I’m here attending FantasticFest 2009 as I have the last few years. It is an incredibly fun film festival dedicated to sci-fi, anime, horror, fantasy, and anything else fun/cool they can think of. This is my FAVORITE film festival in terms of having a good time seeing great wachjob movies. Panels on 3D filmmaking, as well as screenings of upcoming movies such as Zombieland, Gentlemen Broncos, Daybreakers, George Romero’s Survival of the Dead, and tons of others will add the the awesome mayhem.
Alamo Drafthouse founder Tim League puts this on with Harry Knowles (lookin’ at him now) of Aint It Cool News organize the event and bring a ton o’ fun to it – for instance, awards are beer steins, the bigger the better, served FULL – and you’re expected to finish it onstage while the audience roars “CHUG! CHUG! CHUG!” Events like the 100 Best Kills, Fantastic Feud (nerd boy movie knowledge), Fantastic Debates (resolved with gloves in the ring), and others give you idea of the tenor of the event.
I’ll be here all week, folks – if you have some spare time and can get to Austin, now is the time.