We’re now just less than five weeks away from the 25th Cinema Wasteland Movie and Memorabilia Expo and, great news for attending fans, there has been a ton of last minute additions to the schedule!
Before we get to those last minute additions, please note that the entire Weekend Schedule of Films and Events was just posted on the web site. We’ve got just over 61 hours worth of programming to present this time around so check out the Weekend Schedule early so you don’t miss anything. You’ll find a button for the Weekend Schedule posted at the top of the FILMS and EVENTS page. Give it a click and you’ll get the entire schedule of events on a nice printable page.
You’ve also still got until March 14th to grab a 3-Day Pass into the Spring Show for only $40 and save ten bucks on Friday’s at-the-door price. That’s roughly 66 cents an hour for everything we have to offer our attending fans, and all 3-Day Pass holders get into the show half and hour early on Friday without paying extra for early admission. Try getting that kind of bargain for your entertainment dollar somewhere else these days.
OK, on with the all the last minute additions before we call this update quits:
Lloyd Kaufman sent word that he’ll be returning to CW next month. He’ll be in town for a late night screening at the Capitol Theatre one night, so he decided to come in early and stick around for the weekend. Naturally, you’ll find him hanging at the Troma tables all weekend eager to sign anything you pick up off the tables or bring for him to sign. He’s been pretty busy with new projects lately, so it may be one of the only convention appearances he makes this season.
Charles Band has revamped his live Roadshow and promises it will be “all new” with plenty of surprise and maybe even some free stuff. He’ll kick things off Friday night as the Guest and Vendor Room shuts down at 10:00 pm.
The art of burlesque has been making a comeback lately, and The Rustbelt Honey’s is one of Cleveland’s newest Burlesque Troops. The ladies will open for Charles Band’s roadshow gig starting at 9:00 pm on Friday.
Daniel Boyd had a great time when he was last here and we’ll be screening his cult video age sci-fi comedy, Invasion of the Space Preachers (1990) on Friday night. This time around, a few of the Space Preachers cast members (Gary “Reverend Lash” Brown, Eliska “Nova” Hahn, and Guy “Rick” Nelson) will also be on hand to help Dan introduce the movie.
Add in the usual Panels, and Guest Introductions, and there is a full slate of stuff for everyone to do this time around. I honestly think that it’s more than I ever was able to cram into the weekend schedule and not overlap any live talks, panels or events, and I have a wore out eraser to prove it.
As already stated, the entire Weekend Schedule of Films and Events can be found at the top of the FILMS AND EVENTS page of the web site, so use this handy link and head on over to plot out weekend when you get a chance.
Until next month, it’s time to wrap things up with the last Show, Hotel, and Ticket reminders before next month’s show:
POSTCARDS: Thanks to everyone who helped pass out a few fliers or postcards for the April CW Show. We’ve still got a few postcards sitting around, so if you’re local and live within a couple of hours of the convention hotel, there is still time to send you a stack for the asking. Bars, specialty shops, video stores, tattoo shops, college campuses, mail order businesses, music stores... All good places for Wasteland attendees to hang out. If you frequent any places within 20 miles of the show hotel that you think may be a good place to put a stack of cards just drop us a line and we’ll get them to you this week. As always, any help in spreading the word about the show is truly appreciated.
TICKETS: We don’t just say it. We prove it twice a year. 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 14th, 2014 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 their attendees extra for.
Single day passes are also available until March 14th for only $20, and both single day or 3-Day Passes will be available at the door after the March deadline.
HOTEL: 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 will tell you that they are ”sold out” and have no rooms. And PLEASE only reserve as many rooms as you plan on using.
It’s always nice to hear from happy fans who actually get what it is we try to do with the Cinema Wasteland Show, and we’ve had a few excited fans over the past couple of months thank us for basically remaining true to our roots almost 14 years and 25 shows after the CW Show began.
That got me to thinking, and one night I couldn’t sleep, I gathered up a pile of paperwork and my old CW schedules and did a little digging. The results even surprised me.
Although the CW Show is not an “autograph show” and our guests are only just a part of a Wasteland Weekend, we’ve had over 250 different movie and film related guests to date. I only counted everyone once, and although we’ve had our share of them, I didn’t count all of the Horror Hosts that attend or have attended the show, the occasional author, or people like face-off contestants and indy movie actors who have showed up at any given CW Show over the years in that guest total. Since they were written down and easier to add up, I only counted the more established (or in many cases, retired) movie and film related people and directors we’ve had as guests. And roughly half of those 250+ guests made their first, or for many, only convention appearance at a CW Show. For a promoter that doesn’t want to run an autograph show, that was a nice impressive number of guests and it made me feel pretty good that I’ve continued to find new faces that fit the show over the years.
If that wasn’t a cool enough figure to come up with, I also combined the weekend schedules to the past 24 shows and saw that we’ve presented just under 1,500 hours of programming in the past 13 years. That’s one helluva lot of films, panels, talks, and live events, and again, as a promoter that tries like hell to run an old school fan show full of programming, the shear amount of stuff we’ve offered our attending fans for the price of admission was just another thing I was quite proud of.
All of this adds up to not a whole lot of anything important to be sure, but when it comes to the future of the CW Show, it gives me something to continue to strive for. I’m happy running my little drive-in and grindhouse celebration. And I’m happier that we get the best crowd of regulars I’ve ever seen attend a show of this kind. To me, the CW Show doesn’t need to pretend be something it isn’t. It just needs to not turn into something I never wanted it to be in the first place.
See you all next month,