The Farrelly Brothers
Bonnaroo Cinema presents a spotlight on the work of the Farrelly Brothers, who will appear live in person. Recognized worldwide for their distinct comedic sensibility, Peter and Bobby Farrelly are true comedic auteurs who have garnered notable and global commercial success with their heartfelt and raucously funny films. Their hit films include There’s Something About Mary; Me, Myself & Irene; Shallow Hal; Stuck On You; Fever Pitch; The Heartbreak Kid; Hall Pass and The Three Stooges. The Farrelly Brothers will sit down for an in-depth conversation about their work and present two films: their classic bowling comedy Kingpin and a 20th anniversary screening of their first smash success, Dumb & Dumber. Their upcoming sequel Dumb & Dumber To will be released this fall.
David Wain will appear to present a screening of his brand new film They Came Together, a hilarious and irreverent subversion of the romantic comedy genre. When Joel (Paul Rudd) and Molly (Amy Poehler) meet, it’s hate at first sight: his big Corporate Candy Company threatens to shut down her quirky indie candy shop. Plus, Joel is hung up on his sexy ex (Cobie Smulders). But amazingly, they fall in love, until they break up about two thirds of the way through, and Molly starts dating her accountant (Ed Helms). But then right at the end…well you’ll just have to see. (Hint: Joel makes a big speech and they get back together). David Wain, known as a co-creator and performer in “The State” and “Stella,” is the director and co-writer of Wet Hot American Summer; The Ten; Role Models and Wanderlust as well as executive producer and a writer-director on the Emmy® award-winning “Childrens Hospital.” Wain will also introduce a screening of his cult classic debut film Wet Hot American Summer.
Dear White People
Dear White People follows the stories of four black students at Winchester University, where a riot breaks out over a popular 'African American' themed party thrown by a white fraternity. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, the film explores racial identity in 'post-racial' America while weaving a universal story of forging one's unique path in the world. Dear White People, a smash success on the festival circuit and an upcoming release from Roadside Attractions, was written and directed by Justin Simien. Tyler James Williams (Everybody Hates Chris), Tessa Thompson (Veronica Mars), Teyonah Parris (Mad Men) and Brandon P. Bell (Hollywood Heights) lead the ensemble cast of newcomers.
Ping Pong Summer
In Ping Pong Summer, the year is 1985. Rad Miracle is a shy 13-year-old white kid who's obsessed with two things: ping pong and hip-hop. During his family's annual summer vacation to Ocean City, Maryland, Rad makes a new best friend, experiences his first real crush, becomes the target of rich local bullies, and finds an unexpected mentor in his outcast next-door neighbor. Ping Pong Summer is about that time in your life when everyone around you treats you like an alien, even though you know deep down you're as funky fresh as it gets. Writer-Director Michael Tully’s comedy was a hit at Sundance and will be released soon by Gravitas Ventures. It stars a talented cast of newcomers and great supporting turns by Susan Sarandon, Lea Thompson, Amy Sedaris, John Hannah and Judah Friedlander.
THEY CAME TOGETHER
David Wain will appear to present a screening of his brand new film They Came Together, a hilarious and irreverent subversion of the romantic comedy genre. When Joel (Paul Rudd) and Molly (Amy Poehler) meet, it’s hate at first sight: his big Corporate Candy Company threatens to shut down her quirky indie candy shop. Plus, Joel is hung up on his sexy ex (Cobie Smulders). But amazingly, they fall in love, until they break up about two thirds of the way through, and Molly starts dating her accountant (Ed Helms). But then right at the end…well you’ll just have to see. (Hint: Joel makes a big speech and they get back together). David Wain, known as a co-creator and performer in “The State” and “Stella,” is the director and co-writer of Wet Hot American Summer; The Ten; Role Models and Wanderlust as well as executive producer and a writer-director on the Emmy® award-winning “Childrens Hospital.”
Drunk History Live
Bonnaroo is pleased to welcome Comedy Central’s “Drunk History” with Derek Waters & Friends Live. “Drunk History,” created by host Derek Waters and director Jeremy Konner, presents historical reenactments of great moments in history by A-list talent, as told by inebriated storytellers. The show features Waters leading viewers from town to town across the country with unforgettable results. Season 1 guest stars include Jack Black, Michael Cera, Winona Ryder, Kristen Wiig, Luke Wilson and Owen Wilson, as well as narrators Kyle Kinane, Jen Kirkman, Natasha Leggero and Jenny Slate. "Drunk History” returns for a second season on July 1st.
Comedy Central’s “Brickleberry” will visit the farm with co-creators (and series voice actors) Roger Black and Waco O’Guin. Executive produced by Daniel Tosh, “Brickleberry” is an animated series about Brickleberry National Park’s impending closure, and the attempts of a group of dysfunctional and crazy park rangers to keep the park running. Roger Black and Waco O’Guin, also known for creating “Stankervision” and “The Damn! Show,” will be on hand to present never-before-seen footage and take questions on their creative process.
Point Break Live! and Terminator Too: Judgment Play
Get into the action with Point Break Live! and Terminator Too: Judgment Play, two interactive theatrical experiences. Point Break Live! is a live-action stage show that has been a smash hit in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Hailed as “so over the top that you can’t stop laughing” by LA Weekly, Point Break Live! is a spoof of the 1991 blockbuster starring Patrick Swayze as Bodhi, the Zen-surfing leader of a gang of bank robbing adrenaline junkies called the Ex-Presidents, and Keanu Reeves as Johnny Utah, an ex-college football star turned undercover FBI Agent. But the best part? YOU CAN BE KEANU! At each performance, the lead role is played by an unrehearsed volunteer chosen directly from the crowd and voted for by the rest of the audience. Called “sharply funny” by the New York Post, Terminator Too: Judgment Play is the hilarious spoof of the 1991 classic action movie Terminator 2. And that’s right, YOU CAN BE ARNOLD! You’ll help save the human race as everyone’s favorite robot vigilante. Complete with super-soakers and fake blood, both shows are wet, interactive, loud, extreme, and awesome.
The First and Probably Last Intergalactic Feline Film & Video Festival For Humans
If you’re at Bonnaroo and missing your Internet cat videos, don’t despair. It’s The First and Probably Last Intergalactic Feline Film & Video Festival For Humans hosted by Mike Keegan and Jay Wertzler. In May of this year in San Francisco, the Intergalactic Feline Film and Video Festival for Humans attempted the impossible and condensed a two-week film festival into twelve hours. Now, in the air-conditioned confines of the Cinema Tent, they will further condense that twelve hours into one hour, jam packed with totally freaking astounding cat videos, special guests, and the posh-est and quickest awards ceremony Bonnaroo has ever seen.
The Action Pack presents four special interactive events hosted by the Alamo Drafthouse’s Henri Mazza.
First up, returning for the third year running is the wildly popular R. Kelly masterpiece, the first 22 episodes of the Trapped in the Closet Sing-Along. After the show, check out IFC.com/trapped for the rest of the story (so far)! 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.
This festival is a great way to see and hear soooo many amazing bands and musicians, but why should the professionals get all the stage time? This year the Action Pack is setting up a special Big Screen Yacht Rock Smooth Jamz Karaoke Party where you get to take the stage and wow everyone in the Cinema Tent with your amazing singing talent – or at least to entertain them by yelling at the top of your lungs. True musical yacht rock typically includes the soft rock scene of Southern California from 1976 to about 1984, and the smooth, mellow artists of that time like Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, Christopher Cross, and Toto. We’re going to celebrate all of those mad geniuses and their smooth jams, and we’ll be turning the Cinema Tent into a beachside lounge with karaoke books filled with nothing but the smoothest of jams. But we’ll go beyond the core yacht rock, too, with smooth cuts from every era and genre. Whether you’re jam is “Against All Odds” or you’re more of a TLC’s “Waterfalls” kind of lover, we’ll soft rock you like you’ve never been soft rocked before.
MJ may be gone, but his legend is eternal. Join the Action Pack’s Music Video DJs for a Michael Jackson Sing-Along Dance Party that’s sure to have you grabbing you crotch and crying out “A hee hee!” in pure delight. Say, say, say what you want, but we’ll be getting our Thriller on, asking Annie if she’s okay, and rocking with you all night. If you’ve never been to one of The Action Pack’s parties in the Cinema Tent before, this is a great one to get started with. We’ll have a moonwalking contest before the show, select members of every audience will get flashlights to shine around the room every time Michael lights up a piece of sidewalk during "Billie Jean," and when they dance under the water from the fire hydrant during “The Way You Make Me Feel," we’ll make you feel the spray.
Finally, we present the Pulp Fiction 20th Anniversary Quote-Along. Your favorite quotes will be up on the screen for you to quote along with karaoke style, and we're also making this thing a shoot-along by handing out cap guns for a bunch of folks in the theater. Because nothing is more fun than saying, "And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee!" while unloading a clip full of caps. Before the film we'll also be taking volunteers to compete in our own Jack Rabbit Slim's Twist Competition, so snatch up that black wig you've been wanting and slide off your shoes if you want to win!
Take Me to the River
Take Me to the River is a feature documentary film celebrating the inter-generational and inter-racial musical influence of Memphis in the face of pervasive discrimination and segregation. The film brings multiple generations of award-wining Memphis and Mississippi Delta musicians together, following them through the creative process of recording a historic new album, to re-imagine the utopia of racial, gender and generational collaboration of Memphis in its heyday. Featuring Terrence Howard, William Bell, Snoop Dogg, Mavis Staples, Otis Clay, Lil P-Nut, Charlie Musselwhite, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Yo Gotti, Bobby Rush, Frayser Boy, The North Mississippi All-Stars and many more. After the film, director Martin Shore will answer questions and present an all-star live concert featuring Stax legend William Bell, Grammy nominee Bobby Rush, Academy Award winner Frayser Boy (formerly of Three 6 Mafia), Critics Choice Award winner Al Kapone, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Jerry Harrison (formerly of the Talking Heads and Modern Lovers), Gospel singers the Norman Sisters, rapper Ify, Stax Music Academy students and alumni, and a 13-piece house band with The Hi Rhythm Section, Ben Cauley and the Royal Memphis Horns and musical director and producer Boo Mitchell.
Marc Ribot: Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid
Iconoclastic guitarist and composer Marc Ribot will perform his score to Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid. No guitarist has traveled a more circuitous path than Marc Ribot, a major force on Manhattan’s downtown music scene. Applying his unorthodox technique and vast, percussive palette to a mind-boggling array of musical realms, Ribot can thrive in just about any musical context and has collaborated with Bill Frisell, Buddy Miller, McCoy Tyner, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. This performance features Ribot’s delicate and at times haunting score that contemporizes the classic Chaplin film The Kid to a story relevant to the economic and social conditions of today.
For the Love of Music: The Story of Nashville
For the Love of Music: The Story of Nashville will screen followed by a panel discussion on the Nashville music scene featuring singer-songwriters and residents Brett James and Amy Stroup and moderator Butch Spyridon of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau. For over 130 years, Nashville has evolved into the world’s premier Music City. From the 1800s when the Fisk Jubilee Singers travelled across continents spreading their music, to Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash and so many others building the foundation of America’s most vibrant music scene. Today, the evolution continues as artists like The Black Keys, Eric Church and Kings of Leon break new ground in the city they all call home.
Finding Fela proves that no individual better embodies African music of the 1970s and ‘80s – and its pivotal role in postcolonial political activism – than Fela Kuti. Within the past decade, a resurgence of interest in his work has posthumously repopularized Kuti, culminating in the massively successful Broadway show FELA! Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney interweaves the show’s skillful staging with a treasure trove of period interviews and hypnotic performances. Fela’s son, acclaimed musician Seun Kuti, will appear after the film for a special Q&A.
The Other One: The Long Strange Trip of Bob Weir
The Other One: The Long Strange Trip of Bob Weir is the first authorized documentary on the Grateful Dead. Reaching beyond concert footage, the film examines Bob Weir’s story, and his early days with the band. It’s an intoxicating blend of interviews and rarely seen archive footage that takes you directly to the days on The Haight, Deadhead experiences on tour, and intimate stories with Weir’s family and friends. In Weir's distinctively styled words: “You have to see it to see it.”
Green Screens Presented by Rock The Earth returns with another slate of mind-expanding documentaries to entertain, educate and provoke dialogue.
The Human Experiment
The Human Experiment lifts the veil on the shocking reality that thousands of untested chemicals are in our everyday products, our homes and inside of us. Simultaneously, the prevalence of many diseases continues to rise. From Oscar® winner Sean Penn and Emmy® winning journalists Dana Nachman and Don Hardy, The Human Experiment tells the personal stories of people who believe their lives have been affected by chemicals and takes viewers to the front lines as activists go head-to-head with the powerful and well-funded chemical industry. These activists bring to light a corrupt system that’s been hidden from consumers... until now. Scott Banbury from the Sierra Club will participate in a Q&A following the screening.
DamNation is a powerful film odyssey across America that explores the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers. Dam removal has moved beyond the fictional Monkey Wrench Gang to go mainstream. Where obsolete dams come down, rivers bound back to life, giving salmon and other wild fish the right of return to primeval spawning grounds, after decades without access. DamNation’s majestic cinematography and unexpected discoveries move through rivers and landscapes altered by dams, but also through a metamorphosis in values, from conquest of the natural world to knowing ourselves as part of nature. Musician Andrew Bird will introduce the screening and there will be a Q&A with Sub-Genre Films’ Morgan Beard afterward.
Above All Else
Above All Else is an intimate portrait of a group of landowners and activists in East Texas who tried to stop construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, a $7 billion dollar project slated to carry tar sands oil from Canada to refineries on the Texas Gulf Coast. Risking financial ruin, their personal safety, and the security of their families, these unforgettable people and their stories become an exploration of the human spirit and a window into how social change happens in America. Executive producer Paul Bassis will take questions after the film.
The comedic genius of the late great Harold Ramis will be celebrated with late night screenings of three of his classic hits: Ghostbusters (30th Anniversary!), Caddyshack and Groundhog Day. Harold Ramis, who passed away in February, was a veteran of Chicago’s Second City, The National Lampoon, and “SCTV,” and a writer, director and comic actor in some of the best films of the last 30+ years. In addition to the three classics we will screen at Bonnaroo, he was involved in the creation of films including National Lampoon’s Animal House; Meatballs, Stripes, National Lampoon’s Vacation and Analyze This.
We never close. Come hang with us in the wee hours as we screen some of our favorite comedies and cult classics including The NeverEnding Story (30th Anniversary!), the original Friday the 13th (screened late night on Friday the 13th!), The Warriors (35th Anniversary!), This Is Spinal Tap (30th Anniversary!), Road House (25th Anniversary!), Revenge of the Nerds (30th Anniversary!) and The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension (30th Anniversary!).
“THIS IS THE END”
A special screening of 2013’s smash hit This Is The End, the riotous apocalyptic comedy from writer-directors Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. This Is The End follows six friends (played by Robinson, Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Jonah Hill and Danny McBride) trapped in a house after a series of strange and catastrophic events devastate Los Angeles. As the world unravels outside, dwindling supplies and cabin fever threaten to tear apart the friendships inside.