Every year I skip out on the Sundance Film Festival (I’m too busy not getting invited), but every year, I follow its unraveling online, as reviews pop up and the most anticipated films disappoint, while previously unknown ones generate buzz. And it’s because of these reviews, that I’m able to discuss the films with a semblance of authority, without having actually seen them. This year, one of the most talked about movies was Mystery Team, a hilarious Napoleon Dynamite-meets-Ace Ventura-meets Super Troopers laugher from the NYU sketch troupe Derrick Comedy.
The movie was all the rage at Sundance, but much to the chagrin of those who actually saw it, hasn’t been bought by a studio yet, which means that as of now, it won’t be hitting theaters any time soon. Luckily, Derrick Comedy has wisely decided to take the fate of their film in their own hands and will screen it themselves, studios be damned. The special previews happen in New York City at the Cinema Village, Tuesday, March 3rd and 4th, at 6:30. Tickets are free, but will be given out first come, first serve beginning at 5:45. I’m not planning on being there, but the next day I’ll be certain to read enough reviews to make it feel like I was. See the awesome trailer below.