Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Alamo Drafthouse, John Carpenter, Mondo And THEY LIVE "Oh My!" Screening Tomorrow Night!

The Alamo Drafthouse has some very special treats courtesy of legendary director John Carpenter and famed street artist Shepard Fairey to celebrate the Alamo Drafthouse & Mondo event for THEY LIVE.

John Carpenter shot a video for the Alamo Drafthouse, where he takes a moment to reflect on THEY LIVE and its prescience with regard to a media-saturated culture.  He also "unveils" Shepard Fairey's Mondo artwork for THEY LIVE!  

Watch John Carpenter's video here:

Additionally, JOHN CARPENTER'S THE WARD is now available on VOD and will be in theaters on July 8th, 2011.  View the trailer here --

The screening for THEY LIVE takes place tomorrow (6/9) night at the Alamo Drafthouse with Shepard Fairey live in attendance.  This is a real treat for Alamo and Mondo fans -- the first time they've ever worked with the world famous artist.  

The poster will be available at the screening and a limited amount of posters will be available for sale on Friday (6/10) at  Follow @MondoNews for more details.  Check out an attached "in progress" shot of Shepard's THEY LIVE artwork.  

Shepard Fairey, responsible for the iconic "Obey" street art  (below)  and the "Hope" Obama poster, wrote in 2003 about the inspiration the film THEY LIVE had on his art -- 
"The This is Your God show in 2003 at the Six Space gallery in downtown L.A. was an opportunity to showcase the sociopolitical message of the OBey campaign by paying homage to John Carpenter's They Live, which was a major source of inspiration and the basis for my use of the word "obey."  The movie has a very strong message about the power of commercialism and the way that people are manipulated by advertising.  One of my main concepts with the show (and the campaign as a whole) was that obedience is the most valuable currency.  People rarely consider how much power they sacrifice by blindly following a self-serving corporation's marketing agenda, and how their spending habits reflect the direction in which they choose to transfer power.  In They Live, the protagonist discovers hidden messages lurking behind billboards and anything commercial, and the money says "THIS IS YOUR GOD" on plain white paper.  I designed a graphic that looked somewhat like real  money but with that slogan, which we used for the invitations and a billboard I rented on the corner of Sunset and Hollywood to promote the show."

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