Austin is fast becoming a booming comedy town, boasting festivals like South by Southwest and this week’s Moontower Comedy Festival. But the city also plays home to some incredible film festivals that are especially appealing to comedy nerd audiences, like the Fifth Annual Off-Centered Film Festival, which went down last week at the much beloved Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.
The fest is a team effort between the Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, because there is pretty much no better partnership between film and beer. This year, guests were privileged enough to (among other events) catch screenings with director David Wain and writers/actors Joe Lo Truglio and Ken Marino in appearance. Throughout the weekend, the guys also schmoozed with attendees and drank tons of Dogfish Head beer, provided by Dogfish founder Sam Calagione.
Wain, Lo Truglio, and Marino have been collaborating on creative efforts for years, from The State to Wet Hot American Summer. At OCFF, they screened a marathon of Wain’s web series, entitled Wainy Days, which features both actors.
If you haven’t given Wainy Days a look yet, best put it on your list of things to watch when you finish powering through Breaking Bad on Netflix (note: I just started season 4, so if you spoil any aspect of it for me, I will break you).
Though Wain is best known for his work on the big screen, he nonetheless has found a web-based production rewarding. “The flexibility and the small scale of it add to the fun, because you’re dealing with less of the external obstacles and more just doing whatever comes to mind,” says Wain. “It makes it more enjoyable in some ways.”
He also noted that the proliferation of media outlets has meant that people will see creative content in any number of arenas in spite of smaller-scale productions. “If we make Children’s Hospital, it airs on television, but many people see it because they download it from the web or they watch it on iTunes or they get it on DVD. The point is that you’re making something and people will see it.”
And because I know you would ask: yes, there will be a sequel to Wet Hot American Summer. They’re writing it right now, Wain says. And it will be awesome.