Famed comedy troupe Broken Lizard comes to Bonnaroo for a one-time-only “Super Troopers: The Live Read” event featuring a live performance of their screenplay with Broken Lizard’s Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske along with special guests. Broken Lizard will also participate in a Q&A and introduce a screening of Super Troopers. Broken Lizard first performed in 1989, as college students at Colgate University, under the name “Charred Goosebeak.” They moved to New York and reunited under the name Broken Lizard, and went on to perform a three-year run of elaborate sketch shows that included short videos. Soon after, they made the jump to film, shooting a 30-minute short called, The Tinfoil Monkey Agenda. In 1996, they debuted their first full-length feature, a very independent college comedy called, Puddle Cruiser, which took the Grand Prize at the Hamptons Film Festival and became a Sundance favorite. Next was Super Troopers, which sold to Fox Searchlight at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival. Since then, the group has written and starred in the comedies Club Dread (2004), Beerfest (2006) and The Slammin’ Salmon (2009).
Bonnaroo Cinema is proud to welcome Corey Feldman live in person for The Ultimate Corey Feldman Party, featuring the first ever appearance of the new Corey Feldman & The Angels, the World’s First All Blonde Lingerie Model Female Band, plus interactive Quote-Along screenings celebrating beloved classics The Goonies (30th anniversary!) and The Lost Boys, and a Q&A with Corey. Starting in 1984, Corey Feldman appeared in an astounding fifteen #1 movies in a row, including Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter; Gremlins; The Goonies; The Burbs and Stand By Me. In 1987, Feldman appeared with Corey Haim in The Lost Boys, marking the first on-screen pairing of what became known as “The Two Coreys.” The pair went on to star in a string of films, including License to Drive and Dream a Little Dream. Beginning in 1994, Feldman released a series of albums and embarked on several U.S. tours with his band Truth Movement, whose last album Technology Analogy included Jon Carin and Scott Page of Pink Floyd. His upcoming double album Angelic 2 The Core, featuring cameos by Doc Ice, Kaya Jones, Fred Durst and Snoop Dogg, includes his biggest hit song “Ascension Millennium” the video for which has been viewed millions of times.
SEX&DRUGS&ROCK&ROLL with Denis Leary, Elizabeth Gillies and Robert Kelly
Actor and comedian Denis Leary and co-stars Elizabeth Gillies and Robert Kelly will be on hand to screen and discuss their new upcoming FX series, Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll. Leary stars as “Johnny Rock,” lead singer of a legendary early 90s New York band called The Heathens. Known for living up to their name, the band partied so long and so hard that even Keith Richards thought they needed to slow things down. The Heathens were on the brink of becoming famous for their kickass live shows and the release of their highly anticipated first album. Until they broke up. The same day the album dropped. Because lead guitarist Flash (John Corbett) found Johnny in bed with his wife. So the band became legendary for all the wrong reasons - like self-destructing sooner than any group in rock ‘n’ roll history. 25 years later the only thing bigger than Johnny’s ego is his prostate. The drugs he really needs now aren't cocaine and marijuana - they're Crestor, Cymbalta and Cialis. He's out of work, out of money and out of show business options. That's when a massively talented young singer named Gigi (Elizabeth Gillies) shows up - with a burning desire to be famous, a throwback appreciation for The Heathens only album, and a stack of cash big enough to bring the whole band back into the studio. Only this time, SHE'S the lead singer and Johnny's just a behind the scenes songwriter. John Ales, Robert Kelly and Elaine Hendrix round out the rest of this dysfunctional rock and roll family. The race is on to see who gets famous first - and for what reason.
No contemporary filmmaker has chronicled the messy human experience with the eye and ear of a comedic cultural anthropologist like Judd Apatow. Hits as varied as those he’s directed, like Knocked Up and The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and those he’s produced, like Superbad and Bridesmaids, are all unified by their honest, unflinching, comic look at how complicated it is to grow up in the modern world. Apatow has also built a history of helping break distinctive new comedy voices into the mainstream, from Seth Rogen to Lena Dunham among many others. Now, in his fifth feature film as a director, Apatow again brings a portrait of an unforgettable character, and a portrayal by a breakout new comedy star, together in Trainwreck, written by and starring Amy Schumer (Inside Amy Schumer) as a woman who lives her life without apologies, even when maybe she should apologize. Since she was a little girl, it’s been drilled into Amy’s (Schumer) head by her rascal of a dad (Colin Quinn) that monogamy isn’t realistic. Now a magazine writer, Amy lives by that credo—enjoying what she feels is an uninhibited life free from stifling, boring romantic commitment—but in actuality, she’s kind of in a rut. When she finds herself starting to fall for the subject of the new article she’s writing, a charming and successful sports doctor named Aaron Conners (Bill Hader), Amy starts to wonder if other grown-ups, including this guy who really seems to like her, might be on to something. The comedy, from a script written by Schumer, co-stars Brie Larson, John Cena, Tilda Swinton and LeBron James. Apatow produces Trainwreck through his Apatow Productions alongside Barry Mendel (Bridesmaids, This Is 40).
Eden is an affecting trip into the electronic dance movement in Paris whose rhythms echo its textures and feeling. The film follows Paul (Félix de Givry), a teenager in the underground scene of early-nineties Paris. Rave parties dominate that culture, but he’s drawn to the more soulful rhythms of Chicago’s garage house. He forms a DJ collective named Cheers (as, in a parallel storyline, two of his friends form one called Daft Punk, who float throughout the movie), and together he and his friends plunge into the ephemeral nightlife of sex, drugs, and endless music. Shot by Denis Lenoir, Mia Hansen-Løve’s film is a shimmering swirl of color, light and baselines - an intoxicating cocktail of euphoria and melancholy as alive as any nightclub.
In the history of sports, few names are more recognizable than that of Evel Knievel. Long after the man hung up his famous white leather jumpsuit and rode his Harley into the sunset, his name is still synonymous with the death-defying lifestyle he led. Notoriously brash, bold, and daring, Knievel stared death in the face from the seat of his motorcycle, but few know the larger-than-life story of the boy from Butte, Montana. After an adolescence riddled with petty thievery and general rabble-rousing, Knievel set his sights on superstardom, a feat he achieved when televisions around the world aired the startling crash footage of his 1967 attempt to jump the fountains at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The jump was spectacular, but the failed landing that sent him skidding like a ragdoll across the asphalt was the main attraction. Throughout the 1970s, his legacy as King of the Daredevils spawned action figures, movies, and a generation of kids who wanted to be just like Evel. Featuring insights from current action sports superstars who were inspired by Evel’s iconic career, and produced by Johnny Knoxville and Jeff Tremaine, Academy Award-winning director Daniel Junge immerses audiences in a life story so incredible that you'd swear it was a tall tale.
Back to the Future 30th Anniversary Quote-Along Screening + Enchantment Under The Sea Dance Party
Bonnaroo will celebrate a special anniversary of one of the greatest films of all time, with the Back to the Future 30th Anniversary Quote-Along Screening + Enchantment Under The Sea Dance Party. After drinking punch and slow-dancing to a live band playing your favorite 1950s hit songs under an ocean of tropical fish, watch and quote along as we present a special late night screening. And just for fun, we will be screening the entire Back to the Future trilogy throughout the weekend.
Trapped in the Closet Sing-Along
The Action Pack presents several special interactive events hosted by the Alamo Drafthouse’s Henri Mazza. Returning for the fourth year running is the wildly popular R. Kelly masterpiece, the Trapped in the Closet Sing-Along. This Sing-Along event will take Trapped in the Closet and give it the full Rocky Horror experience, with subtitles on screen to make it easy to sing-along (or just keep up with the story if you’ve never seen this majesty before), and props like Barettas, rubbers, spatulas and more to help make the magic moments on screen come alive in the theater.
For more interactive fun with The Action Pack and your favorite flicks, don’t miss the Clueless 20th Anniversary Quote-Along Screening, the Mean Girls Quote-Along Screening and the Zoolander Quote-Along Screening.
MUSIC + THE MOVIES
BIRDMAN WITH LIVE DRUM SCORE BY ANTONIO SÁNCHEZ
Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), the visually stunning 2015 Oscar winner for Best Picture by maverick director Alejandro González Iñárritu stars Michael Keaton as a washed-up action star trying to reinvent his career as a credible actor and director on the Broadway stage. For this special event, the film will be accompanied live by renowned jazz drummer Antonio Sánchez, recreating his explosive, Golden Globe-nominated score that provides the heartbeat of the film. With a supporting cast that includes Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis and Emma Stone, Birdman is a kinetic film experience that plays like a single, continuous sequence of events, with Sánchez’s drums supplying the energy and drive that underlines the emotional weight of the story and perfectly expresses the restless, desperate intensity of the characters. Born in Mexico City, Antonio Sánchez is one of the most accomplished and in-demand drummers in jazz, performing regularly with a jaw-dropping list of greats including Gary Burton, Chick Corea, Danilo Perez, David Sánchez, Miguel Zenón, Donny McCaslin and Michael Brecker. Since 2000, he has been the drummer of choice for 20-time GRAMMY winning guitar god Pat Metheny, touring the world and appearing on eight acclaimed recordings with the guitarist. Sánchez has released four albums as a leader, including the new recording with his Migration band, The Meridian Suite.
Heartworn Highways Revisited
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the seminal music documentary, Heartworn Highways, a film that explored and captured the nascent roots of the Outlaw Country movement in the mid-70′s. Heartworn Highways Revisited celebrates the authenticity and expresses the feelings of the legendary original, via a community of contemporary “outlaws” living and creating music in Nashville, Tennessee. Like Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle and David Allen Coe, today’s outlaws make up an extended family of musicians that often collaborate and tour together, but stand distinctly on their own. This group includes John McCauley (of Deer Tick), Jonny Fritz (aka: Corndawg), Bobby Bare, Jr., Josh Hedley, Justin Townes Earle, Shovels & Rope, Langhorne Slim, Robert Ellis, Shelly Colvin, Phil Hummer, amongst others. Director Wayne Price will be on hand for a Q&A and to introduce a special live performance by Bobby Bare, Jr., Shelly Colvin and Jonny Fritz.
Béla Fleck: How to Write a Banjo Concerto
Béla Fleck: How to Write a Banjo Concerto follows the banjo trailblazer (and 15 time Grammy award winner) through one of his most challenging musical journeys, into the world of the symphony orchestra. Despite having no formal training in classical composition and orchestration, Béla Fleck is commissioned to compose a major banjo concerto, possibly the first of its kind, for banjo and 80-piece symphony orchestra. The film, directed by Sascha Paladino and Fleck, begins before Fleck has even written a note, and concludes a year later with his work’s sold-out premiere concert with the Nashville Symphony. An intimate look at the process of composition and collaboration, Béla Fleck: How to Write a Banjo Concerto features fellow banjo greats Earl Scruggs and Abigail Washburn as well as a wide range of performers, including Chick Corea, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile and Zakir Hussain. The film also digs into Fleck’s past. The father he never knew growing up named Fleck (full name Béla Anton Leos Fleck) after classical composers Béla Bartok, Antonin Dvorak and Leos Janacek. Composing his symphonic piece not only paves new creative pathways for Fleck, it becomes a cathartic experience, forcing him to confront deep-seated personal issues. Following the screening, Béla Fleck will appear in person to answer questions and play a little live music.
Austin to Boston
Mumford & Sons’ Ben Lovett and filmmakers Marcus Haney and Ty Johnson will introduce their new documentary Austin to Boston. 5 old VW camper vans. 4 bands. 3 thousand miles. 2 weeks. 1 gloriously backwards tour. The adventure starts after a fire-fuelled final night at Austin’s SXSW Music Festival, where the bands (Ben Howard, The Staves, Nathaniel Rateliff, Bear’s Den) pile into their rides and head northeast. They play everywhere from bars to barns, rooms to rooftops, packing out tiny venues and wowing crowds with their unique sounds. But heavy rainstorms, multiple breakdowns, and cramped conditions remind them that to push through sometimes you need to pull together. Featuring Mumford & Sons’ Ben Lovett and narrated by Gill Landry this documentary is about a modern tour, done the old fashioned way.
Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC (1980-90)
Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC (1980-90) examines the early DIY punk scene in the Nation’s Capital. It was a decade when seminal bands like Bad Brains, Minor Threat, Government Issue, Scream, Void, Faith, Rites of Spring, Marginal Man, Fugazi, and others released their own records and booked their own shows—without major record label constraints or mainstream media scrutiny. Contextually, it was a cultural watershed that predated the alternative music explosion of the 1990s (and the industry’s subsequent implosion). Thirty years later, DC’s original DIY punk spirit serves as a reminder of the hopefulness of youth, the power of community and the strength of conviction. Salad Days is directed by Scott Crawford and stars Dave Grohl, Henry Rollins, Ian MacKaye, Thurston Moore, Fred Armisen, J.Mascis and J. Robbins.
Green Screens Presented by Rock The Earth returns with thought-provoking documentaries to entertain, educate and stimulate dialogue about the issues facing our environment.
After The Spill
After The Spill documents what has happened in the five years since the Deepwater Horizon exploded, sending five million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Who is still hurting today? Who is still paying a price? What really happened to all that oil? What about the dispersant used to push it beneath the surface? How has the spill impacted local economies as well as human health and the health of both marine life and the Gulf itself? Has Louisiana’s coastline been changed forever? Rubblebucket’s Kalmia Traver will introduce the screening and filmmaker Jon Bowermaster will be on hand to participate in a discussion and Q&A.
Merchants of Doubt
Green Screens also presents Merchants of Doubt, inspired by the acclaimed book by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway. The film takes audiences on a satirically comedic, yet illuminating ride into the heart of conjuring American spin. Filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the curtain on a secretive group of highly charismatic, silver-tongued pundits-for-hire who present themselves in the media as scientific authorities – yet have the contrary aim of spreading maximum confusion about well-studied public threats ranging from toxic chemicals to pharmaceuticals to climate change. Producer Melissa Robledo, former Congressman Bob Inglis and Olympic snowboarder/environmental activist Gretchen Bleiler will lead a discussion and Q&A following the screening.
Photo by Chilli Head via Flickr
The Bonnaroo Cinema would not be complete without rowdy live presentations of the NBA Finals. Come root for your favorite team in the air-conditioned comfort of the cinema.