Just Added: Exclusive Sneak Peek of Gavin O’Connor’s THE ACCOUNTANT

In association with the Alamo Drafthouse LA, Beyond Fest is beyond thrilled to announce the addition of an exclusive free sneak peek of Gavin O’Connor’s highly anticipated new thriller, THE ACCOUNTANT, to this year’s lineup!
Starring Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal, Jeffrey Tambor and John Lithgow, THE ACCOUNTANT follows a forensic accountant (Affleck) as he un-cooks the books for illicit clients.
Gavin O’Connor (PRIDE AND GLORY, WARRIOR) will join us for a Q&A on October 3rd at 7:30pm following the free sneak preview screening, courtesy of Warners Bros. Pictures.
Limited free tickets are available!

BEYOND FEST ANNOUNCES ITS FULL SLATE FOR THE RETURN OF LA’S BIGGEST GENRE FILM FESTIVAL

RAW, THE BAD BATCH, THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS, BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA ANNIVERSARY, DOG EAT DOG, TAXI DRIVER ANNIVERSARY, 2001 A SPACE ODYSSEY (70mm), DAWN OF THE DEAD 3-D, PHANTASM: REMASTERED, IN THE VALLEY OF VIOLENCE join Kurt Russell, James Gunn, RZA, Paul Schrader, Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood & Fabio Frizzi for a slate featuring 23 West Coast Premieres, iconic repertory screenings, and live musical performances!

Los Angeles, CA – Thursday, September 8, 2016 Beyond Fest, the highest attended genre film festival in the US is excited to announce its full slate of 2016 programming featuring 27 events and 23 West Coast premieres of mind-bending movie madness. Presented by Shudder, Beyond Fest returns to Hollywood’s famed Egyptian Theatre for 12 days of movies, music and mayhem spanning Friday, September 30th – Tuesday, October 11th to generate funds for co-presenter, the nonprofit American Cinematheque.   

With a diverse slate that includes films from all corners of the globe Beyond Fest is proud to open with movie icon Paul Schrader presenting his new feature DOG EAT DOG and a special 40th anniversary screening of TAXI DRIVER. Other hotly-anticipated titles making their West Coast bows include the hyper-explosive coming-of-age cannibal drama RAW, Ana Lily Amipour’s much-anticipated follow up to her alt-cult debut, A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE, the stunning, sonic desert trip THE BAD BATCH, the terrifying adaptation of M.R Carey’s post-apocalyptic horror THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS and the Mo Brothers’ outrageously hyper-violent action epic, HEADSHOT.

“We really wanted to focus on blending the iconic with the emerging this year” said Beyond Fest Co-Founder, Christian Parkes. “To champion brilliantly provocative films like Julia Ducourna’s RAW and Ana Lily Amipour’s THE BAD BATCH whilst celebrating established heroes like Paul Schrader and Kurt Russell is a primary reason for Beyond Fest’s existence.”

The most beloved genre films are highlighted with four event screenings over the course of this year’s festival. The legend himself Kurt Russell takes center stage with James Gunn moderating for a very special 30th anniversary screening of BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA projected on glorious 35mm. The “ultimate trip” receives the ultimate treatment as Stanley Kubrick’s existential epic 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY screens in 70mm with a 2001-scored Laserium cosmic laser concert and Q&A featuring the film’s two astronaut leads, Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood. The Tall Man returns with J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot meticulous restoration of Don Coscarelli’s cult classic PHANTASM: REMASTERED. Coscarelli will be joined with members of the original cast before the West Coast premiere of the series’ final entry PHANTASM RAVAGER. In keeping with the restoration theme, producer Richard P. Rubinstein will be on hand to present the U.S. Premiere of DAWN OF THE DEAD 3-D. Romero’s cult nightmare has never looked better and will be the first laser 3-D feature projected at the famed Egyptian Theatre.

Once again, music features prominently with two seismic re scores taking center stage. Furiously blurring the lines between music, film and art, Beyond Fest welcomes a new disciple and an old friend with two seismic re scores. Director, producer, actor, Wu Tang Clan founder and the all-together mythic RZA enters the fray with a roundhouse kick for his epic takedown of a martial arts masterpiece. 18 months in the making, RZA: LIVE FROM THE 36th CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN is a mammoth live re scoring of Lau Kar-leung’s Shaw Brothers classic featuring over 40+ tracks culled from RZA’s monumental catalog. Instrumental tracks, beats, samples and vocal tracks amplify the narrative and Gordon Liu’s revelatory performance.

Returning to Los Angeles is legendary composer Fabio Frizzi and his 7-piece orchestra to perform THE BEYOND: COMPOSER’S CUT. This bold, new take on Lucio Fulci’s gothic masterpiece features a live re score featuring a completely new composition and will play with all original dialog intact. THE BEYOND: COMPOSER’S CUT will be accompanied by an uncut 35mm screening of GATES OF HELL and a very special secret screening with surprise guests.

Celebrating LA filmmaking remains a priority for Beyond Fest with Ti West receiving this year’s ‘LA Spotlight’ for his transformative western, IN A VALLEY OF VIOLENCE. Beyond Fest alumni West will be joined by cast members Karen Gillan, Taissa Farmiga, Toby Huss, James Ransone and the film’s four-legged star, Jumpy. LA also represents en masse with a midnight blast of animated anarchy as Chris Prynoski’s NERDLAND also gets its LA premiere. The first feature from Prynoski’s Titmouse Animation Studios is a wild descent into LA’s soul-destroying entertainment industry and will feature director Prynoski, writer Andrew Kevin Walker, actor Patton Oswalt plus others in attendance.

Beyond Fest welcomes the return of genre streaming platform Shudder as its Presenting Sponsor, a partnership that provides 13 screenings (9 West Coast premieres) absolutely free to film fans. Every night, the 90-seat ‘Shudder Theatre’ will feature a brand new film selected from across the world including

Emile Hirsch’s super creepy THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE, Japanese scare-fest SADAKO VS KAYAKO, Morgan Spurlock’s stomach-churning doc RATS, the revelatory Kubrick doc S IS FOR STANLEY, the hands down craziest film of the year THE DWARVES MUST BE CRAZY and two Cinematic Void double bills featuring a premiere screening of Arrow’s 4K restoration of Romero’s THE CRAZIES paired with MARTIN on 16mm and an American Genre Film Archive fundraiser featuring a 35mm monster mash up of NEON MANIACS and STREET TRASH.

If that wasn’t enough, virtual reality engulfs Beyond Fest for the first time with Dark Corner Studios showcasing three of their most terrifying experiences. Led by wunder-director Guy Shelmerdine, guests will be able to watch his breakout VR horror smash CATATONIC, in addition to his new film MULE and Justin Denton’s BURLAP. The Egyptian Theatre will be housing Dark Corner in the hidden reaches of its 90 year old architecture.

See below for the full lineup of newly announced film titles for Beyond Fest 2015.

BEYOND FEST 2016 PROGRAM

EGYPTIAN THEATRE

2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY on 70mm

United States, 1968

70mm, 161 min

Director – Stanley Kubrick

Actors Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood in person and Laserium laser concert before screening

 

THE BAD BATCH

Co-presented with Vice & Etheria

United States, 2016

West Coast Premiere, 115 min

Director – Ana Lily Amapour

Director / writer Ana Lily Amipour in person

 

THE BEYOND: COMPOSER’S CUT (wi. CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD)

Italy, 1981

West Coast Premiere, 89 min

Director – Lucio Fulci

Live re score by Fabio Frizzi + 7 piece orchestra and special secret screening before performance

 

BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA – 30th Anniversary Screening on 35mm

United States, 1986

35mm, 99 min

Director – John Carpenter

Actor Kurt Russell, moderated by James Gunn in person

 

CALL OF HEROES (wi. HEADSHOT)

Hong Kong / China, 2016

West Coast Premiere, 120 min

Director – Benny Chan

 

CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD (wi. THE BEYOND: COMPOSER’S CUT)

United States, 1983

35mm, 93 min

Director – Lucio Fulci

 

DOG EAT DOG (wi. TAXI DRIVER)

United States, 2016

West Coast Premiere, 93 min

Director – Paul Schrader

Paul Schrader in person

 

THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS

United States / United Kingdom, 2016

West Coast Premiere, 111 min

Director – Colm McCarthy

 

GEORGE A. ROMERO’S DAWN OF THE DEAD 3-D

United States / South Korea, 1978 / 2016

U.S. Premiere, 127 min, Unrated, U.S. Theatrical Cut

Director – George A. Romero

Producer Richard P. Rubinstein in person

 

HEADSHOT (wi. CALL OF HEROES)

Indonesia, 2016

West Coast Premiere, 117 min

Director – Mo Brothers: Kimo Stamboel, Timo Tjahjanto

 

HOLY MOUNTAIN on 35mm

Mexico / United States, 1973

35mm, 115 min

Director – Alexandro Jodorowsky

 

IN A VALLEY OF VIOLENCE

United States, 2016

West Coast Premiere, 104 min

Director – Ti West

Director Ti West and actors Karen Gillan, Taissa Farmiga, Toby Huss & James Ransone in person

 

NERDLAND

United States, 2016

West Coast Premiere, 85 min

Director – Chris Prynoski

Director Chris Prynoski, writer Andrew Kevin Walker, actor Patton and cast in person

 

PHANTASM: REMASTERED (wi. PHANTASM RAVAGER)

4K Restoration

United States, 1979 / 2016

LA Premiere, 96 min

Director – Don Coscarelli

Director Don Coscarelli and cast in person

 

PHANTASM RAVAGER (wi. PHANTASM: REMASTERED)

United States, 2016

West Coast Premiere, 87 min

Director – David Hartman

Director David Hartman and producer Don Coscarelli in person

 

RAW

Co-presented with Etheria

France, 2016

West Coast Premiere, 95 min

Director – Julia Ducournau

 

RZA: LIVE FROM THE 36th CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN

Hong Kong / United States, 1979 / 2016

West Coast Premiere, 119 min

Director – Lau Ker-leung

Features live re score by RZA

 

TAXI DRIVER 40th Anniversary Screening (wi. DOG EAT DOG)

United States, 1976

114 min

Director – Martin Scorsese

With Paul Schrader in person

 

THE WOLF MAN

United States, 1941

71 min

Director – George Waggner

 

SHUDDER THEATRE

THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE (Free Screening)

United Kingdom, 2016

West Coast Premiere

Director – André Øvredal

 

BEYOND THE WALLS (Free Screening)

France 2016

West Coast Premiere

Director – Hervé Hadmar

 

THE CRAZIES – 4K Restoration (Free Screening)

United States 1973

US Premiere

Director – George Romero

 

DOWN UNDER (Free Screening)

Australia 2016

West Coast Premiere

Director – Abraham Forysthe

Director Abraham Forsythe in person

 

THE DWARVES MUST BE CRAZY (Free Screening)

Thailand 2016

West Coast Premiere

Director – Bhin Banloerit

 

MARTIN (Free Screening)

16mm, United States 1977

Director – George Romero

 

MONSTER (Free Screening)

United States 2016

West Coast Premiere

Director – Bryan Bertino

 

NEON MANIACS (Free screening)

35mm, United States 1986

Director – Joseph Mangine

 

RATS (Free screening)

United States 2016

West Coast Premiere

Director – Morgan Spurlock

 

S IS FOR STANLEY (Free Screening)

Italy 2016

West Coast Premiere

Director – Alex Infascelli

Director Alex Infascelli in person

 

SADAKO VS KAYAKO (Free Screening)

Japan 2016

West Coast Premiere

Director – Kôji Shiraishi

 

STREET TRASH (free screening)

35mm, United States 1985

Director – J. Michael Muro

 

THE VOID (Free Screening)

Canada 2016

West Coast Premiere

Director – Jeremy Gillespie, Steven Kostanski

 

Attend Beyond Fest:

Tickets for Beyond Fest 2016 are will be made available for purchase through Fandango and the American Cinematheque on September 8th.

For the latest developments, visit the Beyond Fest official site www.beyondfest.com and follow us on Facebook & Twitter.

 

For Beyond Fest Requests to Cover Events:

CONTACT: Margot Gerber

PHONE: 323.461.2020 ext. 115

E-MAIL: publicity@americancinematheque.com

Beyond Fest

Beyond Fest is the highest attended genre film festival in the U.S. and exists to build the genre community in Los Angeles. Based out of Hollywood’s legendary Egyptian Theatre, Beyond Fest is built in partnership with the American Cinematheque, Meltdown Comics, Death Waltz Recording Co. and the Alamo Drafthouse’s, Fantastic Fest. A not-for-profit entity, Beyond Fest raises funds for the 501C3 non-profit film institution, American Cinematheque. Its favorite film is JAWS.

American Cinematheque

Established in 1981, the American Cinematheque is a 501C3 non-profit viewer-supported film exhibition and cultural organization dedicated to the celebration of the Moving Picture in all of its forms. The American Cinematheque renovated and reopened (on Dec. 4, 1998) the historic 1922 Hollywood Egyptian Theatre. This includes a state-of-the-art 616-seat theatre housed within Sid Grauman’s first grand movie palace on Hollywood Boulevard. The exotic courtyard is fully restored to its 1922 grandeur. The Egyptian was the home of the very first Hollywood movie premiere in 1922. In January 2005 the American Cinematheque expanded its programming to the 1940 Aero Theatre on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica.

Death Waltz Recording Co.

FOUNDED in 2011 by music industry veteran Spencer Hickman, Death Waltz Recording Co. have been at the forefront of the vinyl soundtrack resurgence. Working with directors & composers such as David Lynch, Richard Kelly, John Carpenter, Fabio Frizzi & Steve Moore to produce definitive versions of classic soundtracks to films both old and new. Recently venturing into both digital and CD territory DWRC remain the leading lights of the soundtrack scene . In 2015 DWRC joined Mondo Tees and Hickman now runs both The Mondo Music Label and DWRC.

Meltdown Comics

Located in the heart of Hollywood on Sunset Blvd, Meltdown opened in 1993 and has since become one the most respected comic book stores in the world. Taking a sophisticated approach to merchandise and operations, the 14,000 sq ft giant has garnered a reputation for hosting successful gallery openings, award winning comedy including the Comedy Central’s The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, live shows and  podcasting events in their collaborative space with Nerdist and the NerdMelt Showroom.  

Not content with LA Weekly naming us one of the “Top 50 things why LA kicks ass,” Hef’s Playboy Magazine named us a “top 10 store you must visit before you die.” Oh, and “Husbands and Knives,” the 7th episode of The Simpsons’ 19th season… The lead segment is based on us. (Google it.) ‘Nuff Said!

Shudder

Shudder is a diabolical new premium online video service, serving horror fans with curated worldwide programming ranging from hard-to-find  independent fare to cult grindhouse classics to Hollywood blockbusters.  Shudder has something for everyone, from the casual fan to the hardcore horror devotee. Backed by AMC Networks, Shudder is curated by horror aficionados with a deep love and respect for the many peculiar varieties and genres of horror.

Fantastic Fest
Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and just plain fantastic movies from all around the world. In years past the festival has been home to world premieres of JOHN WICK, FRANKENWEENIE, MACHETE KILLS, THERE WILL BE BLOOD, APOCALYPTO, ZOMBIELAND while the guest roster has included such talent as Tim Burton, Andy and Lana Wachowski, Robert Rodriguez, Rian Johnson, Mel Gibson, Bill Murray, Keanu Reeves, Edward Norton, Ryan Reynolds, Paul Rudd, Bill Pullman, Paul Thomas Anderson, Kevin Smith, Jon Favreau, George Romero & Darren Aronofsky. Fantastic Fest is held each year at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin, Texas and was named “America’s wildest Film Festival” by The Guardian.

Beyond Fest, Starz, Death Waltz Recording Co. Present a Night of the Dead

Featuring Fabio Frizzi’s THE BEYOND: Composer’s Cut, CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD on 35mm and a Special Secret Screening

Legendary composer Fabio Frizzi returns to Los Angeles to perform THE BEYOND: Composer’s Cut, the first ever live rescore of Lucio Fulci’s masterpiece, THE BEYOND, and is accompanied by two screenings of the living dead.

Beyond Fest have partnered with Starz and Death Waltz Recording Co. to bring the illustrious composer Fabio Frizzi back to Los Angeles where he will be performing a completely new composition to Lucio Fulci’s supernatural shocker. Famed for his iconic Fulci’s scores (ZOMBI 2, SEVEN NOTES IN BLACK, THE BEYOND, CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD, MANHATTAN BABY), THE BEYOND: COMPOSER’S CUT, marks a daunting and decidedly different approach to the film and its score, one that has never been seen in the US until now. Complete with his 7-piece band, the maestro will perform for one night only on Sunday, October 2nd at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.

Fabio Frizzi on THE BEYOND: Composer’s Cut:

“35 years after the shooting of Lucio’s horror/thriller masterpiece, I have retraced my steps in order to realize one of the boldest projects of my life: a composer’s cut. While we are accustomed “theatrical cuts” and “director’s cuts”, nobody has dared to conceive and perform a movie version following the musician’s point of view.

“What I have created is a new score for a cult classic, realized in a more modern way, almost in the ‘Hollywood style,’ with very few moments of silence but with great respect for the films original identity and keeping all of the dialog intact. THE BEYOND: Composer’s Cut is a true, expanded version of itself, realized through renewed vigour and the important ally of 35 years of added proficiency. Powered by the prog rock strength and orchestration of last year’s Frizzi 2 Fulci tour, it will be performed by the very best performers of my F2F band.

“THE BEYOND: Composer’s Cut explores an iconic past, renewed through a modern stylization of itself. which can now be experienced as the score is performed live to one of the most famous movies shot by this incredible director and dear friend, Lucio Fulci.”

In addition to THE BEYOND: Composer’s Cut, fans will also be treated to two very special screenings:

  • Immediately preceding THE BEYOND: Composer’s Cut is a very special 30 minute secret screening with guests.
  • Following Frizzi’s live re score performance of THE BEYOND is a screening of CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD. Grindhouse Releasing are generously sharing their private print of Fulci’s gothic masterpiece. This rarely seen 35mm print is the fully uncensored and unrated director’s cut, in scope.

“We are delighted to bring Fabio, one of the undisputed masters of Italian soundtracks, back to North America,” said Mondo Music label head, Spencer Hickman. “After the rapturous success of last year’s Frizzi2Fulci tour, it was a simple decision to engineer his return, especially when considering what he has planned.”

“Last year was so special for all of us, 40 years of dreams were finally realized. From the moment we left we have wanted to return but we knew it had to be in support of something very special. We think that we have achieved this with THE BEYOND: Composer’s Cut,” said Frizzi of the upcoming performance.

Highly influential to this day, Fabio Frizzi is one of the most celebrated Italian film composers, and respected in the same iconic pantheon as Ennio Morricone, Bruno Nicolai, Goblin and Gianni Ferrio. Frizzi’s influence has been cited by a vast range of contemporary artists ranging from Boards Of Canada to Wu Tang’s RZA, and he is heavily referenced by the rising stars of synth-horror including Umberto and Zombi. Frizzi’s work also resonates with cinephiles as Quentin Tarantino used the theme from SEVEN NOTES IN BLACK for his soundtrack to KILL BILL VOL 1.

Beyond Fest, Starz & Death Waltz Recording Co. Present THE BEYOND: Composer’s Cut with Fabio Frizzi

October 2nd, 2016 – Egyptian Theatre

  • Special 30 minute secret screening with special guests
  • Fabio Frizzi’s Composer’s Cut of THE BEYOND
  • 35mm fully uncensored, director’s cut screening of CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD in scope

Ticket price: $20 General Admission / $45 VIP

VIP package is limited to 60 tickets and includes:

  • Meet and greet signing session with Fabio Frizzi
  • Early entry to view sound check
  • First access to seating
  • An exclusive 12″ x 18″ small batch, hand silkscreen print on 100# rag paper print. Limited and numbered edition of 60.

Tickets – $20/$45

Beyond Fest + Legion M invites you to experience three terrifying visions of virtual reality horror from Dark Corner Studios

This year marks the first time that Beyond Fest has entered the virtual reality space, and it’s doing so in a big way. Partnering with Los Angeles VR studio Dark Corner, and Legion M, Beyond Fest will be playing three terrifying VR experiences from the team that wrecked senses with their 360-hospital-shocker Catatonic. Founded by commercial director extraordinaire Guy Shelmerdine, Dark Corner is the world’s first genre VR studio and they will be showcasing their very best. MULE is Shelmerdine’s eagerly awaited follow-up to CATATONIC. An emotional, fast-paced hell-ride that catapults the viewer through the final shocking moments of a man’s life (and beyond), MULE will also see the unveiling of a new, custom-designed installation tied to the film’s plot that Shelmerdine promises to be “bigger, more immersive, and more terrifying” than anything they’ve done before.

“The first time I saw these brilliant movies I lost my mind. They are legitimately scary-as-shit and represent a fully-realized future of horror, said Christian Parkes, Beyond Fest Co-Founder.

Dark Corner will also be showcasing Justin Denton’s two-part horror experience, BURLAP. Existing as both a traditional 2D short film and an immersive VR experience, BURLAP depicts a disturbed killer who zeroes in on an unfortunate babysitter to complete the creation of his secret “masterpiece.” Audiences can step inside the story with BURLA: REFLECTIONS, where they will experience the killer’s sinister obsession firsthand. In addition, Dark Corner will be bringing CATATONIC to terrorize Beyond Fest audiences for the first time.

“We’re incredibly excited to be an integral part of Beyond Fest and share our experiences here in LA, our home town,” said Dark Corner founder Guy Shelmerdine. “These films represent unforgettable journeys that are intended to push the boundaries of what 360º immersive storytelling can be. We cannot wait to unleash them.”

All experiences are free with sign up for viewing on site at the Egyptian Theatre.

This VR experience has been made possible with the kind support of Dark Corner Studios and Legion M.

catatonic

CATATONIC

Directed by Guy Shelmerdine
5 minutes | 2015

CATATONIC invites you to strap yourself in and take a ride that’s unlike anything you’ve endured before. In one of the world’s pioneering VR horror experiences, you’ll step into the shoes of a mental patient being welcomed into an insane asylum, where you undergo a sense-stunning thrill ride as the world around you descends deeper and deeper into madness.

mule

MULE

Directed by Guy Shelmerdine
6 minutes | 2016

Experience life, death, and all the chaos in between with Guy Shelmerdine’s MULE. In full 360º virtual reality you will step into the shoes of one very unfortunate man as you witness the final moments of his downward spiral. In the end you must choose your fate and endure one of two possible conclusions: do you want to be buried or cremated?

burlap

BURLAP

Directed by Justin Denton
6 minutes | 2016

Experience an incredible vision of terror with Justin Denton’s BURLAP. Step inside a disturbed killer’s lair and soak up the horror in full 360º with BURLAP: REFLECTIONS as he completes his bloody masterpiece. A horrifying and groundbreaking virtual reality experience.

IMMORTALIZE YOUR LOVE OF ASH WITH FREE EVIL DEAD TATTOOS

To celebrate the upcoming release of Ash Vs Evil Dead, we figured there was no better way to make it last than with ink, permanent ink.

We’ve partnered with Starz and Studio City tattoo to bring you a series of flash tattoos that will be administered on site to the most dedicated EVIL DEAD fans. We’ll be tattooing at the EVIL DEAD event this Saturday from 5:30 PM and will have a sign in sheet posted up on the front doors of the theater. Tattoos are free and sign up is first come first served.

Also, getting a tattoo gets you into the theater before anyone else so get to Beyond Fest early and get ready to get groovy.