What did you miss? – Nerds black girls

Last week, Fantastic Fest returned once again and took the movie community of Austin, TX by storm.

Moviegoers and industry leaders from far and wide attended America’s wackiest and biggest genre film festival.

Another notable mention and a well-received film is that of Luca Guadagnino bones and all, with Timothée Chalamet and Taylor Russell. bones and all is scheduled to premiere on November 23, 2022, and the festival screening had an industry leader tweeting:

“I knew I would like it but #BonesandAll became my favorite movie of the year. What a beautifully heartbreaking cinematic experience. Taylor Russell and Timothée Chalamet are exquisite and Luca Guadagnino is a true master storyteller. #FantasticFest

Luckily for you, BGN got the scoop. Check out some of our movie reviews below:

porcine (premieres October 14, 2022)

The Menu (premiering November 18, 2022)

Fantastic Fest officially kicked off on Thursday, September 22, 2022, and yesterday marked the end of the legendary film festival. The quirky and fun event was a perfect fit for Austin’s renowned love of all things weird.

If you’re new to Fantastic Fest, you’re not alone. It was also my first time!

Historically, Fantastic Fest has always been a genre festival. The event usually caters to cult crowds and hosts films from around the world. Whether it’s action, fantasy, sci-fi or horror, Fantastic Fest has advocated for productions large and small. In fact, the festival has even hosted world premieres for huge fans such as John Wick, Zombieland, Bone Tomahawk, and Frankenweenie.

Q&A with Hong Chau from The menu (Photo credit: Jack Plunkett)

How are films selected for screening at Fantastic Fest?

In their own words:

“The festival is dedicated to promoting empowering and thought-provoking cinema, celebrating new voices and stories from around the world, and supporting new filmmakers. We work with various other festivals, archives, film libraries and individuals to shine a light on lesser-known cinematic regions, luminaries and more in an ongoing effort to broaden general knowledge and appreciation of cinema.

“We are committed to supporting cinema in its most provocative, revolutionary and underappreciated forms, and to giving audiences a chance to find new favorites and future classics of the genre. Each year, we bring together fans, guests, industry, press and others in an inclusive and fun environment for a week-long celebration of film in all its forms through carefully curated screenings and events, at inside and outside cinemas.

Although Fantastic Fest has been going on for nearly 20 years, it sometimes goes unnoticed by even the most avid moviegoers. I was surprised that it has historically been housed at the Alamo Drafthouse since 2005.

Why the Alamo Drafthouse?

Well, it turns out that one of the founders of Fantastic Fest is none other than entrepreneur Tim League. Tim is the founder of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema chain and Drafthouse Movies. As a native and local Austin film producer, it’s no surprise why Fantastic Fest calls Austin home.

Also, can I just say that if you haven’t had the Herb and Parmesan Popcorn at Alamo Drafthouse… you’RE SERIOUSLY MISSING! I mean, was nobody going to say anything until I left??! My God!

Who is Fantastic Fest for and is it worth attending?

If you love movies, ABSOLUTELY!

If you want the opportunity to be one of the first to see specially selected independent films and high-profile productions, YES!

If you want to support promising directors, artists, writers and creatives, HECK YEAH!

If you want to connect with super down-to-earth industry professionals and fellow moviegoers, THIS IS FOR YOU!

If you’re a horror or sci-fi fanatic who wants variety, NEED SAY MORE?

If you’ve been waiting to explore various international films and documentaries without the extra expense of an international flight to attend large-scale festivals, COME ON!

If you couldn’t tell, Fantastic Fest 2022 was a big hit. This first time had an absolute blast! It was quirky, humble, fun and full of wonderful surprises. My favorite movie was The visitor from the future – FINGERS IN THE NOSE! I hate to admit it, but it was actually the movie I had the least expectations for when I walked into the theater to take my seat. However, within three minutes of the movie starting, I was immediately captivated and laughed out loud.

My God, even writing about it right now makes me smile lovingly! It’s safe to say that I’m obsessed with this hilarious French comedy and it was my personal big winner of the event!

Until next time, all of you! 🤠

Christine Nbemeneh

Christine Nbemeneh is a content creator and book editor who loves all things Harry Potter, Marvel, DC, Disney and BTS! Be sure to check out more of his work at starfirepress.com.

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