Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. I’ve been asked to join up with such mad men (and lady) as Fantasia’s Mitch Davis, Hollywood Reporter’s Borys Kit, The Weinstein Company’s Dan Guando, Orbit DVD owner Marc McCloud and Sadie of Mornings with Carson and Sadie radio fame on the ActionFest Jury. I don’t know who’s on the Judge and Executioner panels, but we’ve got Jury well covered.
I’ve never been to Action Fest before, but our old cohort Drew McWeeny seemed to have a blast when he went, so it was an easy call. Plus a Norris (Aaron, brother of Chuck and, more importantly, director of Sidekicks) is involved! And Colin Geddes, lord of TIFF's Midnight Madness, is head programmer!
Check out the awesome trailer by Kagan and Sean McLeod here (yes, film festivals can have trailers, too):
The fest is happening April 12th-15th and I’ll be on the ground in Asheville, NC watching noses get bloodied, ears get cauliflowered and bones get impounded. I’ll also be on God’s quest to test North Carolina BBQ against Texas BBQ.
Flicks playing the fest include the world premiere of Danny Trejo’s newest flick, BAD ASS, a rare screening of the undistributed stateside genre flick Solomon Kane, Wu Xia and The Lost Bladesman starring Donnie Yen, The Aggression Scale (a solid and fun crime flick I saw recently at SXSW), post-apocalyptic tale The Day starring Shawn Ashmore, Ashley Bell, Dominic Monaghan and Shannyn Sossamon, hockey comedy Goon starring Seann William Scott, Bobcat Goldthwait’s dark, dark comedy God Bless America and kickass Swedish thriller Headhunters.
They’ll also be giving out awards to Mickey Gilbert (stunt man on Ben Hur and The Wild Bunch), JJ Perry (choreographer of Warrior and Tarantino's upcoming Django Unchained) and Gina Carano (best female action star for Haywire).
Stay tuned for tales of adventure and BBQ and make sure to seek out the ActionFest Website for more info. Hopefully I’ll see some of you fine folks in North Carolina!