Tim League

There are few elements of the Fantastic Fest experience that are quite like being in the vicinity of Tim League.

Of all the great things people will tell you about attending Austin’s premier fall festival, this is one that sometimes falls below the radar, but only because there is so much to love about Fantastic Fest. It’s an atmosphere that’s at once easy and difficult to describe. A large gathering of movie-loving people, a number of which are bearded young men, is one way. But to simplify it to such a degree would be an injustice. That’s what people who look down their noses at Fantastic Fest say about it. And it’s much more than that. It’s a gathering of those — old, young, male, female, alien and otherwise — who have a love for genre cinema. They come from all around, from right around the corner to Scotland and beyond. They love the movies and they love the experience.

An essential part of the experience is the shenanigans that seem to break out around the festival’s co-founder. Sure, he’s the CEO and founder of one of the countries fastest growing and most talked-about theater chains, a promising independent distribution company and the owner of several local establishments that will show you a nice night on the town. But Tim League is, above all, present for the party. He’s the first one to jump into the fray and get his hands dirty (and potentially bloody). Father of two and self-described as having no early qualifications for opening a theater chain when he opened the first Drafthouse other than “liking movies,” League has become the master of geek ceremonies for film nerds around the country. Like going to the Playboy Mansion in the 70s and not finding Hugh Hefner there in his robe, it just wouldn’t be the same at Fantastic Fest without Tim League and his powder-blue tuxedo.

With this in mind, we’d like to take you on a little journey. To see the story of Fantastic Fest 2012, as seen through the antics and shenanigans of Alamo Drafthouse Founder Tim League.

Kicking things off at the Monster Bash Party…

Photo by David Hill

Opening a champagne bottle with a sword at the Here Comes the Devil screening…

Photo by Jack Plunkett

Leading Chaos Reigns karaoke with the guys from Miami Connection

Photo by David Hill

Wearing this killer blue number to the ABCs of Death premiere…

Photo by Arnold Wells

Opening more bottles with swords (Tim doesn’t do bottle openers)…

Teaching out-of-towners to shoot things and have bad attitudes…

Photo by Jack Plunkett

Photo by Jack Plunkett

Photo by Jack Plunkett

Debating and fighting Grandmaster Y.K. Kim…

Photo by David Hill

Photo by David Hill

Photo by David Hill

Compelling the Fantastic Fest guests to consume large quantities of meat in Lockhart, TX…

Photo by Jack Plunkett

Photo by Jack Plunkett

Q’ing and A’ing filmmakers like Michael Paul Stephenson (The American Scream) and Rian Johnson (Looper)… 

Photo by David Hill

Photo by Jack Plunkett

Photo by Jack Plunkett

Leading toasts and representing America in The Fantastic Feud. And subsequently losing his shirt…

Photo by Jack Plunkett

Photo by Jack Plunkett

Photo by Jack Plunkett

Presiding over the Fantastic Fest awards…

Photo by David Hill

Photo by David Hill

Photo by David Hill

Going black metal style for the Norwegian Party…

Photo by David Hill

Photo by David Hill

Photo by David Hill

Another bottle, another sword…

Showing up as Tim Jong-Il to the closing night film, Red Dawn

Photo by Jack Plunkett

Photo by Jack Plunkett

Photo by Jack Plunkett

Getting a head shave and a prison tattoo at the closing night party…

Photo by Jack Plunkett

Photo by Jack Plunkett

 

Photo by Jack Plunkett

Classic Tim…

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