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Harry Potter documentary opens in November
We Are Wizards: A documentary by Josh Koury
Opens in NYC at the Cinema Village on November 14, 2008
"A tremendous film about the intriguing world of Harry Potter fandom. Alternatively funny and moving this is probably one of the best films I'll see in 2008." -- Film. com
Brooklyn Underground Films presents the US theatrical release of WE ARE WIZARDS, a documentary film by Josh Koury. After its critically acclaimed premiere at the SXSW Film Festival, WE ARE WIZARDS went on to screen at the NY Underground Film Festival and Sarasota Film Festival, among others. This film will have its theatrical release at the Cinema Village in NYC on November 14, 2008. Other cities will follow.
Most people might not be aware that there is a raging Wizard Rock scene going on in this country. WE ARE WIZARDS profiles some of the power players in the underground Harry Potter creative community. The film offers a look at a seven-year-old rock star and his teen pop idols, hilarious audio-commentary set to the movie and online creative writing sites waging war with corporate agents.
The books' themes of good versus evil and using inner strength to overcome challenges serve as a catalyst for many who face personal obstacles, or just to meet like-minded folk and have fun. It is staggering to learn of the different ways people touched by J.K. Rowling's book series are honoring the characters and story with their own ideas, passion and talents. The Harry Potter mythos allows the nerdy, the average, the young, the downtrodden, and the bored a chance to borrow a little inspiration and step out of their respective worlds to be a part of something BIG. Not to say the aforementioned groups are lacking in talent. The fan arena is simply a staging ground for sharpening skills and surprising oneself with the results - much like the epic story of a boy wizard.
Featuring: Brad Neely, Harry and the Potters, Draco and the Malfoys, The Hungarian Horntails, Melissa Anelli, Heather Lawver.
About the director:
WE ARE WIZARDS is Josh Koury's 2nd feature length documentary. His first film, STANDING BY YOURSELF, gained critical recognition after opening theatrically in 2002. Since then, Koury has worked diligently in the programming department of the Hamptons International Film Festival and as the Programming Director for the Brooklyn Underground Film Festival, an organization he co-founded with Myles Kane (editor of WE ARE WIZARDS) and Cristobal Moris. Josh is currently part of the film faculty at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn NY.
79 min. USA Not Rated 2008 Documentary
Official site: www.wearewizards-themovie.com
Online Trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=24fDD-P7iwU
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/pages/We-Are-Wizards/8114249286
Published September 5, 2008