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Bluefin Previews New York Comic Con Bandai Exclusives

Anaheim, CA, September 18, 2018 – Bluefin, the leading North American distributor of toys, collectibles, and hobby merchandise from Japan and Asia, has detailed a wide array of notable products and “First-to-Market” show exclusives from the Bandai Shokugan brand that will be displayed and available for purchase at the 2018 New York Comic Con.

Bluefin will be located in Booth #1612.

The 2018 New York Comic Con (NYCC) takes place October 4th – 7th at the Javits Convention Center in Manhattan and is the East Coast’s biggest pop culture convention. The annual event plays host to the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and television. More information on New York Comic Con is available at: http://www.newyorkcomiccon.com.

This year, Bluefin will exhibit the Bandai Shokugan Shogun Megazord, Ninja Megazord, and White Ninja Falconzord Super Mini-Pla kits, which are among the final Bandai Power Rangers releases for North America. These kits will be set for release in time for the holidays this coming December but will be showcased for the first time in a special display for 2018 NYCC attendees.

Bandai Shokugan “First-to-Market” NYCC Products

Don’t miss a special opportunity to be among the first to acquire these new Shokugan kits that will debut for the first time anywhere at 2018 NYCC. These kits are scheduled to debut to general retailers in Q4.

Super Mini-Pla Mega Man X Ride Armor Sets “Chimera Armor” & “Vile’s Ride Armor” · MSRP $40.00 each

Following the success of the Power Ranger Megazord and Dragonzord kits, fans can now enjoy a pair of special advance releases of Mega Man X with the Chimera Armor and Vile’s Ride Armor sets. The Chimera Armor set comes with a Kangaroo unit and Vile’s Ride Armor is outfitted with a Hawk unit.

Mega Man 66 Action Vol. 2 Blind Box Units · MSRP $9.00 each

Called “66 ACTION” because the figures each stand 66 mm (2.58”) tall, these compact, kits combine high quality molding with impressive articulation. These are the highly anticipated Vol. 2 releases and include X (Mega Man X), Vile (Mega Man X), Mega Man (Mega Man Star Force) Super Armor Mega Man and Cut Man. Each kit comes with multiple interchangeable hand accessories.  All of these figures are able to be combined with the Super Mini-Pla Mega Man X Ride Armor for enhanced play and poseability value.

NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 Release Date Trailer

New York – September 18, 2018   2K has announced that NBA 2K Playgrounds 2, the two-on-two arcade basketball game from developer Saber Interactive, will release on October 16, 2018, for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch™ and Windows PC for $29.99.

Starring Hall of Famer Julius “Dr. J” Erving, NBA Champion Kevin Garnett, NBA All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns, and emerging Celtics star Jayson Tatum on the cover, NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 steps up the energy and attitude with new players, playgrounds and moves. NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 will feature over 300 players at launch – including legendary new additions like Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – with nearly 200 additional players arriving in updates after release. The game will release with ten new and exciting playgrounds from around the world, including courts in Washington, D.C., St. Louis, Seoul and Australia, with additional courts planned for after launch.

In addition, the game will boast well over 100 signature moves, including showstoppers like Michael Jordan’s free throw line dunk, George Gervin’s Iceman finger roll and LeBron James’ self alley-oop. There are also many new customization items, such as jackets, shirts, pants, shorts and shoes. In addition, NBA 2K Playgrounds 2’s soundtrack will feature licensed tracks from hit artists like Run The Jewels, Oddisee and DJ Premier.

NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 features multiple ways to play on your own, with friends, or against the world. Playgrounds Championship mode delivers a worldwide ranked league with multiple competitive solo and co-op ladders, while the new single-player Season mode recreates the experience of leading a team through the regular season and playoffs. There are also four-player online matches, co-op matches against AI, enhanced matchmaking with dedicated servers, three-point contests, off-the-wall power-ups, custom matches and more!

For the latest updates on NBA 2K Playgrounds 2, visit nba.2k.com/playgrounds, and follow the series on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Kingdom Hearts III – Big Hero 6 Trailer

LOS ANGELES (Sept. 17, 2018) – Just ahead of the Tokyo Game Show event, KINGDOM HEARTS III fans were transported to the futuristic city of San Fransokyo, where the heroic cast of Big Hero 6 joins Sora and his friends in an epic battle against the darkness. Big Hero 6’s story of friendship continues on in KINGDOM HEARTS III, as the super crew of Hiro Hamada, Honey Lemon, Go Go Tomago, Wasabi No-Ginger, Fred and their robot companion Baymax embark on a new adventure together with Sora, Donald and Goofy.

The world of Big Hero 6 is just one of the expansive worlds in the massive KINGDOM HEARTS universe. The trailer also shows off new footage from the Disney and Pixar worlds of Frozen, Monsters, Inc., Tangled and Pirates of the Caribbean, while shedding new light on the KINGDOM HEARTS storyline as well as a first glimpse of a fan-favorite character.

Additionally, the trailer introduces a new way Sora will use his Gummiphone, which has the ability to take selfies with his new friends along his journey. The Tokyo Game Show trailer is subtitled in English and available to view on YouTube:

The official box art, featuring artwork drawn by series director, Tetsuya Nomura, was also revealed at the show. The artwork showcases a variety of characters from the KINGDOM HEARTS series against the endless sunset, including some familiar Disney favorites, King Mickey, Donald and Goofy.

Haunted Little Tokyo Announced for 2018 Haunt Season

September 17, 2018 – The Little Tokyo community welcomes you back for a month full of frightful fun as the neighborhood transforms into Haunted Little Tokyo for a second year on select nights through October 1 – October 31, 2018. Ghouls, ghosts, and goblins of all ages are invited if they dare to experience Little Tokyo with pumpkin patches, trick-or-treating, spooky sounds, ghostly games, free Halloween movie screenings, ‘haunted’ walking tours, themed specials, and more ending with a frightfully-fun block party and costume contest on Saturday, October 27.

DETAILS:

Experience Little Tokyo like never-before as the heart of Downtown LA oozes with spooky themed-activities and evenings full of frightening-fun. Pick your pumpkin during the weekend pumpkin patches and dust off your cauldron for a cooking workshop presented by the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC). Disguise your little monsters for ghoulish games, trick-or-treating and FREE family-friendly movie screenings including Mary and the Witches Flower (Friday, October 19 at 6 p.m. @ The Japanese Village Plaza) or face your fears and sleep with one eye open after watching classic Japanese horror flicks including the 1987 supernatural film Prince of Darkness (Friday, October 5 at 7 p.m. @ Union Center for the Arts). Those daring enough to hear the sinister stories of Little Tokyo’s ghostly friends and the city’s history should tag along for the Little Tokyo haunted walking tours with the Little Tokyo Historical Society (LTHS). Indulge in bone-chilling drinks and devilish desserts as the month-long celebration wraps up on Saturday, Oct. 27 for the Haunted Night in Little Tokyo: The Block Party, brought to you in partnership with Council member Jose Huizar CD 14. Come for the costume parade, live entertainment, beer garden, exclusive food and drink discounts, and more.

WHEN:

Select nights October 1-31, 2018
Haunted Little Tokyo Block Party is on Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 5 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Trick-or-treating is on Tuesday, October 31, 2018
For a full calendar of events visit: www.hauntedlittletokyo.com

WHERE:

Little Tokyo – Downtown Los Angeles
Haunted Night in Little Tokyo: The Block Party will be on 2nd Street in between Central & San Pedro Street

TICKETS AND REGISTRATION:

Free, depending on the activity. For more information please visit www.hauntedlittletokyo.com

PARTNERS:

Haunted Little Tokyo is presented by the Little Tokyo Community Council and Council District 14: Councilmember José Huizar, and produced in collaboration with Go Little Tokyo, Cafe Dulce, Wolf & Crane, East West Players, Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, Japanese American National Museum, Japanese Village Plaza, Kizuna, RenewLA, Asian Pacific Islander Forward Movement, Little Tokyo Vibes, Monkey Pants, Tanaka Farms, Japanese Village Plaza, Little Tokyo Business Association, Visual Communications, Little Tokyo Historical Society, Anime Jungle, The Koban, Baldoria, Japangeles and Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics (LEAP), Steamy Bun Truck, DJ Phatrick, Hello Stranger, & Buttery Popcorn Co.

The Walking Dead: The Final Season Episode Two Trailer and Release Date

SAN RAFAEL, Calif., September 17th, 2018 — Leading publisher and developer of digital entertainment Telltale Games, together with Robert Kirkman’s Skybound Entertainment, today launched the official trailer for episode two of The Walking Dead: The Final Season.

Episode two, ‘Suffer the Children,’ will be available for download starting September 25, 2018 on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch across all regions. Digital season passes are currently available on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch for $19.99. Players who purchase a digital season pass will receive download access to each of the season’s four episodes as they become available. More information about individual episode release dates can be found here.

A season pass disc for Xbox One and PS4 will also be available online and at retailers for $29.99 starting November 6, 2018. The disc will contain the first two episodes of the season, as well as download access for the two remaining episodes as they become available. A separate retail cartridge for Nintendo Switch will also become available at a later date.

Episode Two Description: A single shot rang out, and in that moment, everything changed. Now Clementine’s chance for a home may already be lost, and her bond with AJ may never be the same. With their future suddenly poisoned by uncertainty, Clem must work to manage the fallout and salvage their situation. But a force more relentless than the dead is lurking in the woods, and a ghost from Clementine’s past will soon return to threaten her future…

Shadow of the Tomb Raider Out Now

LOS ANGELES, CA (September 14, 2018) – Square Enix®, Eidos-Montréal™, and Crystal Dynamics® are proud to announce Shadow of the Tomb Raider™, the latest entry in the critically acclaimed and award-winning Tomb Raider® series, is available now worldwide for the Xbox One family of devices including Xbox One X, the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, and Windows PC/Steam®.

To celebrate the release of Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Square Enix has released a stunning launch trailer highlighting the emotional journey that awaits players as they experience Lara Croft®’s defining moment.

“I’ve been a part of the reboot from the very start and it’s so gratifying to have helped shepherd the series along over the years,” said Dan Chayer-Bisson, Game Director at Eidos-Montréal. “Shadow of the Tomb Raider delivers something special for all fans of the series, whether this is your first Tomb Raider experience or you’ve played every installment. The team and I are proud of what we’ve created, and hope players everywhere enjoy Lara’s defining moment.”

“With Shadow of the Tomb Raider, our development team has done a marvelous job of creating a compelling conclusion to Lara’s origin story, while still showcasing our strengths as a studio,” said David Anfossi, Head of Studio at Eidos-Montréal. “Eidos-Montréal prides itself on building captivating, immersive worlds and Shadow of the Tomb Raider reinforces that pedigree in a significant way.”

In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Lara must master a deadly jungle, overcome terrifying tombs, and persevere through her darkest hour. As she races to save the world from a Maya apocalypse, Lara will be forged into the Tomb Raider she is destined to be.

Created by a team of veteran Tomb Raider developers at Eidos-Montréal, in collaboration with Crystal Dynamics, the game is available now for the Xbox One family of devices, including Xbox One X, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Windows PC/Steam®.

RODE Unveils SoundField 360 Degree Microphone

AMSTERDAM September 14, 2018: On day 1 of IBC, Australian pro audio giant RØDE Microphones is proud to announce that the SoundField by RØDE NT-SF1 360° Surround Ambisonic Microphone – launched at NAB in April – is now shipping internationally and will be available at a dealer near you soon.

The legendary ambisonic marque SoundField pioneered 360° surround-with-height audio capture in 1978, and was acquired by The Freedman Group, home of RØDE Microphones, in 2016. The SoundField by RØDE NT-SF1 marks the first collaboration between the two storied brands. The result is an incredible, broadcast-grade ambisonic microphone for less than USD$1000 – a world first. The NT-SF1 also comes with a blimp-style windshield and fur cover for intensive wind protection, and a shock mount for steady recording.

“With four of our incredibly transparent new TF45C half-inch cardioid capsules set in the striking tetrahedral array, the NT-SF1 rivals the finest ambisonic microphones in the world,” says The Freedman Group’s Founder and Chairman Peter Freedman AM. “Thanks to our unmatched investment in precision automated production, we can make these mics at a fraction of the cost of our competitors – and its sound quality is superior in every way. As for the ‘SoundField By RØDE’ Plugin – Wow! It is so powerful, intuitive and looks incredible. And it’s free!”

NT-SF1 COMPANION SOFTWARE – SOUNDFIELD BY RØDE PLUGIN – NOW FREE TO DOWNLOAD

SoundField is also the pioneering company behind the concepts of A-Format™ and B-Format™ audio. The Microphones record in A-Format™ but it is the conversion to B-Format™ that allows a single Ambisonic Microphone to provide 4 tracks that can be manipulated in any direction in post, possess any polarity possible and enable creators to place their sounds wherever they like within the 360° soundfield.

The SoundField by RØDE Plugin is a bespoke companion plugin available for free download on both Windows and Mac and allows users to endlessly reshape their audio. The SoundField by RØDE Plugin is perfectly matched to the NT-SF1 Microphone and operates in a completely different way to traditional ambisonic processors. Eschewing the matrices and correction filters of previous generations, it utilises state-of-the-art frequency-domain processing to deliver unparalleled spatial accuracy at all frequencies. And with the embrace of beamforming technology, B-Format™ can, for the first time, create shotgun-type patterns.

The plugin has the standard surround-sound set-ups including Dolby Atmos up to 7.1.4 and is supported by Protools, Q-base, Nuendo, Reaper and Logic in VST, AU or AAX formats, all with RØDE’s legendary ease-of-use.

Intuitive, powerful and easy to learn, the SoundField by RØDE Plugin is also a visual feast, with unique sound level visualisation providing immediate feedback into levels and soundscape, whilst ‘advanced’ mode opens up all parameters and controls for the ultimate in sound shaping.

FIND OUT MORE

For full specs, features and demonstration videos of the SoundField by RØDE NT-SF1, go to rode.com/ntsf1.

To download the free SoundField by RØDE Plugin, go to rode.com/soundfieldplugin.

NHL 19 Launch Trailer

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) today released EA SPORTS™ NHL ® 19, introducing players to the World of CHEL where they can compete in the great outdoors and journey from the pond to the pros. Powered by the revolutionary RPM Tech gameplay technology, NHL ® 19 delivers all-new skating and collision physics systems that make gameplay look, feel and play better. Over 200 playable hockey Legends gives fans that chance to compete with and against the greatest players to ever lace up the skates.

“NHL ® 19 is the first time we’ve been able to build and deliver an experience that spans beyond the pros and lets fans enjoy all forms of hockey – from frozen parking lot ponds, to big outdoor festivals, all the way up to the arenas of the pros,” said Sean Ramjagsingh, Senior Producer, NHL ® 19. “We’re also incredibly excited about the level of innovation that RPM Tech adds to gameplay, which we were able to gather incredible feedback around during our Open Beta to ensure that NHL ® 19 is the best-playing EA SPORTS NHL game we’ve ever built.”

In NHL ® 19, players can compete on outdoor ponds under a unified progression hub called World of CHEL that unites EA SPORTS Hockey League, NHL® THREES Drop-In and two new game modes, NHL® ONES and Pro-Am. NHL® ONES pits three players against each other in a festival-like king of the hill tournament featuring fast-paced, 1v1v1, free-for-all fun, with no rules and no stoppages. Players win games to rank up to new outdoor locations and defend their position on daily leaderboards. Progression and rewards earned in World of CHEL can be applied to each player’s Create-A-Character, allowing them to personalize their gameplay with new player traits and abilities, as well as express their individuality with over 900 new customization items.

At the core of NHL ® 19 is cutting-edge Real Player Motion (RPM) Technology in gameplay, which redefines the way movement and animations are showcased. Influenced by speed and creativity in today’s game, RPM Tech enables explosive-edge skating, giving players more control, faster acceleration and more responsiveness as they move up and down the ice, creating the most responsive gameplay in franchise history. RPM Tech is paired with a new collision physics system that introduces more contextual body-checking, bringing bigger, badder, jaw-dropping hits that are dynamic based on speed, size and point of impact.

Fans can pay homage to the hockey stars of the past with the inclusion of Legends, featuring over 200 of the greatest players from all eras, including Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Patrick Roy, Teemu Selanne, Peter Forsberg, Jean Beliveau and more. Players can compete as Hero Teams that combine squads of superstars from the past and present for an ultimate fantasy matchup. Play with the best of the best from all eras in both single-player and multiplayer modes.

Hockey culture shines in NHL ® 19 as players can create unique looks with lifestyle gear and apparel for the first time. Hoodies, jackets, parkas, winter knits, and more are available to wear on the ponds, including authentic apparel from brands like Adidas.

EA SPORTS NHL ® 19 is ESRB rated E10+ and available now worldwide on PlayStation ® 4 and Xbox One for $59.99 USD. For more information on EA SPORTS NHL, visit the website at www.easports.com/NHL. EA Access subscribers on Xbox One can play NHL ® 19 free for up to 10 hours and receive a 10% discount on purchase of the full game*.

Construction Simulator 2 Launch Trailer

Moenchengladbach/Germany, September 13, 2018 – astragon Entertainment and the developers of weltenbauer. SE are happy to announce the release of the Construction Simulator®2 US –Console Edition as well as the Construction Simulator®2 US – Pocket Edition today.

The porting of the popular mobile game Construction Simulator 2 is now available for PlayStation®4, Xbox One® and PC in the PlayStation®Store, Xbox Games Store and on Steam™!

Please find the official release trailer here:

With the porting of Construction Simulator®2, which until now has only been available for mobile devices, the weltenbauer. SE developer team is fulfilling the fervent wish of many fans to see new content such as road construction or an extended vehicle fleet by famous US makers on PC and, for the first time in the history of the game series, on consoles.

The player will therefore encounter more than 40 originally licensed construction machines and vehicles by world-renowned companies such as Caterpillar, Liebherr, Palfinger, Bell, STILL, ATLAS, Mack Trucks, MEILLER Kipper and Kenworth within the fictitious US state of Westside Plains. These vehicles will be used to tackle over 60 diverse and challenging construction contracts, which can be found in different places all across the open, freely drivable game world.

No matter if it is the excavation of building pits, the control of gigantic cranes, the loading of building materials, the pouring of concrete or the asphalting and treatment of roads – Construction Simulator®2offers the right task to every construction fan. Special missions such as the construction of a large shopping mall, museum or philharmonic hall offer additional variety.

The Construction Simulator®2 US –Console Editionfor PlayStation®4 and Xbox One® is available now for 14.99 EUR/14.99 USD/11.99 GBP in the PlayStation®Store as well as the Xbox Games Store. The Construction Simulator®2 US – Pocket Editionfor PC is also available now for 9.99 Euro/11.99 USD/9.29 GBP on Steam™, with owners of the Steam™ version of Construction Simulator® 2015 being eligible for an additional loyalty discount of 50%!

Construction Simulator® 2 US – Console Editionfor PlayStation®4 in the PlayStation®Store:

Construction Simulator® 2 US – Console Editionfor Xbox One®in the Xbox Games Store:

Construction Simulator® 2 US – Pocket Edition for PC on Steam™:

For more information, please visit:

Fantastic Fest 2018 Unveils Final Wave of Movies

Austin, TX – Thursday, September 13, 2018 – Fantastic Fest promises an explosive grand finale with the Texas Premiere of Drew Goddard’s outrageously entertaining mystery-thriller BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE. Seven strangers, each with a secret to bury, meet at Lake Tahoe’s El Royale, a rundown hotel with a dark past. Over the course of one fateful night, everyone will have a last shot at redemption… before everything goes to hell. Jeff Bridges, Chris Hemsworth, Jon Hamm, Dakota Johnson and Cynthia Erivo lead an all-star cast in BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE.

Karyn Kusama will be in attendance alongside screenwriter/producer Phil Hay to present their gritty noir thriller DESTROYER starring Nicole Kidman in an astonishing role as detective Erin Bell, as well as the U.S. Premiere of Jonah Hill’s directorial debut MID90S with the writer/director Jonah Hill in attendance.

Also debuting at the festival is the North American Premiere of Terry Gilliam’s long awaited THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE, with Adam Driver as the world-weary ad man taken on a fantastical journey by Jonathan Pryce’s Don Quixote. And David Robert Mitchell’s Cannes sensation slacker-noir UNDER THE SILVER LAKE, starring Andrew Garfield and Riley Keough, will have its U.S. Premiere at the Festival.

Fantastic Fest deepens its cornucopia of genre titles from across the globe, including the World premiere of Quarxx’s visually hypnotic ALL THE GODS IN THE SKY, the International premiere of Polish-children-vs-rabid-dogs thriller WEREWOLF, and the North American Premiere of Venice Critics Week closer DACHRA, the first-ever horror film to come out of Tunisia.

Further additions to the program include the World Premiere of the new thrill ride from Nicolas Cage and Franka Potente, BETWEEN WORLDS, the World Premiere of the brilliant documentary AFTER THE SCREAMING STOPS about the iconic ’80s musicians Matt & Luke Goss and the band Bros, and the U.S. Premiere of the terrifying frontier horror masterwork THE WIND.

“2018 has been one of the most challenging programs to put together for Fantastic Fest, with a plethora of quality titles turning up at every stage,” said Fantastic Fest Creative Director Evrim Ersoy. “Even as we try to lock our program, we are confronted with brilliant, outstanding cinema and are determined to cram all of it into our program and dazzle Austin.”

With HALLOWEEN debuting on opening night, it was inevitable that we’d champion the most important of all holidays with an omega-powerful Halloween-themed costume/music/sugar/dance party. Candy buffet! Apple bobbing! Ghoulish bands! And more more will shake the walls of The Highball, with legitimately major prizes given out for the best and most horrific outfits, so dress to distress!

Tenacious D will appear IN PERSON (!!!) at the festival to premiere their six-part animated series TENACIOUS D IN POST-APOCALYPTO, hand drawn by none other than Jack Black himself! True to its title, the series finds Tenacious D thrust into a world of complete and utter destruction! See them battle for the survival of the human race! Then watch them perform LIVE in a post-screening pre-apocalyptic music set that will shake the pillars of the universe!

The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies will be at hand at this year’s Fantastic Fest to present a one-off special lecture by academic and scholar Alexandra Heller-Nicholas titled “Ghouls to the Front: Rethinking Women’s Horror Filmmaking” where she will be exploring examples from around the world from 1898 to 2018 of women’s horror filmmaking finding ways we can collectively rethink the history of horror more broadly to be more inclusive, more representative, and more fun.

Fantastic Fest is also delighted to announce the Jury Presidents for the four competition categories for the 2018 edition of Fantastic Fest. Co-president and co-founder of Sony Pictures Classics Michael Barker will be overseeing the Main Competition Jury, academic and writer Alexandra Heller-Nicholas will be the head of Horror Competition Jury, Toronto International Film Festival programming associate Dorota Lech will lead the Next Wave Jury, and director/animator Don Hertzfeldt will be heading the Shorts Competition Jury. Further details can be found at: https://fantasticfest.com/jury.

Fantastic Fest is also happy to announce the addition of Maya Perez to its advisory board. Maya Perez is a writer and producer. Her work has appeared in Electric Literature, The Masters Review, Misadventures Magazine, and she is co-editor of the books On Story – Screenwriters and Their CraftOn Story – Screenwriters and Filmmakers on Their Iconic Films, and On Story – The Golden Ages of Television, all from the University of Texas Press. She is also a producer on the television series Austin Film Festival’s On Story, now in its eighth season on PBS. Maya is a 2018 recipient of a SFFILM Westridge Grant and teaches screenwriting at the University of Texas at Austin.

FINAL WAVE FILM LINEUP BELOW:

AFTER THE SCREAMING STOPS
United Kingdom, 2018
World Premiere, 97 min
Directors – Joe Pearlman & David Soutar
In Attendance – Directors Joe Pearlman and David Soutar
Matt and Luke Goss were part of Bros, one of the biggest bands of the 1980s. With a number one album and sold out concerts at stadiums across the world, the rise of the band was meteoric… sharply followed by their downfall. Now, the two brothers reunite for the gig of a lifetime, facing fractured relationships, a new musical landscape, and the changes that time brings. Can they rekindle the magic and make Bros come alive once again?
 
ALL THE GODS IN THE SKY
France, 2018
World Premiere, 98 min
Director – Quarxx
In Attendance – Director Quarxx
Simon lives in an old house in the countryside with his severely disabled sister. He takes care of her day after day, hoping that “they” will come to ease their pain. The date of “their” arrival approaches.
 
BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE
USA 2018
Texas Premiere, Run time not final
Director – Drew Goddard
Seven strangers, each with a secret to bury, meet at Lake Tahoe’s El Royale, a rundown hotel with a dark past. Over the course of one fateful night, everyone will have a last shot at redemption… before everything goes to hell. Jeff Bridges, Chris Hemsworth, Jon Hamm, Dakota Johnson and Cynthia Erivo lead an all-star cast in BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE.
 
BETWEEN WORLDS
USA, 2018
World Premiere, 90 min
Director – Maria Pulera
Nicolas Cage plays Joe, a lonely trucker whose new girlfriend’s daughter is possessed with the spirit of Joe’s recently deceased wife, creating a love triangle no synopsis can do justice to.
 
THE BLOOD OF WOLVES
Japan, 2018
Regional Premiere, 126 min
Director – Kazuya Shiraishi
In the neon-soaked streets of 1988 Hiroshima , experienced detective Ogami Shogo is forced to partner with greenhorn Hioka Shuichi to investigate a routine disappearance case. Soon they’re in the midst of a full-blown yakuza war that threatens to destroy all that the two men hold dear.
 
THE BOUNCER
France, Belgium, 2018
North American Premiere, 82 min
Director – Julien Leclercq
Representing the moody, grimy, realistic return of JCVD to more dramatic roles, THE BOUNCER wows with a taut, contained approach to crime and violence, and one father’s fight to save his daughter.
 
CLOSE ENEMIES
France, 2018  
US Premiere, 111 min
Director – David Oelhoffen
A gangster film with heart, CLOSE ENEMIES refers to Driss and Manuel, childhood friends now on either side of the law, who discover the sacrifices both are willing to make in the name of family in this Paris-set contemporary thriller.
 
DACHRA
Tunisia, 2018
North American Premiere, 113 min
Director – Abdelhamid Bouchnak
Come for Tunisia’s first horror film, following three students’ filmed investigation of weird rumors in a remote village, and stay for the sickening madness, macabre witchcraft, ghastly beheadings, and gory cannibalism.
 
DEADWAX
USA, 2018
Regional Premiere, 110 min
Director – Graham Reznick
A young woman is pulled into a murder investigation revolving around a curious vinyl record which has driven those who possess it mad, and killed anyone who dared to listen to it.
 
DESTROYER
USA, 2018
Texas Premiere, 123 min
Director – Karyn Kusama
In Attendance – Director Karyn Kusama and Screenwriter/Producer Phil Hay
Nicole Kidman gives the performance of a lifetime as LAPD detective Erin Bell, a human weapon of escalating vengeance, in the brilliantly grounded new drama-action-thriller from Karyn Kusama.
 
FLASH GORDON
United Kingdom, USA, The Netherlands, 1980
Repertory Screening, 111 min
Director – Mike Hodges
He’s here to save every one of us! Heroic earthling Flash Gordon protects the world from the nefarious Ming the Merciless in this lavish, majestically camp adaptation of Alex Raymond’s legendary sci-fi comic strip.
 
FOLKLORE: MONGDAL
Malaysia, Korea, Singapore, 2018
World Premiere, 49 min
Director – Lee Sang Woo
Lee Sang-Woo turns his camera on an unusual child and his mother in a visually striking and scary episode of HBO FOLKLORE.
 
FOLKLORE: TOYOL
Malaysia, Korea, Singapore, 2018
World Premiere, 49 min
Director – Ho Yuhang
Ho Yuang explores a strange and frightening relationship between a politician with a problem and a shaman who promises the solution in an episode of HBO FOLKLORE that’s deeply rooted in Malaysian legends.
 
I USED TO BE NORMAL: A BOYBAND FANGIRL STORY
Australia, 2018
US Premiere, 96 min
Director – Jessica Leski
In Attendance – Producer Rita Walsh
The lives of four women from across the globe are radically changed by their deep love of boy bands in this fascinating, joyful exploration of intense fandom.
 
LEVEL 16
Canada, 2018
World Premiere, 102 min
Director – Danishka Esterhazy
In Attendance – Writer/Director Danishka Esterhazy and Producers Judy Holm and Michael McNamara
The teenage girls of Vestalis Academy are meticulously trained in the art of being “clean girls,” practicing the virtues of perfect femininity. But what exactly are they being trained for? Vivien intends to find out.
 
LIFE AFTER FLASH
United Kingdom, 2018
Texas Premiere, 94 min
Director – Lisa Downs
In Attendance – Director Lisa Downs and Actor Sam J. Jones
Celebrating the iconic FLASH GORDON and focusing on the fascinating, unusual, and untold story of actor Sam J. Jones, the man behind the sparkly suit, LIFE AFTER FLASH is a celebration, an exploration, and a joyful scream all at once!
 
LORDS OF CHAOS
USA, 2018
Texas Premiere, 112 min
Director – Jonas Åkerlund
Based on the biography of the same name, LORDS OF CHAOS is the tale of an Oslo teenager who launches Norwegian black metal, setting off a chain of events that have made his band, Mayhem, infamous for decades.
 
THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE
Spain, France, Belgium, Portugal, 2018
North American Premiere, 132 min
Director – Terry Gilliam
Once-ambitious advertising man Toby finds himself revisiting a student film he made long before his world became monochrome. Re-teaming with the Spanish cobbler he cast in the film who genuinely believes he’s Don Quixote, Toby embarks on a soul-searching journey of magical proportions.
 
MID90S
USA, 2018
US Premiere, 84 minutes
Director – Jonah Hill
In Attendance – Writer/Director Jonah Hill
Written and directed by Jonah Hill, Mid90s follows Stevie, a thirteen-year-old in 90s-era LA who spends his summer navigating between his troubled home life and a group of new friends that he meets at a Motor Avenue skate shop.
 
MODEST HEROES: PONOC SHORT FILMS THEATRE, VOL. 1
Japan, 2018
North American Premiere, 53 min
Directors – Hiromasa Yonebayashi & Yoshiyuki Momose & Akihiko Yamashita
Delve into the world of Studio Ponoc and discover a trio of brilliant creations: lost crab siblings, a bizarre allergy to eggs, and an invisible man having an unusual day.
 
THE QUAKE
Norway, 2018
Texas Premiere, 105 min
Director – John Andreas Anderson
This sequel to THE WAVE follows the same family, off to Oslo where the earth will shake again. The experts warned that it would! Expect death, drama, and awesome SFX. ‘Nuff said.
 
SHADOW
China, 2018
US Premiere, 116 min
Director – Zhang Yimou
Zhang Yimou returns to the screen with an explosive tale of intrigue and action set within the warring Three Kingdoms. A wild and ambitious ruler, his loyal but cunning commander, and a double he’s set up as insurance play games of deceit as war rages through their kingdom.
 
SLUT IN A GOOD WAY
Canada, 2018
Texas Premiere, 89 min
Director – Sophie Lorain
Charlotte and her best friends Mégane and Aube must navigate their first times, first jobs, and first loves in this hilarious and touching Quebecois sex comedy.
 
STRIKE, DEAR MISTRESS, AND CURE HIS HEART
USA, 2018
World Premiere, 71 min
Director – Mickey Reece
Inspired by Ingmar Bergman’s AUTUMN SONATA and conjured by a remarkably prolific obscure auteur who’s been averaging two feature films a year since 2008, this offbeat and oft-chilling indie discovery depicts the uncanny psychological duress endured by the newlywed proprietors of an ancient hotel following the arrival of an estranged matriarch.
 
UNDER THE SILVER LAKE
USA, 2018
US Premiere, 139 min
Director – David Robert Mitchell
From the dazzling imagination that brought you It Follows comes a delirious neo-noir fever dream about one man’s search for the truth behind the mysterious crimes, murders, and disappearances in his East L.A. neighborhood.
 
WEREWOLF
Poland, The Netherlands, Germany, 2018
International Premiere, 88 min
Director – Adrian Panek
In a makeshift orphanage forgotten by most, a group of children who just survived the Holocaust find themselves preyed upon by a pack of wolf dogs. Their fight for freedom has only just begun.
 
WHITE FIRE
France, Turkey, United Kingdom, 1984
North American Premiere of 2K Restoration, 98 min
Director – Jean-Marie Pallardy
A small team of diamond smugglers stumbles upon the location of the supernatural white fire diamond, but competing criminals pose deadly challenges in this forgotten and truly bizarre gem from 1985.
 
THE WIND
USA, 2018
US Premiere, 89 min
Director – Emma Tammi
In Attendance – Director Emma Tammi
In Emma Tammi’s narrative debut THE WIND, the forces of nature in the isolated prairies of the American Wild West are playing tricks on Lizzy. Her paranoia only grows with the arrival of a mysterious young woman.
THE WORLD IS YOURS
France, 2018
Regional Premiere, 100 min
Director – Romain Gavras
Nothing goes as planned when a Parisian mid-level dealer must complete one last delivery to escape the drug life and open a Mr. Freeze franchise in Romain Gavras’ (OUR DAY WILL COME) instant heist-comedy classic.
 
YOU MIGHT BE THE KILLER
USA, 2018
World Premiere, 92 min
Director – Brett Simmons
In Attendance – Director Brett Simmons
Counselors are being killed off at summer camp, and Sam (Fran Kranz) is stuck in the middle of it. Instead of contacting the cops, he calls his friend and slasher-film expert (Alyson Hannigan) to discuss his options.