Off-Centered Film Festival: 'Blazing Saddles' and Awards

The Alamo Drafthouse recently hosted the fifth annual Off-Centered Film Festival with Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, who once again brought along his filmmaker and actor pals Ken Marino and Joe Lo Truglio (seen above with Alamo Drafthouse founder Tim League). Several hundred craft beer and film fans filled Republic Park in downtown Austin to watch the classic Mel Brooks movie Blazing Saddles on the first night of the festival.

Calagione was extremely vocal about his support for the Texas Craft Brewers Guild and their growth and legislative efforts in Texas, both during the event by rallying folks to donate at the pie booth as well as part of a panel after the film. I accompanied Calagione as he tried various craft beers at the festival, and was impressed by his thoroughness in familiarizing himself with the new brewers and attentiveness to his devoted fans. By far, Calagione received more attention from attendees than Marino and Truglio who seemed quite content to relax with a craft beer and quote along with the film.

See more photos from the Rolling Roadshow event and find out who the winners were of the fifth annual film competition after the jump.

Rob Landerman of Ranger Creek Brewing and Distilling in San Antonio expressed his enthusiasm in meeting Joe Lo Truglia in person.

Sam Calagione preparing to take one for the team in the pie booth. All proceeds from the booth were contributed to the guild.

Actor Ken Marino shares a laugh with Calagione after successfully hitting his target.

Winners of the Off-Centered Film Fest Competition were announced this week, with Rodriguez taking the second place and audience winner award and third place winner was Baby Bonanza. The grand prize winner was Rainbow Ranch Inn, directed by Giselle Kennedy, which not only includes the obligatory Dogfish Head beer placement but also pays a Western theme homage to Calagione's The Pain Relievaz Pinchin' Pennies. Watch Rainbow Ranch Inn below:

[Photo credits: Gunslingers Sam Calagione, Tim League, Ken Marino and Joe Lo Truglio; Ranger Creek Rob with Joe Lo Truglio; Sam in the Pie Booth; Ken Marino and Pie-eyed Sam, by Debbie Cerda, all rights reserved]