Monday, September 9, 2013

Fantastic Fest 2013 Special Event: Evening of Cinema and Conversation with Errol Morris!

Last year, I was thoroughly impressed with the amount of documentaries Fantastic Fest scheduled, and one of them, THE AMERICAN SCREAM , ended up being one of my favorites for the year. So, I am stoked to see what they come up with this year. 

Today, Fantastic Fest has announced a special event with acclaimed documentarian, Errol Morris. This will be an insightful and memorable event as Morris discusses his career, and the audience is treated to his new film, THE UNKNOWN KNOWN, a documentary delving into the career of former Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld. 

Check all the details after the break.


Fantastic Fest and Badass Digest are thrilled to honor legendary director Errol Morris with a special evening of cinema and conversation on Saturday, September 21st at Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline in Austin, TX. The evening will begin with the induction of Mr. Morris into the Badass Hall of Fame and a career-spanning discussion with the renowned director and Badass Digest Editor-in-Chief Devin Faraci.  A screening of Mr. Morris' THE UNKNOWN KNOWN will follow with a post-screening audience Q&A.

Fantastic Fest and Badass Digest are celebrating Errol Morris as both an innovator and a maverick whose body of work serves as inspiration for filmmakers of all genres. Morris' work has redefined the documentary form and influenced countless directors and producers. In addition to his formal innovations, Morris' penchant for exploring unusual and controversial subjects that others refuse to tackle sets him apart from his contemporaries.

"Our definition of a badass is someone who is uncompromising, who doesn't wait for everyone else to catch up and who makes an impact while they're at it," says Badass-in-Chief Devin Faraci. "Errol Morris easily fits that bill. His films have changed individual lives and have changed the way we look at ourselves as people. And they do all that while being fascinating, wry and absolutely entertaining."

Commenting on his induction into the Badass Hall of Fame, Mr. Morris said, "Thank you.  I'll try to have an impeccably bad attitude about this award."

Morris' film THE UNKNOWN KNOWN is a gripping exploration of the career and philosophy of former U.S Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Using declassified memos, Morris guides Rumsfeld through a discussion of his controversial career as a high-level executive under four different Republican presidents. Such absorbing topics as Vietnam, the Cold War, Desert Storm and the War on Terror are all examined through the words of one of America's most divisive and complex public figures.

For the latest developments, keep checking back here, and for tickets and badges visit the Fantastic Fest official site:  and follow them on Facebook & Twitter.


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 FRANKENWEENIE, RED DAWN, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3 & 4, THERE WILL BE BLOOD, APOCALYPTO, ZOMBIELAND and RED while the guest roster has included such talent as Tim Burton, Andy and Lana Wachowski, Mel Gibson, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Ryan Reynolds, Karl Urban, Josh Hartnett, The RZA, Dolph Lundgren, Paul Rudd, Bill Pullman, Paul Thomas Anderson, Kevin Smith, Jon Favreau, George Romero, Darren Aronofsky and Mike Judge. Fantastic Fest also features world, national and regional premieres of new, up-and-coming genre films. Fantastic Fest has seen the acquisition of many titles, including BULLHEAD, KILL LIST, MONSTERS, KLOWN, THE FP, PENUMBRA, HERE COMES THE DEVIL, NO REST FOR THE WICKED, VANISHING WAVES, COMBAT GIRLS and I DECLARE WAR. Fantastic Fest is held each year at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin, Texas. Alamo Drafthouse has been named the best theater in the country by Entertainment WeeklyWired and TIME.  Variety included Fantastic Fest in a list of "10 Film Festivals We Love," and was also named one of the "25 coolest film festivals" by Moviemaker Magazine.

Springing from the movie-loving culture of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas, Badass Digest is putting the fun back in being a nerd. We know that people who love movies also love travel, good beer, tasty food, cool clothes and keeping up with the weirdest, craziest corners of pop culture. From cult classics to new blockbusters, from the latest TV shows to this week's comic books, from the BBQ to the brew pub, Badass Digest is there finding the best and most interesting for the badass generation.  What is a badass? A badass is someone who is unique, uncompromising and dedicated to following their vision. A badass is someone blazing their own path, someone setting the standard. Fashion and fads come and go but badass is forever.

Our Partners  
Presenting Sponsors for Fantastic Fest include Texas' own Shiner Beer, whose family of products will be featured throughout the festival; Fandango, the #1 moviegoer destination and Alamo Drafthouse ticketing partner; Sony 4k, which delivers an immersive theatrical experience with ultra-high resolution digital projection technology; FEARnet, a multi-platform programming service delivering original and acquired horror, thriller, and suspense content as a cable TV network, a video-on-demand service and website; and Arts+Labor, a creative content community whose production studio is home to writers, directors, producers, designers, animators, editors, musicians, sound designers, and developers with a passion for storytelling in every medium.. 

Alamo Drafthouse is an entertainment brand comprised of the acclaimed cinema-eatery chain, the largest genre film festival in the United States and a collectible art gallery. Named "the best theater ever" by Time Magazine, 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. Fantastic Fest showcases eight days of offbeat cinema from independents, international filmmakers and major Hollywood studios. The Alamo Drafthouse's collectible art gallery, 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 expanding its brand in new and exciting ways, including the launch of Drafthouse Films, a new film distribution label and plans to extend its theaters and unique programming philosophy to additional markets across the United States. More information about Alamo Drafthouse franchise opportunities are available on the official website

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