Wet Hot American Summer, the movie, was filmed in 28 rainy days, May & June 2000 in Wayne County, Pennsylvania.
It premiered at the Sundance Festival in January 2001.
USA Films released the movie theatrically on July 27, 2001.
The DVD was released on January 2002, with the following elements:
- super high quality director-supervised transfer
- great behind-the-scenes footage
- tons of deleted scenes
- audio commentary with Wain, Showalter and Garofalo
- songs from the movie
- production stills
- bios and cast comments
- alternate soundtrack with lots of added farts
Midnight and outdoor screenings began in several cities August of 2003, and have increased in number every summer.
On January 21st, 2012, the original cast gathered at the San Francisco Sketchfest to perform a live radio play version of the film, which you can read about here on the Huffington Post.