It’s taken me several days to get back to normal and compose my thoughts after attending my first ever Butt-Numb-A-Thon in Austin, Texas. Held every December since 1999, the event is hosted by Ain’t It Cool‘s Harry Knowles in order to celebrate his birthday, and it’s a 24 hour movie marathon featuring an eclectic mix of different types of films including a few unofficial premieres. This will be the 15th iteration of the event.
In order to get a seat, you have to fill out an application answering essay style questions and send in a couple of specific pictures. For extra points, you can create a bonus video based on a specific suggestion. This year’s idea involved doing your own interpretation of the Good Ship Lollipop song. Harry created this intricate method for entry to Butt-Numb-A-Thon to ensure that only die hard film geeks would be in attendance. With only around 200 seats to fill and (from what I’ve read) probably over 10,000 applicants, it’s a hard event to get into, but somehow, luck was on my side and I was handed a golden ticket to the event. After the jump, find out about all the films I saw as well as what I experienced at one of the coolest film fests I’ve ever attended.