The group SF in SF presents a special charity fund-raiser screening tomorrow night (Aug. 25th) of the award-winning feature documentary RINGERS: LORD OF THE FANS. The evening will feature a discussion featuring the film’s director, editor and also legendary fantasy author Peter S. Beagle. Doors and cash bar open at 6:00PM, the event begins at 7:00PM. The screening and discussion will be held in the Variety Preview Room Theater in San Francisco.

Peter S. Beagle is no stranger to The Lord of the Rings. He penned both the screenplay for the Ralph Bakshi animated adaptation and the introduction to the infamous 1970’s Ballantine re-issue of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. Mr. Beagle is one of the many outstanding authors featured in RINGERS. A resident of Oakland, Beagle recently accepted the 2011 World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Ringers – Lord of the Fans – 
One Book. One Ring. One World.

This award-winning documentary highlights the growth of Tolkien fandom, and how The Lord of the Rings has influenced Western popular culture over the past 50 years. Co-Produced & Directed by Bay Area filmmaker Carlene Cordova, Ringerswon the award for Outstanding Achievement in a Documentary at the 2005 Newport Beach Film Festival. The film was a co-production of leading Tolkien fan-site and was the Runner-up for the 2005 Slamdance Film Festival Audience Award along with a nomination for Best DVD Release at the 2006 Saturn Awards. RINGERS is distributed by Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Wired Magazine reviewed RINGERS as a “…Revealing documentary on the LOTR cult shows how hippies, head bangers, and even Leonard Nimoy helped make Middle-earth one of literature’s most popular destinations”

The Washington Post called RINGERS, “…A serious, at times goofy, yet always affectionate exploration of the history and cultural impact of ‘Rings’…”

Narrated by Dominic Monaghan (LOST, The Lord of the Rings), RINGERS traverses the hippie counter-culture and electronic age. From the animated films to Jackson’s Oscar-winning trilogy; this documentary brings together extensive footage collected over 21 months — across three continents.

RINGERS: LORD OF THE FANS shows how an adventure story published in 1954 has had dynamic ripple effects. RINGERScarefully pulls away the veil between Tolkien’s book and the creations of art, music, and community that have been inspired by it.

CAST: Dominic Monaghan – Narrator, Peter Jackson, Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Billy Boyd, Andy Serkis, John Rhys-Davies, Philippa Boyens, Barrie Osborne, Clifford Broadway, Sala Baker, Clive Barker, Cameron Crowe, David Carradine, Terry Pratchett, Peter S. Beagle, Terry Brooks, Lemmy Kilmister, Geddy Lee, Dr. Jane Chance, Christine Crawshaw, Colin Duriez, Chris Gore, Forrest J. Ackerman, Bill Mumy, Brian Sibley, Colleen Doran, Jill Thompson, and hundreds of Tolkien fans!

LOCATION:  The Variety Preview Room Theatre
The Hobart Bldg., 1st Floor — entrance between Quiznos and Citibank
582 Market Street @ 2nd and Montgomery
San Francisco, CA 94104

Don’t Drive — BART/MUNI Montgomery Street station is right at our front door, and parking in San Francisco sucks!!! Street parking ($3.50 per hour) is metered M-Sat., til 6PM; find a parking garage here.

Suggested $5-$10 donation at the door or the bar supports Variety Children’s Charity of Northern California.

Seating is limited, and is first come, first seated. Free Popcorn!

About SF in SF:

Science Fiction in San Francisco (A Perfect Fit) stages a monthly series of readings hosted by Terry Bisson. There is also a monthly series of movie screenings. All events take place at The Variety Preview Room, 582 Market St. @ Montgomery (1st floor of The Hobart Bldg.), San Francisco (map). Proceeds from the events go to the Variety Children’s Charity.

About Peter S Beagle:

Peter S. Beagle was born in 1939 and raised in the Bronx. Today, thanks to classics like The Last UnicornA Fine and Private Place, and “Two Hearts,” he is a living fantasy icon. Peter has written many teleplays and screenplays, including the animated versions of The Lord of the Rings and The Last Unicorn, plus the fan-favorite “Sarek” episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. His nonfiction book I See By My Outfit is considered a classic of American travel writing, and he is also a gifted poet, lyricist, and singer/songwriter. He currently makes his home in Oakland, California. Already a famous book and movie, in 2011 The Last Unicorn also became a bestselling graphic novel from IDW Publishing.

About Carlene Cordova and John Welch:

In 2005 Carlene Cordova emerged onto the independent film scene with the award-winning pop-culture documentary,RINGERS: LORD OF THE FANS, which she co-wrote, produced and directed. RINGERS debuted at the Slamdance film festival before sell-out crowds

Carlene has been a contributor to the Geek-culture website and produced the site’s enormously popular Oscar parties for Peter Jackson’s THE LORD OF THE RINGS films. Before embarking on the five-year journey to makeRINGERS, Carlene was a Senior Producer for Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment. She oversaw the online marketing for dozens of Sony Television shows and the editorial writing and entertainment journalism side of their online network and interviewed dozens of stars on the red carpet at premieres and awards shows.

John Welch has been an editor and producer on films, DVDs, television shows, EPKs, live concerts, and fashion shows for over 10 years.  John was the co-editor of RINGERS: LORD OF THE FANS and also starred in the reenactment scenes as “Dorm Boy #2.”  John is currently the Video and DVD producer for John and Carlene met while makingRINGERS and were married in 2009.

About Variety Children’s Charity:

Variety is dedicated to delivering life-enriching services and needed funds that build better futures for the children of Northern California.

They have proudly served Northern California since 1947 and have evolved into a leader of programs to support the needs of disabled, critically ill and disadvantaged children without proper access or coverage by insurance, hospital services or government agencies.

From their headquarters in San Francisco they support thousands of children each year together with their partner agencies, community sponsors and well-minded/caring donors. Variety Childrens Charity of Northern California is a registered non-profit charitable organization (Federal Tax ID: 94-1075155). All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.