Friday, September 22, 2006

The Feastday of Saint Gulager

Feast, the last (and apparently final) movie created as part of Matt Damon & Ben Affleck's Project Greenlight, had its official world premiere on September 12 at the Palms in Las Vegas, but this weekend is its special limited release in 100 theaters across the country. Tonight and tomorrow night, horror fans have the opportunity to catch a midnight feature of Feast on the big screen before its DVD release on October 17.

It's been a long wait since the end of season 3 of Project Greenlight on May 12, 2005, closing our window into the production of Feast and director John Gulager's battle to protect his creative vision while coming to grips with the studio system. Whether you thought he was a genius or a madman (or a little of each), his journey was certainly entertaining to watch.

Also fun was following the evolution of Feast's story and monsters. I read the early and revised drafts of the screenplay by Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton, comparing them to see what cuts had been made for the sake of their limited budget, and was amused when the opening frames of the trailer answered the question of the creatures' origin, which was still being debated at the end of Project Greenlight.

I'd been planning to drive the 2 or 3 hours to the nearest theater showing Feast this weekend, but now that those plans have fallen through, I'll be eagerly awaiting the DVD. Hopefully the 3rd season of Project Greenlight will be released along with it.

For more information, check out the official website and the blog on Feast's myspace page.

As an aspiring screenwriter and independent filmmaker, I really miss Project Greenlight. Hopefully those of us living in the U.S. will eventually get to see Project Greenlight Australia.

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