With slightly less than a month until the beginning of Bonnaroo 2014, the major news is starting to roll in more frequently. Today, May 1, Bonnaroo unveiled the lineups for one of its most popular non-concert attractions, The Cinema Tent.
Bonnaroo's Cinema Tent has been given a major upgrade in recent years, including numerous cast and director Q&A sessions, premieres, and themed viewings. The 2014 Cinema Tent lineup continues this trend with a diverse set of offerings that include some well-known names in the acting world, some live cinema scoring, and some interactive screenings, along with plenty of documentaries and cult classic movies.
For its Filmmaker Spotlight series, Bonnaroo has snagged three legends and one of film's hottest up and coming directors to appear down live at Bonnaroo. First up are the Farrelly Brothers. Peter and Bobby Farrelly have directed some of the the most distinctive comedies of the last 20 years, including "Dumb and Dumber", "Shallow Hal", "Three Stooges", and "There's Something About Mary." The Farrelly Brothers will sit down for an in-depth discussion of their body of work, as well as screenings of two of their films, the 20th Anniversary Edition of "Dumb & Dumber" and the bowling comedy "Kingpin."
Next up is actor, director, and voice artist Harry Shearer. Many fans will instantly reconize Shearer's face as that of mutton chopped Spinal Tap bassist Derek Smalls. Others will know him as the voice of numerous characters on The Simpsons, including Ned Flanders and Mr. Burns. Shearer will talk about and screen two of his collaborations with Christopher Guest and Michael McKean, "This is Spinal Tap" and "A Mighty Wind."
The third director spotlight is rising star David Wain. Wain is a writer and director whose credits include the Emmy Award winning "Children's Hospital" and films like "Wet Hot American Summer." Wain will discuss and screen his new film "They Came Together" starring Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler.
If you're after interactive cinema, Bonnaroo has you covered there as well. The star of Comedy Central's "Drunk History", Derek Waters, will appear live in the Cinema Tent in a segment called "Derek Waters and Friends." Another Comedy Central show, "Brickleberry", will also get time in the Cinema Tent with co-creators Roger Black and Waco O'Guin stopping by. Comedy Tent performer Craig Robinson will drop by the Cinema Tent to introduce a screening of his 2013 hit "This is the End."
Being primarily a music festival, it's no surprise Bonnaroo has a good portion of its Cinema Tent slate devoted to music related films. These include a screening of Memphis music scene documentary "Take Me to the River" with a Q&A featuring director Martin Shore and an all-star concert that will include Bobby Rush, William Bell, and Al Kapone. Guitarist and composer Marc Ribot will showcase a live performance of his score to Charlie Chaplin's silent classic "The Kid" and Seun Kuti will stop by to discuss his legendary father after a screening of the film "Finding Fela."
There's also no shortage of cult classic films being screened for 2014, including a tribute to the late Harold Ramis. Bonnaroo will honor Ramis by screening "Ghostbusters", "Groundhog Day", and "Caddyshack." Other films being screened include camp classic "The Warriors", the original "Friday the 13th" screened, appropriately, the night of Friday, June 13, and the Patrick Swayze action film "Road House." You can see the full lineup of the Bonnaroo Cinema Tent by clicking here.
Bonnaroo 2014 will be held June 12-15 in Manchester, Tennessee. Musical guests include Jack White, Elton John, and Kanye West.