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Brandy Fons and Sarah Pitre are in their sophomore year of producing Forever Fest, the girlie pop culture festival which has sprung from what at first glance appears to be an unlikely originating festival – The Alamo Draft House’s Fantastic Fest, the largest genre film festival in the U.S.

Actually it’s not so unlikely at all.  Brandy and her husband Ryan Fons are the media muscle behind the expansion of the Alamo Drafthouse brand, and Sarah Pitre is a programmer for the Alamo Drafthouse, responsible for all “lady” screenings, including Girlie Night and Afternoon Tea.

Behind the Forever Fest female-centric films, theme screenings, giggles and the pajama parties are two sharp women with several objectives, and one  is the empowerment of women through the things they naturally gravitate toward – and make no apologies about embracing.

Wait…what? What have nail parties, Danceaoke (a cross between dancing and karaoke),  and the movie MEAN GIRLS got in common with women’s lib?  To find out you better hurry and get tickets for the festival, which runs at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar November 14th-16.   It’s almost sold out.

Sarah Pitre and Brandy Fons

Sarah Pitre and Brandy Fons

 

The Official Press Release:

Tenth anniversary screening of MEAN GIRLS with Jonathan Bennett, Daniel Franzese and Daniel DeSanto in attendance and Premiere of AMIRA & SAM with Martin Starr, Paul Wesley, Dina Shihabi, and director Sean Mullin in attendance among additional signature programming.

Badges on sale NOW!

“I am excited to watch Forever Fest continue to evolve,” said Alamo Drafthouse Founder and CEO Tim League. “Forever Fest shares a spirit with the similarly initialed Fantastic Fest. It is build upon a strong sense of community, a clear programming identity and outrageously fun parties.”

Austin, TX – Thursday, October 23,, 2014 – Alamo Drafthouse’s girlie, pop-culture fest, FOREVER FEST is thrilled to announce the programming and ticketing for the sophomore year of their weekend-long celebration of girlie pop culture. Fans of female- centric films, books and TV are invited to come together and revel in their obsessions with screenings, themed parties and so much more. Forever Fest will take place November 14th – 16th at the beloved and newly renovated Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar with parties at The Highball, whose karaoke rooms were recently named “the greatest karaoke bar in the world.”

Badges for Forever Fest will go on sale to the public through drafthouse.com until Tuesday, October 28th at 12:00PM CT and individual tickets to events with remaining seats will go on sale starting Wednesday, October 29th at 12:00PM CT.

Direct link to badge sales page: http://drafthouse.com/movies/forever-fest-2014-badge/austin

FOREVER FEST SCHEDULE
All events will be held at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar unless otherwise indicated.

Friday, November 14th

7:30pm Tenth Anniversary Screening of MEAN GIRLS Quote-along with stars Jonathan Bennett , Daniel Franzese and Daniel DeSanto in attendance

This interactive screening is guaranteed to be even better than a cake made out of rainbows and smiles, and it will be followed by a live Q&A with Jonathan Bennett (Aaron Samuels), Daniel Franzese (Damian) and Daniel DeSanto (Jason). Prepare yourself for a totally fetch time!

10:00pm The Spring Fling (The Highball)

Come dressed as your favorite MEAN GIRLS character and party like you just won the Mathlete State Championship!

Saturday, November 15th

10:00am Nails Y’all Workshop

“We are overjoyed to launch ticketing for Forever Fest and bring our dream of the best girlie weekend ever back to the Alamo Drafthouse for our second year!” said festival co- founders Sarah Pitre and Brandy Fons. “For those guests who want to soak up every second of fun, we’re happy to finally be able to offer badges that guarantee you a seat at all of our events.”

This is an individually ticketed event, with tickets available via this link:
http://drafthouse.com/movies/forever-fest-nails-yall-workshop/austin

Join Forever Fest and Nails Y’all for a nail art workshop just for you! Learn how to make your nails DIY-fancy with designs like hearts, clouds, kisses, camo, and more! See link below for an example:
https://www.yousendit.com/download/UlRUS3d1dzhwaFJqQTlVag

11:00am Hoppy Hour

Cuddle tiny animals in real life (!) at this petting zoo brought to you by Tiny Tails.

12:00pm The Cute Brunch

Squee yourself silly at this clip show of adorable animals.

2:15pm Meme Girls: Women on the Internet

A panel discussion with Jennifer Romolini, Editor in Chief of Hello Giggles; Mallory Ortberg, co-creator of The Toast and author of Texts From Jane Eyre; and Jazmine S. Hughes, contributing editor for The Hairpin.

4:30pm Danceoke

It’s like karaoke, but with dancing instead of singing! Local teams perform routines from dance movies and music videos while the scene plays behind them on the big screen.

7:30pm Austin Premiere of AMIRA & SAM with stars Martin Starr, Paul Wesley, Dina Shihabi and director Sean Mullin in attendance

Fall in love with this Drafthouse Films & Forever Fest upcoming release, which will be followed by a live Q&A with the director and cast. AMIRA & SAM opens in theaters early 2015.

SYNOPSIS: To help adjust to coming home from war, Sam Seneca (Martin Starr), a
former Green Beret, takes a stab at a life-long dream: stand-up comedy. He also lands a high-paying job working for a Wall Street firm, run by his cousin Charlie (Paul
Wesley). Amira (Dina Shihabi) fled Iraq after her brother was killed by U.S. soldiers.
She’s an illegal immigrant, living with her uncle Bassam (Laith Nakli), who was Sam’s
interpreter. Amira has a run-in with the police and so Sam takes her under his wing.
Despite their differences, Sam and Amira share a common bond as outsiders. The more time they spend together, the harder it is for them to combat their feelings for one
another. Meanwhile, Sam becomes entangled in Charlie’s investment scheme and
Amira’s trouble with the law escalates to the brink of deportation. As the film builds to a
climax, Sam has an epiphany: in order to save Amira from being deported, he’s forced to risk everything he fought so hard to defend.

10:00pm Pajama Party (The Highball)

Slip on your jammies and indulge in classic slumber party activities, including makeovers, braid bar, magazine quizzes, pillow fights and, most importantly, a majorly hyper dance-a-thon.

Sunday, November 16th

12:30pm The Wild Brunch

Salute Hollywood’s hottest men with this sexy clip show, where things are guaranteed to get rowdy.

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