Key cast members of the 2004 comedy Napoleon Dynamite will be reuniting virtually in a special pre-recorded program available at 5pm PST/8pm EST on December 4th on YouTube. The hosted reunion will be the first time many of the cast have interacted since the film first burst out of the Sundance Film Festival and became an international smash.
Jon Heder (Napoleon), Efren Ramirez (Pedro), Jon Gries (Uncle Rico), Tina Majorino (Deb), Haylie Duff (Summer) and, Shondrella Avery (LaFawnduh) are joined by several other surprise cast members for the program. The event will also serve as a fundraiser for The Hunger Project (thp.org) to end hunger worldwide.
Entitled “Cyber Dynamite” due to its virtual nature, the online reunion follows in the footsteps of other recent pop culture online reunions, and while it will be free to view, donations are being sought to support The Hunger Project. In addition, a select group of special items from some of the cast will be available by raffle to donors contributing $75 or more. Item descriptions are available on The Hunger Project’sevent page: https://thp.org/events/cyber-dynamite-napoleon-dynamite-benefit-reunion/.
The quirky 2004 comedy directed by Jared Hess was purchased by Fox Searchlight after its Sundance Film Festival debut and grossed over $46 million on a $400k budget. The film became a cult classic and spawned an animated series on Fox in 2012.
The Hunger Project is an organization committed to the sustainable end of world hunger. Its community-led programs in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, have reached 16.5 million people who have been mobilized to lead themselves out of hunger and poverty. Their work prioritizes progress in gender equality, health, education, nutrition, and income generation in rural areas.