Hey folks, Harry here...
I've been reading a lot of rumors about the AICN SECRET SCREENING this coming Monday at SXSW - and it seems places like HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, VARIETY, the Austin Chronicle - and a ton of blogs have all gotten the notion that I've gotten some giant Summer film.
I just want to set everyone's expectations correctly. When I was approached to do this screening for SXSW this year, I was told to either do a film opening after the first of JUNE or to pick a great fun vintage flick and just have a blast with it. Well, the reality about SUMMER films - especially this summer's films - they require an awful lot of visual effects work, in most cases fx work up till 3 weeks prior to release. Now I did have an October film for a bit of time and an August film for another bit of time, but the reality was - both those films were works in progress and eventually they decided they needed to at least get finished first.
After that - I decided to just go vintage. That doesn't mean I won't have a spectacular special guest - because I will. And there will be an incredibly awesome Q&A discussion - but you should know that all these folks that claim to know something, know nothing. There's only 1 person at SXSW that knows the title. One. There's only 1 person on the staff of AICN that knows the title. And they're ecstatic - because this is a film you rarely get to see big.
For those that are coming, know that you're in for an awesome trailer reel, a great film and a great guest... oh - and all the makings of one of those nights that if you're there, you won't forget.
I'm actually ecstatic at how things turned out. I kind of didn't want the 15th Anniversary AICN screening to just be an act of promotion. I wanted it to be about the love of a film that I dearly love. Something that I can share with the great PARAMOUNT THEATER filled with fellow film lovers that are there, for whatever may play.
This film does something better than this one thing has ever been down before or since. There's hope that it could be overshadowed shortly - but in my heart, I believe it never will. This is a film that is in fact COOL. Very cool. And I'm ecstatic to be presenting it with my guest this Monday evening at 10pm.
Also - earlier on Monday at the Austin Convention Center will be the 15th Anniversary AICN panel with a great deal of AICN luminaries from our past as well as our present. I know I'm not being seen around town much this SXSW, the reason for that is I'm still recovering from my surgery. Long hours in theaters is not really the best thing for me right now. Continual exercise and rest is what the doctors have ordered, so I'm taking it easy. Believe me when I say, I wish I could be watching 5-6 films a day, but I couldn't handle more than a couple right now, before lying down.
See y'all Monday