June 1, 2015

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Monthly Update:

Like a lot of people, we’ve been enjoying the Spring weather and getting some house repairs and outside work done over the past few weeks. Time for us to get back to work and on the road again is just a few days away now, so here’s hoping you’ve had a chance to enjoy some nice weather before things turn hot and we all hide away in the air conditioning until Fall rolls around.

The big reminder for this update is our EARLY BIRD TICKET SPECIAL.
Until June 19th you can save $15 on a 3-Day Pass into our October 2-4 Show and grab one for only $35. You can also grab Single Day passes for only $15 each and save some decent coin off day of show prices. Friday is $20 come show time, while Saturday is $25 and Sunday is still only $15. Planning on attending Friday and Saturday only? Then a couple of $15 passes now in will save you $15 in the long run. It’s the same savings you get with a 3-Day Pass in advance, but you do get in early on Friday and get a collectible lanyard with a 3-Day Pass where you just get in on two single day passes. Compared to some of the ridiculous admission prices we’ve see these days, you’ll find no better bargain when you factor in everything we offer attending fans over the course of three days. Grab your passes on line by Clicking Here.

Not much else to say this month. We’re still waiting to get definite “yes” or “no” answers from our last couple of invited Guests so fingers are crossed there. Movies and Events are slowly and surely being written into the schedule and everything is looking good on our end so expect the usual 60+ hours worth of Wasteland madness come October.

Guess I’ll just sign off with the usual Show Reminders and get back to work.

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.

You’ve still got a month to get your indy short or feature to us and have it considered for a screening at the October show, so here’s the rules on submitting your short or feature one last 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.

I really find it weird that October’s Show will mark our 15th Anniversary. I find it even harder to believe that it will be our 28th show in 15 years. And that’s 28 different shows since we’ve never run the same show twice in a row, which is honestly not an easy thing to pull off.

When I started the CW Show, I figured I’d run one or two shows just to prove I could do it. I never actually wanted to do anything more than run just one weekend show I’d love to attend as a fan myself. Now I look back at the past 15 years slightly surprised that a CW Show has never changed or become something it isn’t. It’s still the same B movie fan show I wanted to present 15 years ago; and thanks to what we’ve always called the Wasteland Family; all of you regular attendees who get what it is we’re all about, I have a better time running the CW Show than should be allowed by law.

Fifteen Years of the Cinema Wasteland Movie and Memorabilia Expo?… Who would have ever thought that would happen?… Certainly not me.