ASHEVILLE NC – ActionFest 2012 is winding up for another year of BAMF!, WHAM!, and PTOW-SPROING-oops, so now is the time to find out what’s going on.
The 3rd Annual Asheville ActionFest
This year is numero three, so the ActionFest team has got all their teeth and are ready to do Asheville proud. As the cradle for one of the only film festivals in the country that celebrates the feats of stuntmen and stuntwomen, ActionFest wants to make sure Asheville and her native denizens who’ve supported them get extra special treatment and Fest in style.
Getting the ActionFest Party Started Early!
For starters, the official ActionFest jury includes no less than two Asheville locals: proprietor of independent movie renters Orbit DVD [http://www.orbitdvd.com/], Marc McCloud, and 105.9 The Mountain [http://1059themountain.com/] radio DJ, Sadie.
The excitement kicks off early with rollicking Pre-Fest activities:
ñ Thursday April 5: Asheville Pizza & Brewing Co. [http://ashevillebrewing.com/] is screening the action comedy Super (starring Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page) at 4:00 for free. Grab your buddies and a brew and enjoy some quirky head-busting!
ñ Monday April 9: Head down to Broadways [http://www.facebook.com/pages/BROADWAYS-ASHEVILLE/341575215150] at 9 p.m. for an ActionFest edition of Kipper’s Totally Rad Trivia [http://kipperstrivia.com/].
ñ Tuesday April 10: The Wedge Brewing Company [http://www.wedgebrewing.com/] in the River Arts District will host an outdoor screening of the gritty Hobo With A Shotgun (starring Rutger Hauer) at dusk by the train tracks (where else?).
Stay Up to Date on Movies, Parties and More
Like the official ActionFest Facebook page [http://www.facebook.com/actionfest] to keep up on the Action and news on upcoming giveaways from our local sponsors like free tattoos from Liquid Dragon, professional acting class from NYS3, a guitar, outdoor gear and more!
Opening and Closing Night Celebrations
Crash the Opening Party Thursday night after Solomon Kane and the Closing Party Sunday night after Wu Xia at The Arcade [http://www.arcadeasheville.com/]. VIP Badgers get to enjoy exclusive catering by Asheville Indian cuisine favorites Chai Pani [http://chaipani.net/].
Go to the Movies in Style with LaZoom
Get to the LaZoom Bus [http://www.lazoomtours.com/] for a special ActionFest-themed booze cruise painting the town red Saturday night 10 p.m. – 3 a.m. Plus: it’s FREE! Seating limited, reservations strongly recommended (sign up at The Carolina).
Drink the One of a Kind ActionFest Pale Ale from Asheville Brewing Co. on Sale at The Carolina
Of course ActionFest wouldn’t be a bona fide Asheville event without its own blend of hops, yeast, and frosty ass-kicking. The brewmeisters at Asheville Brewery Co. [http://ashevillebrewing.com/] have concocted a special ActionFest Pale Ale on sale only at The Carolina [http://carolinacinemas.com/asheville/].
See Action Superstar Gina Carano and Seasoned Stuntman JJ Perry
And don’t forget the exclusive panels at ActionFest itself featuring our honorees past and present: rising MMA action superstar, Gina Carano; veteran stuntman and fight choreographer, JJ Perry; and fellow action film insiders and stuntmen, Mickey Gilbert (Ben Hur, The Wild Bunch) and Jack Gill (Pearl Harbor, Fast Five). Come and ask them tips on getting started, who makes the most durable camera lens out there, or what it’s like to smash through windows for a living.
Want a Fully-Charged, Power-Packed Weekend? Be a VIP!
VIP Badges are just $100 for access to all events, all weekend. Single tickets are $8 General Admission | $6 for Students/Seniors | $7 for Military Service Members, and will be available online as well as in person at The Carolina [http://carolinacinemas.com/asheville/].
Take the 30 Seconds of Action Film Making Challenge
WANTED: FILM MAKERS OF ALL SHAPES AND SIZES. ALSO, MUSTACHES. The 30 Seconds of Action Challenge [http://actionfest.com/competitions/30sec-challenge/] is making a reprisal, friendos. Bring unto ActionFest the most finger-twitching, neck-shearing, hair-mussing adventure crammed into a half minute can by April 6th and thy efforts shall be rewarded. Finalists will receive free VIP Passes and their mini-pieces shown before various screenings all Fest long (with a grand prize yet to be determined).
ActionFest is guaranteed to bring a very particular set of movies, movies they’ve acquired over a very long year. Movies that make ActionFest a Valhalla for the fearless. This year you can expect ActionFest will look for you, ActionFest will find you, and ActionFest will thrill you.