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Nov302009

The Apiary Presents "Mystery Team Week"

DC Pierson, Donald Glover & Dominic Dierkes are Mystery Team | Photo courtesy of Derrick

Welcome to "Mystery Team Week," a celebration of the new movie by comedy team Derrick. The sketch- and improv-massive attackers, best known for their multiple millions of YouTube hits, will host the New York premiere of "Mystery Team" this Friday, Dec. 4, at Quad Cinemas (Tickets). The primary cast and crew will attend evening screenings to meet fans, host some Q&A and to show their hometown some long-awaited love. Derrick spent last summer on a promotional blitz, drumming up distributorship interest and meeting fans face-to-face.

In advance of Premiere Night, The Apiary touched base with Dominic Dierkes, one-third of the Mystery Team, who plays "Charlie (The Strongest Kid in Town)." Dierkes is en route to New York, while DC Pierson and Donald Glover are in Los Angeles, shooting NBC's "Community." However, the trio will make their Homecoming Trek by the weekend, Dierkes said.

For today, we asked Dominic to take a look at some recent photo mementos and comment on them. Here's what he said:

Photo courtesy Jennifer Morrison^ The Austin premiere at the Drafthouse was thrilling and surreal at the same time. This screening was a huge transition for the movie and marked the beginning of the still ongoing theatrical release. Most of the time I was thinking, "I can't believe there's a place where you can order a beer while you're watching a movie. Why do people leave here?"

Photo courtesy of Katrina Davis^ The wrap party was the same day as the last shot of the movie. Production was such an arduous process with so many major roadblocks that just to be at the end of it, knowing that we had the movie in the can was extremely satisfying even though we knew there was still tons more work to be done. Also, everyone got really drunk.

Photo courtesy of Derrick Comedy^ Gainesville and Tallahassee were the first cities Mystery Team opened in after Austin. Here we are in Gainesville advertising ourselves on a wall in spray paint. That's a legal way to advertise your movie, right?

Photo: Conor Mangan^ Our panel at Comic Con came at the tail end of an AMAZING weekend in San Diego. We distributed trading cards, manned a Mystery Team booth, held a screening, and did a panel -- all of which were met with an overwhelming amount of enthusiasm and excitement that we found permeates Comic Con as a whole. That convention is pure, unironic fun and is a must-attend for anyone who enjoys being a fan of stuff.

Photo courtesy of Derrick Comedy^ We've been doing a thing called "Sword Club" where if you see the movie twice in its run in any given city, we present you with an individually numbered foam sword with a handwritten inspirational quote on it. If you see the movie three times, we give you a dinosaur. And if someone sees the movie a yet to be determined number of times (it was 10 times in Phoenix), then DC will get your name tattooed somewhere on his body. Members of the Sword Club will all have their names featured on the DVD.

Photo: Dan Eckman^ Some folks from Pixar saw Mystery Team in Sundance and offered to set up an employee screening at their facilities as part of a program called Pixar University. They also offered us an extensive tour of their facilities. Being huge Pixar fans, we said, "Fuck yes." The screening went great and the tour was an incredible experience. We got to see UP concept art, explore an actual secret passageway, and embarass ourselves in the gift store. That Pixar trip did nothing but reinforce our perception of that studio as an insanely creative, driven, and talented group of people who give a huge shit about every detail of their work. And it shows. It was a true pleasure to be there.

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I will be attending the Friday 7pm showing. Excited that they're finally arriving in nyc and that things have gone so well already!

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