Hello again, Movies.com readers! This is Ed Travis, and ActionFest 2012 officially begins one week from this writing. We couldn’t be more excited to have this final blast of information to share with everyone! Yes, that’s right, our final wave of programming and special guests is now announced to the public. Check it out!
FINAL WAVE OF ACTIONFEST PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCED!
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DRAGON EYES (North American premiere w/ star Cung Le in attendance!)
Director: John Hyams, U.S.A. MMA superstar Cung Le, Jean Claude Van Damme and Peter Weller star in this modern version of Akira Kurosawa’s classic Yojimbo.
A GANG STORY (Regional Premiere)
Director: Olivier Marchal, France. A look back at one of France’s most notorious crime syndicates, reminiscent of The Godfather and Heat.
I DECLARE WAR (Work In Progress screening)
Director: Simon Lapeyre & Robert Wilson, Canada. Stand By Me meets Full Metal Jacket when two groups of 13-year old friends play “war” in a local forest. It’s all fun and games until things gets out of hand as bullies, crushes, and popularity contests all come into play on the battlefield.
MANBORG (Regional Premiere)
Director: Steve Kostanksi, Canada. A zany mix of sci-fi, action and comedy, Manborg tells the story of a soldier brought back to life as a cyborg to fight against demon hordes in a dystopian future.
SINNERS AND SAINTS (Domestic Premiere w/ star Tom Berenger in attendance!)
Director: William Kaufman, U.S.A. A tough New Orleans cop breaks in a new partner while investigating a series of brutal murders with ties to a crime war in the city’s Ninth District.
TRANSIT (North American Premiere)
Director: Antonio Negret, U.S.A. Jim Caviezel stars as a father on a family road trip that’s interrupted by a quartet of thieves who use his family as a decoy to evade the police after a daring armored car heist. James Frain (True Blood), Elisabeth Rohm and Diora Baird co-star.
WONDER WOMEN! THE UNTOLD STORY OF AMERICAN SUPERHEROINES (Regional Premiere)
Director: Kristy Guevara-Flanagan, U.S.A. A documentary about superheroines, particularly Wonder Woman, a true icons of comics, and an inspiration to feminism and to women of all ages.
ACTIONFEST SECRET SCREENINGS!
TOP SECRET! One an upcoming action hit and the other an action classic - not to be missed!
THE WILD BUNCH (1969, Directed by Sam Peckinpah)
One of the greatest westerns of all time, hosted by this year’s Lifetime Achievement award winner, Mickey Gilbert, who was a stuntman on the film.
TRUE ROMANCE (1993, Directed by Tony Scott, written by Quentin Tarantino)
The all-time favorite film of “Chick” Norris Award recipient Gina Carano, who will introduce.
SIDEKICKS (1993, Directed by Aaron Norris)
ActionFest co-founder Aaron Norris hosts a special family matinee screening of this 1993 favorite, starring his brother, Chuck Norris.
COMIN’ AT YA! and TRAILER WAR
Alamo Drafthouse and Drafthouse Films bring us the newly restored 1981 3-D funfest Comin’ At Ya!, and Trailer War, 120 minutes of non-stop action movie trailers.
THE RAID: REDEMPTION (2011, Directed by Gareth Edwards, for Badge holders only!)
A badge holders-only screening of The Raid: Redemption (opening at the Carolina Asheville on 4/13), from director Gareth Edwards, whose previous film, Marentau, swept the Actionfest Awards in 2010.
SPECIAL HONORED GUESTS
Tom Berenger – The Academy Award-nominated star of Platoon, Major League and Inception (and a Carolina resident) joins us to screen his latest action hit, Sinners and Saints!
Cung Le – World champion kickboxer and MMA fighter will be here for the North American premiere of his debut starring role, Dragon Eyes, from After Dark Action!
Jack Gill – The acclaimed 2nd unit director and stunt choreographer (Fast Five) and longtime spokesman for the creation of a category at the Oscars for stunt men and women comes to ActionFest to receive our 2012 Man of Action award!
LIVE STUNT SHOW
Every year ActionFest is committed to bringing the art of the stunt home to Asheville in the form of a live stunt show! This year veteran stuntman John Cann is back with his Action P.A.C. team to bring you the most thrilling live stunts possible within the laws of science. Check back at our blog for an upcoming interview with Cann about what you can expect at this year’s live show!
You can also check out our ActionFest Blog for a number of really helpful posts about all of the films playing at the festival!
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The countdown is almost at an end, the fuse is lit and ActionFest is set to explode on April 12th, 2012 in Asheville, NC!
We hope you can make it. And if you can’t, check out the ActionFest Blog for constant updates throughout the festival. And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more breaking action!