Hayley Sampson

Banzai-webA few days ago, I visited with Indywood, a single screen theater located on Elysian Fields in New Orleans. Carved out of a defunct laundromat by Hayley and Will Sampson, Indywood is a startup company that’s programming independent films. Local and national fare that offers indie flicks to a community that is increasingly producing more indie content.

After their first successful year, Hayley and Will are inviting you to celebrate tonight with a free screening of Buckaroo Banzai, one of my favorite movies. Two-time Oscar nominee John Lithgow, who stars in the film, also counts it as one of his favorite. Here’s the trailer. It doesn’t give much away, but trust me, this film is hilarious and fun and I love it and if you don’t, there’s a special place in hell for you.

The screening of Buckaroo tonight is free and an ’80s dance party will follow. Pabst Blue Ribbon has graciously donated two kegs of hipster-friendly beer, although non-hipsters are also welcome to imbibe. And if you show up in costume as one of the characters from the movie, you’ll get free popcorn.

The entire night is a big thank you to the local community who has supported the theater. It begins at 9pm at Indywood, located at 628 Elysian Fields Ave, New Orleans. There’s a Facebook Page with more info. Check it out and RSVP to let them know you’re coming.