Celebrated and accomplished actor, Casper Van Dien (“Starship Troopers,” “Sleepy Hollow,” “Con Man,” “I Married a Princess”) will be making a special appearance at the Burbank International Film Festival on Saturday, Sept. 9. Van Dien took time out of his busy schedule to chat with Burbank.com about his participation in the film festival this year.
Van Dien is excited to participate in the Burbank International Film Festival. He says, “I’m a film geek myself. I love movies. I love watching them. I love the history of films. I like to talk to other people with similar interests as me. There seems to be a lot of people that go to film festivals, events, Comic-Cons and things like that. I think there’s a camaraderie there, and a kinship with other filmmakers and fans of films.”
At 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9 the History of Cinema program at the Burbank International Film Festival includes the 20th anniversary screening of “Starship Troopers” (directed by Paul Verhoeven, USA, 1997), accompanied by a Q&A session with the cast, including Casper Van Dien, Denise Richards, and screenwriter Edward Neumeier. Tickets on sale at www.burbankfilmfest.org.
The actor moved to Burbank from Florida many years ago. “I first moved to Burbank when I came out here and I had a manager that represented Elijah Wood, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, myself and a whole bunch of other actors. We were all young and upcoming and I was probably the oldest out of that group.” Van Dien lived close to his agent in Burbank and used to hang with that group. “It was where I first started. My Hollywood and my movie career started in Burbank,” states Van Dien.
Actor Casper Van Dien will appear at Burbank International Film Festival, Sept. 9
Photo by Bjorn Kommerell
The screening of “Starship Troopers” and cast Q&A at the film festival might possibly include some surprises. Van Dien explains, “I love going to film festivals and I love seeing everybody that’s excited about our film. Afterwards, we’re going to do a Q&A with some of the cast from ‘Starship Troopers.’ I am excited to see who will show up and see what we’re going to talk about and where it goes. It’s always fun because you get to hear the stories and reminisce about it. It’s a lot of fun for me!”
Essentially, “Starship Troopers” has achieved cult status with a remarkable fifth installment video that has just been released, and attendees at the Burbank International Film Festival certainly get to be part of that world. Van Dien explains, “I think that Paul Verhoeven is a genius. I think he’s an incredible filmmaker and Ed Neumeier who wrote it is a super intellectual. They have a dark, sick perverse sense of humor! It just seems to have translated well to audiences over the years.”
Van Dien continues, “Both Republicans and Democrats seem to like ‘Starship Troopers.’ Instead of the film taking one side. and if you don’t like that one side or opinion you are an idiot… This one makes people feel like both of their opinions are valid and they can have an open discussion. It’s genius because it opens it up to both sides of the aisle being able to talk.”
More than 180 feature and short films representing 60 countries will be presented during the five-day film festival, along with artist tributes, panels, and festivities. Afterparties, red carpet, receptions, and networking opportunities will occur throughout Burbank, Media Capital of the World, with all of the screenings taking place at the AMC Burbank 16 in Downtown Burbank at 125 E. Palm Ave., Burbank. For tickets, festival passes, and more, please visit www.burbankfilmfest.org.
Original “Starship Troopers” stars Casper Van Dien and Dina Meyer return to voice the iconic sci-fi action heroes Johnny Rico and Dizzy Flores in the all-new CG animated sequel “Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars,” available to own on digital August 22 and on 4K Ultra HD™/Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray and DVD September 19 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The 4K Ultra HD disc will feature both Dolby Vision™ high-dynamic range (HDR) and Dolby Atmos® immersive audio.
Also debuting September 19 is the original “Starship Troopers” 20th Anniversary Edition on 4K Ultra HD. Experience this sci-fi action classic like never before with all-new 4K picture and Dolby Atmos audio. This special anniversary release also includes the film on Blu-ray, featuring classic special features including director and cast commentary, deleted scenes, 19 featurettes, screen tests, and more! In fact, Van Dien recently traveled to Dragon Con in Georgia with his film co-starts Dina Meyer and Patrick Muldoon. “It was 20 years ago, but sometimes it feels like it was yesterday,” says Van Dien, who thoroughly enjoys talking about stories from their time on set. For additional information on Casper Van Dien and his upcoming projects, visithis IMDb page.
The Burbank International Film Festival is made possible in part through Downtown Burbank Partnership, Visit Burbank, and the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. Special room rates at Burbank hotels are available for festival attendees at http://reservations.visitburbank.com/hotel/list/8324.