The sixth QT Fest (a.k.a. Quentin Tarantino Film Festival) has wrapped in Austin. I only made it out to a couple of nights at the Alamo Drafthouse, but enjoyed every deranged minute of cinemania that I experienced. Tarantino has made a tradition of visiting Austin with film prints from his personal collection, and sharing them with the captive film buffs of Austin.
In attendance through many nights of the festival were entertainment figures such as locals Richard Linklater, Mike Judge, and Robert Rodriguez, as well as music personalities like The RZA (of Wu-Tang fame) and Adam Duritz (from Counting Crows). One of the best nights? “Grindhouse” night featuring Crack House, the 1989 feature starring Jim Brown and Anthony Geary (Luke from General Hospital) as well as another night’s ridiculously offensive Fight For Your Life (1977). Who knows when Quentin will be able to host another festival. Nevertheless, he had to fly out Sunday morning for The Emmys, but will be back in town for his next feature, to be co-directed with Rodriguez.
For more details about the history of the legendary QT Fest tradition in Austin, check out this Austin Film Society article by SXSW’s new hire, Lya Guerra.