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Drafthouse Films Acquires THE FP For Theatrical Release!

Nordling here.

I missed THE FP when it screened at SXSW this year, and I really wish I hadn't.  From all accounts, it sounded like a great time.  THE FP is a little difficult to explain; it's basically a gang warfare movie, except instead of rumbles the rival gangs fight it out with Dance Dance Revolution.  Here's the trailer (NSFW):

The FP - Trailer from Trost Bros. on Vimeo.

The film looks crazy in a good way, and I'm kicking myself that I missed it.  But today, Drafthouse Films announced that THE FP will be the studio to release the film in the US, which means we'll all be stepping left, right, left, right to it very soon!  Here's the press release:

 

****FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE****

DRAFTHOUSE FILMS ACQUIRES US RIGHTS TO “THE FP,” APPOINTS NEW COMPANY DIRECTOR

AUSTIN, TX – Monday, August 1, 2011 – Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, today announced the acquisition of US rights to THE FP from it’s July 30th screening at Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival. Set in a near post-apocalyptic future, THE FP centers on two rival neon-clad gangs raging an underground turf war for dominance of Fraizer Park (“The FP”) in the deadly arena of “Beat-Beat Revelation” – a competitive dance-fight video game. THE FP is a nod to ‘80s sci-fi/action genre fare and is directed by brothers Jason and Brandon Trost (Cinematographer, CRANK 2: HIGH VOLTAGE and the upcoming GHOST RIDER 2: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE), and Executive Produced by Jason Blum and Steven Schneider of PARANORMAL ACTIVITY and INSIDIOUS fame. A limited theatrical release for the “rare ready-made cult hit” (Moviefone) is planned for Q1 of 2012.

"I fell in love with THE FP from its world premiere in Austin,” says Tim League, CEO/Founder of Drafthouse Films who programmed the film for SXSW’s midnight features lineup at SXFantastic, “and for the same reasons, we decided to pick up the film for distribution. The Trost brothers have an amazing, fresh creative vision and I want to be a part of the team that helps evangelize their strange new gospel.”

It was also announced today that Drafthouse Films has appointed Evan Husney as the company’s new director who will oversee all aspects of acquisitions, distribution, promotion and marketing for their future slate of new and repertory releases. Minneapolis-born Husney began in professional entertainment at the age of 11, helping his promoter/manager father A&R albums that included a polka compilation curated by satirist “Weird Al” Yankovic, and several discs for the famed ‘as seen on TV’ label K-Tel Records.  Eight years later, Husney started his full-time career as the Director of Marketing and Public Relations at the infamous Troma Entertainment in New York City. There, he earned a glowing write-up in The New York Times by launching a line of DVD releases that included such cult hits as the ‘80s indie shocker COMBAT SHOCK and South Park creator Trey Parker’s debut CANNIBAL! THE MUSICAL.  In 2009, Husney was hired at premiere boutique label Severin Films, where as Integrated Marketing Director he designed and implemented the company’s digital strategy and oversaw such top-selling DVD releases as HARDWARE, SANTA SANGRE and THE STUNT MAN as well as the theatrical release of BIRDEMIC: SHOCK AND TERROR, which Husney discovered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Most recently, Husney supervised branding and acquisitions for Severin's ‘outsider video’ subsidiary label Intervision Picture Corporation and, together with the Alamo Drafthouse's collectible art boutique Mondo, resurrected the VHS format for a sold-out line of product that celebrated the direct-to-video movement of the 1980s.

For more information on Drafthouse Films or THE FP, visit:

http://twitter.com/drafthousefilms

http://facebook.com/drafthousefilms

http://youtube.com/drafthousefilms

About Drafthouse Films

Drafthouse Films, the distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, debuted in 2010 with the theatrical release of FOUR LIONS (Top 10 Film of 2010 by Time Magazine. Drafthouse Films is dedicated to scouring the globe in search of amazing, challenging and unique films that we are passionate about sharing with a wide audience. Drafthouse Films along with the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Mondo, Fantastic Fest and Badass Digest comprise the growing Alamo Drafthouse entertainment lifestyle brand.

Congratulations to THE FP, the Trost brothers, and Evan Husney, and I hope that Drafthouse Films makes its mark on American film distribution.  It already has, with FOUR LIONS, a really great film that deserved an audience.

Nordling, out.

 

 

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  • Aug. 1, 2011, 10:11 a.m. CST

    guh?

    by terrence horan

    guh

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 10:14 a.m. CST

    NUDITY IN THAT TRAILER, FYI

    by Arcadian Del Sol

    idiot.

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 10:15 a.m. CST

    also, if this is a comedy, its a winner. i laughed the whole time

    by Arcadian Del Sol

    please tell me this is sort of a joke film, because I was laughing at that entire trailer. even the naked breasts were funny looking.

  • Eh?

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 10:47 a.m. CST

    What? That was actually made?

    by Durendal

    Because it looked like a gag trailer to me. There's actually a movie to go with it? Somehow I think the joke would get old over an hour and a half.

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 10:54 a.m. CST

    Looks like utter shit.

    by Volllllume3

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 11:05 a.m. CST

    Of course its a Comedy

    by SydBarretsMyDad

    idiot.

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 11:17 a.m. CST

    Should have been a short

    by Beezbo

    One-joke features rarely work.

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 11:29 a.m. CST

    Four Lions Was Really Great

    by Crow3711

    I didn't know the drafthouse was responsible for my ability to view it. Kudos

  • We get the whole theme, premise, story and humor. It doesn't need to be feature length because it's a one joke movie.

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 12:01 p.m. CST

    THAT'S THE HIGHEST QUALITY BLACK20 SKETCH I'VE EVER SEEN!

    by montessaurus

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 12:13 p.m. CST

    At least this event will suck

    by terrence horan

    But damn, enough with the Drafthouse shit. What, do like 1% of AICN viewers live in Texas?

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 12:20 p.m. CST

    wow, the suckage is overwhelming

    by alienindisguise

    pretty sad that someone puts time and money into making and promoting this trash.

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 12:36 p.m. CST

    Not usually one to join the haters.....

    by Jarek

    But that looks awful. Even if it was only a gag trailer, it's just terrible. An idea Robot Chicken would do (and did do - Dance Dance Counter-revolution), and it wasn't even funny then. This wink and nod nostalgia catering non-story based geek-bait BS needs to die, yesterday.

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 12:52 p.m. CST

    SNL Parody AT BEST

    by Jay Eyler

    This should have been a digital short. Start looking all serious, then the punchline, roll credits while crowd laughs going to commercial. 2 minutes at most.

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 12:52 p.m. CST

    oh my god

    by Darrell

    I just lost 3 minutes of my life watching that trailer and laughing at it...and will never get them back...

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 12:52 p.m. CST

    oh my god

    by Darrell

    I just lost 3 minutes of my life watching that trailer and laughing at it...and will never get them back...

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Dance Dance Revolution?!?!

    by Itto Ogami loses Daigoro

    I though it was all about Just Dance for the Wii now?

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 1:41 p.m. CST

    wow. talkbackers on this site are so boring.

    by HelveticaConspiracy

    none of you seem to even like movies.

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 1:56 p.m. CST

    Three interesting observations:

    by Sappers Forward

    1: Was that Brian Tong from Cnet? 2: Was that Lou Diamnon Phillips reprising his roll as "Cisco"? 3: @ 2:11 into the trailer, very nice. This looks like it could be really funny if they keep it really short.

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 2:11 p.m. CST

    looks distinctly average

    by Waka_Flocka

  • Will she be on the press tour?

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 2:54 p.m. CST

    So much for Drafthouse Distribution...

    by jrb

    Seriously though, I hope you didn't pay them more than a few hundred bucks to distribute this. A one joke film that got old halfway through the trailer? Brilliant. I liked it better when South Park did their "you got served" episode.

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 3:05 p.m. CST

    Wince

    by Jeff

    Wow... I can't believe someone actually made something like this. I know a lot of people like the dancy games, but this looks... bad. Epically bad. I say again, I can't believe someone actually made something like this.

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 3:14 p.m. CST

    dialogue?

    by taff

    Can it be watched with the sound off? The trite dialogue in the trailer was bad enough, I cannot imagine watching the entire film...

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 4:08 p.m. CST

    This is a masterpiece - a miraculous event

    by snappy

    Watching the trailer it seems that this film will be capable of both sucking and blowing at the same time.

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 4:27 p.m. CST

    So it's basically a feature length 'College Humor' video?

    by KEVIN_COSTNERS_RECYCLED_PISS

    I don't get it.

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 4:29 p.m. CST

    After seeing this this, I am excited for the Viewmaster movie

    by Robert79797979

    Yes.

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Heard Good Things About This...

    by SonOfChiba

    As well as the Superhero-themed follow-up, VS. I wanna see both of these NOW. The fucking legend that is James Remar is in both - surely that's enough to give anyone a geek boner?

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 5:20 p.m. CST

    That looks truely awful

    by ATARI

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 5:38 p.m. CST

    that looks horrendous

    by Robert Garcia

    my god, who would invest in that

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 6:04 p.m. CST

    I got this movie confused with Attack the Block lol

    by Mel

    i forgot what this dumbass movie was called....so when AICN started talking about "Attack The Block" for some reason I thought this was it. I guess I can actually give a fuck about Attack the Block now. I should watch trailers more often

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 6:25 p.m. CST

    I went to film school with one of the Trost brothers...

    by Billy_D_Williams

    Brandon. Very nice and cool guy. But he's a DP, and when DP's start directing films, aside from Jan DeBont who did ONE good movie (Speed), it's a disaster.

  • ...shitty service, weak portions, higher and higher prices, theaters full of hipsters who burned their mouths on pizza because they bit into it before it was cool... I wouldn't spend an earned, borrowed OR stolen dollar in that shithole now. You were great once, Drafthouse...but you lost it. Now you're going to buy movies that no other studio would buy on a bad day...the ultimate hipster douchebag move for the ultimate hipster douchebag theater. Way to go, Tim and Karrie.

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 7:08 p.m. CST

    Looks like total bollocks

    by J.B.M.A.

    As jrb points out - South Park did this stuff way back with the "You Got Served episode" and the Guitar Hero one too. Except South Park is funny...

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 7:17 p.m. CST

    I was worried about being the only one who didn't like it.

    by TylerScruggs

    I feel so relieved.

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 7:21 p.m. CST

    Is this the next Great Geek Hope?

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    The next Faraci-Beaks Lost Cause?

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 9:34 p.m. CST

    Was this promoted here...

    by AvadaKedavrainthearseohsnap

    By payoff? Or because the Drafthouse will be screening it? If Tron and Hackers got together at a dance class and got stupid drunk and consumed many, MANY, illicit drugs, then fucked and had baby, the child's name would be the FP. Befuddled.

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 5:59 a.m. CST

    Seen it

    by edaday

    I was utterly blown away. Laughed through the whole flick--it's not a second too long. The slang takes a bit to get used to, but it gets more and more hilarious. Certainly, this flick isn't for everyone, but if the concept sounds at all good to you, go see this. For my money, it beats Attack the Block hands down, even though that was pretty good.