Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Pitch Questionnaire with Alamo Drafthouse's Ryan Davis

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Name: Ryan Davis

Occupation: Creative manager, Alamo Drafthouse Mainstreet

Hometown: Kansas City

Current neighborhood: Blue Springs

Who or what is your sidekick? In life, it’s my wife, Angela, but if I were to turn into a masked vigilante, I would have to go with my dog, Tyler Durden. Mostly because I want to see him in a cape and mask.

What career would you choose in an alternate reality?
As a film fanatic, it doesn’t get much better than working for the Alamo Drafthouse. It’s the kind of job that makes you feel like you’re already living in an alternate reality. One moment you’re discussing your favorite film, and the next you’re ordering the pyrotechnics for the next Action Pack event. I can’t imagine a better job.

What was the last local restaurant you patronized? I have to admit, I’m a little obsessed with Port Fonda. I’m always up for suggestions, though, when it comes to the tortilla arts.

Where do you drink? I like to hop around. I love Jackpot Music Hall in Lawrence, MiniBar and Manifesto, but I mostly let the concert calendar pick the venue. There is nothing like the first beer after an eight-hour drive to see your favorite band.

What’s your favorite charity? Specifically, Wayside Waifs. Just show me a sad puppy, and I’m hooked for life. Damn you, Sarah McLachlan!

Favorite place to spend your paycheck: Most of my paycheck goes to my movie collection. I’m a sucker for rerelease box sets and original movie posters.

What local phenomenon do you think is overrated? Mom-jean shorts. It’s a problem that plagues many cities.

Where do you like to take out-of-town guests? Manifesto is always my first suggestion. It’s the perfect place to catch up with old friends. The next day we’ll visit Westport Café & Bar to recover.

“Kansas City needs ... ” A more effective mass-transit system.

“People might be surprised to know that ... ” Before the Drafthouse, I worked at a children’s mental-health center.

“On my day off, I like to ... ” Puddle-jump around music venues in Westport or sit at home and watch movies with my wife.

“In five years, I’ll be ... ” Introducing a Kubrick marathon at Alamo Drafthouse Mainstreet.

What TV show do you make sure you watch? Aren’t we all watching Breaking Bad? I just can’t wait for the return of Heisenberg!

____ take(s) up a lot of space in my iTunes: Anything and everything by Trent Reznor.

What local tradition do you take part in every year? I’m really looking forward to this year’s Middle of the Map Fest. It’s one of the most exciting events to ever come to KC! I can’t wait to see where it will be in the next five years, as it grows into a local tradition.

What movie do you watch at least once a year? There are too many to count. The Darjeeling Limited, Lost in Translation, House of the Devil, American Psycho, Jurassic Park and Akira are always in a constant rotation. I can see Drive, Killer Joe and Moonrise Kingdom finding their way onto that list soon.

Celebrity you’d like to ride the Mamba with at Worlds of Fun: Bill Murray. Doesn’t everyone want to do everything with Bill Murray?

Favorite person or thing to follow on Twitter: I’m a huge Mortal Kombat fan, so I’m constantly checking Ed Boon’s Twitter feed.

Person or thing you find really irritating at this moment: People who talk or text in a movie theater. I think I’m required to say that.

What subscription — print, digital, etc. — do you value most? I don’t want my subscriptions to sell anything, to ask me to buy anything or to discuss any process. I don’t want to subscribe to anything sold or processed, or read anything sold, bought or processed. You know, with a subscription, I just don’t want that.

Last book you read: Chris Gore’s Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide. It’s a great book for filmmakers and film fans alike.

What is your most embarrassing dating moment? The first time I ever kissed my wife, I missed her mouth and kissed her eye. It was awkward, but she decided to keep me around.

Describe a recent triumph: Not burning down the theater during our Action Pack presentation of The Running Man with in-house pyro.

The Alamo Drafthouse’s Rolling Roadshow starts with Pee Wee’s Big Adventure September 14 and Spirited Away September 15 in the City Market Park and continues with Planes, Trains and Automobiles October 12 and Jurassic Park October 13 at the National WWI Museum at Liberty Memorial.

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