RINGERS: LORD OF THE FANS
RINGERS: LORD OF THE FANS is an award-winning feature documentary film covering 50 years worth of pop culture directly influenced by J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings”. After a smash film-festival run that began in Park City and ended with receiving top honors at the Newport Beach Film Festival, RINGERS was acquired by Sony Pictures and distributed worldwide. RINGERS has aired on HBO, the Sony Network and TV internationally.
Very funny yet often moving, RINGERS: LORD OF THE FANS shows the hidden power behind J.R.R. Tolkien’s stories — how after 50 years a single literary work continues to spark the minds and hearts of millions. This comedic documentary explores the real foundations of Middle-earth: a community of true fans who share a common bond. Moving past cult classic and through several generations, the most devoted Ringers have stepped forward to confess on camera: including legendary rock stars, authors, actors, academics, filmmakers, and a plethora of pop junkies.
RINGERS spent 16 months shooting on three continents and was produced in association with the popular Tolkien fan-site TheOneRing.net. RINGERS stands as the most comprehensive film document of “The Lord of the Rings’” ongoing fandom. Frodo Lives!
Film Festival Trailer
Narrated by Dominic Monaghan, with interviews from: Peter Jackson, Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Billy Boyd, Andy Serkis, John Rhys-Davies, Barrie Osborne, Clive Barker, Cameron Crowe, David Carradine, Terry Pratchett, Peter S. Beagle,
Terry Brooks, Lemmy Kilmister, Geddy Lee, Chris Gore, Forrest J. Ackerman, Bill Mumy,
Colleen Doran, Jill Thompson, and hundreds of Tolkien fans!
RINGERS: LORD OF THE FANS Distribution
After a period of ten years of distribution by Sony Pictures Entertainment, Stormcrow Entertainment, LLC (Stormcrow Pictures’ parent company), now owns the full copyright, distribution and licensing rights for this film. Stormcrow Pictures plans to:
- Re-release the film via streaming media outlets, Amazon Prime, Vimeo OnDemand, and potentially Netflix.
- Release previously unseen, long-form interviews with some of the notable interviewees.
- Release unreleased interview shorts on TheOneRing.net.
- Attend and speak at fan conventions in 2016.
- Continue to air the film on International Television. (We’re big in Japan!)
Hours of Footage
Number of Sold-Out
Film Festival Screenings
RINGERS was nominated for a Saturn Award for best documentary DVD, won runner-up for the Slamdance Documentary Audience Award, and won the Outstanding Achievement in Documentary Filmmaking award at the Newport Beach Film Festival.
- Premiered at the Slamdance film festival to sold-out screaming crowds. Fans camped out overnight in 20-degree weather to purchase tickets.
- Well reviewed in Premiere magazine, People magazine, the Boston Herald, Toronto Star, FilmThreat.com, Wired.com, SciFi.com, and many more notable news outlets.
- Executive Producer, Tom DeSanto produced X-Men I & II and the Transformers films.
- Achieved cult status overseas and has appeared on HBO and TV continuously for a decade in over 11 countries.
- RINGERS IMDB Page
- RINGERS Rotten Tomatoes Page
About the Film
Ringers features a dynamic rock-driven score with musicians who were influenced by J.R.R. Tolkien. Several indie bands have covered songs from previous “Rings” adaptations. Produced in association with TheOneRing.net, Ringers stands as the most comprehensive film document of the ongoing legacy of “The Lord of the Rings.”
From the hippie counter-culture to the electronic age; from the Bakshi animated film to Jackson’s epic trilogy; this documentary brings together extensive footage collected over 21 months — across three continents.
What began as the private amusement of a tweedy Oxford professor has now become a new mythology for the 21st century. Ringers: Lord of the Fans shows how an adventure story published in 1954 has had dynamic ripple-effects through Western pop-culture. Ringers carefully pulls away the veil between Tolkien’s book and the creations of art, music, and community that have been inspired by it.
Premiere magazine proclaimed what eager audiences and fans have waited to hear: “There’s a new documentary to take you back to The Shire” — while The Toronto Star called RINGERS “comprehensive, entertaining and informative pop cultural history.” Indie ubersite FilmThreat loudly praised: “It is a documentary that will always be a salient part of “Lord of the Rings” history…. See it, absorb it, love it!”
Official Website Coming Soon
The Stormcrow Pictures team is currently creating a new website for the film and is also working on some re-edits and post-production for RINGERS in preparation for it’s re-release on Amazon Prime and Vimeo OnDemand. If you’d like to know more, please sign up for the RINGERS newsletter in the footer section of this website.