Fantastic Fest Day #6

I was so exhausted yesterday that by the time I drove to the theater, I realized I just couldn’t handle another movie. So I skipped the first film and slept in my car for two hours. When I woke up, I checked Twitter and saw the buzz on the film …

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Fantastic Fest Day #5

I don’t really know what day it is anymore. The concept of time is foggy. My body shuffles forward, as if pulled by an external force. My eyes scan constantly, seeking any movie screen within their view, like junkies seeking their next fix. Three more days to go! Anyway, I …

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Fantastic Fest Day #4

The sleep deprivation is starting to get to me. I hallucinated that Marko Zaror gave me an energy drink. And then he spin-kicked a can off Brian Salisbury’s head. And then I got into a conversation with his mother. Oh, wait, there are photos of the spin-kick on my camera. So, …

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Fantastic Fest Day #3

These people just had a pie fight. #FantasticFest pic.twitter.com/OVvEtXcn69 — Doug Benson (@DougBenson) September 20, 2014 I learned a valuable lesson yesterday. If you’re going to have a pie fight in an alley, don’t just bring a change of clothes. Do the pie fight after all the other stuff you …

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Fantastic Fest Day #2

After only two days of Fantastic Fest, I feel like the event has eaten my face and left me in an exhausted heap. This, of course, is how it should be. This year, Fantastic Fest moved back to the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, which is within sight of the Austin …

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Fantastic Fest Day #1

The normal description: Fantastic Fest is a film festival in Austin, Texas, which focuses on genre films from around the world. My description: Fantastic Fest is the heavy metal mosh pit of film festivals. And I love it. Opening night was last night. I got to see my favorite Fantastic …

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The D after the OC

I have a Google Doc Spreadsheet called Pack List. Whenever I have to pack for an out-of-town excursion, I create a new tab and take notes for the week prior to departure. Then, anytime I think, “Oh, I need to remember to bring a water bottle / a gift for …

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Remembering Nick Post

I woke up this morning thinking of an evening about a decade ago, when I was having beers in Chicago with Nick Post and a whole slew of comics creators. It was a hilarious evening, and it brought a smile to my sleepy face. Then I rolled over and turned …

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A Reel Education on July 20th!

A Reel Education is pleased to return to The Trylon microcinema on July 20th! This time, we will be presenting Metropolis, the very first feature-length science fiction film. As an extra treat, this silent classic will be accompanied with live music by FUGITIVE! The Trylon microcinema is a wonderful, intimate …

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PowerPoint Karaoke at the MN Fringe Festival!

That’s right! We somehow landed a whopping five shows during the illustrious Minnesota Fringe Festival, the largest non-juried festival in the United States. Come see improv comedians bravely attempt to give a PowerPoint presentation for a deck of slides that they have never seen before. You know what that means? That …

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