“WITCHING AND BITCHING” and more at NYC’s Friars Club Fest; win free tickets!


Once again, the annual Friars Club Comedy Film Festival in New York City is offering a few features of genre interest in its lineup, including the latest from Spanish cult favorite Álex de la Iglesia. Read on for the details and to learn how you can win free tickets!

Running from next Tuesday, April 1 (April Fools’ Day, of course) to Saturday, April 5, the 2014 Friars Club Fest will open with the world premiere of GRAVY (pictured below), the directorial debut of actor James Roday, who scripted with Todd Harthan. Charting a night at a Mexican restaurant that goes gruesomely and humorously wrong, the film stars Gabourey Sidibe, Sarah Silverman, Paul Rodriguez, Sutton Foster, Michael Weston, Jimmi Simpson, Lily Cole and Gabriel Luna and screens on the 1st at 7 p.m. at the DGA Theater (110 West 57th Street).


Alex van Warmerdam’s BORGMAN, a pitch-black comedy about a wealthy family whose home is invaded by a malevolent vagrant (see review here), screens Thursday, April 3 at 6:15 at the Dolby Screening Room (1350 Avenue of the Americas). That night at 9 p.m., de la Iglesia’s WITCHING AND BITCHING (pictured at top) will be shown at the HBO Theater (1100 6th Avenue); the film follows a group of jewel thieves fleeing a heist who find themselves in a town full of witches (see review here). And on Saturday the 5th, CHEATIN’, the latest work by offbeat animator Bill Plympton (who discussed it here), will screen at 7:30 p.m. at the NYIT Auditorium (1871 Broadway), with Plympton in attendance.

We’re giving away tickets for all four films; to enter this giveaway, send an e-mail to FANGORIAScreening@gmail.com and be sure to put “Friars Club” in the subject line and include your full name and e-mail address, as well as which film or films you want to see. Deadline for entries is noon this Sunday, March 30, and we will notify the winners on Monday the 31st via e-mail; tickets will be held at the box offices in their names. Good luck, and for more on the festival, see its official website.

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Michael Gingold has been a member of the FANGORIA team for the past three decades. After starting as a writer for the magazine in 1988, he came aboard as associate editor in 1990 and two years later moved up to managing editor. He now serves as editor-in-chief of the magazine while continuing to contribute numerous articles and reviews, as well as a contributing editor/writer for this website.

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