Friday, December 20, 2013
POSTED BY: Bill Plympton
I became aware of Harry Knowles and his "Ain't It Cool News" website a few years ago when we wrote a glowing review of "Hair High" in his blog. I was amazed by the power of his site and his knowledge of film.
At this year's New York Comic-Con, Harry came by my booth in his wheeled chair pushed by his hot girlfriend and we got to talk about my new film "Cheatin'", and he said he'd like to show it in his "Buttnumbathon". And what, you may ask, is a "Buttnumbathon"? Basically, it's Harry's 24-hour film screening held in Austin, Texas at the famous Alamo Drafthouse.
He's been holding this weird event for a number of years and it's become so popular that thousands of film fans send in long letters as to why they should be invited to the event, hoping to be one of the 250 or so select few who get to watch Harry Knowles' favorite films.
Because Harry selected to show "Cheatin'", I was awarded a select seat in the theater. So my executive producer James Hancock and I flew out to a freezing cold Austin to partake in the Buttnumbathon.
Harry has a seat in the back of the restaurant/cinema - where, much like "The Wizard of Oz", his image is projected on the screen as he introduces the films with amazing tidbits of trivia. His tastes vary from 1950's exploitation films to Hollywood blockbusters - two of the films which Hollywood allowed him to show, because he's such a power in the Geek World, were Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug", which is wonderful, by the way, and Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street", which (along with "Gravity") is now one of my favorite films of the year.
So, if your butt is iron-willed, and you love weird films, please apply to Harry Knowles' 24-hour Buttnumbathon, it'll be the highlight of your life. I give it an A+.
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