<span class="caption left"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/news/image/TimLeague_AnnieRay_Edited.jpg?itok=vlIshtLx" width="251" height="480" alt="Tim League Photo by Annie Ray" title="Tim League Photo by Annie Ray" class="image-large" />Photo by Annie Ray</span>Alamo Drafthouse CEO and Founder Tim League will joining us in Las Vegas this summer at the inaugural SXSW V2V as a part of our <a href="http://sxswv2v.com/sessions/20-20vision">20/20 Vision</a> speaker series. We couldn't be more thrilled that he will be able to share his vast entrepreneurial experience and vision with our attendees.
Tim League graduated from Rice University in 1992 with degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Art/Art History. After a two-year stint at Shell Oil in Bakersfield, California, Tim left engineering and opened up his first movie theater. When that theater closed after a short run in 1995, he and his wife Karrie headed to Austin with 200 seats, a projector, screen, speakers and a passion to do it right the second time. They founded the <a href="http://drafthouse.com/">Alamo Drafthouse</a> in 1997, where as CEO League remains committed to providing creative programming and a zero tolerance policy for disruption during the theater experience. League also co-founded <a href="http://fantasticfest.com/">Fantastic Fest</a>, the largest genre film festival in the United States and recently launched <a href="http://drafthousefilms.com/">Drafthouse Films</a>, a distribution label committed to releasing provocative, visionary and unusual films from around the world. Past releases include critically-acclaimed comedies FOUR LIONS and KLOWN, the rediscovered classic WAKE IN FRIGHT, and the Oscar-nominated BULLHEAD. When asked about his early qualifications for opening a movie theater, League answered "none, other than really liking movies, which I guess is the most important part." The Alamo Drafthouse is expanding nationwide to New York, San Francisco, Dallas, and Washington DC, with many more on the horizon.
Tim will be joining Micah Baldwin, Scott Belsky, Frank Gruber, and many others for <a href="http://sxswv2v.com/sessions/20-20vision">20/20 Vision</a>. We have more to come! Stay tuned right here for more major programming announcements later today.