"Lansdale talks like he writes, and you don’t want to look away. He’s a storyteller, and that lends itself to a documentary. Hansi Oppenheimer makes the film a visual feast to go along with the verbal one, just as rich in walking us back through time. Vintage footage of drive-in movies and intermission concession ads create a feeling of nostalgia that works well with Lansdale’s rememberings."
"Documentary films about authors are few and far between. That's chiefly because the act of putting pen to paper or fingers to keyboard isn't anyone's idea of high drama.
Not so with New York-based documentarian and self-professed fangirl Hansi Oppenheimer's All Hail the Popcorn King, a tribute to and examination of Joe Lansdale, the Lone Star State's "writer of the purple rage."
"Oppenheimer followed Lansdale, camera in hand, while he shared some moments of his life. It makes you feel as if you were the one having a conversation with him. This closeness makes you feel the extent of his love for all types of storytelling."
"When everything’s said and done, All Hail the Popcorn King paints a vivid picture of an iconoclastic creator who isn’t just a talented writer, but seems to be a genuinely good person, to boot The interviews included here are in such a down-to-earth, conversational manner that you can’t help but just get drawn in by his charisma and sense of humor. If you’ve never read anything by Joe R. Lansdale, I can’t imagine watching this and not being compelled to go grab the first book you can find and dive right in. Hell, I’ve read a fair chunk of his work and this made me want to go back and reread everything while scouring bookshop shelves for the ones I haven’t found yet."
"Hansi Oppenheimer is an up and coming documentary filmmaker who recently premiered her Joe Lansdale opus, All Hail the Popcorn King at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas to a packed theater. We sat down with this creative whirlwind to talk about the power of fandom and her passion for her art."
"Joe Lansdale is the subject of a recent documentary film, All Hail the Popcorn King from Hansi Oppenheimer. At 1428 Elm, we sit down with this legendary scribe to discuss his career, the book that got away and his future expectations."
"From spelling errors to love for Tarzan. The secrets of Joe Lansdale in a documentary.
In "All Hail the Popcorn King" the Texan author told by friends and colleagues
Seba Pezzani - Sat, 08/17/2019
Watch the Q & A from the live stream at the premiere in Austin on 8.18.19
Video of the live stream pre-screening and intro at the premiere of All hail the Popcorn King at the Alamo Draft House, Austin on 8.18.19