Beyond Fest 2016: Excellent Lineup, Anniversary Screenings And Guests in L.A.

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Beyond Fest 2016: Excellent Lineup, Anniversary Screenings And Guests in L.A.

With all of the festival announcements in the last couple days how do you choose between them all? And with each announcement upping the ante Beyond Fest has thrown down the gauntlet with today's unveiling of the festival lineup, events and the guest list. Beyond Fest has thrown it down, hard. 

What events would I sell my children for a ticket? How about a 30th anniversary screening of Big Trouble in Little China with Kurt Russell in attendance and moderated by James Gunn? How about another opportunity our west to see RZA and his re-scoring of 32nd Chamber of Shaolin? How about Paul Schrader and the 40th anniversary screening of Taxi Driver? How about the screening of Beyond: The Composer's Cut with the composor Fabio Frizzi re-scoring the pic like with a seven piece orchestra? George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead, in 3-D?

Children sold. 

There is so much information to make your way through below. And if affording a pass just isn't in the books this year take a look at all the free screenings in the Shudder Theatre too. 

Los Angeles, CA - Thursday, September 8, 2016 - Beyond Fest, the highest attended genre film festival in the US, is excited to announce its full slate of 2016 programming featuring 27 events and 23 West Coast premieres of mind-bending movie madness. Presented by Shudder, Beyond Fest returns to Hollywood’s famed Egyptian Theatre for 12 days of movies, music and mayhem spanning Friday, September 30th - Tuesday, October 11th to generate funds for co-presenter, the nonprofit American Cinematheque.  
 
With a diverse slate that includes films from all corners of the globe Beyond Fest is proud to open with movie icon Paul Schrader presenting his new feature DOG EAT DOG and a special 40th anniversary screening of TAXI DRIVER. Other hotly-anticipated titles making their West Coast bows include the hyper-explosive coming-of-age cannibal drama RAW, Ana Lily Amipour’s much-anticipated follow up to her alt-cult debut, A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE, the stunning, sonic desert trip THE BAD BATCH, the terrifying adaptation of M.R Carey’s post-apocalyptic horror THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS, and the Mo Brothers’ outrageously hyper-violent action epic, HEADSHOT.
 
“We really wanted to focus on blending the iconic with the emerging this year” said Beyond Fest Co-Founder, Christian Parkes. “To champion brilliantly provocative films like Julia Ducourna’s RAW and Ana Lily Amipour’s THE BAD BATCH whilst celebrating established heroes like Paul Schrader and Kurt Russell is a primary reason for Beyond Fest’s existence.”
 
The most beloved genre films are highlighted with four event screenings over the course of this year’s festival. The legend himself Kurt Russell takes center stage with James Gunn moderating for a very special 30th anniversary screening of BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA projected on glorious 35mm. The “ultimate trip” receives the ultimate treatment as Stanley Kubrick’s existential epic 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY screens in 70mm with a 2001-scored Laserium cosmic laser concert and Q&A featuring the film’s two astronaut leads, Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood. The Tall Man returns with J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot meticulous restoration of Don Coscarelli’s cult classic PHANTASM: REMASTERED. Coscarelli will be joined with members of the original cast before the West Coast premiere of the series’ final entry PHANTASM RAVAGER. In keeping with the restoration theme, producer Richard P. Rubenstein will be on hand to present the U.S. Premiere of DAWN OF THE DEAD 3-D. Romero’s cult nightmare has never looked better and will be the first laser 3-D feature projected at the famed Egyptian Theatre.
 
Once again, music features prominently with two seismic re scores taking center stage. Furiously blurring the lines between music, film and art, Beyond Fest welcomes a new disciple and an old friend with two seismic re scores. Director, producer, actor, Wu Tang Clan founder and the all-together mythic RZA enters the fray with a roundhouse kick for his epic takedown of a martial arts masterpiece. 18 months in the making, RZA: LIVE FROM THE 36th CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN is a mammoth live re scoring of Lau Kar-leung’s Shaw Brothers classic featuring over 40+ tracks culled from RZA’s monumental catalog. Instrumental tracks, beats, samples and vocal tracks amplify the narrative and Gordon Liu’s revelatory performance.
 
Returning to Los Angeles is legendary composer Fabio Frizzi and his seven-piece orchestra to perform THE BEYOND: COMPOSER’S CUT. This bold, new take on Lucio Fulci’s gothic masterpiece features a live re score featuring a completely new composition and will play with all original dialog intact. THE BEYOND: COMPOSER’S CUT will be accompanied by an uncut 35mm screening of GATES OF HELL and a very special secret screening with surprise guests.
 
Celebrating LA filmmaking remains a priority for Beyond Fest with Ti West receiving this year’s ‘LA Spotlight’ for his transformative western, IN A VALLEY OF VIOLENCE. Beyond Fest alumni West will be joined by cast members Karen Gillan, Taissa Farmiga, Toby Huss, James Ransone, and the film’s four-legged star, Jumpy. LA also represents en masse with a midnight blast of animated anarchy as Chris Prynoski’s NERDLAND also gets its LA premiere. The first feature from Prynoski’s Titmouse Animation Studios is a wild descent into LA’s soul-destroying entertainment industry and will feature director Prynoski, writer Andrew Kevin Walker, actor Patton Oswalt, plus others in attendance.
 
Beyond Fest welcomes the return of genre streaming platform Shudder as its Presenting Sponsor, a partnership that provides 13 screenings (9 West Coast premieres) absolutely free to film fans. Every night, the 90-seat ‘Shudder Theatre’ will feature a brand new film selected from across the world including
 
Emile Hirsch’s super creepy THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE, Japanese scare-fest SADAKO VS KAYAKO, Morgan Spurlock’s stomach-churning doc RATS, the revelatory Kubrick doc S IS FOR STANLEY, the hands down craziest film of the year THE DWARVES MUST BE CRAZY and two Cinematic Void double bills featuring a premiere screening of Arrow’s 4K restoration of Romero’s THE CRAZIES paired with MARTIN on 16mm and an American Genre Film Archive fundraiser featuring a 35mm monster mash up of NEON MANIACS and STREET TRASH.
 
If that wasn’t enough, virtual reality engulfs Beyond Fest for the first time with Dark Corner Studios showcasing three of their most terrifying experiences. Led by wunder-director Guy Shelmerdine, guests will be able to watch his breakout VR horror smash CATATONIC, in addition to his new film MULE and Justin Denton’s BURLAP. The Egyptian Theatre will be housing Dark Corner in the hidden reaches of its 90 year old architecture.
 
See below for the full lineup of newly announced film titles for Beyond Fest 2015.
 
BEYOND FEST 2016 PROGRAM
 
EGYPTIAN THEATRE
 
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY on 70mm
United States, 1968
70mm, 161 min
Director - Stanley Kubrick
wi. actors Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood in person and Laserium laser concert before screening
 
THE BAD BATCH
Co-presented with Vice & Etheria
United States, 2016
West Coast Premiere, 115 min
Director - Ana Lily Amapour
wi. director / writer Ana Lily Amipour in person
 
THE BEYOND: COMPOSER’S CUT (wi. CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD)
Italy, 1981
West Coast Premiere, 89 min
Director - Lucio Fulci
wi. live re score by Fabio Frizzi + seven piece orchestra and special secret screening before performance
 
BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA - 30th Anniversary Screening on 35mm
United States, 1986
35mm, 99 min
Director - John Carpenter
wi. actor Kurt Russell, moderated by James Gunn in person
 
CALL OF HEROES (wi. HEADSHOT)
Hong Kong / China, 2016
West Coast Premiere, 120 min
Director - Benny Chan
 
CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD (wi. THE BEYOND: COMPOSER’S CUT)
United States, 1983
35mm, 93 min
Director - Lucio Fulci
 
DOG EAT DOG (wi. TAXI DRIVER)
United States, 2016
West Coast Premiere, 93 min
Director - Paul Schrader
wi. Paul Schrader in person
 
THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS
United States / United Kingdom, 2016
West Coast Premiere, 111 min
Director - Colm McCarthy
 
GEORGE A. ROMERO’S DAWN OF THE DEAD 3-D
United States / South Korea, 1978 / 2016
West Coast Premiere, 127 min, Unrated, U.S. Theatrical Cut
Director - George A. Romero
wi. producer Richard P. Rubenstein in person
 
HEADSHOT (wi. CALL OF HEROES)
Indonesia, 2016
West Coast Premiere, 117 min
Directors - The Mo Brothers: Kimo Stamboel and Timo Tjahjanto
 
HOLY MOUNTAIN on 35mm
Mexico / United States, 1973
35mm, 115 min
Director - Alexandro Jodorowsky
 
IN A VALLEY OF VIOLENCE
United States, 2016
West Coast Premiere, 104 min
Director - Ti West
wi. director Ti West and actors Karen Gillan, Taissa Farmiga, Toby Huss, and James Ransone in person
 
NERDLAND
United States, 2016
West Coast Premiere, 85 min
Director - Chris Prynoski
wi. Director Chris Prynoski, writer Andrew Kevin Walker, actor Patton and cast in person
 
PHANTASM: REMASTERED (wi. PHANTASM RAVAGER)
4K Restoration
United States, 1979 / 2016
LA Premiere, 96 min
Director - Don Coscarelli
wi. director Don Coscarelli and cast in person
 
PHANTASM RAVAGER (wi. PHANTASM: REMASTERED)
United States, 2016
West Coast Premiere, 87 min
Director - David Hartman
wi. director David Hartman and producer Don Coscarelli in person
 
RAW
Co-presented with Etheria
France, 2016
West Coast Premiere, 95 min
Director - Julia Ducournau
 
RZA: LIVE FROM THE 36th CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN
Hong Kong / United States, 1979 / 2016
West Coast Premiere, 119 min
Director - Lau Ker-leung
features live re score by RZA
 
TAXI DRIVER 40th Anniversary Screening (wi. DOG EAT DOG)
United States, 1976
114 min
Director - Martin Scorsese
wi. Paul Schrader in person
 
THE WOLF MAN
United States, 1941
71 min
Director - George Waggner
wi. Ron Chaney in person
 
 
SHUDDER THEATRE
 
THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE (Free Screening)
United Kingdom, 2016
West Coast Premiere
Director - André Øvredal
 
BEYOND THE WALLS (Free Screening)
France 2016
West Coast Premiere
Director - Hervé Hadmar
 
THE CRAZIES - 4K Restoration (Free Screening)
United States 1973
US Premiere
Director - George Romero
 
DOWN UNDER (Free Screening)
Australia 2016
West Coast Premiere
Director - Abraham Forysthe
wi. director Abraham Forsythe in person
 
THE DWARVES MUST BE CRAZY (Free Screening)
Thailand 2016
West Coast Premiere
Director - Bhin Banloerit
 
MARTIN (Free Screening)
16mm, United States 1977
Director - George Romero
 
MONSTER (Free Screening)
United States 2016
West Coast Premiere
Director - Bryan Bertino
 
NEON MANIACS (Free screening)
35mm, United States 1986
Director - Joseph Mangine
 
RATS (Free screening)
United States 2016
West Coast Premiere
Director - Morgan Spurlock
 
S IS FOR STANLEY (Free Screening)
Italy 2016
West Coast Premiere
Director - Alex Infascelli
wi. director Alex Infascelli in person
 
SADAKO VS KAYAKO (Free Screening)
Japan 2016
West Coast Premiere
Director - Kôji Shiraishi
 
STREET TRASH (free screening)
35mm, United States 1985
Director - J. Michael Muro
 
THE VOID (Free Screening)
Canada 2016
West Coast Premiere
Directors - Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski
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