I saw The FP at SXSW and really loved it. The film is a weird and awesome collision of a hundred different 80s films, all smashed together into a semi-post apocalyptic teenage dance movie. The citizens of The FP - Frazier Park - are ruled by rival gangs, who settle their scores by playing a Dance Dance Revolution type game. When J-Tro’s brother dies while battling he leaves the FP behind, but things get real bad. J-Tro has to come home and take on the evil gangbangers who now run the place, but first he must get back into fighting shape. The film is insane, the kind of movie that people either love or hate.
Tim League loved it, and now The FP is going to be released by Drafthouse Films. What’s cool is that this movie couldn’t be more different from Four Lions, so it’s neat to see Drafthouse Films beginning to reach out and define itself very broadly. Even cooler: Tim has brought on Evan Husney to be Drafthouse Film’s director; Evan is a smart guy whose knowledge of weird and wild cinema might just be unmatched.
Here’s the official press release:
AUSTIN, TX – Monday, August 1, 2011 – Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, today announced the acquisition of US rights to THE FP from it’s July 30th screening at Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival. Set in a near post-apocalyptic future, THE FP centers on two rival neon-clad gangs raging an underground turf war for dominance of Fraizer Park (“The FP”) in the deadly arena of “Beat-Beat Revelation” – a competitive dance-fight video game. THE FP is a nod to ‘80s sci-fi/action genre fare and is directed by brothers Jason and Brandon Trost (Cinematographer, CRANK 2: HIGH VOLTAGE and the upcoming GHOST RIDER 2: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE), and Executive Produced by Jason Blum and Steven Schneider of PARANORMAL ACTIVITY and INSIDIOUS fame. A limited theatrical release for the “rare ready-made cult hit” (Moviefone) is planned for Q1 of 2012.
“I fell in love with THE FP from its world premiere in Austin,” says Tim League, CEO/Founder of Drafthouse Films who programmed the film for SXSW’s midnight features lineup at SXFantastic, “and for the same reasons, we decided to pick up the film for distribution. The Trost brothers have an amazing, fresh creative vision and I want to be a part of the team that helps evangelize their strange new gospel.”
It was also announced today that Drafthouse Films has appointed Evan Husney as the company’s new director who will oversee all aspects of acquisitions, distribution, promotion and marketing for their future slate of new and repertory releases. Minneapolis-born Husney began in professional entertainment at the age of 11, helping his promoter/manager father A&R albums that included a polka compilation curated by satirist “Weird Al” Yankovic, and several discs for the famed ‘as seen on TV’ label K-Tel Records. Eight years later, Husney started his full-time career as the Director of Marketing and Public Relations at the infamous Troma Entertainment in New York City. There, he earned a glowing write-up in The New York Times by launching a line of DVD releases that included such cult hits as the ‘80s indie shocker COMBAT SHOCK and South Park creator Trey Parker’s debut CANNIBAL! THE MUSICAL. In 2009, Husney was hired at premiere boutique label Severin Films, where as Integrated Marketing Director he designed and implemented the company’s digital strategy and oversaw such top-selling DVD releases as HARDWARE, SANTA SANGRE and THE STUNT MAN as well as the theatrical release of BIRDEMIC: SHOCK AND TERROR, which Husney discovered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Most recently, Husney supervised branding and acquisitions for Severin’s ‘outsider video’ subsidiary label Intervision Picture Corporation and, together with the Alamo Drafthouse’s collectible art boutique Mondo, resurrected the VHS format for a sold-out line of product that celebrated the direct-to-video movement of the 1980s.
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