Director Tim Burton returns to the big screen this September with “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.” The film, which plays this year’s Fantastic Fest, is the latest in the director’s long line of singularly imaginative, sweetly off-kilter films.
In honor of this occasion – and in the spirit of pure, plain fun at the movies – Alamo Drafthouse has created “Septemburton,” dedicating September to celebrating the artist/director/magician/visionary and his cinematic creations with film screenings, exclusive Mondo pins, in-theater food & drink specials and an all-Burton edition of Alamo Drafthouse’s collectible magazine, BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH. – featuring cover art by the man himself.
Septemburton kicks off with “BURTONIZE THIS!,” a Burton-inspired “Filmmaking Frenzy” contest where filmmakers are invited to 'Burtonize' famous films by referencing his characters and visual motifs to create a 30-second bumper. The contest runs August 15 through September 6. The winning bumper will be shown before select film screenings at this year’s Fantastic Fest, which kicks off Sept. 22 in Austin, Texas.
All September – or Septemburton – Alamo Drafthouse locations nationwide will feature retrospective screenings of vintage Burton films, including his gothic, genre-igniting 1989 “Batman,” “ghost with the most” “Beetlejuice,” the uncommonly gentle man “Edward Scissorhands,” the timeless story of a rebel and his bike, “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure” and more.
In addition to regular shows on the big screen, “Batman,” “Beetlejuice” and “Pee-Wee” will also be found in interactive movie party presentations, complete with a celebratory atmosphere, pre-movie contests, fourth wall-breaking props for audiences and other surprises. Organizers encourage attendees to come in costume.
“Tim Burton is a singular filmmaker. Throughout his entire career, he has infused his films with a thoroughly distinct magic that only he can create,” says Tim League, Alamo Drafthouse Founder and CEO. “The look, the feel, the emotions … They’re complete, fully realized worlds and unmistakably Burton. I’m pleased we can dedicate an entire month to celebrating his vision and artistry in a big way.”