie nerd-cation, you've accomplished one of the unofficial Alamo programming office job requirements. We've been lucky enough to come across a handful of like-minded folks over the years who were so obsessive-compulsive in their love of movies, so rich in obscure knowledge that there is no other conceivable job they should be doing other than guiding the programming at the Alamo Drafthouse.
Dare I say the most unique of this tiny group is Zack Carlson. I first met Zack back in 2004. He came to Austin to visit friends and attend and volunteer at Cinemania, a three day movie and music festival at the Alamo Drafthouse. The following summer, he volunteered for us on the 2005 Rolling Roadshow Tour, our first national movie tour of famous movies in famous places. After the tour, he was already so ingrained into the Alamo team that a job offer in the programming department seemed obvious to all. Over the years, he has consistently come up with some of the greatest off-the-wall show concepts (last week's Rock Cats/Charles Edward Cheese Battle of the Bands is case in point) and has left his indelible stamp on the Austin movie scene. Zack's specialty is programming that speaks to the twelve-year-old boy that is still inside all of us, regardless of our sex or age.
It is with that same untamed enthusiasm that he is now launching a new career opportunity. Hollywood Reporter announced today that a script penned by Zack Carlson and his writing partner Bryan Connolly, DESTROY is heading into production. Produced by Michael & Lindsay Stephenson of Magic Stone Productions best known for BEST WORST MOVIE and Jennifer Roth who was responsible for putting together BLACK SWAN and THE WRESTLER. In DESTROY vampires don't exist, but that doesn't stop well-intentioned would-be vampire hunter Steve Howard from leaving a trail of blood-splattered wooden stakes across Bavaria. While he thinks he's saving the world, he and new assistant Elise are mistakenly murdering sweet, innocent old men. Zack will continue on as a member of the Alamo Drafthouse programming team, but will continue to pursue other feature writing and producing opportunities. If there are more and more movies written and produced by Zack Carlson, I am not sure if the world will be any more politically stable, but it will surely be a hell of a lot more fun. Everyone here at the Alamo wishes Zack the best of luck on this exciting new venture!
Read more about the official announcement of the project on the Hollywood Reporter blog.