Austin, TX---Monday, August 30, 2010---The Alamo Drafthouse & Fantastic Arcade announce the 2010 “Movies in the Park” lineup of free outdoor screenings in Republic Square, in partnership with the Austin Parks Foundation. Republic Square Park is located at 4th and Guadalupe.
Check out the fantastic line-up of movies and fun! Bring your family and come enjoy a new twist on Austin night-life. All movies are free. Amusing pre-show antics start at 7:30 p.m. and movies start at dusk. Arrive early and have a picnic! Alcoholic beverages, glass and styrofoam are not permitted in the park. Please bring your own chair or blanket. For more information visit the Movies in the Park page.
Movies in the Park: RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK
Wednesday, September 1st at 8:00 PM (Republic Square Park)
Presented by The Downtown Austin Alliance
Steven Spielberg's RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK plays like an anthology of the best parts from all the Saturday matinee serials ever made. It takes place in Africa, Nepal, Egypt, at sea and in a secret submarine base. It contains trucks, bulldozers, tanks, motorcycles, ships, subs, Clippers, and a Nazi flying wing. It has snakes, spiders, booby traps and explosives. The hero is trapped in a snake pit, and the heroine finds herself assaulted by mummies. The weapons range from revolvers and machine guns to machetes and whips. It's a Boy's Own Adventure, a whiz-bang slam-a-rama. It's done with a kind of heedless joy. Spielberg was old enough (34) to have the clout to make the film, and young enough to remember why he wanted to. (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times)
Movies in the Park: THE WIZARD
Wednesday, September 8th at 8:00 PM (Republic Square Park)
Presented by Fantastic Arcade
In this ode to 8-bit gaming, Fred Savage takes his emotionally stunted, virtual-savant younger brother across the United States to play in the video championships. He's competing to be the top gamer in the world, and to prove it he's got to play a brand new game no one's ever heard of: Super Mario Bros 3.
While it's hard to imagine a world in which SMB3 didn't exist, this movie actually introduced our country to the wonder that was this great adventure. Warp Whistles, the Raccoon Suit, the Koopa Kids, Chain Chomp, whatever the heck a Tanooki Suit is; all of this and more were first just dazzling images in this wonderful movie about the true love of video games. So strap on your Power Glove ("It's so...bad!") and come remember when video games were still imaginative and when a 12-year old boy could star in a movie that was actually good.
Movies in the Park: THE LAST STARFIGHTER
Wednesday, September 15th at 8:00 PM (Republic Square Park)
Presented by Fantastic Arcade
What sweaty-browed video game aficionado hasn’t pretended, while feverishly pounding away on their Playstation control, that they were actually saving the universe? That’s the conceit employed in 1984’s THE LAST STARFIGHTER, a lightweight yet wholly entertaining sci-fi adventure that’s come to command a special place in the heart of my disaffected generation. Our hero is the mild-mannered and anxious trailer-park denizen Alex Rogan. After mastering the local Starfighter video game, Alex is visited by an interstellar messenger who delivers a curious message: The game Alex has been dominating is much more than a simple plaything; a planet desperately in need of savvy star pilots has planted these games on Earth in an effort to find new recruits. Imagine that! Excel at a video game and you’re drafted to save a distant planet! How very cool. (Scott Weinberg)
Movies in the Park: PEE WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE
Wednesday, September 29th at 8:00 PM (Republic Square Park)
Presented by Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop
There is only one truth in this life: PEE-WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE is the FUNNIEST MOVIE EVER MADE. If anyone tells you different, they're just trying to start trouble. Watch the most entertaining man who has ever roamed the earth embark on a cross-country quest to reclaim his kidnapped best friend: a bicycle. Along the way, ol' P.W. will encounter tough-as-nails bikers, giant dinosaurs, wild animals, ninjas, chubby billionaires, escaped convicts, buckin' broncos, tone-deaf hobos, unwanted romance, fibbing gypsies, clumsy Godzillas, basement-less Alamos, vengeful boyfriends and even an undead trucker! Fun didn't exist until Pee-Wee invented it, and now the most funrocious, funtacular, fungorious funsplosion in the history of FUN will be presented on the big BIG screen in a gorgeous 35MM print!
Movies in the Park: POLTERGEIST
Thursday, October 14th at 8:00 PM (Republic Square Park)
Presented by Fantastic Fest
This partnership between Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall and Tobe Hooper is the great real estate horror film of all time. Starring Craig T. Nelson as a partriarch in charge of a haunted household and featuring some of the creepiest supporting characters of the '80s (little blonde-haired Heather O'Rourke as Carol Anne, little raspy-voiced Zelda Rubinstein as Tangina Barrons), POLTERGEIST is a ghost story for our generation, hitching up the Indian burial ground angle with a more current medium - they come through the TV! The film that made us all afraid to watch the tube will give you bumps on your arms and static on your set. Make sure to unplug your TV before the show!!
About Fantastic Fest
Dubbed “The Geek Telluride” by showbiz bible Variety, Fantastic Fest is also known as the “Comic Con of film festivals.” Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the United States, showcasing eight days of offbeat cinema from independents, international filmmakers and major Hollywood studios. The 2009 edition hosted over 70 world, U.S. and regional premieres of the latest sci-fi, horror, fantasy and cult films from around the world.
About Fantastic Arcade
Remember game arcades of your youth? Afternoons plunking down quarters into Donkey Kong or the Ninja Turtles game? Fantastic Arcade will be even better than that! Fantastic Arcade, an off-shoot of Fantastic Fest, brings cutting-edge games from independent designers to an arcade-like atmosphere September 23-26 at The Highball on South Lamar. Fantastic Arcade includes Guitar Hero, Street Fighter and Left 4 Dead tournaments, free gameplay of new Xbox Live Arcade and mobile games from Microsoft Game Studios, 29 independent games on Alienware notebooks, machinima film competition, video game art installations, live chiptune music, industry pros and demos from Texas developers, screenings of popular games culture films, a Starcade game show competition, a light saber dance party, giveaways and more! Buy your Fantastic Arcade oneday or multi-day badges at www.fantastisfest.com. Fantastic Arcade is sponsored by 101 X, G4, Time Warner Cable, The CW Austin, Austin Chronicle, Alienware, AMD, Microsoft Game Studios and Xbox Live Arcade.
About Austin Parks Foundation
Our Mission: Austin Parks Foundation is committed to providing the resources and partnerships that create and sustain beautiful and active parks. We seek to fill the gap between what needs to be done and what our parks department can afford to do. Since 1992, Austin Parks Foundation has initiated, promoted, and facilitated physical improvements, new programming, and greater community involvement for Austin's parks. Each year, Austin Parks Foundation generates millions of dollars in volunteer time, in-kind donations, and financial support for city parks.
About Downtown Austin Alliance
The Downtown Austin Allianceis a partnership of individuals and businesses devoted to promoting and maintaining a safe, clean, attractive, accessible, and fun Downtown environment, making Downtown the destination for Austinites and visitors.
Our Fantastic Fest Partners
IFC is a significant media partner in conjunction with regional media partner Time Warner Cable. KXAN Austin News (NBC) and The CW Austin (CW) are our network television partners. Dell and AMD are teamed up to support the Next Wave Filmmakers Competition at Fantastic Fest. Presenting sponsor Ambhar Tequila is the official tequila of Fantastic Fest. FEARnet has come on board as a Presenting Sponsor, while HitFix and Radisson are Title Sponsors. Other sponsors include Anchor Bay Entertainment, Dark Sky Films, Embassy Suites, Maxwell Locke & Ritter, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Texas Film Commission and Whole Foods. Media partners include Ain't It Cool News, Austin Chronicle, 101X FM, The Onion, Chud, Fangoria, Moving Pictures and Twitch.
About Alamo Drafthouse
The Alamo Drafthouse is a lifestyle entertainment brand with an acclaimed cinema-eatery, the largest genre film festival in the United Sates and an online collectible art store. Named "the best theater in America" by Entertainment Weekly, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has built a reputation as a movie lover's oasis not only by combining food and drink service with the movie-going experience, but also introducing unique programming and high-profile, star studded special events. Alamo Drafthouse Founder & CEO, Tim League, created Fantastic Fest, a world renowned film festival dubbed "The Geek Telluride" by Variety. Also regarded as the "Comic Con of film festivals" Fantastic Fest showcases eight days of offbeat cinema from independents, international filmmakers and major Hollywood Studios. The Alamo Drafthouse's collectible art boutique, Mondo, offers breathtaking, original products featuring designs from world-famous artists based on licenses for popular TV and Movie properties including Star Wars, Star Trek & Universal Monsters. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is currently planning to expand its theaters and unique programming philosophy to additional markets across the United States.