Gareth Evans, Iko Uwais, and J.J. Abrams lead Fantastic Fest's first wave of programming 

Almost one year after a festival dominated by controversy, the Alamo Drafthouse’s flagship event, Fantastic Fest, has returned with a new code of conduct, a new board of directors, and a new slate of genre cinema from around the world. This morning, the festival announced its first wave of programming, and in keeping…

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…

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…

Business as usual for Fantastic Fest means pillow fights and killer clay

Devin Faraci is not here. Alamo Drafthouse founder Tim League isn’t here either. League’s usual introductory duties for opening night of Fantastic Fest were passed off to equally qualified but lesser-seen female staff members this year, after the revelation that League continued to employ Faraci in secret after sexual…

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…

Fantastic Fest's new "satellite festivals" will bring cool movies around the country

The downside of most cool film festivals is that they’re not happening anywhere near wherever you happen to live (unless you happen to be a Cannes or Park City native, which sounds like it would be annoying), so the people behind Austin’s Fantastic Fest have decided to take some of their cool movie fun around the…

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…

Jason Momoa and Keanu Reeves rule the wasteland at Fantastic Fest

It doesn’t rain much in Austin—I considered bringing an umbrella, but left it behind, chiding myself for overpacking—but it’s been raining for days, bringing the chaos level at the already-crowded Alamo Drafthouse to overwhelming levels as the crowds of people who usually mill around outside the theater converged with…

Park Chan-wook’s terrific The Handmaiden is a great kickoff for Fantastic Fest

Arriving in Austin late on Wednesday, I was dropped off in the lobby of the Alamo Drafthouse’s South Lamar outpost, the central locus for all things Fantastic Fest. At that point, it just looked like a regular movie theater (albeit one with The Shining-themed carpet), as a crew of festival employees with power tools…

Sion Sono, award-winners, and a donkey named Crackers wrap up Fantastic Fest

Eschewing the typical film-festival awards ceremony, Fantastic Fest announced its awards at its closing-night party, held this year at a backlot-style “ghost town” that’s a favorite for Old West-themed weddings in Austin. There, the winners had to compete with a dunking booth, mechanical bull, karaoke room, free…