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Wet Hot American Summer 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.

In August of 2011, many members of the cast celebrated the movie's 10th anniversary at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, highlighted in this Vulture article.

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.

SOME ARTICLES ABOUT THE MOVIE

The Onion AV Club's New Cult Canon: Wet Hot American Summer

Entertainment Weekly: Wet Hot 10th Anniversary Interview with Wain, Showalter, and Lo Truglio

Details: Ultimate Oral History of Wet Hot American Summer

Entertainment Weekly: The Crazy Story Behind Wet Hot American Summer

Bullseye: Jesse Thorn on why Wet Hot American Summer is his litmus test for friendship. (AUDIO)