21 July 2011

Fright Night Film Fest 2011

It's been wild to watch as Fright Night Film Fest grows with each year.  The 2011 festival begins tomorrow night at 5:00 PM (unless you've got passes that allow you to enter at 4:00) and provided all the stars align properly, I'll be going again this year, having been absent the last two years.  I've already posted a survey of the festival and my preliminary hopes and thoughts, but for the lazy who just want to finish reading this post, the guest list this time is awfully impressive: John Carpenter is the Guest of Honor and other celebrities include Henry Winkler, Michael Biehn, Linda Blair, Margot Kidder, director Fred Olen Ray and scream queen Tiffany Shepis among scores of others including Boba Fetts Jeremy Bulloch and Daniel Logan.  Films screened will include Biehn's The Victim (which he directed and will follow with a Q&A segment), Fred Olen Ray's Supershark (which he will likewise attend) and Cross (numerous minor cast members will be on hand).  Albert Pyun will be present to screen his director's cut of 1990's Captain America tomorrow at 5:00 when the doors open.

Vendors will be peddling their wares and movies will be screened the whole time.  There are several other special events, such as a VIP Celebrity Cocktail Party Saturday night at 9:00 and a Masquerade Ball at 10:00.  Also Saturday night will be a tie-in event at Georgetown Twin Drive-In.  Henry Winkler and assorted other celebrities will attend a screening of two episodes of Happy Days followed by American Graffiti, to be followed by the regular Screen 1 lineup of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 and Transformers: Dark of the Moon.  Happy Days is scheduled to begin at 9:35 PM and Transformers is scheduled to finish at 4:45 AM; $15 gets you in for the whole shebang.

I would adore seeing American Graffiti at a drive-in, but in all likelihood I'll be at the cocktail party at that time.  It's a shame, really.  Who knows?  Maybe things will go that way.  Regardless of what I get to see or who I get to meet, I intend to chronicle my experiences here.