The Lifetime Achievement Award Will Be Presented Preceding the
World Premiere Gala Screening of “Sharktopus”
Austin, TX---Tuesday, September 7, 2010--- The 6th annual Fantastic Fest will honor Roger and Julie Corman with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the World Premiere of their new Syfy movie Sharktopus, starring Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight, The Expendables) and Sara Malakul Lane (Belly of the Beast) on Friday, September 24, 2010 at The Paramount Theatre in Austin, TX. Sponsored exclusively by Syfy, the film will play as the second part of a double feature with the U.S. premiere of Machete Maidens Unleashed!, a documentary about Philippine exploitation films from the 70's and 80's directed by Mark Hartley (Not Quite Hollywood), which features Roger Corman prominently. The Lifetime Achievement award ceremony will take place between the two shows, each of which will include classic Corman trailers and surprises.
Roger Corman received an Honorary 2010 Oscar for his contributions to filmmaking, and is the legendary director and producer of numerous cult classics, among them It Conquered the World, Death Race 2000, The Little Shop of Horrors, and a series of Edgar Allen Poe adaptations that starred Vincent Price, including The Masque of the Red Death. Roger also directed X: The Man With the X-Ray Eyes, which will screen as his choice on Saturday, September 25, 2010. Roger has produced over 400 films.
Julie Corman, although a much less public figure than Roger, has produced 30 films. In addition, Julie was Chair of NYU's Graduate Film Department. The Cormans havebeen instrumental in helping discover now-famous talent, including Jonathan Demme, James Cameron, Ron Howard, Joe Dante, Martin Scorsese, Jack Nicholson, Charles Bronson, Robert De Niro, and Sylvester Stallone, among many others. Roger and Julie are responsible for fostering the independent, imaginative spirit that Fantastic Fest was founded on.
The Cormans have collaborated with Syfy on a number of projects, such as DinoShark and Dinocroc vs. Supergator, and continue to partner with them to deliver original content and discover new talent, like Sharktopus director Declan O'Brien (with whom they previously worked on Cyclops, another Syfy exclusive). Sharktopus premiere on Syfy Saturday, September 25 at 9pm Eastern and Pacific (8pm Central).
“Roger and Julie Corman have been the single greatest inspiration in the development of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema,” says Fantastic Fest director Tim League. “Fostering independent cinema, employing all manner of ballyhoo to accentuate the theatrical experience and trying to make sure audiences have a blast at the cinema every time; these are the cornerstones of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, and my wife and I have drawn inspiration from the very beginning from Roger and Julie Corman. I am deeply humbled and honored to be bringing them to Austin and the Alamo Drafthouse for the first time since we opened.”
Tickets for the Gala Double Feature Screening of Machete Maidens Unleashed! and Sharktopus will go on sale Wednesday, September 8 at NOON CST on the Fantastic Fest official site.
World Premiere, director: Declan O'Brien
In Sharktopus, Eric Roberts (The Expendables, The Dark Knight) plays a research scientist who, with his talented daughter (Sara Malakul Lane/Belly of the Beast), develops a secret military weapon -- a hybrid shark/octopus that can be controlled by electrical implants. But when the controls break down, the monster goes on a killing rampage at the resort beaches of Mexico. Sharktopus premieres on Syfy Saturday, September 25, 2010.
Machete Maidens Unleashed! (2010)
U.S. Premiere, Australia, director: Mark Hartley
From Mark Hartley, who wowed Fantastic Fest audiences with Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! in 2008, comes a new documentary about the even wilder world of Philippine-made exploitation movies. During the classic grindhouse era of the '60s and '70s, independent producers began turning out more and more exploitation features for less and less money. The films being discussed and shown in Hartley’s trademark montage style include such wildly entertaining titles as For You Height Only, Mad Doctor of Blood Island, The Twilight People, The Big Doll House andTNT Jackson. Machete Maidens Unleashed! might just be the funniest, fastest, most shocking film you'll see all year. It features hilarious and informative interviews with Roger Corman, Pam Grier, Sid Haig, John Landis, Joe Dante, Eddie Romero, Cirio Santiago and many more of the people who made the golden age of Filipino exploitation what it was.
X: The Man With the X-Ray Eyes (1963)
Repertory Screening, United States, director: Roger Corman
Above all else, the movies of Roger Corman are designed to turn a profit, and in virtually every case they have, but there wouldn't be a long-lasting, devoted Corman cult if they were merely crass commercial product, devoid of ideas. X tells the story of scientist Dr. James Xavier (Ray Milland) who develops a method for improving eyesight. But without funding for proper research he is compelled to test it on himself. Soon he finds he has such acute vision that he can actually see through things - women's clothing for instance. When, through an unfortunate chain of events, the doctor is forced to go underground his powers become both his salvation and a kind of torture. He uses his powers to heal the sick but as his power grows stronger he sees into death itself. He goes to Vegas and becomes a wiz at blackjack but his vision now penetrates the darkness of the human soul and he is transformed by the experience. He has seen too much.
Fantastic Fest has scoured the globe for the very best in action, horror, science fiction, fantasy to the truly bizarre in contemporary cinema for your viewing pleasure. Look for more announcements in the weeks to come, including information on our gala events, parties and AMD Next Wave filmmakers in attendance.
Fantastic Fest is the film festival with the boring parts cut out. Miss this one and your regrets will agonize you for years to come. You have been warned.
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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.
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With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site, and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in more than 96 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)
IFC is returning as a significant media partner this year, with the added support of our new media partner Time Warner Cable. KXAN Austin News (NBC) and The CW Austin (CW) are the brand new broadcast media television partners, providing extensive media and promotions for both Fantastic Fest and Fantastic Arcade. Dell and AMD are teamed up to support the Next Wave Filmmakers Competition at Fantastic Fest, along with the Texas Film Commission. We have also partnered with Ambhar Tequila, the official tequila of Fantastic Fest, which should make every party and event at Fantastic Fest that much more fantastic. Other partners include Ain't It Cool News, Austin Chronicle, 101X FM, The Onion, CHUD, Fangoria, FEARnet, HitFix, 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.