We fortunate Austin-based film writers tend to ramble on about the glory of the Alamo Drafthouse, but we just can't help ourselves. How can you not love a movie theater that A) serves food and beer, B) has very strict no talking and age admittance policies, and C) has some of the best film programmers anywhere in the world? I've had friends that have vowed to move to our haven of film lovers solely because of the Alamo Drafthouse. Hell, it's literally why I moved here.

If you don't live in Austin, however, the Drafthouse mentality may be an abstract mirage; a movie heaven just out of reach. Soon that will be changing. Not only is CEO Tim League planning to expand his theaters around the nation (there are currently five outside of Austin), but today he announced the creation of Drafthouse Films, the official distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse.

The first title to be released under the new Drafthouse Films label will be the critically acclaimed British dark comedy, Four Lions. Beginning in mid-October, Drafthouse Films will start a 10-city screening tour of Chris Morris' film to drum up promotion ahead of its official release, which will expand outward from New York, L.A. and Austin. (Check out Scott Weinberg's Sundance review of Four Lions right here.)

If you ask me this is huge news. Not only is it outstanding that Four Lions will be getting a proper US release, but the whole idea of Drafthouse Films is intoxicating. I don't know what other titles they have on the horizon, but I'll lay down money that film fans will be able to take any of their acquisitions as nothing short of certification of awesomeness. Read on for the full press release.
categories Movies, Cinematical