On Thursday, August 31st, 2006, The Austin Film Festival will screen the narrative film STOMP! SHOUT! SCREAM! in partnership with the Alamo Drafthouse Lake Creek as part of the Best of the AFF series. The screening will be held at the Alamo Drafthouse Lake Creek (13729 Research Blvd Lake Creek Shopping Center, 183 & Lake Creek Parkway) at 7:30 PM. Admission is free for Austin Film Festival members.
STOMP! SHOUT! SCREAM! is a beach party rock ‘n’ roll monster movie set in 1966 that features an all-girl garage band and the legend of the Skunk Ape. Tragedy interrupts the Violas’ Florida tour. Their car breaks down, their money runs out, and a mysterious, malodorous creature terrorizes the tiny town where the girls are stranded. Dashing local mechanic Hector falls for lead singer Theodora, but which will destroy their emerging love first, the dark secret from Theodora’s past, or the murderous Skunk Ape? Stomp! Shout! Scream! is the inventive feature-film debut of Jay Edwards, producer/editor of Aqua Teen Hunger Force.
“Take a big slice of beach movies, a generous helping of nature-revenge films, and put a pinch of King Kong iconography into a blender, and what do you get? An amusing amalgamation that writer-director Jay Wade Edwards calls STOMP! SHOUT! SCREAM!"
After attending dozens of film festivals as a filmmaker, volunteer, and judge, Edwards noticed a dearth of movies that were not just smart and well-crafted, but fun, too. “Independent films can be just too damn heavy. True escapism is rare in independent cinema, but it’s something audiences really respond to when done well. Good storytelling, attention to craft and intelligent filmmaking are not solely the property of high-minded drama.” Edwards’ genre of choice is science fiction and horror of the 1950s and 1960s, and while he notes that these films are generally renowned for high camp and low production values, “there were many films that transcended the genre, such as CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS, and THEM! These films inspired me to create an interesting story with compelling characters, but do it within the framework of genre film making.”
“Edwards’ loving homage to the short-lived beach-party-by-way-of-horror-film genre of the mid-Sixties does it better than American International Pictures ever did, with canny nods along the way to Them, Jaws, The Horror of Party Beach, and Roger Corman’s own B-movie update Humanoids From the Deep."
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Read an interview with director Jay Edwards.