Digitally Remastered Classic PHANTASM Among The Initial Programming Lineup

The Art House Convergence, an international consortium of independent, community-based, mission-driven movie theaters, is pleased to announce its first wave of programming for the inaugural Art House Theater Day, taking place on Saturday, September 24, 2016.  Over 185 theaters will participate in this nationwide celebration of the cultural and community growth that art house theaters promote. 

This lineup has been curated to celebrate incredible first run and repertory films across a variety of genres.  On the heels of announcing Magnolia Pictures' theatrical premiere of documentary DANNY SAYS, Art House Theater Day is excited to announce it will screen the brand-new restoration of Don Coscarelli's 1979 cult sci-fi/horror classic, PHANTASM: REMASTERED, making its first appearance in theaters nationwide following its world premiere at this year's South by Southwest Film Festival.  In addition to PHANTASM: REMASTERED there will be a never-before-seen sneak peek bhind the scenes of the fifth and final PHANTASM: RAVAGER including a tribute to Phantasm star Angus Scrimm.  Additional films announced include the beloved Terry Gilliam-directed fantasy classic TIME BANDITS and a one-day-only presentation of GKIDS A TOWN CALLED PANIC: THE SPECIALS. 

PHANTASM: REMASTERED, distributed by Well Go USA Entertainment, has been given a loving 4K restoration from the original camera negative and a brand new 5.1 audio soundtrack, overseen by longtime fan J.J. Abrams and his production company Bad Robot.  "When I made Phantasm three decades ago, the term 'indie' didn't have the same positive connotations that it does today.  But that's what Phantasm was.  And in the decades since, the art house movement has cultivated an appreciation for independent films that break molds and push boundaries.  That's why it doesn't surprise me that in 2016, art houses have embraced Phantasm and are giving it new life on Art House Theater Day.  It's really a dream come true to see it playing in so many exceptional theaters on the big screen, the way I originally intended," said filmmaker Don Coscarelli. 

Dave Jesteadt, SVP Distribution of GKIDS said, "The local arthouse cinema is an essential meeting place for the celebration of movie culture in the community, and it also has a vital role to play in the creation of the next generation of film-obsessed moviegoers.  GKIDS is thrilled to support Art House Theater Day with an exclusive one-day-only presentation of A TOWN CALLED PANIC: THE SPECIALS, a new collection of stop-motion adventures from the revered series that has won numerous film festival awards and captured the hearts of audiences worldwide with its absurd antics.  These hilarious short films will allow audiences of all ages to enjoy their local independent cinema, and also offer a great reminder that just because your film played at Cannes, that doesn't mean it can't also feature a talking horse wearing a chef's hat."  The program showcases two new specials, Back to School Panic and Christmas Panic, that will only be available in this program. 

Distributed by Janus Films, TIME BANDITS' 2K digital restoration was supervised and approved by director Terry Gilliam himself.  The journey through time and space welcomes breathtaking visuals and audio as a boy named Kevin escapes his gadget-obsessed parents to join a band of time-traveling dwarfs.  Lawren Desai, owner of Aperture Cinema and Art House Theater Day cofounder, said "Repertory film screenings are one of the unique ways that are house cinemas celebrate both the joy of the theatrical experience and the artistry of filmmakers who have stood the test of time.  I couldn't be more excited that in Time Bandits we have found a film that exemplifies both!" 

A menu of exclusive programming options will be offered to participating theaters, including sneak-peeks, major art house films, and repertory re-releases.  The offerings will reflect the interests of the diverse audiences that art houses serve, and many will be accompanied by more valuable content.  Theaters will also have exclusive memorabilia and giveaways, and will host unique events like filmmaker visits, live music, and parties.  There will be one more upcoming announcement to unveil the full programming line-up. 

"Art House Theater Day is a chance to show film-lovers that their local theaters are part of a larger cultural movement.  These cinemas are not passive, insular venues - they are passion-driven institutions that collaborate with distributors, filmmakers, and each other to deepen film appreciation and to increase the diversity and artistic integrity of what you see on the big screen," said Art House Theater Day cofound Gabriel Chicoine. 

Chicoine of Amherst Cinema (Amherst, MA) and Desai of Aperture Cinema (Winston-Salem, NC) were inspired by the success of Record Store Day and its commitment to promoting independent record shops.  They developed this event as a celebration of art house theaters and films, and the filmmakers, patrons, projectionists, and staff dedicated to providing extraordinary cinematic experiences. 

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