"Monty Cristo" here once again.
One of my favorite things we've done this year is increase the number of events we throw, and come the end of the year, this will end up being one of my favorites without a doubt.
I first met Emily Hagins a number of years ago when ZOMBIE GIRL, the documentary about the beginning of her filmmaking career, screened at Fantastic Fest. I've met loads of writers and directors, but precious few could be considered in the same league as Emily when it comes to dedication and humility. From raw resourcefulness and good nature, she has assembled a regular production company and completed three feature films, the most recent of which (MY SUCKY TEEN ROMANCE) premiered at South by Southwest 2011...and all of this before she turned 19.
Ain't It Cool is proud to be a part of a four-city screening tour that will take place just in advance of MY SUCKY TEEN ROMANCE's home video premiere on September 4th.
The tour kicks off in Los Angeles on August 22nd at Cinespace, then hops over to Chicago and New York City, finally returning to Austin on August 31st. Emily will be present for all four screenings and do a post-show Q&A.
We'll be giving away the majority of tickets to these screenings right here at AICN, and we are partnering with other sites (including Bloody Disgusting, among others) to give out the rest after our big ol' AICN pile is all gone.
Each city will see a separate giveaway post on the site for that particular location.
Follow Emily, Dark Sky, or me on Twitter in the event that you don't get one of the AICN tickets and want to make sure you know when those other giveaways are announced. We'll all be tweeting and re-tweeting that info like mad. We'll also add it to the individual giveaway stories here at AICN after those spots are filled.
See y'all at the movies!
P.S.: Here's the press release sent out this evening by Dark Sky:
AIN'T IT COOL NEWS AND DARK SKY FILMS TEAM UP TO BRING AUDIENCES A BREAKTHROUGH MOVIE BY TEENAGE FILMMAKING SENSATION EMILY HAGINS
MY SUCKY TEEN ROMANCE
Will Make Waves Through the U.S. With A Special Fan Tour In Four Major Cities
"a sweet little winner" - Scott Weinberg, Fear.net
"potent comedy-horror" - Screen Daily
Officially the youngest filmmaker in Hollywood, Emily Hagins will bring fans her long-awaited film, MY SUCKY TEEN ROMANCE through a special four-city fan tour with Dark Sky Films and Ain't It Cool News. Launching with a red carpet premiere in Los Angeles at Cinespace on 8/22, the film will make its way through New York, Chicago and Emily's home base in Austin.
Each screening will be presented in partnership with Ain't It Cool News (AICN), with one of AICN's editors hosting each screening. Tickets will be given away for each date on the tour at AintItCool.com. Founder Harry Knowles has encouraged and supported Emily since her earliest days as a filmmaker.
For fans who can't catch the film on the big screen, MY SUCKY TEEN ROMANCE will be available on Blu-ray and DVD via MPI/Dark Sky Films on September 4, 2102.
The kids are biting and the blood is flowing in teenage writer-director Emily Hagins' horror-comedy breakthrough, MY SUCKY TEEN ROMANCE, the buzzed-about genre sensation. On 17-year-old Kate's last weekend in town before heading to college, she and her geeky friends head to SpaceCON, the local sci-fi/fantasy convention. There, Kate meets Paul, a recently turned teen vampire (who takes advantage of the gathering's costume atmosphere by actually dressing as a bloodsucker). But when Kate tries to make a move on him, he gives her the hickey from hell.
Kate and her pals then discover that Paul is not the only vampire at the convention, and it is up to them to kick some vampire butt, or Kate's going to be attending permanent night school from now on!
Vibrant young actors including Elaine Hurt, Patrick Delgado, Lauren Vunderink and Lauren Lee help teen writer-director Emily Hagins take a bite out of modern pop vampires in a hilarious, bloody tale that proves once and for all that love, like, totally sucks!
MY SUCKY TEEN ROMANCE, the breakout premiere at the 2011 SXSW Film Festival, is the third and most accomplished feature yet from the prodigious Emily Hagins. At the age of 12, Hagins was the subject of Zombie Girl! The Movie, a documentary about the making of her first feature, Pathogen.
MY SUCKY TEEN ROMANCE has "the sort of energy, enthusiasm and inventiveness that money cannot buy," wrote Anton Bitel of Little White Lies. FEAR.net's Scott Weinberg called the movie "a sweet little winner. ... the youthful director has really honed her craft, discovered a new angle, and now returns with an entirely accessible mini-budget comedy that coasts on by through sheer force of wit, energy, and 'let's put on a show!' creativity." ScreenDaily.com said, "At 18, Hagins already has a better grasp of story structure, pacing and the mix between humor and pathos that makes for potent comedy-horror than some filmmakers twice her age."