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Is It A Film Festival Or A Party?! Fantastic Fest 2013 Signature Events!

Published at: Sept. 6, 2013, 7:57 p.m. CST

Nordling here.

The events at Fantastic Fest are just as memorable as the movies.  There's always the Fantastic Debates, where you can watch the likes of Elijah Wood getting his clock cleaned by fellow LOTR alumni Dominic Monaghan, or Joe Swanberg laying down some punching sauce on Devin Faraci.  There's the Fantastic Feud, with many in the film blogger community testing their mettle with their movie knowledge.  Some great independent video gaming is always a plus at the Fantastic Arcade. There's also the fierce CHAOS REIGNS! Karaoke - you will believe movie geeks can sing, which just might be topped this year with Metal Mayham, with live band Karaoke Apocalypse providing the music, and a possible appearance by those bards of beatdown, Metallica.  It's a festival full of camaraderie and friendship, and if you ever get the chance to go, don't hesitate.

This year threatens to be the best yet - Tim League will debate Keanu Reeves on Tai Chi vs. Tae Kwon Do, with martial arts master and star of MAN OF TAI CHI Tiger Hu Chen dispensing some pain to Mr. League.  I'm also really excited about the Cards Against Humanity Happy Hour - I love that game to death.  Here's the event roster, and between watching movies and attending these events, I just may be a dead man.

FANTASTIC FEST 2013 ANNOUNCES SIGNATURE EVENTS 

The Fantastic Debates Presented By "Man of Tai Chi" and

Radius-TWC Will See Fantastic Fest Co-Founder Tim League

Face Off Against the One Himself, Keanu Reeves

Austin, TX - Friday, September 6 - Fantastic Fest proudly announces the signature events lineup for 2013.  Sure, Fantastic Fest is ostensibly a film festival, but a tremendous portion of the thunderous wildness happens off the screen.  The festival is pleased to continue the tradition with events like Fantastic Debates and Chaos Reigns: Fantastic Fest Karaoke Party along with new events like the Master Pancake Mystery Mockery Show and the Cards Against Humanity Happy Hour. 

This year's highly anticipated Fantastic Debates will be presented by MAN OF TAI CHI and Radius-TWC with director & star Keanu Reeves debating Fantastic Fest Co-Founder Tim League, followed by a round of boxing with Mr. League and MAN OF TAI CHI lead Tiger Hu Chen, a superhuman master of form and combat.

Full lineup and dates below.

Danger Gods!: The True Daredevils of Hollywood Legend

Location: The Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 25th

Time: 7pm

Description: Easily the most bombastic, explosive event in FF history, Danger Gods! is an in-person tribute to the top five surviving, pioneering stuntmen from Hollywood's greatest action era, the '70s and '80s. The following decades-spanning stunt legends will appear live for the show... Chuck Bail, Bob Ivy, John "Bud" Cardos, Gary Kent, and Bobby Sargent.  The night will start with an in-theater overview of their daredevil history, featuring eye-bulging clips and a Q&A with the stuntmen. THEN... the audience will move outside for an explosive, turbo-fueled, death-defying LIVE STUNT SHOW featuring the legends themselves! Death-defying stunts include car rollovers! Stunt fights! High falls - on fire! Cars on fire! Men on fire! Monster trucks... possibly on fire! It's going to be an evening of nerve-shredding thrills and wild impossibilities performed by Hollywood's real, immortal DANGER GODS!!!

Event Page: http://fantasticfest.com/events/danger-gods-the-true-daredevils-of-hollywood-legend

Fantastic Arcade Happy Hours and Tournaments Presented by Sony Playstation

Location: The Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline

Dates: Thursday, Sept. 19th, Friday Sept. 20th, Saturday, Sept. 21st & Sunday, Sept. 22nd

Time: 5pm

Description: Fantastic Arcade enters its third year with an all-out assault of pure technological wildness. Every day from Thursday the 19th through Sunday the 23rd in the Lakeline lobby, guests are encouraged to attend panels, compete or just watch the daily indie game tournaments. We'll have drink specials each day and you will get to meet the folks that make up both the indie gaming scene in Austin as well as the international Fantastic Arcade game designers.

Event Page: http://fantasticfest.com/events/fantastic-arcade-happy-hours-and-tournaments1 

Fantastic Fest Opening Night Party: MACHETE DON'T STOP Presented by YEAH!

Location: The Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline

Date: Thursday, Sept. 19th

Time: 9pm

Description: In honor of opening night film MACHETE KILLS, we are taking the Lakeline Drafthouse into the international dangerzone. Wear something moderately flame-retardant, because we're going to detonate North Austin with a rampage of film-themed experiences to satisfy everything from your thirst to your need for blazing fireballs. Austin's own Stunt Ranch will be on hand to provide action-packed photo opportunities, while Troublemaker Studios will be bringing in unbelievable items from Machete's own war-town universe. The cast and creators will be on hand for the mayhem, and to welcome you to Fantastic Fest 2013!

Event Page: http://fantasticfest.com/events/fantastic-fest-opening-night-party-machete-dont-stop

Fantastic Fest presents: Doug Loves Movies

Location: Glass Half Full Patio

Date: Friday, Sept. 20th

Time: 4:20pm

Description: Come enjoy a cocktail and play the Leonard Maltin game with comedian Doug Benson, star and subject of SUPER HIGH ME and Fantastic Fest pot-umentary THE GREATEST MOVIE EVER ROLLED.

Event Page: http://fantasticfest.com/events/fantastic-fest-presents-doug-loves-movies1

Chaos Reigns!!! Karaoke Party

Location: The Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline

Date: Friday, Sept. 20th

Time: 11pm

Description: Demented revelry and potential humiliation combine in the night of your life during one of our favorite traditions here at the festival. Filmmakers, journalists and all other FF-ers shed their dignity in a vein-bulging effort to satiate the bloodthirsty Karaoke Gods. Tonight... WE RAAAAGE!!

Event Page: http://fantasticfest.com/events/chaos-reigns-karaoke-party

The Fantastic Debates Presented By MAN OF TAI CHI and Radius-TWC

Location: John's Gym

Date: Saturday, Sept 21nd

Time: Midnight

Description: Quench your thirst for blood AND intellectual disputation with another installment of the Fantastic Debates, where the burning questions facing the fan community are resolved once and for all... first with words, then with furious FISTS!! In honor of the U.S. premiere of the epic martial arts film MAN OF TAI CHI, this year's main event features the film's director/star Keanu Reeves versus Fantastic Fest co-founder (and honorary black belt) Tim League, wherein Keanu will defend the negative in the debate: "Resolved: Tai Chi is a martial art relegated to elderly Chinese women and is inferior in every way to Tae Kwon Do." To back his stance, Reeves will hand over the physical portion of the match to MAN OF TAI CHI lead Tiger Hu Chen, a superhuman master of form and combat. It was nice knowing you, Tim.

Event Page: http://fantasticfest.com/events/the-fantastic-debates-presented-by-man-of-tai-chi-and-radius-twc

Cards Against Humanity Happy Hour

Location: Glass Half Full Patio

Date: Sunday, Sept 22nd

Time: 2pm

Description: Join admitted board-game geek Kevin Kelly at the Glass Half Full Bar from2 to 5pm on Sunday where he will be teaching people how to play Cards Against Humanity, which is billed as "A party game for horrible people." We'll also be playing King of Tokyo, which is all about giant creatures battling for control of the iconic city that is just a pure magnet for disaster. We'll be giving away cool board game prizes, including two passes to Board Game Geek Con in Dallas this November!

Event Page: http://fantasticfest.com/events/cards-against-humanity-happy-hour

Fantastic Arcade: VideoHeroeS Tournament and Arcade Awards

Location: The Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline

Date: Sunday, Sept. 22nd

Time: 5pm

Description: For the final game tournament of Fantastic Arcade, we wanted to go big, but we wanted to keep it real. We could have gone the easy route and pleased legions of fedora-wearing gamerbros with some space marine face-shooter. Instead we decided to reach out to all of Fantasticdom with the one game to rule them all- both game fans and cult movie fans, united. VideoHeroeS is the game that will make this possible, and we will be assembling two teams of magnetic-tape videoslaves who may or may not know what a videogame is to show of their encyclopedic knowledge of every dusty big box to grace a video store shelf. The 2013 Fantastic Awards will commence after the tournament.

Event Page: http://fantasticfest.com/events/fantastic-arcade-videoheroes-tournament-and-arcade-awards

Wild Rumpus & Devolver Digital present: You Guys Like Tequila?: The Fantastic Arcade After Party

Location: The Empire Control Room. 604-606 E 7th St. Austin, TX 78701

Date: Date: Sunday, Sept. 22nd

Time: 8pm - 2am

Description: London based indie game roughhousers The Wild Rumpus travel all the way to Austin, Texas to hold hands with Devolver Digital and see out Fantastic Arcade fantastically with a load of booze, dancing & videogame funtimes. Tonight we bring you the best in indie multiplayer and party games (we're not exactly sure which ones they'll be just yet but trust us they're always awesome...and sometimes a little bit physical), DJ Phil Fish & Cosmic DJ Matt Piersall and visuals by Wiley Wiggins. All of your friends will be there. Free for attendees of Fantastic Fest ($10 for regular Joes)

Event Page: http://fantasticfest.com/events/wild-rumpus-devolver-digital-present-you-guys-like-tequila-the-fantastic-ar

Nerd Rap Throwdown

Location: The Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline

Date: Sunday, Sept. 22nd

Time: 11:30pm

Description: Come watch the battle unfold as a handful of nerdworthy contenders vie for lyrical supremacy in this movie-themed freestyle rap competition set to tracks from the great Fatboy Roberts. Witness our 2012 champion Andrew Todd defend his title!  We are still signing up contenders, email registration@fantasticfest.com if you think you can flow.

Event Page: http://fantasticfest.com/events/nerd-rap-throwdown

Fantastic Fest Awards

Location: The Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline

Date: Monday, Sept. 23rd

Time: 9pm

Description: Not for the faint of heart... when you win an award at Fantastic Fest you better be ready for a shotgun-blast of appreciation to the face. Strap on your drinking horns and join us for a night of full-tilt ceremonial tomfoolery.

Event Page: http://fantasticfest.com/events/fantastic-fest-awards1

Fantastic Feud

Location: The Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline

Date: Monday, Sept. 23rd

Time: midnight

Description: The Fantastic Feud, brainchild of FearNet's own Scott Weinberg, pits the greatest American horror scholars against the feeble competition from foreign lands.  Much drinking, swearing, threatening and feats of mental agility ensue in this age-old FF tradition.

Event Page: http://fantasticfest.com/events/fantastic-feud1

Master Pancake Mystery Mockery Show

Date: Tuesday, Sept 24th

Time: 7pm

Description: Austin's own comedic annihilators Master Pancake have been verbally attacking Hollywood's output for years, with their unique mix of lightning wit and adolescent jabs. It's a tradition as old as the Alamo itself, and for this year's festival, the jabbing jesters will be joined by a very special guest to take aim at one of the most beloved genre films of all time. Don't miss the opportunity to see these comedy legends perform what's basically maximum nerd sacrilege.

Event Page: http://fantasticfest.com/events/master-pancake-mystery-mockery-show

Fantastic Trivia presented by Geeks Who Drink

Location: Glass Half Full

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 25th

Time: 1pm

Description: Highball and 400 Rabbits favorites Geeks Who Drink are back for their fourth pub quiz at Fantastic Fest! This special ninety-minute trivia event at Glass Half Full will feature questions about sci-fi movies, geeky pop culture, and classic video games.

Event Page: http://fantasticfest.com/events/fantastic-trivia-presented-by-geeks-who-drink1

Doug Benson's Movie Interruption: THE RUNDOWN

Location: The Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 25th

Time: 8pm

Description: Doug and special guests chill on the front row couches, mics in hand, and say whatever hilarious thing pops into their heads while a movie of their choosing unfolds on the screen. For this special FF show, they'll be presenting the underrated action blowout THE RUNDOWN (featuring FF favorite Marko Zaror), and the love of movies and interrupting, and maybe that third thing we can't remember right this second, will have you chillin', thrillin' and rollin' in the aisles.

Event Page: http://fantasticfest.com/events/doug-bensons-movie-interruption-the-rundown

Metal Meltdown with Karaoke Apocalypse

Location: The Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 25th

Time: 11pm

Description: In celebration of our premiere screening of METALLICA THROUGH THE NEVER 3D, live karaoke rock rampagers Karaoke Apocalypse will be bringing YOU onstage to perform the finest metal anthems. Hell, with any luck, a couple members of Metallica may be on hand to take part in the chaos. So sharpen your devil fingers, because tonight we praise the dark lords of Metal.

Event Page: http://fantasticfest.com/events/metal-meltdown-with-karaoke-apocalypse

Fantastic Fest Closing Night Party

Location: TBA

Date Thursday, Sept 26th

Time: 10pm

Description: What is the value of life? What is the meaning of existence? Here at Fantastic Fest it's to watch incredible films and party 'til the big burning ball rises, and for this year's closing night film, we celebrate Terry Gilliam's dystopian return to the big screen, The Zero Theorem. So escape your Orwellian nightmare and come with us on a Big Brother-free free-for-all as we dispatch all our preconceived notions about why we were put on this cosmic dirt clod and party like it Nineteen-Nietzsche-Nine!

Event Page: http://fantasticfest.com/events/fantastic-fest-closing-night-party

For the latest developments visit the Fantastic Fest official site   www.fantasticfest.comand follow us on Facebook & Twitter

Fantastic Fest starts September 19th, and continues through September 26th.

Nordling, out.

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