The off the wall, beer-and-film-centric Off-Centered Film Festival brought to zany, irreverent life by the folks behind the Alamo Drafthouse and Delaware-based brewery Dogfish Head this year promises a wild ride through some stunt-heavy movies, including the Jackie Chan martial arts must-see "Drunken Master," Nicolas Cage’s (very, um, Cage-esque) labor of love "Ghost Rider" and more, all in celebration of the festival’s 2014 theme "Stuntin’."
Craft beer enthusiasts won’t be disappointed about what’s on tap for them, either.
Off-Centered starts with a trio who perhaps best embody the wacky spirit of the festival: the Lonely Island’s comedic group of Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone. They’ll be at the Thursday night screening of the Samberg-starring "Hot Rod," as well as at Friday’s "An Evening with the Lonely Island."
But don’t let any possible spontaneous renditions of "I’m on a Boat" distract you from some good beer. At the "Hot Rod" screening, local and regional breweries including Circle, Ranger Creek and Thirsty Planet (and, of course, Dogfish Head) will be on hand at Republic Square Park (where the Drafthouse will set up that big portable Rolling Roadshow movie screen) to keep you sated with, in certain cases, some "extreme" rare brews.
Another craft beer highlight is Friday’s "Drunken Master" Beer Feast, which is just about as amazing as it sounds. While watching a brand-new restoration of the Jackie Chan classic "Drunken Master," you’ll have to "power your way through five gourmet courses of Asian-inspired food paired with rare and vintage Dogfish Head beers." Doesn’t sound too hard to do, does it?
Other events during the three-day, seventh annual festival include the usual showing of Off-Centered short films, as well as a screening of 1978’s "Stunt Rock," about a stuntman who seems to go through just about every awful thing the human body could possibly endure – but without actually dying and in the name of Hollywood, of course.
The Off-Centered Film Festival takes place the same weekend as the Austin Food and Wine Festival, so prepare your livers.