Definitely knew this was in the works for this year with recent rumblings… though I couldn’t get anything official. Tarantino has still been buying prints specifically for this fest the last couple of years. Tarantino did say at Five he’d show the giallo “What Have They Done to Our Daughters?” at the next fest… though with all the prints he’s bought, this could all change. I should have guessed this fest was going to start right after the huge Rolling Roadshow tour had ended.
For those travelling from out of town there is about 2 hotels/motels within walking distant w/ decent pricing around $70 a night and even better discounted weekly booking. These two are a huge savings, for those that don’t have any other place to stay (friends, family) as most hotels around the area are $100 and up a night. Thank God they aren’t having this fest overlap any with the Austin City Limits music fest or else it’d be a real nightmare finding room and board. Since the theater has a full service kitchen with food and beverages, it makes it easier not having to eat dinner beforehand.
Tarantino does not sign autographs at his fests, nor does he let anyone take a picture with him, nor likes for photos taken of him by anyone other than press. They typically have film fest posters for sale that QT has autographed himself ($10-$20).
Talking to Tarantino. After most movies many people will immediately go to QT to discuss it. You will also find yourself out in the main lobby area with QT and others talking movies at some points if you attend the whole fest. There is a pretty constant flurry of people chatting with him, but anyone should be able to find many instances to go chat him up. This isn’t some fest where anyone is roped off from the others… its definitely one big happy movie family.
Tarantino’s introductions for the films are near legendary and not to be missed.
A good portion of people that attend will be at the Drafthouse the night before the fest. There is not trailerthon this year however it seems. Though “Dog Day Afternoon” and “Based on a True Story” are showing. Also on Wed. night during the fest they have “Angels from Hell” on the bill for Something Weird Wednesdays (not sure if this will change, but perhaps be a screening outside the fest and these are free screenings).
The Alamo Drafthouse downtown is a small theater, so passes and tickets are going to go quick… especially once AICN gives it a huge plug on their site, though AICN already let slip with the fact there would be at QT Fest 6 awhile back in some random article I’m told. When they had QT5, they had tickets/passes on sale a good month before anyone noticed… so I felt fortunate then. For QT3 and QT4 it was a mad scramble to get through on the phone to AFS the morning tickets went on sale. I imagine for QT6, the demand will be high, especially the more exposure this has given. In Austin alot of people will be saving money for ACL music fest and UT will just be starting its fall semester, though with Kill Bill films having come out, Tarantino’s profile is very high these days and this fest could sell out lightning quick.
I definitely plan on attending, assuming I can get a ticket. Will be staying at one of the cheap downtown hotels… and hopefully talking some friends from NY to come down.
For QT Fest info, here is some additions:
Sunday, August 27th for QT4, the mystery movie was “The Muthers”.
The print for “Macon County Line” didn’t play. Can’t recall what was in its place.
The list of movies for QT4 by AFS, from “Message From Space” down were not show. This probably refers to trailers shown for these movies. A couple on QT5 list from AFS also shows movies listed that had trailers shown, but not hte movies themselves.
QT3 Friday 26th Gangster Movies
The surprise short was from the tv show “Banyon” - The Old College Try (Directed by Richard Donner, starring Robert Forster)