American High’s latest movie filmed in Central New York debuted on the big screen for one night only on Thursday in Syracuse.
“The Binge,” starring Vince Vaughn, Skyler Gisondo, Dexter Darden, and Eduardo Franco, debuted its world premiere on Thursday, Aug. 27 at the New York State Fair Drive-In.
Several hundred people attended the free screening in the NYS Fair’s Orange Lot.
Indoor movie theaters remain closed in New York state due to the coronavirus, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo allowed drive-ins to operate as an exception to Covid-19 restrictions on entertainment.
The NYS Fair, canceled this year, has been hosting pop-up drive-in movie nights in the Orange Lot on weekends with a variety of fair foods.
“The Binge” will not be shown at any other theater nationwide.
The Hulu original movie premieres on the streaming service on Friday, Aug. 28.
The party movie puts a comedic twist on the premise of “The Purge” horror films: “Set in a time where all drugs and alcohol are illegal, the only day anyone can participate in the ‘fun’ is on Binge day.”
The movie follows three friends as they turn 18 and are eligible to participate in the Big Binge Party for the first time in the near future (the year 2032).
“The Binge,” directed by Jeremy Garelick (“The Break-Up,” “Best. Worst. Weekend. Ever.”) and written by Jordan VanDina, also stars Hayes MacArthur (“Angie Tribeca”); Affion Crockett (“The Wedding Ringer”); and Grace Van Dien, the daughter of “Starship Troopers” actor Casper Van Dien.
It was the Syracuse bureau’s biggest film to date, said Eric Vinal, vice president of film, TV and entertainment for Visit Syracuse. More than 2,000 extras and 50-60 local crew members worked on the movie.
“The Binge” is the sixth movie filmed in Syracuse to be released this year.
“Holly Slept Over,” “Banana Split,” “Big Time Adolescence,” and “Looks That Kill,” all produced by American High, were released this spring. “Big Time Adolescence,” starring Pete Davidson, is currently streaming on Hulu; the other three titles are available on digital and Video On Demand (VOD).
A fifth movie, “Gabriel’s Inferno,” directed by Tosca Musk and based on the best-selling erotic romance novels by Sylvain Reynard, is currently streaming on Passionflix.