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Free Evangelion: 1.0 Screenings in Texas & D.C. (Updated)

posted on 2009-08-25 09:14 EDT
Death Note: The Last Name to also screen at Washingon, D.C.

The North American anime distributor Funimation has announced that the Mu Epsilon Kappa—UNT Anime Club will host a free screening of the Evangelion: 1.0 You Are [Not] Alone film at the University of North Texas on Tuesday evening. Evangelion Shin Gekijōban: Jo is Hideaki Anno and Khara's first part in a four-film remake of Gainax's Neon Genesis Evangelion science-fiction series. The screening will take place at ESSC Bld room 255 on the Denton campus at 6:00 p.m.

The same film will have another free screening at the Japan Information and Culture Center in the Embassy of Japan at Washington, D.C. on September 9 at 6:30 p.m. The center will also host a free screening of Death Note: The Last Name this Friday at 6:30 p.m. This film concludes the two-part live-action adaptation of Takeshi Obata and Tsugumi Ohba's Death Note manga.

Evangelion 1.0 had already been screened at Washington, D.C. as part of the Seventh Annual National Cherry Blossom Festival in March. The film's American theatrical run will continue at least through October.

Image © Khara

Update: Funimation Senior Public Relations Manager Jackie Smith explained the staggered theatrical and DVD releases for this film:

EVA is stunning on the big screen, and we want fans to have the opportunity to have that experience. Thus, we are participating in film festivals and are working with theatres across North America to screen this highly-anticipated film. To make that happen, we have to put it in festivals and theatres BEFORE the DVD is released. Festivals enjoy the exclusivity they can offer film fans and theatres, whether they are a huge chain or independent, will only agree to book a film run or screening if the film in question isn't released on DVD within a prescribed window before and after the planned screening.

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