Twitch calls Tokyo Tribe the Best Musical of the New Decade!

Tokyo Tribe (screening at Beyond Fest with cast members Santa Inoue and Akihito Kitamura) woved audiences at the screening at aToronto International Film Festival got glowing reviews from leading website Twitch.

“Filled with one liners that will make you laugh, bloody violence and great acting (using real rappers, artists, DJs, tattoo designers, etc.), Tokyo Tribe is a film to see with an audience; they will sing and chant, and move their feet around. So, yes it is a very, very fun movie. It might be the most fun that Sono has ever put on screen. It’s also a revelation of how musicals can be executed. Filmmakers, take note, hip hop is not dead.”

Read more at Twitch!





Beyond Fest to Host Presentation of Halloween With John Carpenter, Jamie Lee Curtis Q&A

Cross-posted from Shock Til You Drop:

Beyond Fest makes it return to Los Angeles this month, running September 25th to October 4th at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. And while we’re waiting on the full programming reveal – which is coming soon (and I’ll tell you, it’s amazing from what I’m hearing) – I’m going to share a morsel with you right now.

Pencil this date in on your calendar: Wednesday October 1st. That is when Beyond Fest hosts a special Dean Cundey-approved restored print of Halloween on the big screen. But there’s more: Both director John Carpenter and star Jamie Lee Curtis are going to be attending for a special Q&A!

The fact the two of them are coming together for this event is incredible. And I can’t remember how long it has been since I personally saw Curtis take the stage for a Halloween screening (over 10 years at least).

This fall is a big deal for the Halloween franchise. Anchor Bay and Scream Factory have come together to bring fans a massive Halloween Blu-ray collection that features all of the films with tons of bonus features. That streets on September 23rd (so soon!).

Okay, so you got that, Los Angeles readers? Halloween. October 1st. JC and JLC in the house.

Beyond Fest is going to be nuts…

Deathwaltz CEO A Dance Commander

Breakdancing virtuoso and CEO of Deathwaltz Records, Spencer Hickman, was recently spotted at the Duke @ Film4 FrightFest Film Party in a pure state of dance-related euphoria vaguely reminiscent of the Dionysian Mysteries.

Utilizing physics and the untold secrets of “the funk,” Hickman propelled his prone frame along the stage floor in the style of 80’s classic “the worm” before dozens of delighted filmmakers and cineastes at the Vue Cinema, in Leicester Square, London. View a snippet of his ecstatic display below.

Christian Parkes Joins Alamo Drafthouse

The Alamo Drafthouse is proud to announce the addition of Christian Parkes to join the staff as Chief Brand Officer of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. Christian has worked for twelve years in brand management for Puma, Nike, Levis and most recently the meteoric Nasty Gal apparel brand, taking CEO Sophia Amoruso’s debut book to #2 on the New York Times Best Seller List.

In his spare time Parkes has always been a dedicated cinephile and cofounded the Los Angeles based genre film festival Beyond Fest with the American Cinematheque, and has worked with Drafthouse CEO Tim League to produce both the 2010 Levi’s Rolling Roadshow Tour and the 2008 Nike Ultimate Shining Experience at the Timberline Lodge.

“I first met Christian at a screening of STAND BY ME we were hosting in Brownsville, Oregon in 2007. We’ve been friends ever since and have worked together whenever possible,” said Drafthouse CEO Tim League. “I am excited that the Alamo Drafthouse brand has grown enough to be able to lure him away.”

“What Tim neglected to say is that when I met him he was participating in a pie eating competition sporting a stars and stripes unitard and a matching red and blue Mohawk. By all accounts, it was just another day at the office,” said Parkes. “From that moment, I knew Alamo Drafthouse was the brand for me.”

Parkes will be joining the Alamo Drafthouse team effective June 16th and will oversee the branding and strategy of Drafthouse Media, Drafthouse Films, Fantastic Fest, Mondo and Rolling Roadshow. He will also work with League to steer the overall Drafthouse brand.

Cross-posted from Alamo Drafthouse

20,000 Days on Earth/Nick Cave 2014 Tour


Nick Cave will perform at a trio of exclusive events this summer in conjunction with advance screenings of 20,000 Days on Earth, the groundbreaking new film on the iconic rock legend, and winner of two awards at the Sundance Film Festival.

AUSTIN, TXJune 2nd, 2014 – Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and Canadian distributor, filmswelike, have announced special advance screenings of 20,000 Days On Earth—the lyrical and inventive documentary on musician Nick Cave—to coincide with Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds’ North American Summer 2014 tour before its wider, traditional theatrical release this September. In association with Goldenvoice, three eventized screenings will take place at The American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles (July 10th), The Phi Centre in Montreal (Aug. 1st) and The French Institute Alliance Francais’ Florence Gould Hall in New York City (Aug. 4th..) Each of these screenings will be followed by a conversation with the rock legend himself, during which Cave—in a rare solo piano performance—will play a number of songs from his extensive catalog.

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