Navigating risk: Why I wasn’t ready to give up on Fantastic Fest

There’s a bit of internet folk wisdom, frequently (and incorrectly) attributed to Margaret Atwood, which reads, “Men are afraid women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.” Unverifiable or not, that’s a terrifying reality to live with. But it must be lived with, and it must be processed in one…

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Female directors bring kinky Wonder Women and bloody Revenge to Fantastic Fest 

Amid all the controversy surrounding this year’s Fantastic Fest, there’s one group that should not get lost in the shuffle: The female filmmakers whose works screened at the festival. If the film industry in general is male-dominated, the genre film world is even more so, making visibility and support for the women…

Woman comes forward with allegations that Harry Knowles once assaulted her at an Alamo Drafthouse event

Just a week after the Alamo Drafthouse and Fantastic Fest came under fire for the quiet re-hiring of former Birth.Movies.Death. editor Devin Faraci—who was accused last year of groping and sexually assaulting a woman several years ago, leading to his now having been twice forced to resign from the Drafthouse…

Frances McDormand's new film pulls out of Fantastic Fest over Devin Faraci scandal

Although the Alamo Drafthouse—co-organizers of next week’s Fantastic Fest in Austin—announced on Wednesday that it was once again parting ways with recently re-hired film critic Devin Faraci, the fallout from the decision to bring him back into the corporate fold is still being felt. Today, Variety reports that Fox…

Devin Faraci re-resigns from Fantastic Fest after resurgent anger over assault allegations

Earlier today, we reported on outrage breaking out among the ranks of the Alamo Drafthouse and its affiliated efforts—including next week’s Fantastic Fest in Austin—over news that editor Devin Faraci had quietly returned to the company’s ranks, and was writing materials for its Fantastic Fest program guide. The…

UPDATE: Fantastic Fest programmer quits after festival rehires ousted critic Devin Faraci

The director of international programming for Fantastic Fest has announced that he’s quitting the festival, over news that former Birth.Movies.Death. editor Devin Faraci has been rehired to work for the event. Faraci resigned from BMD—which, like Fantastic Fest, is owned and operated by Austin’s Drafthouse theater…

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and 2 Stephen King adaptations lead Fantastic Fest’s first wave

The first wave of programming has been announced for the 13th year of Austin-based genre film festival Fantastic Fest, which rides forth this year with an Arabic theme to follow up on last year’s ode to Indian film and 2015’s Turkish cinema celebration. Highlighting cinema from Egypt to Afghanistan, repertory…

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Fantastic Fest winds down with Kurt Russell cannibal Western Bone Tomahawk

Well, it’s over. The Shaw Brothers mural has been taken down, the donkey has been returned to its owners—more on that later—and the last remnants of Fantastic Fest are trudging to the airport, dreaming of their own beds. The last day of the festival was mostly composed of encore screenings, including a second showing…