Tuesday, August 15, 2006
America’s Next Top Moviemaker: Project Greenlight winner ‘Feast’ hits theaters Sept. 22
The movie bookend to reality TV series like “The Amazing Race” and “America’s Next Top Model” is “Project Greenlight,” the television show and contest created by actors Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and producer Chris Moore. Slightly tweaked for its third installment, Project Greenlight Series 3 (PGL 3) offered two concurrent contests, one for selecting screenwriters, the other for filmmakers.
Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton are the scribes left standing who won the right to team up with filmmaker finalist John Gulager. Their collaboration is “Feast,” a gory horror tale about strangers at an isolated tavern who band together to fight flesh-hungry monsters. (At first glance, the beasts resemble the monsters from “The Descent,” which is not a bad coincidence).
Actors Henry Rollins, Balthazar Getty, and Judah Friedlander bring “Feast” some unexpected independent film credibility. But the spotlight regarding any Greenlight feature belongs to the fresh talent behind the camera. Boosting the prize value this time is news that “Feast” will play theaters for special late-night shows on Sept. 22 and 23. Soon afterwards, on Oct. 17, the film will street on DVD. This means that “Feast” will receive a release plan for theaters and home video similar to the strategy earlier this year for Steven Soderbergh’s small-town drama “Bubble.”
Gulager can now tell people his low-budget horror movie is getting the Soderbergh treatment and he’ll be telling the truth.
Dimension Films, the genre division of The Weinstein Company, will release “Feast” Sept 22 after a world premiere at Las Vegas’ Palms Casino Resort.