Special Deadpool screening to #SavetheRio

Our Crowdfunding Campaign is now complete! Thanks to all our Rio Fans we raised over 500K! As the

#SavetheRio is a fundraising campaign for the East Vancouver’s Rio Theatre. Since launching earlier this year, it has raised over $500k—”making it the highest funded campaign in the history of crowdfunding, for our industry,” according to Indiegogo.

But the theatre is still working on the full amount needed for a deposit—$3m. With the clock running, the independent theatre is hosting a number of fundraisers next week (June 24-26). They include a live podcast and special screenings of Deadpool, a documentary about the cult TV series Freaks and Geeks. See more below.

Doug Benson Night!—Spend an evening (and late afternoon) with comedian/podcast host Doug Benson. The event includes a live taping of Benson’s podcast Doug Loves Movies (with special surprise guests) and Movie Interruption. The latter features Benson and mystery comedy guests cracking wise during a screening of Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2. (Doors 3:15 p.m., Doug Loves Movies at 4:20, Breaking Dawn Part 2 at 6 p.m.)

The Deadpool #SavetheRio Fundraiser—The folks at the Rio Theatre are staying mum about this one: the description on the theatre’s website simply says “Dreams really do come true!” and “Details coming soon.” Deadpool 2, the second movie featuring the Marvel Comics character, was released in May. (June 25 at 5 p.m.)

Freaks and Geeks: The Documentary—When Freaks and Geeks premiered on NBC in 1999, the network only aired 12 of its original 18 episodes. Now regarded as an iconic 80s coming-of-age high school comedy, the series launched the careers of creator Paul Feig (who would go on to direct hit movies like Bridesmaids and the Ghostbusters remake), executive producer Judd Apatow, and actors James Franco, Linda Cardellini, Jason Segel, and Seth Rogen, among others. A screening of a recent documentary about the show, which features interviews with the principals as well as behind-the-scenes footage, will be followed with a Skype interview with Vancouver-based director Brent Hodge. (June 26, doors at 6 p.m., screening at 6:30)

For more info, including tickets, visit riotheatre.ca.

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