February 9, 2015

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Monthly Update:

The New Year has arrived and we at Cinema Wasteland would like to wish everyone all the best in 2016.

It’s certainly been a blur around Wasteland World Central these past few months. We got off the road the week before Thanksgiving, and now, before we knew what hit us, it’s already January. Where in the world does time go?...

It’s also hard to believe that we actually started the Cinema Wasteland Movie and Memorabilia Expo almost 17 years ago now, but before you know it, the April 1-3, 2016 CW Show - our 29th show to date - will be upon us.

And speaking of the April CW Show, we just added another Guest to our STREET TRASH Cast and Crew Reunion:

JENNIFER ASPINALL - Makeup and Special Effects Artist, Jennifer Aspinall, will be making her first ever convention appearance at April’s show, and every CW fan worth a salt will most certainly know her work. She started her career doing the over-the-top effects in The Toxic Avenger (1984), and continued working in the genre with Spookies (1986), Psychos in Love (1987), Street Trash (1987), and The Ambulance (1990) to name a few. She’s also done a ton of TV work, including a stretch on Saturday Night Live (1990 - 1993) and the series run of Mad TV (1995 - 2007); as well as her fair share of more mainstream films like The Mexican (2001) and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008). Jennifer is always working so her appearance is naturally tentative on any project that might come up between now and April, but she’s excited to join the Street Trash cast and meet up with Wasteland fans, so keep your fingers crossed that she can squeeze us into her hectic schedule.

We’re looking to add another Street Trash cast or crew member to our Reunion to end the April Guest List, so stay tuned to see what happens in the next few weeks.

I’m also gearing up to start watching indy movie and short film submissions a little bit early this time around, so expect another handful of movies we’ll be screening this April to be posted soon.

OK, the holiday’s are over and end of the year inventory time has come to get under my skin once again. I’ll leave you with the usual monthly CW Show reminders and call this update quits:

TICKETS: We don’t just say it. We prove it to the best of our ability twice a year for going on 17 years now. For the 60+ hours worth of Movies, Panels, and Programming we offer our attending fans over the course of three days, there is no better bargain out there than an advance ticket to a Cinema Wasteland Show. No “hidden fees” at a Wasteland show guarantees every fan through the door is treated just like the person standing next to you in line; and your ticket in gets you everything we have to offer except for an autograph from our guests.
Between now and March 11th, you can get an advance 3-Day Pass to April’s Show for only $40. And don’t forget that a 3-Day Pass always gets you into the Dealer and Guest Room half an hour before single day pass holders without paying “early admission fees” other conventions charge extra for.
Single day passes are also available until March 11th for only $20, and both single day or 3-Day Passes will be available at the door after the March deadline.
Once again, you can grab your passes on line at by Clicking Here.

Day of Show Admission Prices are as follows: Friday is $20 for the day or $50 for a 3-Day Pass. Saturday is $25 for the day, which includes 30+ hours of programing and way more than any one person can do or see in one day’s time. Sunday is always the CW Show $15 bargain day since things wrap up by 5pm.

STARTING NEXT SHOW, we will be opening at 4:00pm on Friday for 3-Day Pass Holders and 4:30pm for Single Day Pass people. We’ll still close down at 10pm on Friday, April 1st, but we’ve noticed a larger 3-Day Pass crowd the past few shows and felt it was time to give everyone a little more time in the Vendor and Guest Room on Friday.

HOTEL: The hotel has finished up with their remodeling and we have all of our rooms available, but the one thing you can always count on is that the hotel will be sold out by show time. We take over the entire hotel, so things fill up nice and steady until there’s no rooms left by the show’s weekend start time. Help support the show and avoid the headache of having to stay down the road by making your room reservations today. Reserve your room through our web site, or by calling The Holiday Inn reservation line at 1-877-408-4913. Remember you MUST ask for “The Cinema Wasteland Room Rate”, or they really should tell you that they are ”sold out” and have no rooms. And PLEASE only reserve as many rooms as you plan on using.

And because you still have time…

First Rule: Your movie or short film needs to be 100% finished before we’ll consider screening it.
Second Rule: The film you submit can't be older than a year or so old or already have DVD or cable TV distribution since we're basically trying to help independent filmmakers get the word out about their films to our attending fans.
Third Rule: When your movie or short film is completely finished, just send us off a screener to watch and consider. Make sure you include contact information so we can get back to you if we do decide to screen your short or feature, and patiently wait to see if we get back to you. It’s that easy. 
Since we’ve always supported the independent filmmaker, we don’t do things like your average every day film festival does things. Namely, we don’t charge to screen your movie or short film and just take your money and run whatever somebody sends us. We simply watch everything that is sent to us and fit as many indy films into the weekend schedule that we can squeeze in around all the other guest related movies and events that we normally cram into a Wasteland Weekend. We do keep film submissions for up to one year’s time so if we don’t screen your film or short one show, it very well could make the next show. We do watch and tend to enjoy everything we receive but please don’t take it personally if we don’t screen your submission. Chances are it just didn’t make it into the weekend schedule because we received way too many submissions in a short amount of time and/or had more films that fit a certain theme that matches the weekend we’re currently running.
Because we don’t charge to screen your film or short, a screening does not come with free passes into the show. A pass into the CW Show however is much cheaper than any film festival submission prices.
The submission cut off date for any given CW Show is two months before the event so we have time to watch and review everything we receive. We review all submissions by their post mark date, so anything received after the cut off date will only be included if we have screening time to fill.

We’re not big on silly New Year’s Resolutions. Especially since nobody ever keeps them longer than a few days before they are long forgotten. But we’ve made ourselves a multi part New Year’s Resolution we know we can keep this year.
1. - We here at Cinema Wasteland vow to continue to run a CW Show the same way we’ve run it since our very first show almost 17 years ago now.
2. - We vow to NEVER beat a dead horse into the dirt and run the same show with the same guests or theme over and over again.
3. - We vow to continue to invite Guests, as well as screen indy and drive-in films you may not know or have never even heard of, in an effort to expose you to something other than mainstream Hollywood shit and interesting people who have contributed to the indy film genre we love to celebrate.
4. - The CW Show has been the only Drive-In and Grindhouse Movie Celebration we know of since we held our first show way back in September 2000, so we vow to never ever be something we are not and hold true to the genre we love until we call it a day. We haven’t changed in 28 shows now, so we know this is a promise we can easy keep.

After taking care of security concerns, running a giant convention center show is the easiest thing we could imagine doing, but big is never better, or even remotely interesting to us at Wasteland World Central. Running the best show we can for the fans who are into what it is we celebrate twice a year is much more satisfying so we’ll just keep on doing whatever it is we’ve been doing since CW Show Number One.