Beyond Fest 2021: A Lineup of New Hits And Beloved Classics Are Coming to L.A.
I always look forward to finding out what Beyond Fest has wrangled up each year, not just for the crop of current and new festival faves but for their top shelf rep programming as well. We'll get to that in a moment, but first, the newbs.
First of all there is the world premiere of Aharon Keshales' noir South of Heaven, starring Jason Sudekis and Evangeline Lilly. That's cool. Then there is Cannes champion Titane, horror sequel Halloween Kills and The Black Phone. You will also get to see The Feast, The Banquet and Lamb. The fourth chapter of the V/H/S anthology V/H/S/94 will also play at the festival. Of course, this is all happening in and around Hollywood so expect lots of filmmakers and cast to be in attendance. It's what? A five minute drive to the theatre for everyon?
Okay. So clearly I don't know how L.A. traffic works but I do know that you'll be willing to brave rush hour for the lineup of rep screening that include A Clockwork Orange, and how about Blood for Dracula with Udo Kier in attendance and New York Ninja with Cynthia Rothrock in attendance? How about Michael Mann in attendance for screenings of Collatoral and Thief?
There is a whole lot more in the announcement below. Tickets will be on sale via Eventbrite on September 17th at 10 AM PST. Visit BeyondFest.com and the American Cinematheque for details.
Beyond Fest announces a city-wide presence with a slate including the US Premiere of HALLOWEEN KILLS, the West Coast premieres of THE BLACK PHONE, LAMB, VORTEX and Palme d’Or winner TITANE on 35mm, the world premiere of NEW YORK NINJA, 50th anniversary of A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, and a salute to the legendary Michael Mann.Beyond Fest, the highest-attended genre film festival in the US, is excited to announce its complete slate of 2021 programming comprising 39 features, including 8 world premieres, 4 US premieres, and 17 West Coast Premieres. Following a sold-out residency at the Mission Tiki Drive-In in 2020, Beyond Fest returns to theaters for 10 days of cinematic excess from Wednesday, September 29th - Monday, October 11th. Built in partnership with the American Cinematheque, Beyond Fest will screen at the Legion Theatre, Aero Theatre, and Los Feliz 3 with all ticket sales going to the 501c3 non-profit film institution. Attendance to all screenings require physical proof of vaccination and guests must follow mandatory mask mandates.With a diverse slate celebrating the most transgressive cinema, Beyond Fest is proud to open with the West Coast Premiere of Julia Ducornau’s Palme d’Or Winner TITANE at the historic Hollywood Legion Theater with the director in attendance. This screening also represents two world-firsts with TITANE playing in-theater for the first time on a never-before-seen 35mm print, while a drive-in screening simultaneously takes place outside.Horror heroes Blumhouse return to Beyond Fest with two of the year’s most-anticipated features: HALLOWEEN KILLS and THE BLACK PHONE. Director David Gordon Green and producer Jason Blum will join in-person for the US Premiere of HALLOWEEN KILLS and participate in a post-screening Q&A that will be livestreamed globally as the culmination of the super-producers’ annual Blumfest. The latest shocker from power duo Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill, THE BLACK PHONE, delivers the scares in their adaptation of Joe Hill’s beloved ghost story. Director Scott Derrikson will be attending the films’ West Coast Premiere.Following it's electrifying Cannes debut, jaw-drop cinema LAMB, will receive its West Coast Premiere with director Valdimar Jóhannsson and star Noomi Rapace joining in person, and agent provocateur Gaspar Noé is once-again championed with the West Coast bow of his devastating VORTEX featuring an astonishing performance from the maestro, Dario Argento. Lucile Hadžihalilovic promises to shake the audience to its core with the US Premiere of her hallucinatory and mesmerising EARWIG, and acclaimed director Bernard Rose will be in attendance with his cast and crew for the world premiere of his latest film, TRAVELLING LIGHT. We descend into the frighteningly brilliant world of V/H/S with the West Coast Premiere of the brand new V/H/S 94 with talent in attendance, and an incredibly rare 35mm screening of the franchise’s original shockfest, V/H/S.“Despite all of the adversity of the last 18 months, we’re incredibly thankful to have built a program that is as diverse and progrogressive as anything we’ve accomplished in our past nine years,” said Beyond Fest Head of Programming, Evrim Ersoy. “Recognizing this adversity, the generous support of filmmakers, studios, distributors, and our partners has also given us the opportunity to make over half of the program free to the film community of Los Angeles. It’s so good to be back in theaters where we belong.”Icons of Cinema will be honored via a series of screenings over the course of the festival with the first being a celebration of four-time Academy Award® nominee Michael Mann with screenings of COLLATERAL and the 40th anniversary of THIEF with the director in attendance. VFX master Phil Tippett is joining us for a career-spanning Q&A between the West Coast debut of his highly-anticipated, magnum opus MAD GOD and his sci-fi-chef’s-kiss, STARSHIP TROOPERS. Also screening is the West Coast Premiere of the 4K restoration of Stanley Kubrick’s A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, and the legendary Udo Kier will discuss one of his most audacious roles with the theatrical World Premiere of the newly restored BLOOD FOR DRACULA. For the duration of the festival the Aero Theatre will be rebranded as the ‘MUBI Theatre’ in-keeping with the streamers’ mission to help cinema-lovers discover and watch beautiful, interesting, incredible films.Celebrating repertory classics from the beloved to the newly-discovered with a series of screenings, Beyond Fest will be home to the West Coast Premiere of the new 4K Restoration of Andrzej Zulawski seminal work, POSSESSION, the World Premiere of the newly-discovered, never-finished until now(!) 80’s Kung-fu-ploitation NEW YORK NINJA from the brilliant minds at Vinegar Syndrome with cast members Leon Isaac, Cynthia Rothrock, and original cast member Adrienne Meltzer in attendance, and the World Premiere of the new 4K Restoration of ‘ALISON’S BIRTHDAY’ as part of a folk horror double-bill, and a very special screening of 2020’s cult sensation THE EMPTY MAN with the director David Prior on-stage for an extended Q&A.As a give-back to the film community of Los Angeles, all Beyond Fest programming at the Los Feliz 3 Theatre will be 100% free to all guests courtesy of our friends at ‘Shudder’,the premium streaming service for horror, thriller and supernatural films and series. Rebranded as the ‘Shudder Theatre,’ we will be screening a series of hotly anticipated titles spanning the World Premieres of Aharon Keshales tough-as-nails neo-noir SOUTH OF HEAVEN starring Jason Sudekis and Evangeline Lilly and Sam Walker’s eye-popping midnight sci-fi chiller THE SEED, to the highly anticipated West Coast Premieres of SXSW sensation THE FEAST, Ruth Paxton’s bone-chilling THE BANQUET, Dasha Nekrasova’s hallucinatory Berlin winner THE SCARY OF SIXTY-FIRST (on brand-new 35mm with the director in attendance), extreme horror THE SADNESS, Kier-La Janisse’s definitive folk-horror doc WOODLANDS DARK AND DAYS BEWITCHED, the Midnight Madness breakout SALOUM, in addition to three shorts blocks celebrating up-and-coming filmmakers. The Los Feliz 3 will also be home to a very special secret screening of XXXXXXXXX from the legendary director XXXX XXXXXXXXX.Celebrating a commitment to the most transgressive cinema we have curated the ultimate late night sidebar with IFC Midnight to commemorate their 10-year anniversary. Reflecting their endlessly provocative slate, six free screenings, courtesy of IFC Midnight, will begin at the stroke of midnight: the brand-new restoration of Lars von Trier’s ANTICHRIST, THE BABADOOK, KILL LIST, MANIAC, THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE, and BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO.Another significant 20-year anniversary is that of the world’s leading genre website, BLOODY DISGUSTING, who have joined us to program a day dedicated to three of the most important films in their celebrated history hosted by Bloody Disgusting’s The Boo Crew Podcast. Opening the day is the battle between the king of the monsters, FREDDY VS. JASON with writers Damian Shannon and Mark Swift in-person, genre superheroes Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett will be on hand to discuss YOU’RE NEXT after a rare 35mm screening, and closing out the event will be Fede Álvarez with world's first theatrical screening of his uncut EVIL DEAD in all its glory.“As an institution that values and champions the communal theatrical experience above all, it’s a joy to bring Beyond Fest back to our theaters,” said American Cinematheque Creative Director, Grant Moninger. “With the Aero Theatre, the Los Feliz 3, and our partnership with the Hollywood Legion Theater, film lovers across LA can experience Beyond Fest‘s incredible immersion of cinema together and on the big screen.”In the digital space, Beyond Fest is presenting with Amazon Studios and Blumhouse Television the virtual panel ‘Women In Horror: The Female Perspective.’ Featuring an all-female roster of filmmakers including Gigi Saul Guerrero (Writer/Director, BINGO HELL), Axelle Carolyn (Writer/Director, THE MANOR), Maritte Lee Go (Director, BLACK AS NIGHT), Marcella Ochoa (Writer, MADRES), and Lisa Bruce (Blumhouse Television), ‘Women In Horror’ delves deep into the process, challenges, and cause for celebration experienced by female genre filmmakers. The panel will be available to watch for free online from 1st October on beyondfest.com and americancinematheque.comBeyond Fest will continue to support the filmmaking community with the help of Final Draft who will be presenting three dedicated short blocks and supplying the selected films with a copy of Final Draft 12 as well as giving free entry for each of the selected budding screenwriters into Final Draft’s Big Break Screenwriting Contest.See below for the full lineup of newly announced feature film titles for Beyond Fest 2021. Tickets will be on sale via americancinematheque.com on September 17th at 10AM PST. Visit beyondfest.com and the American Cinematheque for details.Attendees will need to present both proof of vaccination and a valid ID at the theatre to be admitted into the event. (Last vaccination must be recorded as 2 weeks prior to the event). Reasonable accommodations will be provided to those needing it for religious or medical reasons with proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test, taken within 72 hours of the screening. For more information regarding requirements, visit americancinematheque.com.BEYOND FEST 2021 PROGRAMLEGION THEATRETITANEWest Coast PremiereDirector: Julia DucournauCountry: France, BelgiumRuntime: 108 minutesYear: 2021GUESTS: Director Julia Ducournau in personHALLOWEEN KILLSUS PremiereDirector: David Gordon GreenCountry: USARuntime: 106 MinutesYear: 2021GUESTS: Director David Gordon Green and producer Jason Blum in person-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------MUBI THEATRE at the Aero TheatreLAMBWest Coast PremiereDirector: Valdimar JóhannssonCountry: Iceland, Sweden, PolandRuntime: 106 minutesYear: 2021GUESTS: Director Valdimar Jóhannsson and actor Noomi Rapace in personNEW YORK NINJAWorld PremiereDirector: John LiuCountry: USARuntime:Year: 1984GUESTS: Actors Cynthia Rothrock, Leon Isaac and Adrienne Meltzer, Producer Kurtis Spieler and Brad Henderson in personFREDDY VS. JASONRepertory ScreeningDirector: Ronny YuCountry: USARuntime: 97 minutesYear: 2003GUESTS: Writers Mark Swift and Damian Shannon in personYOU’RE NEXTRepertory ScreeningDirector: Adam WingardCountry: USARuntime: 94 minutesYear: 2011GUESTS: Director Adam Wingard and Writer Simon Barrett in personEVIL DEADRepertory ScreeningDirector: Fede ÁlvarezCountry: USARuntime: 96 minutesYear: 2013GUESTS: Director/Co-Writer Fede Álvarez in personV/H/S 94West Coast PremiereDirector: Jennifer Reeder, Simon Barrett, Timo Tjahjanto, Chloe Okuno, Ryan ProwsCountry: USARuntime: 101 minutesYear: 2021GUESTS: Director Simon Barrett, Chloe Okuno, Ryan Prows, Producers Brad Miska, Josh Goldbloom and composer Greg Anderson in personV/H/SRepertory ScreeningDirector: Adam Wingard, David Bruckner, Ti West, Glenn McQuaid, Joe Swanberg, Radio SilenceCountry: USARuntime: 116 minutesYear: 2012GUESTS: Director Simon Barrett in personMAD GODWest Coast PremiereDirector: Phil TippettCountry: USARuntime: 83 minutesYear: 2021GUESTS: Director Phil Tippett in personSTARSHIP TROOPERSRepertory ScreeningDirector: Paul VerhoevenCountry: USARuntime: 129 minutesYear: 1997GUESTS: Phil Tippett in personCOLLATERALRepertory ScreeningDirector: Michael MannCountry: USARuntime: 120 minutesYear: 2004GUESTS: Director Michael Mann in personTHIEFRepertory ScreeningDirector: Michael MannCountry: USARuntime: 122 minutesYear: 1981GUESTS: Director Michael Mann in personVORTEXWest Coast PremiereDirector: Gaspar NoéCountry: FranceRuntime: 144 minutesYear: 2021GUESTS: Director Gaspar Noé in virtual Q&APOSSESSIONWest Coast Premiere - 4K RestorationDirector: Andrzej ZulawskiCountry: France, GermanyRuntime: 124 minutesYear: 1981THE EMPTY MANRepertory ScreeningDirector: David PriorCountry: USARuntime: 137 minutesYear: 2020GUESTS: Director David Prior in personTHE BLACK PHONEWest Coast PremiereDirector: Scott DerricksonCountry: USARuntime: 102 minutesYear: 2021GUESTS: Director Scott Derrickson in personBLOOD FOR DRACULARepertory ScreeningDirector: Paul MorriseyCountry: Italy, FranceRuntime: 106 minutesYear: 1974GUESTS: Actor Udo Kier in person-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------SHUDDER THEATRE at the Los Feliz 3WOODLANDS DARK AND DAYS BEWITCHED: A HISTORY OF FOLK HORRORWest Coast PremiereDirector: Kier-La JanisseCountry: USARuntime: 194 minutesYear: 2021ALLISON’S BIRTHDAYWorld Premiere - 4K RestorationDirector: Ian CoughlanCountry: AustraliaRuntime: 97 minutesYear: 1981SOUTH OF HEAVENWorld PremiereDirector: Aharon KeshalesCountry: USARuntime: 120 minutesYear: 2021GUESTS: Director Aharon Keshales in personTHE SPINE OF NIGHTWest Coast PremiereDirector: Morgan Galen King, Philip GelattCountry: USARuntime: 93 minutesYear: 2021CODE NAME: NAGASAKIWest Coast PremiereDirector: Fredrik HanaCountry: NorwayRuntime: 70 minutesYear: 2021DR. CALIGARIUS Premiere - 4K RestorationDirector: Stephen SayadianCountry: USARuntime: 80 minutesYear: 1989GUESTS: Director Stephen Sayadian, Writer Jerry Stahl, Director of Photography Ladi von JanskyTOMBS OF THE BLIND DEADWest Coast Premiere - Uncut RestorationDirector: Amando de OssorioCountry: France, PortugalRuntime: 101 minutesYear: 1972THE FEASTWest Coast PremiereDirector: Lee Haven JonesCountry: UKRuntime: 93 minutesYear: 2021SALOUMWest Coast PremiereDirector: Jean Luc HerbulotCountry: Senegal, CongoRuntime: 84 minutesYear: 2021THE SCARY OF SIXTY-FIRSTUS PremiereDirector: Dasha NekrasovaCountry: USARuntime: 81 minutesYear: 2021THE SEEDWorld PremiereDirector: Sam WalkerCountry: UKRuntime:Year: 2021THE BETA TESTWest Coast PremiereDirector: Jim CummingsCountry: USARuntime: 93 minutesYear: 2021THE MEDIUMUS PremiereDirector: Banjong PisanthanakunCountry: Thailand, South KoreaRuntime: 131 minutesYear: 2021EARWIGUS PremiereDirector: Lucile Hadžihalilovi?Country: France, Belgium, UKRuntime: 114 minutesYear: 2021HOMEBOUNDWest Coast PremiereDirector: Sebastian GoodwinCountry: UKRuntime: 75 minutesYear: 2021SECRET SCREENINGxxxxxxxx PremiereDirector: xxxx xxxxxxxxxCountry: xxRuntime: xxxxx minutesYear: 2021THE SADNESSWest Coast PremiereDirector: Rob JabbazCountry: TaiwanRuntime: 99 minutesYear: 2021A BANQUETWest Coast PremiereDirector: Ruth PaxtonCountry: UKRuntime: 97 minutesYear: 2021AFTER BLUE (DIRTY PARADISE)West Coast PremiereDirector: Bertrand MandicoCountry: FranceRuntime: 127 minutesYear: 2021TRAVELLING LIGHTWorld PremiereDirector: Bernard RoseCountry: USARuntime: 90 minutesYear: 2021GUESTS: Director Bernard Rose, Actor Danny Houston, Tony Todd, Olivia D’Abo, Stephen Dorf and Matthew Jacob in person----------------------------------------------------------------------------IFC MIDNIGHT SCREENINGSANTICHRISTDirector: Lars Von TrierCountry: Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, SwedenRuntime: 108 minutesYear: 2009THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOEDirector: André ØvredalCountry: USA, UKRuntime: 86 minutesYear: 2016KILL LISTDirector: Ben WheatleyCountry: UKRuntime: 95 minutesYear: 2011BABADOOKDirector: Jennifer KentCountry: AustraliaRuntime: 91 minutesYear: 2014BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIODirector: Peter StricklandCountry: UKRuntime: 94 minutesYear: 2014MANIACDirector: Franck KhalfounCountry: USARuntime: 89 minutesYear: 2012