Planet BB Entertainment
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA –TUESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2004 — The Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, will launch its 2005 slate with the world premiere of RINGERS: LORD OF THE FANS on its opening Friday night (January 21, 2005). The producers also announce the final addition to their remarkable project, the voice of Dominic Monaghan (Merry Brandybuck from the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, now starring on ABCs Lost) will be heard as the films Narrator, relaying the dynamic story of J.R.R. Tolkiens pop-culture legacy.
RINGERS: LORD OF THE FANS is a feature-length documentary that explores how “The Lord of the Rings” has influenced Western popular culture for the past 50 years. The film reveals many layers of history and artistic inspiration behind Tolkiens books, while reveling in the pop frenzy carried forward by the Hippie movement, the rockers, the fantasists, the activists, and legions of adoring fans. Produced in association with TheOneRing.net, RINGERS is executive produced by Tom DeSanto (Apt Pupil, X-Men, Transformers), and directed by first-time writer/director Carlene Cordova.
Monaghan gained worldwide fame starring as fun-loving hobbit Merry Brandybuck in the Rings Trilogy, which has won a total of 17 Academy Awards, including a Best Picture win for the final installment, The Return of the King. Monaghan is a recipient of the Screen Actors Guild Award (Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture) for his work in the Rings Trilogy.
Monaghan currently stars on ABCs smash hit drama Lost, as drug-addicted rock musician Charlie. The show follows a group of survivors stranded on an island after a devastating plane crash in the Pacific. Lost recently received nominations for the 2005 Golden Globe and Peoples Choice Awards.
Started in 1995 by a group of independent filmmakers, SLAMDANCE is a year-round organization dedicated to new filmmakers and their vision. Slamdance Film Festival has established a unique reputation for premiering independent films by first-time directors working with limited budgets; the festival continues to be true to its roots and is organized and programmed by active filmmakers. Past Slamdance films have been picked up for distribution, invited to festivals around the world, and have won Independent Spirit Awards, the Palm d’Or and an Oscar among other awards. The Slamdance Film Festival Official Site is http://www.slamdance.com
Slamdance Film Festival Alumni include Memento director Christopher Nolan (’99 festival award winner Following); the Russo Brothers (’97 Pieces) and Monsters Ball director Marc Forster (’96 festival audience award winner Loungers).
RINGERS: LORD OF THE FANS serves as a remarkable dénouement to the past 50 years of the worldwide following of J.R.R. Tolkiens The Lord of the Rings.
About the documentary:
RINGERS: LORD OF THE FANS shows how, after 50 years, The Lord of the Rings continues to spark the minds and hearts of millions. RINGERS explores the real foundations of Middle-earth; a community of true fans who share a common bond. Moving beyond cult classic and over several different generations, the film unearths countless people gathered under the banner of Ringer — academics, musicians, movie stars, authors, filmmakers, and a plethora of pop junkies. Celebrity interviewees include Peter Jackson, Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Clive Barker, and David Carradine.
RINGERS features a dynamic rock-driven score with musicians who were influenced by J.R.R. Tolkien. Several indie recording artists have provided new covers of songs from previous Rings adaptations. Produced in association with the popular fan-site TheOneRing.net, RINGERS stands as the most comprehensive film document of the ongoing fandom of The Lord of the Rings.
From the hippie counter-culture to the electronic age; from the Bakshi animated film to Jacksons epic trilogy; this documentary brings together extensive footage collected over 21 months — across three continents. Our cameras have captured the most energetic Lord of the Rings events.
What began as the private amusement of a tweedy Oxford professor has now become a new mythology for the 21st century. RINGERS: LORD OF THE FANS shows how an adventure story published in 1954 has had dynamic ripple-effects through Western pop-culture. RINGERS carefully pulls away the veil between Tolkiens book and the creations of art, music, and community that have been inspired by it.
RINGERS: LORD OF THE FANS spent 21 months shooting on three continents. Produced in association with the popular Tolkien fan-site TheOneRing.net, Ringers stands as the most comprehensive film document of the ongoing fandom of “The Lord of the Rings.”
Current Ringers Interviewees include:
Actor – Dominic Monaghan, Writer/Director/Producer – Peter Jackson, Actor – Elijah Wood, Actor – Sir Ian McKellen, Actor – Viggo Mortensen, Actor – Sean Astin, Actor – Billy Boyd, Actor – Andy Serkis, Actor – John Rhys-Davies, Actor – John Noble, Screenwriter – Philippa Boyens, Producer – Barrie Osborne, Author/Interviewer – Cliff Broadway, Author/Filmmaker – Clive Barker, Writer/Director/Producer – Cameron Crowe, Actor – David Carradine, Author – Terry Pratchett, Author – Peter S. Beagle, Author – Terry Brooks, Musician – Lemmy Kilmister, Musician – Geddy Lee, Tolkien Scholar – Dr. Jane Chance, Chairperson of the Tolkien Society – Christine Crawshaw, Author – Colin Duriez, Filmmaker/Critic – Chris Gore, Writer/Publisher – Forrest J. Ackerman, Actor – Sala Baker, Actor – Bill Mumy, Author/Broadcaster – Brian Sibley, Illustrator/Author – Colleen Doran, Illustrator/Author – Jill Thompson, Film Critic – Elvis Mitchell, and hundreds of Tolkien fans!
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“Ringers: Lord of the Fans” will be screening at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah this January. Ticket prices are unknown at the time. But, the location and screening times for all screenings in Salt Lake have been released. All Salt Lake screenings will take place at the Murray Theater, located at:
4959 South State St.
Murray, UT 84107
Screening Dates/Times for the Murray Theater in Salt Lake:
Sunday January 23rd at 8:30pm
Monday January 24th at 5:00pm
Thursday January 27th at 9:00pm
Box office and ticket Information on Park City screenings should be available through the Slamdance official website. For all inquires pertaining to where and when “Ringers” will appear in other theaters around the world, and on dvd, the filmmakers have absolutely no idea of such information at the time. They anticipate picking up distribution for the film at Slamdance, and would expect that a theatrical release will follow some time after that. One way of expediting the release of “Ringers” to the world could be for fans of the film to submit requests to all of the major Motion Picture Distributors, both Foreign and Domestic, asking to bring “Ringers” to its world wide audience as soon as possible.