Warped Music Tour Launching Film Screenings as Part of Traveling Festival
by Eugene Hernandez
The popular Warped Tour, a traveling summer music & sports festival, is
coming back for a fourth year with an added attraction -- movies. Building
on its showcase of animation at last year's tour, Warped will screen up to
an eight hour program of films in an on-site air-conditioned tent that will
accommodate 300 - 400 people, tour founder David Lyman told indieWIRE
yesterday. Lyman, who was a producer of the first four Lollapalooza tours,
co-founded the Warped Tour in 1995. Each stop on the multiple city tour
includes music acts as well as a skate competition and professional rock
climbing, biking and in-line demonstrations.
The tour will offer a host of films, ranging from skateboarding and surf
movies to independent films (of varying lengths). Lyman explained that
trailers from upcoming movies will most likely be incorporated into the
unstructured program so that sponsorship money can be raised to support the
experiment. "The tour has always been about exposing people to new things,"
Lyman said yesterday, "to me if twenty kids get turned onto film each day
(of the tour) that's terrific."
The Warped Tour featured 35 domestic and 25 European shows this year. The
tour travels to New Zealand, Australia and Japan starting in January, prior
to the launch of United States debut of the 1998 tour in July and a trip
abroad later in the summer. Hoping that films will catch on with tour
audiences, Lyman offered, "maybe some day we'll have four tents."
As for the type of films organizers are seeking, Lyman is not specific,
saying only that he is interested in "what is really going to capture the
attention of the 13 - 20 year old." "I'll play it for my neighbors kids,"
Lyman quipped when asked about his screening process. There is no
application fee for submissions. Possibly unaware of the potential volume
of filmmakers that will respond to this opportunity to screen their movies
in such a unique venue, Lyman remained unfazed when asked how films should
be submitted -- he replied, "give them my phone number."
[For more information on the Warped Tour, contact Kevin Lyman Productions
at 909.482.4902. Tapes can be sent to 4650 Arrow Highway, Suite E-1,
Montclair, CA 91763]