Filmmaker David Lowery Unveils His ‘Guest Selects’ for Alamo Drafthouse With “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” & “The Dark Crystal”
The cinema company’s first guest programmer series offers two selections from the visionary filmmaker behind "The Green Knight"
Austin, TX (July 30, 2021) – Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is proud to announce a new and ongoing retrospective series called Guest Selects, an open invitation to the movie-eatery’s favorite filmmakers, writers, and performers to draw on their diverse backgrounds and eclectic tastes to program films that they think are essential big screen experiences. This September, Alamo Drafthouse audiences can experience “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” (1992) and “The Dark Crystal” on the big screen, two titles selected by filmmaker David Lowery, the writer, director, editor and producer of the highly anticipated fantasy epic “The Green Knight” (in theaters July 30).
In his Guest Selects video, set to run in Alamo Drafthouse theaters across the country, Lowery discusses the films that helped inspire “The Green Knight” – “Bram Stoker’s Dracula”, “The Dark Knight”, “Marie Antoinette”, “The Passion of Joan of Arc”, and “Willow”.
“I’m honored to be a part of Alamo Drafthouse’s Guest Selects program and hope that everyone gets a chance to see “The Green Knight” on the big screen, and then takes advantage of the great opportunity to revisit these enduring classics that helped shape the film,” said Lowery.
Lowery’s work also includes “Pete’s Dragon”, “A Ghost Story”, “Pioneer”, “St. Nick”, “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” and “The Old Man & The Gun”. He is currently in production as both writer and director on “Peter Pan & Wendy”, which stars Alexander Molony, Ever Anderson, Alan Tudyk, Molly Parker, Yara Shahidi and Jude Law and will be released by Disney in 2022.
Alamo Drafthouse’s screenings of Jim Henson and Frank Oz’s beloved fantasy epic “The Dark Crystal” are set to begin August 13. Francis Ford Copolla’s immortal classic “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” will return to cinemas starting September 17. Both films will have special recorded introductions from David Lowery. Tickets are on sale now at drafthouse.com.
Recent “Guest Selects” participants have included the Sparks Ron and Russel Mael, who shared their love of “Ishtar” with sold-out audiences at Alamo Drafthouse, as well as M. Night Shyamalan, who programmed “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “Jaws”, two of his “North Star” films that guide him as a filmmaker.
“For nearly twenty-five years we’ve been honored to welcome guest programmers – from Quentin Tarantino’s hand-selected QT Fest in the early 2000s to last month’s packed screenings of “Ishtar”, curated by the band Sparks,” says Alamo Drafthouse founder and Executive Chairman Tim League. “I’m very excited that we’re officially continuing this tradition – and the explorations into the influences of our favorite filmmakers – with David Lowery and our new Guest Selects series.”
About Alamo Drafthouse
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema was founded in 1997 as a single-screen mom and pop repertory theater in Austin, TX. Twenty-four years later, with 38 locations and counting, Alamo Drafthouse has been called “the best theater in America” by Entertainment Weekly and “the best theater in the world” by Wired. Alamo Drafthouse has built a reputation as a movie lover’s oasis not only by combining food and drink service with the movie-going experience, but also introducing unique programming and high-profile, star-studded special events. Alamo Drafthouse created Fantastic Fest, a world-renowned film festival dubbed “The Geek Telluride” by Variety. Fantastic Fest showcases eight days of genre cinema from independents, international filmmakers, and major Hollywood studios. Alamo Drafthouse’s collectible art gallery, Mondo, offers breathtaking, original products featuring designs from world-famous artists based on licenses for popular TV and movie properties including Star Wars, Star Trek & Universal Monsters. Alamo Drafthouse continues to expand its brand in new and exciting ways, including the American Genre Film Archive, a non-profit film archive dedicated to preserving, restoring and sharing film, and Alamo On Demand, a new VOD platform boasting a growing and carefully curated library of entertainment for rental or purchase.