The Alamo Drafthouse, The American Genre Film Archive and filmmaker Joe Dante come together to present the Ultimate Trailer Collection! Rescued from impending destruction and donated by Tim League, these rare 35mm prints and trailers will blow your mind! Read on for the official press release...
AUSTIN, TX – Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, has partnered with the American Genre Film Archive to release Trailer War, a meticulously curated feature-length program of vintage, rare 35mm coming attraction trailers. Each of the selections are presented for the first time in high-definition and most have been previously unavailable on any home video format. A theatrical tour presented in 35mm is planned for December 2012 and pre-order is available now for DVD/Blu-ray fan packs which will be available December 18th exclusively on www.DrafthouseFilms.com. Animal Protector and Amuck, both featured on the compilation, are available now as free digital downloads in HD here: http://t.opsp.in/a0Fv5.
The American Genre Film Archive is the largest “exploitation film” archive of its kind housing more than 3,500 rare 35mm film prints and trailers. Many of the trailers sourced for this compilation were rescued from impending destruction and donated by Alamo Drafthouse Founder/CEO Tim League. In one instance, rumors of a hidden cache of trailers located deep within a South African warehouse led League to investigate. After a series of fruitless negotiations, a distant relative brokered an illicit cash exchange in a hotel lobby and smuggled 200 pounds of celluloid from Johannesburg back to Austin. In another excursion to a decrepit, partially-flooded storage facility in southern Missouri, League agreed to the take-all-or-none stipulation and loaded a truck rated for 13,000 pounds with 26,000 pounds of celluloid. “It was during this shaky, 30 MPH drive back to Austin while jettisoning soggy, damaged prints at rest stop dumpsters along the way where I conceived of the idea of the Genre Film Archive,” says League, “I had to have some rationale for buying 500 35mm prints and countless trailers.”
Legendary filmmaker and “Trailers From Hell” creator Joe Dante (Gremlins, The ‘Burbs, The Howling), lends an extensive interview on the Trailer War disc chronicling his early years as a trailer-cutter at Roger Corman’s legendary New World Pictures. Also inclusive on the compilation is an audio commentary track from long-time Alamo Drafthouse Programmers and Trailer War curators Lars Nilsen and Zack Carlson. “From the high flying, explosive metal mayhem of Stunt Rock to Thunder Cops’ disembodied flying head chaos, each 3 minute masterpiece is like a beckoning portal to another, more exciting dimension,” says Nilsen.
Trailer War is available for festival and museum bookings now until December. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For theatrical bookings contact Evan Husney at email@example.com. Trailer War is available in 35mm, blu-ray and DCP.
About TRAILER WAR
Unleashed from the vaults of the Alamo Drafthouse, a meticulous selection of the best, strangest and most amazing coming attraction trailers in the world! Most have never been available in any home format, and all are presented for the first time in high definition. From the high flying, explosive metal mayhem of STUNT ROCK to THUNDER COPS' disembodied flying head chaos, each 3 minute masterpiece is like a beckoning portal to another, more exciting dimension. It's a crippling overdose of towering flames, mechanized destruction, lurking fear, poor sexual choices and spiritual devastation on an apocalyptic scale. You might want to have a cornea donor standing by just in case...because THIS IS GOING TO BURN!
About The American Genre Film Archive
The American Genre Film Archive (AGFA) was formed in 2009 by an international band of genre enthusiasts. It’s now the largest archive of its kind in the world, mainly focusing on the “exploitation era” of independent genre cinema–the 1960’s through the 1980’s. With about 1500 35 mm prints, it reflects the rebel spirit of genre filmmaking itself. “It’s specifically about the preservation of the type of film that we’ve been programming for over a decade,” said Alamo Drafthouse owner Tim League in the Austin Chronicle, “and also the type of film that most traditional film archives aren’t doing anything about.” With an active loaning program, AGFA films are screened at cinemas and festivals world-wide.