Dedicated to delivering the elite in horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and badass cinema, this year’s Beyond Fest programming reflects a globally diverse and eclectic mix of premieres, rare repertory screenings, and special events, all of which are anchored in bringing firsts to the community of genre fans in Los Angeles. Beyond Fest has also partnered with Robert Rodriguez’s El Rey Network as its presenting sponsor, a partnership that will make much of the festival’s programming free to creative makers and film fans alike.
“The response was so great last year that we knew we had to bring Beyond Fest back, so much so that we immediately started planning this installment,” said Christian Parkes, co-founder of Beyond Fest. “We challenged ourselves to build on the foundation we laid and to create something that is a celebration for the audience as much as the films on the screen. Our partnership with El Rey Network is indicative of this as it allows us to share a brave, new generation of filmmakers with the film community of Los Angeles.”
L.A. premieres are integral to Beyond Fest as the festival opens with HORNS, Alexandre Aja’s (HAUTE TENSION, HILLS HAVE EYES) wonderfully dark take on Joe Hill’s explosive book, complete with a revelatory turn by Daniel Radcliffe.
BH Tilt (formerly Blumhouse Productions) and Shock Till You Drop have joined forces to deliver a free screening of the terrifying meta-remake of THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (AMERICAN HORROR STORY) and produced by Jason Blum and Ryan Murphy, while anthology fans are rewarded with first looks at the shock-rides ABC’S OF DEATH 2 and V/H/S VIRAL, complete with cast and crew and favorite V/H/S shorts.
Jeff Goldsmith brings his wildly popular Q&A / Backstory empire to Beyond Fest for two evenings of deep discussion, first with Dan Gilroy in support of his masterful directorial debut, NIGHTCRAWLER, and then it’s a night of mischief, mayhem and soap as he talks to FIGHT CLUB author, Chuck Palahniuk, and screenwriter, Jim Uhls exploring the transition of an apocalyptic masterpiece to pitch-perfect screenplay. Preceding the discussion is a screening of David Fincher’s brilliantly caustic adaptation.
Japanese cinema plays a prominent role with three of its finest exports taking center stage. Following last year’s fan-favorite, WHY DON’T YOU PLAY IN HELL?, auteur Sion Sono returns with his deliriously over the top adaptation of Santa Inoue’s seminal manga series TOKYO TRIBE. Hot on the heels of its highly controversial domestic release, Tetsuya Nakashima’s thoroughly groundbreaking THE WORLD OF KANAKO plays a special free screening, while Hitoshi Matsumoto’s quasi-sex-comedy, R100, closes out the axis of anarchy with lead dominatrix, Lindsay Kay Hayward, on site to whip the audience into shape.
This year’s L.A. Spotlight shines on directors Dennis Widmyer & Kevin Kolsch who brings their black tale of fame-at-all-costs to the Egyptian’s apt Hollywood locale for STARRY EYES. Joined by the film’s cast and crew, Dennis & Kevin will follow his local bow with the film they cite as a heavy influence: Andrzaj Zulawski’s masterpiece of nuanced terror, POSSESSION.
Integral to Beyond Fest’s slate is the partnership with El Rey Network. As Presenting Sponsor, El Rey Network is making the 80-seat Spielberg Theatre accessible to all under the banner of “El Rey’s ‘The People’s Network’ Theatre” and screening eight films from the most original directors in the world of genre film including: HYENA (UK – LA premiere), THE EDITOR (Canada – LA premiere), NORWAY (Greece – LA premiere), FUTURE SHOCK! THE STORY OF 2000AD (UK – LA premiere) and THE CANAL (Ireland – LA premiere)
“These screenings are free of charge because we believe in the filmmakers behind them: these are brilliant films from all across the world and we want to expose audiences to them,” said Grant Moninger, American Cinematheque programmer. “It’s important to share bold, unique talent on the big screen, it’s where a filmmakers craft shines the most.”
Repertory titles play a prominent part of Beyond Fest and this year is no exception with a handful of massive events:
Produced in partnership with the French Consulate, Meltdown Comics and RADiUS, SNOWPIERCER creator, Jean-Marc Rochette will discuss the process of translating creative vision from the comic book to the big screen before Bong Joon-ho’s stunning epic rolls overhead. Complimenting SNOWPIERCER will be the world premiere of Jesus Castro-Ortega’s behind the scenes documentary.
ONLY GOD FORGIVES provides the inspiration for the LA premiere of MY LIFE DIRECTED BY NICOLAS WINDING REFN, an illuminating and intimate portrait of Danish auteur Nicolas Winding Refn, directed and shot by his wife, Liv Corfixen. Documenting Refn’s journey to bring ONLY GOD FORGIVES to the big screen, Corfixen is honest and unflinching with her lens capturing Refn is a way previously unseen outside of his inner crew and, in many cases, outside of Corfixen herself. Liv Corfixen and Nicolas Winding Refn will sit in conversation between the two films.
Geoff Boucher’s Humans From Earth Nerdist podcast pairs together John Carpenter and Jamie Lee Curtis for the first time ever to discuss the making of the all-time classic, HALLOWEEN. Complete with the brand-new re-master supervised by HALLOWEEN cinematographer, Dean Cundy, and a screening of El Rey’s THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR with John Carpenter and Robert Rodriguez, this is one for the ages.
The stars of Comedy Central’s late night stand-up smash THE MELTDOWN WITH JONAH AND KUMAIL bring their film-loving humor to Beyond Fest for “A Night at the Movies with THE MELTDOWN WITH JONAH AND KUMAIL featuring THE MONSTER SQUAD.” Before screening THE MONSTER SQUAD, Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani will grab the mics to share their deep and slightly twisted love of movies before being joined by THE MONSTER SQUAD director, Fred Dekker, where they will discuss the size of The Wolfman’s nards amongst many other topics.
Seminal soundtrack label and Beyond Fest partner, Death Waltz Recording Company returns with a double bill event that was a year in the making. Opening the night is a screening and live re-score of TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE by musicians Umberto and Antoni Maiovvi, who have composed an 88 minute piece that plays alongside the film’s existing audio tracks. A limited double album will be made available exclusively at the screening. Not content with just one release, Death Waltz is also dropping the long-awaited score to Ti West’s breakout shocker, HOUSE OF THE DEVIL, complete with screening and cast and crew Q&A.
BEYOND FEST 2014 PROGRAM
NIGHTCRAWLER presented by Backstory
dir. Dan Gilroy
Dan Gilroy in person
THE WORLD OF KANAKO / KAWAKI – LA Premiere – FREE SCREENING
dir. Tetsuya Nakashima
THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN presented by Shock Till You Drop and BH Tilt – FREE SCREENING
dir. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
FIGHT CLUB presented by Backstory
dir. David Fincher
FIGHT CLUB author Chuck Palahniuk and screenwriter Jim Uhls in person
STARRY EYES presented by Bloody Disgusting – LA Premiere
Dir. Kevin Kölsch, Dennis Widmyer
Cast and crew in person
dir. Andrezj Zulawski
France / West Germany
V/H/S VIRAL + V/H/S Shorts presented by Bloody Disgusting – LA Premiere
dir. Todd Lincoln, Nacho Vigalondo, Marcel Sarmiento, Gregg Bishop, Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead
Cast and crew in person
20,000 DAYS ON EARTH
dir. Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard
TOKYO TRIBE – LA Premiere
dir. Sion Sono
SNOWPIERCER – A Vis a Vis Event presented by the French Consulate, Meltdown Comics and RADiUS
dir. Bong Joon-ho
Snowpiercer creator Jean-Marc Rochette
HORNS presented with Fantastic Fest – LA Premiere
dir. Alexandre Aja
United States / Canada
A Night at the Movies with THE MELTDOWN WITH JONAH AND KUMAIL featuring THE MONSTER SQUAD
dir. Fred Dekker
Jonah Ray, Kumail Nanjiani, Fred Dekker and guests in person
TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE presented by Death Waltz Recording Company with live re score by Antoni Maiovvi & Umberto
dir. Tobe Hooper
HOUSE OF THE DEVIL presented by Death Waltz Recording Company
dir. Ti West
Cast and crew in person
HALLOWEEN REMASTER presented by Humans From Earth
dir. John Carpenter
John Carpenter and Jamie Lee Curtis in person
ONLY GOD FORGIVES
dir. Nicolas Winding Refn
Denmark / France
Nicolas Winding Refn in person
MY LIFE DIRECTED BY NICOLAS WINDING REFN – LA Premiere
dir. Liv Corfixen
Liv Corfixen and Nicolas Winding Refn in person
EL REY’S ‘THE PEOPLE’S NETWORK’ THEATRE / SPIELBERG THEATRE
ABC’S OF DEATH 2 – LA Premiere – Free screening
dir. Larry Fessenden, Marvin Kren, Todd Rohal, Jim Hosking, Julien Maury & Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Gibney, Soichi Umezawa, Lancelot Imasuen, Jerome Sable, Robert Boocheck, Aharon Keshales & Navot Papushado, Bill Plympton, Rodney Ascher, Erik Matti, Juan Moreno, Steven Kostanski, Alejandro Brugues, E.L. Katz, Julian Barratt, Hajime Ohata, Vincenzo Natali, Chris Nash, Jen & Sylvia Soska, Dennisison Ramalho, Robert Morgan, Kristina Buozyte and Bruno Samper
Cast and crew in person
THE EDITOR – Free Screening – LA Premiere
dir. Matthew Kennedy, Adam Brooks
HYENA – Free Screening – LA Premiere
dir. Gerard Johnson
FUTURE SHOCK! THE STORY OF 2000AD – Free Screening – LA Premiere
dir. Paul Goodwin
LOST SOUL – THE DOOMED JOURNEY OF RICHARD STANLEY’S ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU – Free Screening – LA Premiere
dir. David Gregory
R100 – Free Screening
dir. Hitoshi Matsumoto
Lindsay Kay Hayward in person
NORWAY – Free Screening – LA Premiere
dir. Yannis Veslemes
THE CANAL presented by Shock Till You Drop – Free Screening – LA Premiere –
dir. Ivan Kavanagh