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RINGERS at Comic-Con 2004 - Distribution Plans to be Announced!

 

Sala Baker and a Friend from the 2004 RINGERS Comic Con Booth.

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RINGERS: LORD OF THE FANS at Comic Con 2005

It's that time of year again for fans to gather at the biggest Genre convention of all, Comic-Con! Held annually in San Diego, California - this is the Mother of all Cons. And the third year in a row RINGERS: LORD OF THE FANS will have a large presence.

In 2003, RINGERS shared TheOneRing.net's booth in the huge "Lord of the Rings" pavilion. Some of you may remember the Confessional Booth and that the cameras were everywhere! (Who can forget the web-cam debut of "TanPants?") Last year, in 2004 RINGERS hosted a panel with author Peter S. Beagle where roughly 2500 fans cheered at the first sneak peak of this documentary. But for Comic-Con 2005, there are some special things in store for you! [For full article click HERE.]

RINGERS Wins Award at Newport Beach Film Festival

Spaced Out - The Best of Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner

Newport Beach Film Festival Director Greg Schwenk and Carlene Cordova.

 

It was a genuinely exciting night. The bright lights and big city Hollywood energy permeated the entire Awards Night Ceremony held by the Newport Beach Film Festival, which were held Friday, April 29th. 

Making a strong statement as the little–indie–documentary–that–could, RINGERS: LORD OF THE FANS took home an award for “Outstanding Achievement in Documentary Filmmaking.”   The filmmakers were thrilled and shocked to be lauded onstage by none other than world famous sports agent, Lee Steinberg (the man behind the character Tom Cruise played in "Jerry McGuire").  Mr. Steinberg generously praised RINGERS for reminding him of his wilder teenage hippie days in the Sixties when “The Lord of the Rings” was an exploding phenomenon that transformed the youth culture of Southern California.

Director Carlene Cordova stood on stage, graciously inviting the present members of the production team to join her.  Many of them appeared fatigued -- having worked outrageously long hours through a nightmare week of final post-production. Carlene and Cliff, Josh (Tan Pants), Jeff, Catherine, and John had made a strenuous, last-minute effort to have the perfect version of the film ready for back-to-back premieres of RINGERS within days of each other, at Newport Beach and immediately following at the USA Film Festival in Dallas.  The results paid off, certainly, as they stood before a roaring audience and accepted the gorgeous Award (finely stenciled leaded glass that captures light rather like a certain Phial). [Click here for full story.]

RINGERS USA Film Festival Screening

 

Cliff and Carlene at the Newport Beach Film Festival Screening

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RINGERS: LORD OF THE FANS
CLOSES THE 2005 U.S.A. FILM FESTIVAL in DALLAS, TX

ON APRIL 28, 2005

The huge buzz continues to build on the much-awaited feature documentary RINGERS: LORD OF THE FANS which has been added as a special Closing Night film at the U.S.A. Film Festival in Dallas, Texas. The film will screen Thur., April 28th at 7:00 p.m.

Tolkien fans have only this one final chance to catch the ultimate documentary covering 50 years of a cultural phenomenon! This special added engagement for RINGERS will be ONE NIGHT ONLY!:

Screening Date and Time
Thursday, April 28, 7 p.m.
1 screening only
Q&A session with the filmmakers will follow the screening
In attendance – Writer/ Producer/ Interviewer Cliff Broadway

Theater Location
Angelika Film Center
Mockingbird Station
5321 East Mockingbird Lane, Suite 230
Dallas, TX 75206

Industry insiders are geared up for a repeat performance of "Ringers" mania as the prestigious U.S.A. Film Festival enters its 35th year!

Tickets for the screening are currently on sale! [Click here for full CLOSING NIGHT SCHEDULE and Ticket Purchase Info!] Advance tickets are available exclusive by phone through TicketMaster by calling 214-631-ARTS (214-631-2787). They are expected to sell out. See ticket page for further information.

 

Slamdance Film Festival Pictures

The Sign from RINGERS Slamdance Film Festival.

 

With our announcement of our Newport Beach Film Festival Screening. We'd like to share with you some of our pictures from the Slamdance Film Festival in January.

Check them out and see what fun we had!

Click here for the Slamdance photo gallery.

As always visit our Message boards HERE!

And Chat with your fellow Ringers HERE.

Finally

Download "The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins"

Spaced Out - The Best of Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner

Spaced Out - The Very Best of Leonard Nimoy and William Shanter - One feel good album!

 

Many who've seen RINGERS have remarked upon the trippy, hippie, surreal music video of Leonard Nimoy singing "The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins." Once viewed, the images of wholesome go-go dancers with grotesque pointy ears and Spock in peg-legged white pants get seared into your memory banks. Well kids, now you can legally download this song for a mere $.99 US in the iTunes music store! Do yourselves a favor, spring for the entire album. ($11.99) You'll be thanking yourself as tears of laughter roll down your cheeks. Shatner's "Mr. Tambourine Man" is legendary, but his "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" is even better! Who wouldn't want to hear Nimoy sing Johnny Cash's "I Walk the Line?" iTunes works on both Macs and Windows and is a free download. God bless the swinging '60's! YEAH BABY!

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RINGERS reviewed on FilmThreat.com

RINGERS: LORD OF THE FANS was reviewed recently on that most excellent of websites FilmThreat.com. And with
quotes like "Ringers inspires the need to revisit the books just as much as the movies."And "See it, absorb it, love it." You'll see why we're so thrilled.

Read it for yourself here!

 

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Ringers on x96 Salt Lake City Live Radio!

FEBRUARY 5, 2005 -- So there we are mid-festival week in Park City at the exclusive William Morris party and all we can think of is to get out of there, go back to our log cabin and get some sleep. Our schedule was quite intense and we did not expect all the attention that we (Ringers: Lord of the Fans) were receiving. We were exhausted. Cliff and I had to wake up at the crack of dawn to do a live radio interview on x96 - Salt Lake City’s “Local, Independent, Alternative Radio from Hell.” A very progressive and hip station indeed. Carlene couldn’t attend the interview because of our 9:00am Press Screening that same day back in Park City. She had to introduce the film with Tom DeSanto and do an equipment check with Josh Mandel.

 

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Ringers: Lord of the FansLAST CHANCE TO SEE US AT SLAMDANCE!

Accounting for 90% of Slamdance's ticket pre-sales RINGERS was seen and reviewed by a lot of well, Ringers.
Click the following links to read what some people thought of our film.

The Toronto Star Review

Wired.com Review

The Park City Record

IESB.com (Video Interview)

FilmStew.com

The Deseret News

The Advocate

Elites TV

And TheOneRing.net 1 2 3

For more news simply Google RINGERS: LORD OF THE FANS, or check on any News search engine.

 


NEWS FLASH! RINGERS Exclusive Panel At O.R.C. 2005

Many surprises are in store for Ringer fans attending TORn’s big ORC event next January! The filmmakers behind Ringers: Lord of the Fans will be hosting a panel at the upcoming One Ring Convention (ORC) in Pasadena, CA. The panel will be held on Friday, January 14th, and will include an in-depth discussion, as well as sneak peaks at various clips from Ringers: Lord of the Fans. This will be the first and last opportunity to catch a glimpse of Ringers before the film has its World Premiere in Park City, Utah the following week. Joining the filmmakers on the panel will be our Ringers celebrity narrator, Dominic Monaghan. In addition to the Ringers panel on Friday, the filmmakers will be present at the convention throughout the entire weekend, welcoming fans to their booth on the convention floor. This will be a great opportunity for fans to meet and greet the filmmakers, and to purchase all kinds of merchandise from the film.

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DOCUMENTARY FEATURE RINGERS: LORD OF THE FANS TO PREMIERE AT SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2005 -- STARRING NARRATOR DOMINIC MONAGHAN

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA --TUESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2004 -- The Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, will launch its 2005 slate with the world premiere of RINGERS: LORD OF THE FANS on its opening Friday night (January 21, 2005). The producers also announce the final addition to their remarkable project, the voice of Dominic Monaghan (Merry Brandybuck from the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, now starring on ABC’s Lost) will be heard as the film’s Narrator, relaying the dynamic story of J.R.R. Tolkien’s pop-culture legacy.

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OSCAR-WINNER PETER JACKSON, LEADING CAST OF “RINGS” TRILOGY, AND “X-MEN” PRODUCER TOM DeSANTO COMBINE FORCES FOR DOCUMENTARY RINGERS: LORD OF THE FANS

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA -- MONDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2004 -- The “Ring” has now come full circle for fans of J.R.R. Tolkien. The director, co-writer, producer, and the stellar leading cast of The Lord of the Rings film trilogy will appear in RINGERS: LORD OF THE FANS, executive produced by Tom DeSanto (Apt Pupil, X-Men, Transformers), and directed by first-time writer/director Carlene Cordova. RINGERS is a feature-length documentary that explores how "The Lord of the Rings" has influenced Western popular culture for the past 50 years. The film reveals many layers of history and artistic inspiration behind Tolkien’s books, while reveling in the pop frenzy carried forward by the Hippie movement, the rockers, the fantasists, the activists, and legions of screaming fans.

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IAN McKELLEN, STAR OF STAGE AND SCREEN INTERVIEWED FORDOCUMENTARY FEATURE, RINGERS: LORD OF THE FANS

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA -- MONDAY, JULY 19, 2004 -- Celebrated actor and activist Ian McKellen has provided a brand new interview for the upcoming feature documentary, RINGERS: LORD OF THE FANS. Sir Ian showed his remarkable depth of understanding of all things related to J.R.R. Tolkien and "The Lord of the Rings." His powerful portrayal of the wizard Gandalf in Peter Jackson's epic film trilogy earned him his second Oscar nomination (Best Supporting Actor, 2002) and made him a cinematic icon to adoring fans worldwide. Sir Ian's interview for Ringers reveals both his remarkable erudition and gentle humor which readers of Tolkien have always associated with their beloved Gandalf.

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Ringers: Lord of the Fans is a feature-length documentary currently in production.

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LORD OF THE RINGS STAR ANDY SERKIS INTERVIEWED FOR DOCUMENTARY FEATURE, RINGERS: LORD OF THE FANS

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA -- MONDAY, JULY 12, 2004 - The man behind the 'Gollum,' actor Andy Serkis, has been interviewed for the upcoming independent feature documentary, Ringers: Lord of the Fans. Mr. Serkis shared many remarkable insights into the nefarious character he portrayed in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings film trilogy -- widely regarded as a watershed moment in film history that perfectly married the skills of thespian performance with digital artistry.

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FANTASY LEGEND PETER S. BEAGLE AND RINGERS: LORD OF THE FANS FILMMAKERS TO MAKE EXCLUSIVE APPEARANCE AT SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA -- Monday, June 28, 2004 -- The production team behind the independent feature documentary, RINGERS: LORD OF THE FANS and revered fantasy author Peter S. Beagle (The Last Unicorn) have combined forces to appear at the San Diego Comic-Con International 2004 on Thursday, July 22, 2004. A special one-hour Panel Discussion featuring 'Ringers' principal filmmakers and the legendary author will be held that Thursday evening at the San Diego Convention Center, where tens of thousands of enthusiastic genre fans convene for the largest event of its kind in the world.

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Lord of the Rings star Sala Baker appearing in the new documentary feature,
Ringers: Lord of the Fans June 21, 2002

Click here! Lord of the Rings star Sala Baker
appearing in the new documentary feature,
Ringers: Lord of the Fans
Hollywood, CA -- June 21, 2002 Actor Sala Baker has signed on to appear in the upcoming feature documentary, Ringers: Lord of the Fans. Mr. Baker gained worldwide fame for playing the Dark Lord Sauron in The Fellowship of the Ring and the Man Flesh Uruk in The Two Towers as well as doing stunt work for all three movies. Mr. Baker has also assisted in the production of fellow "Rings" Trilogy cast member Sean Astin's film, The Long and Short of It. As a native New Zealander, Mr. Baker joined in behind the camera work as the production manager on The Last Samurai.

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Australian Singer Greta Gertler to Record for Documentary Feature,
Ringers: Lord of the Fans
Hollywood, CA -- June 7, 2002

Singer/songwriter Greta Gertler will arrange and perform a cover of the classic ballad "Leave Tomorrow Till It Comes" exclusively for the upcoming feature documentary, Ringers: Lord of the Fans. The song is familiar to Tolkien fans from the 1980 Rankin/Bass animated version of The Return of the King. Ms. Gertler's remarkable sense of melody and orchestration breathes new life into a song originally recorded by "The Limeliters" vocalist Glenn Yarbrough. An original composition from Ms. Gertler, the aptly titled "The Ring," will also appear in the film.

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486 Ringers and a Devil Duck
Hollywood, CA

When we arrived at the new Best Buy in West Hollywood on Monday May 24th the line was already down the block. Nothing new for Rings events. Ringers seem to almost enjoy lining up! But the promised autograph session with Dominic Monaghan was just too good an event to pass up. The folks at Best Buy told me that they handed out 486 numbered wristbands. People started to line up at 1pm for the 10:30pm signing. Ringers traveled from as far as Germany, Florida, Las Vegas and Orange County to meet Dom in person. At midnight they were to re-open the doors of the store and sell DVDs of the theatrical version of The Return of the King.

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Rock Legend Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead Interviewed For Ringers: Lord of the Fans!
Beverly Hills , CA -- MAY 24, 2004

Singer/Bassist Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister of Motörhead granted an exclusive interview to the producers of the upcoming feature documentary, Ringers: Lord of the Fans. With razor sharp wit and outrageous humor, Mr. Kilmister shared many thoughts and stories of being a Tolkien fan living the rock n' roll life. Flying in the face of expectations, his playful barbs struck a variety of targets from the worlds of both rock and literature.

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Dominic Monaghan Interviewed For Ringers: Lord of the Fans!
Hollywood, CA -- MAY 18, 2004

Actor Dominic Monaghan granted an exclusive interview to the producers of the upcoming feature documentary, Ringers: Lord of the Fans. Mr. Monaghan revealed how the bonds of love and family brought him to read J.R.R. Tolkien's masterpiece, "The Lord of the Rings," long before he was cast in Peter Jackson's Oscar-winning film trilogy adapted from the book.

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Who else has interviewed for Ringers?

If you're wondering who else we've interviewed for our film, please check out our brand new interviewees page. There you'll find pictures and bios of some of the celebrity Ringers who have graciously agreed to be interviewed. A permanent link to this new page can be found in the upper left hand corner of our navigation bar. But you can also visit the page from here.


Greetings Fellow Ringers!
May 10, 2004 - Carlene Cordova

Taa Daaa!!! I'd like to proudly unveil our new logo. Isn't it cool? Our very talented Art Director, Nancy Steinman, designed it. Soon you'll be able to purchase this logo on hats and t-shirts in our new Ringers store! Wee!!!

I also wanted to give everyone a brief update on the progress of our film. A lot of exciting things have happened and are happening lately. We've started the post-production process. In a documentary you sort of do things backwards, you write the script AFTER you've shot the movie. (Of course you must have a good outline while shooting or you don't know what to shoot…but anyway.) So we are in the process of polishing our final script and we've done some rough cuts of some bits of the film. It all looks pretty great!

We've been shooting for a while (about a year and a half, really.) But, some of the more famous Ringers that we've always wanted to interview weren't available until lately. We're currently shooting these interviews. We'll be announcing their participation in the following weeks.

Our plan is to finish the film in time for its premiere at a film festival in the fall.

Thanks for your patience and please log on to the message boards [link to message boards] for more information or to just say Hi!

Sincerely,

Carlene Cordova
Director, Ringers: Lord of the Fans


Dancing Down Barad-dr April 26, 2004 - Nancy Steinman
May 10, 2004 - Carlene Cordova

Any who stayed until the very end of the "Return of the One Party" on Oscar night was witness to a very special treat.
Members of the cast of director Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings, including Bruce Hopkins (Gamling), Lawrence
Makaore (Lurtz), Sala Baker (Sauron) and Jed Brophy (Sharku), took the stage and performed a Maori ritual called
the Haka.

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ABARAT AUTHOR CLIVE BARKER INTERVIEWED FOR, RINGERS: LORD OF THE FANS
April 19, 2004 Los Angeles, CA

Horror/fantasy scribe and filmmaker Clive Barker claims the title of Ringer by discussing his appreciation for J.R.R. Tolkien's masterpiece The Lord of the Rings in the upcoming documentary feature, Ringers: Lord of the Fans. Mr. Barker granted an interview to Ringers. Mr. Barker speaks of the power and affirmations found within Tolkien's mythological epic that encouraged him to create fantasy worlds of his own. more...

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