Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Karyn Kusama’s Destroyer, Tenacious D, Flash Gordon‘s Sam J. Jones and Bad Times At The El Royale all walk into the Higball Bar in Austin. No it’s not the set up to some weird joke, it’s the 3rd wave of programming for Fantastic Fest. If you thought the last announcement was big, you’re in for some excitement. Buckle up.
The biggest piece of info is that Bad Times At The El Royale will serve as the festival’s closing night movie. We’ve reported on the great trailers for that film already, so check here if you’re uninitiated. You want something bigger? What about Karyn Kusama’s Destroyer, starring Nicole Kidman, which keeps blowing people away? How about You Might Be A Killer, in which a camp counselor calls his slasher-expert friend, on how to survive a camp massacre? Maybe you want something of historical relevance? The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is finally seeing the light of day, in the US, at the festival. Like I said, there is a lot lot lot of titles to keep track of here. Plus, it’s only the tip of the iceberg.
In addition to normal movies, Fantastic Fest is always home of special and exciting events. This year’s no exception. None other than Tenacious D will be premiering a 6-part animated series, entitled Tenacious D in Post-Apocalypto, which was hand drawn by Jack Black himself! The band will then play a live set after the showing. Not to be outdone, the festival will have an appearance by Sam J. Jones. Jones will be on-hand for a documentary about him, Life After Flash, as well a revival showing of 1980’s Flash Gordon.
For those of you who like to know about the inner workings of festivals, Fantastic Fest has you covered there as well. Buried in today’s press release is the announcement of Jury heads. Co-president and co-founder of Sony Pictures Classics Michael Barker will be overseeing the Main Competition Jury. Academic and writer Alexandra Heller-Nicholas will be the head of Horror Competition Jury. Toronto International Film Festival programming associate Dorota Lech will lead the Next Wave Jury. Last, but not least and maybe the coolest is director/animator Don Hertzfeldt heading up the Shorts Competition Jury.
Here’s the full list of announced 3rd wave titles:
Fantastic Fest is only a week away. From today. So all these titles being announced is a tad overwhelming. Worry not, as we’ll be on the ground covering the event, letting you all about the films. Should you be interested in attending at the last minute, take a look here to procure a badge.