Seriously, Roxanne, Don’t Put On The Red Light: A Return to THE INVITATION

Last summer, I had the chance to do a little Q&A session with James Shapiro from Drafthouse Films, during which we discussed some previous releases, a release which we were on the verge of watching (The Tribe), and some recent releases (The Keeping Room and World of Kanako). There was one other upcoming film that wasn’t brought up called The Invitation, but at the time that was 9 months off, well after the other two were to be released. Fast forward a couple of months, and we get word that James will be visiting our little hamlet and bringing with him a “secret” film. All we knew was that it was an upcoming Drafthouse Films release, and we were going to see it before anyone. Knowing what the rough release schedule was, I assumed that it was probably World of Kanako, which was something like 2 months away from release. Turns out that in the briefcase he brought with him (like, a no shit, honest to goodness briefcase containing a secret), was The Invitation. Six months before it was to be released. As much as I wanted to see World of Kanako, I wanted to see The Invitation quite a bit more. Imagine me at this point as Buddy the Elf, when they announce that Santa will be visiting.

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Seriously, Roxanne, Don’t Put On The Red Light: A Return to THE INVITATION

Cult Of Silence: Film Club Gets a Visit from Drafthouse Films with an early peek at THE INVITATION

Andy G. saw me coming out of the grocery store.

“Still coming Thursday?”

“Yes,”

I answer. A Charlie Bucket smile on his face

“I think you’ll like this.”

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Cult Of Silence: Film Club Gets a Visit from Drafthouse Films with an early peek at THE INVITATION

“We want to share movies, not run for office” — A Q&A with James Shapiro of Drafthouse Films

Initially, I was asked to do a little story about the history of Drafthouse Films, and considering how many movies they’ve released that I love, I didn’t hesitate for a second. Once The Tribe was announced as a Film Club screening, however, the focus shifted a little to be more on that specific film, with a little bit of past and future sprinkled in. That narrowed down direction is probably a good thing, as the initial story would have primarily consisted of me ranting about how amazing R100 and A Band Called Death are, and how more people should see The Congress. (which, trust me, would have taken up a good chunk of space in that post).

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“We want to share movies, not run for office” — A Q&A with James Shapiro of Drafthouse Films