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Tim League Talks Alamo, Four Lions, Badass Digest, Fantastic Fest

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood November 2, 2010 at 8:48AM

Austin exhibitor Tim League came to Los Angeles to promote the November 5 release of rookie director Chris Morris's fest hit Four Lions, the first film to be released by his expanding dinner-theater chain, The Alamo Drafthouse. We talked about the success of the Alamo theaters, the Austin film scene, hiring CHUD's Devin Faraci to create Alamo's new blog, Badass Digest, and why League felt compelled to launch indie distributor Drafthouse Films with a British terrorist comedy.
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Thompson on Hollywood

Austin exhibitor Tim League came to Los Angeles to promote the November 5 release of rookie director Chris Morris's fest hit Four Lions, the first film to be released by his expanding dinner-theater chain, The Alamo Drafthouse. We talked about the success of the Alamo theaters, the Austin film scene, hiring CHUD's Devin Faraci to create Alamo's new blog, Badass Digest, and why League felt compelled to launch indie distributor Drafthouse Films with a British terrorist comedy.

League is pretty smart about what's going on in indie cinema, and if anyone can figure it out, he can. The four-part video interview below is worth a listen.

Part One: Expanding the nine-theater Alamo theater chain, moving into L.A. and N.Y., Fantastic Fest.

Part Two: Identifying Alamo's "nerd" audiences and other demos.

Part Three: Why League brought over CHUD's Devin Faraci to write Alamo's Badass Digest blog.

 

Part Four: Going into distribution with Four Lions, with support from Magnolia, which has the DVD rights; Magnolia Ultra VOD.

Four Lions filmmaker Chris Morris on The Day Today 9/11

 
Four Lions's Morris talks to Empire.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.