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The Lonely Island to join Alamo Drafthouse, Dogfish Head for film fest

Eric Webb
ewebb@statesman.com

Prepare your ultimate punch, “Hot Rod” fans. The Lonely Island is coming to Austin, turtlenecks and chains hopefully in hand.

The comedy trio (also known as Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone) will be in town in April for the 7th annual Off-Centered Film Fest, hosted by Alamo Drafthouse and Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. The festival, touted as featuring “off-centered films for off-centered people,” this year celebrates the theme of “Stuntin’.” In the spirit of all things Knievelesque, The Lonely Island are set to appear at a screening of 2007 Samberg vehicle “Hot Rod” on Thursday, April 24 in Republic Square Park. (The trio weren’t credited for their writing contributions to the film, but Taccone co-stars and Schaffer has a bit part.) In addition to the “I’m On a Boat” rappers, the outdoor screening/beer party will feature offerings from Central Texas breweries and local food trucks. Ticket sales will also include an option to donate to the Texas Craft Brewers Guild, according to the festival. Gates to the screening open at 6 p.m.

If craft beer and maybe meeting Andy Samberg won’t work on a school night, the SNL alums are also scheduled for “An Evening With The Loney Island” on Friday, April 25 at Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline. Festival organizers promise “a night of merriment, beer drinking, and clip watching on a screen way bigger than your laptop.”

Also on hand for Friday: screenings of Jackie Chan classic “Drunken Master” and 1978 adrenaline-splotation film “Stunt Rock.” The next day, Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline will screen Harold Lloyd’s “Safety Last,” slice of Nicolas Cage magic “Ghost Rider” and three winning Off-Center Film Fest shorts. For more information, visit the fest’s website.