Sunday, November 04, 2007

I'm going to Butt-Numb-A-Thon!

I've been able to share the good news with enough people on this end, so I might as well post it here too (especially since I promised that I would on the post about yesterday's wedding/car crash)...

Yesterday morning, around 4:30 a.m., I discovered that I made the list to attend this year's Butt-Numb-A-Thon in Austin, Texas!

What is Butt-Numb-A-Thon? It's an annual film festival in Austin, sponsored by the website Ain't It Cool News and hosted by site creator Harry Knowles (and here is it's entry on Wikipedia). It's a 24-hour long (sometimes a bit more) movie event, and this will be the ninth one ever since Harry started it in 1999. The whole thing is a neat fund-raiser that supports stuff for children. Butt-Numb-A-Thon used to be held at the now-legendary original Alamo Drafthouse. This will be the first one held at the new Alamo Drafthouse Cinema at the Ritz.

As for what is shown at Butt-Numb-A-Thon: it's the most maddening melange of movie mayhem that you can possibly imagine! There's some older, more vintage stuff (I am seriously hoping and praying that Harry will include Mother, Jugs and Speed on this year's program 'cuz that is the perfect movie for a Butt-Numb-A-Thon crowd) but Butt-Numb-A-Thon (or BNAT as it's also known as) has become rather world-famous for having the first public showings of a lot of big movies... and sometimes months before they get wide release! At Butt-Numb-A-Thon in 2003 Peter Jackson was on-hand to premiere The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and the final film of the show was The Passion of the Christ (with Mel Gibson himself in attendance). Last year's crowd got to see Zack Snyder come and he brought 300 with him. The year before that, they got to see V for Vendetta.

Anyhoo, I'm insanely delighted that I'm getting to go this year! To be considered to be in the audience, you have to fill out an application that's loaded with weird questions. One of them for this year was "Celebrity sexual fantasy?". I answered "Betty Rubble (from the cartoons not the live-action movie!)". You also had to send two photos of yourself, including one of you in costume. So I used this screengrab from WFMY's report on the July 9th school board meeting...

(So if we didn't have to fight so hard against the school uniforms, does this mean that I might never have had this to send in to try to get into Butt-Numb-A-Thon? Could it be that board member/admitted thief Ron Price is greatly responsible for my sudden good fortune?! Who knows... but it's fun to contemplate :-)

Just applying for Butt-Numb-A-Thon can be a fun lil' activity. And I've been playing at it pretty much every year since 2000...

...And now, I'm finally getting to go and I'm extremely thankful for it! After all the craziness that's gone on during the past 12 months and more, this is going to be a very nice way to help wind down 2007 on an upbeat, happy note :-)

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

You will have fun Chris! I was at BNAT 5 and it was one of the most unforgettable experiences of my life! Be sure to bring Harry a birthday present.

AfterShock said...

Congratulations Chris! Remember to keep us up-to-date after you get back from the 24 hour + madness! :)

bmovies said...

One of them for this year was "Celebrity sexual fantasy?". I answered "Betty Rubble (from the cartoons not the live-action movie!)".

I am shocked, SHOCKED...

...that you didnt choose Ann Margrock.

Jenna St.Hilaire said...

Hah, that's awesome. Can't wait to hear about this event!

Am really glad you guys are okay after that wreck! Glad the impact came in the back and not the front.