Drafthouse Films, the still fresh-on-the-scene film distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse movie theater chain, is currently celebrating its first Oscar nomination with Bullhead, a subtle, elegant and emotionally devastating Belgian neo-noir. Naturally, there's only one way for them to follow up such acclaim and prestige: release a vulgar, lowbrow, kind-of-amazing, frequently hilarious and always bizarre little film about feuding gangs in a vaguely-apocalyptic town who battle for control using a dancing video game called Beat Beat Revolution. That film is The FP and we have an exclusive first look at the official poster below.
The FP is the feature directorial debut of cinematographers Brandon and Jason Trost, and while it's not the kind of movie that's going to put a bunch of trophies on their shelves, it is the kind of movie that's going to drop a lot of jaws. A straight-faced parody of all kinds of '70s and '80s cinema (you'll see equal shades of Rocky IV and The Warriors in The FP's deranged DNA), the story follows ... um, you know what? I'm going to let the official synopsis do the heavy lifting on this one:
After hometown hero BTRO (Brandon Barrera) is slain on the dance platform by trash-talking thug leader L Dubba E, his protégé little brother JTRO (Jason Trost) vows never to duel again and vanishes into self-imposed isolation. A year later, he’s located by distressed former gang-mate KC/DC (CRANK 2’s Art Hsu) and learns of the desperate state of The FP. Not only is the neighborhood in pieces; the villainous L Dubba E has his claws on Stacey (Caitlyn Folley), JTRO’s ultimate crush. There’s no other choice; our hero must return to restore order and regain the pride of his hometown. KC/ DC enlists guru BLT (Nick Principe) to school JTRO in the sacred art of ancient “Beat-Beat” technique via rigorous training sequences. Eventually, JTRO defeats enough low-ranking challengers to earn his cage match with Dubba E, and hopefully win back The FP along with the heart of Stacey. THE FP is a fury of fancy footwork, triumphant montages, and neon street wear that Moviefone calls “a rare ready-made cult hit!”
Filled with dialogue so stupid that it enters a realm of genius, more training montages than you can count and one of the nuttiest final shots to ever happen to cinema, The FP is the kind of film that is destined to divide audiences. However, for everyone who is baffled by this certifiably insane experience, there will be someone else who just falls head-over-heels in love. Love it or hate it, there has never been a film quite like The FP and the fact that Drafthouse Films has put their weight behind it only further proves that they're a company that knows that having good taste sometimes means having bad taste.
The FP opens in select cities on March 16. Those cities, including the full press release, can be found below.
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AUSTIN, TX – Monday, January 24th, 2011 – Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of the world-famous Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, announced THE FP will open on March 16 in select cities and will have its red carpet premiere in Los Angeles on February 25. A ferocious nod to big-budget studio action fare and underdog sports dramas of the 1980s, THE FP is a high-concept comedy set in a dystopian near future where a relentless turf war rages. Two rival gangs feud for control of rural wasteland Frazier Park in the deadly arena of competitive dance video game “Beat-Beat Revelation.” The new theatrical one-sheet is available here -- http://drafthousefilms.com/film/media/the-fp.
Directed by fourth generation filmmaker brothers and real-life Frazier Park, CA natives Jason and Brandon Trost (Cinematographer, CRANK 2: HIGH VOLTAGE, Rob Zombie’s upcoming THE LORDS OF SALEM), THE FP is a homegrown family production with Hollywood special effects expert father Ron Trost (MORTAL KOMBAT) as co-producer/FX coordinator and accomplished costume designer sister Sarah Trost (2010 Project Runway contestant) as the designer for more than 40 uniquely iconic character costumes. The film is also Executive Produced by Jason Blum and Steven Schneider of PARANORMAL ACTIVITY and INSIDIOUS fame. Following its world premiere at the 2011 SXSW Film Festival as part of Fantastic Fest’s midnight selection, the film was celebrated as “loud, furious and recklessly funny” (Indiewire) and called a “rare, ready-made cult hit.” (Moviefone).
“THE FP is an ambitious, explosive and hilarious indie film achievement,” says Evan Husney, Director of Drafthouse Films, “and we are delighted to expose the Trost’s warped vision with the largest audience possible this March.” Draftouse Films CEO/Founder Tim League elaborated, “as fellow fans of films like KICKBOXER and ROCKY IV we’ve been immersed in the films THE FP lovingly homages.”
Commenting on their filmmaking journey, co-director/writer/star Jason Trost said “it's both exciting and bittersweet. We've been working on this movie for so long, it's almost like sending our kid off to college. But, you know... hopefully our kid makes a name for itself and doesn't piss the world off too much.” Co-director/cinematrographer Brandon Trost added, "there is no better place to release our mutant spawn into the world than with Drafthouse Films. They totally get it."
THE FP will premiere at The Cinefamily on (611 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles CA) at the historic Silent Movie Theater on February 25 at 10:00pm and will open theatrically on March 16 in the following theaters and markets:
New York City, NY
Los Angeles, CA
Orange County, CA
San Francisco, CA
San Antonio, TX
San Diego, CA
St. Louis, MO
Minneapolis, MN (opens 3/23)
Showtimes and ticketing information will be available at www.drafthousefilms.com.