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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Zombie Hunters vs. The Fantastic Mr. Fox


Over the last couple of weeks, I have attended 2 Q&A events on both sides of the Atlantic, that strictly speaking were very different but essentially the same as they both had one common theme – our love for movies! The fans make all the difference to a movies success and long term adoration so whether you attended the Glasgow Film Theatre for a "Night of the Zombie Hunters" or the New York Public Library for a "Conversation with Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach", you were in for a treat!

Glasgow was first for me with Arrow DVD, promoting their new Dawn of the Dead Blu-Ray and organiser Calum Waddell with the success of the “Italian Weekend of Terror” still resounding, worked hard to bring “Night of the Zombie Hunters” to Ireland, Edinburgh and Glasgow, celebrating George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead followed by Day of the Dead.

Along for the ride were the cool Ken Foree and the consummate Joe Pilato who followed up each screening with a Q&A and autograph signings for the fans. Apparently Glasgow crowds are the best according to Mr. Foree, who it also might interest you loves to talk about boxing while eating Chinese food until 3am with yours truly. Meanwhile, Joe P also concurred on the great crowds, but adding that when the fans bring along some pretty tasty red wine as well it's even pretty much had to be there to get that one!

If you were not there then make sure you get along to the next event which could be about a certain City and it might involve some Living Dead, so keep them peepers open on DVD Trash...or go visit the following sites to be kept in the loop!

Arrow Film

Arrow Facebook Fan Page

Cult Lab Forums

If you were there, then thanks because without support these events and the cool UK DVD and Blu-Rays that Arrow produce simply cannot happen!

New York City

My second tale involves perhaps my favourite city in the world, New York, whereby while over visiting my upcoming, hipster and soon to be famous artist cousin, my love of movies was conveyed to one of her friends who consequently invited me to the NY PL for a conversation with Wes Anderson (The Royal Tenenbaums) and Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale) about their latest movie The Fantastic Mr. Fox! Too cool for school, I thought, and the invite was accepted!

While NY is famous for a myriad of movies, the Public Library, indeed the entrance itself, brings my thoughts to Ghostbusters and Ray, Egon and Peter running scared from the phantom librarian, a perfect setting to an evening all about film!

The premise was simple; Anderson and Baumbach simply sat down at the front of the stage and mused about movies for over 2 hours with them taking questions from their rapt audience at the end! Both directors were endearing, interesting and down to earth much like Ken and Joe P back in Glasgow were!

From Hollywood to Glasgow, the fans, whether up and coming film students from NYC or simply horror aficionados from Glasgow, fun and lots of it was had by all! Plus Glasgow can hold its head up high; both events drew over 300 attendees and were sold out!

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