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2013 Lovely Soiree at the Bottle Rocket Motel

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The Reservoir Geeks are again hosting a soiree at the Bottle Rocket motel — on Saturday, July 27 — including the now-traditional Alamo Drafthouse screening of the film.

From the boys:

In 1996, Wes Anderson made his directorial debut with the feature film Bottle Rocket. A large majority of the movie took place at the Windmill Inn in Hillsboro, Texas. Due to the economic downturn the motel’s business suffered, thus the Save The Bottle Rocket Motel event was conceived and became reality in July of 2011. Because Wes Anderson fans tend to be more sentimental than any other fans there was a huge turned out for the event.

Attendees enjoyed Alamo Drafthouse’s showing of the film with none other than Bob Maplethorpe himself, Robert Musgrave in attendance. After the film came to an end, old and newfound friends took to the pool and motel grounds in a late night party full of laughs and libations. When all was said and done the event was a success and the motel was saved. The magic happened once again in July 2012 with the event being fittingly renamed Lovely Soiree at the Bottle Rocket Motel. Fans came from all over the country to partake in the festivities which once again included a showing of Bottle Rocket, courtesy of Alamo Drafthouse Theaters.

This year, on July 27th 2013 throw on you yellow jumpsuit, pop the clutch on your moped and head to Hillsboro, Texas to join us and dozens of fellow film fans for the 2013 Lovely Soiree at the Bottle Rocket Motel and take part in what has become the highlight of the summer (in Hillsboro, Texas… at a motel that was in a movie)!

It is important that you call the motel directly @ 254-582-3493. DO NOT BOOK YOUR ROOM USING THE DAYS INN WEBSITE.

Alamo Cinema Drafthouse rolls into Days Inn Hillsboro (again)

(last year’s poster)

As part of the Second Annual Lovely Soiree at the Bottle Rocket Motel, the Alamo Cinema Drafthouse has added a screening of Bottle Rocket at the Days Inn Hillsboro to their Rolling Roadshow series. The soiree will take place on 21 July this year, and tickets for the screening are $10.

Wes Anderson’s debut feature has long held a special place in our hearts. There are so many reasons to love BOTTLE ROCKET, but mostly we love this heist comedy about a trio of young, shiftless Texans in existential crisis trying in vain to become hardened criminals because it’s damn funny. So, when we heard that the Days Inn on I-35 in Hillsboro, Texas — a major location in the movie — was in danger of shuttering forever we knew we had to step up and join our friends from Reservoir Geeks in their efforts to save the iconic indie film location.

Due to the economic downturn the motel’s business suffered, thus the Save The Bottle Rocket Motel event was born and became reality in July of 2011. An estimate 250 fans took part in the festivities which included a showing of the film, attendance by none other than potential getaway driver himself, Robert Musgrave, and the sale of a limited edition Mondo poster.

Second Annual Lovely Soiree at the Bottle Rocket Motel

Last year the gang at Reservoir Geeks sponsored an event to save the Days Inn Hillsboro (Texas) where the motel scenes of Bottle Rocket were filmed.

This year they are doing it again:

Just as we did last year, we are having a get together at the Bottle Rocket Motel in Hillsboro, TX on July 21st!
-Alamo Drafthouse will once again be presenting the film (information coming soon).
-Room 212 Auctioned Off (Coming Soon).
-Location Tour(s).
-Costumed Guests Welcomed and Encouraged.
-Much, Much More!

We look forward to seeing you there.

CALL 254-582-3493 TO BOOK YOUR ROOM!
FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE HERE

On the run from Johnny Law. It ain’t no trip to Cleveland!

Wes Anderson

The Guardian’s Interview of Wes

The Guardian has a nice interview with Wes regarding his style, his critical reception, working with children, and his frequent collaborators. Regarding the last, he says:

“I don’t think any of us are considered ‘normal’ people,” he says. “It’s probably more a family of crazy uncles. But there’s an energy that comes from people who are friends. Whatever chemistry is on set is going to be there in the movie, and you want some electricity that you don’t really control.”

The rest of the interview can be read over at The Guardian.

Friday News Round-Up (5/11/12)

Save the Bottle Rocket Motel Event Report Round-up

The efforts to “Save the Bottle Rocket Motel” culminated last Saturday with a fund-raiser screening of the film at the Days Inn in Hillsboro, Texas, sparked by Bottle Rocket fans Andy Carl Valentin and Chris Durbin, and organized by the Alamo Draft House. Bob Musgrave himself showed up to support the effort, and we have several video reports of the event, along with Draft House owner Tim League’s introduction to the film, after the break.

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Rolling Roadshow Bottle Rocket tickets now on sale!

From the Alamo Blog:

The RRS will take place at the Day’s Inn at 307 South East I35 Hillsboro, TX 76645. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased on this page! If you would like to stay at the motel, DO NOT book through Day’s Inn, but instead go HERE for details!

Wes Anderson’s debut feature has long held a special place in our hearts. There are so many reasons to love BOTTLE ROCKET, but mostly we love this heist comedy about  a trio of young, shiftless Texans in existential crisis trying in vain to become hardened criminals because it’s damn funny. So, when we heard that the Days Inn on I-35 in Hillsboro, Texas — a major location in the movie — was in danger of shuttering forever we knew we had to step up and join our friends from Reservoir Geeks in their efforts to save the iconic indie film location.

So, join us on July 9 for a very special Rolling Roadshow presentation of BOTTLE ROCKET on the grounds of the motel where Anthony, Dignan, and Bob hide out in the movie! Plus, “Bob” himself, Mr. Robert Musgrave, will join us in person for the show! And, we’ll have special limited edition posters commemorating the event from Mondo available for sale (with a portion of the proceeds going to support this worthy cause, of course).

Finally, you can help support the cause (and save yourself a long bleary-eyed drive home) by staying at the Motel! Get the special details about booking room here.

On the run from Johnny Law, it ain’t no trip to Cleveland.

Screening of Bottle Rocket added to motel sleepover

Great news. The Alamo Drafthouse is bringing their Rolling Roadshow to the Days Inn-Hillsboro sleepover on July 9th. According to the Dallas Observer Unfair Park blog:

And today, we can officially announce at least one significant bit of breaking news: The Austin-based Alamo Drafthouse has added a Bottle Rocket screening to the July 9 sleepover at the Days Inn in danger of shuttering thanks to franchise fees too big a burden for the motel’s owners…

So. Look for the poster here when it’s available; by then maybe Bob Musgrave will have given me a firm yay on whether he can make the trip down with me that night.

More soon…

“Save the Bottle Rocket Motel” event [updated]

Last updated: 27 May 2011, 10:30 pm

Bob stole his car! Last evening, we reported that Texans Andy and Chris were organizing an event to “save” the Days Inn Hillsboro (TX) where parts of Wes Anderson’s first feature, Bottle Rocket, was filmed. Great news: The Dallas Observer has picked up on the story [update: so has The Onion AV Club]. Robert Wilonsky reports:

[Motel co-owener] Bina did not know about the event, which yesterday appeared on The Rushmore Academy website. And she is grateful: “I guess God is listening to me,” she says, again with a laugh. But she’s not sure June 25 is the best date: That, she says, is when the corn harvesters usually arrive — the one time of the year she can count on business. Then again, even that sure thing is far from one now.

In response, Andy and Chris have moved the event to July 9th. Check out the Facebook invite. Be sure to call the hotel directly to book your room (254/582/3493).  To plan your trip itinerary, check out the Bottle Rocket tour site.

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