May has arrived, and along with the nice weather, we get a few weeks off the road before it’s a million degrees outside for a change.
And now that I have time to finish Guest bios, we’ll have the October Show site updated in the next week or two (and will hopefully have the complete guest line-up ready to promote by the end of the month.) As the only convention out there that doesn’t seem to invite the same guests back show after show after show, it’s looking like October’s show will once again feature several first time guests that are new to this whole convention thing.
In addition to the first ever HILLS HAVE EYES Reunion and Donna Wilkes from the original ANGEL, JAWS 2, and SCHIZOID, we’ve also got one more guest to announce for the October Show so far:
CHESTER N. TURNER - Yes, indeed, the man who wrote, produced, directed, edited, and scored the original BLACK DEVIL DOLL FROM HELL (1984) and the anthology horror film, TALES FROM THE QUADEAD ZONE (1987), is not just alive and well, but thanks to our friends at Massacre Video, he’ll be making his first ever appearance anywhere at CW this October.
And don’t forget about our VENDORS ROOM! A Cinema Wasteland Show is always a shopping experience for collectors and we’re extremely proud to have the broadest selection of vendor’s with the coolest stuff you’ll find at every CW Show. Not every fan through the door is there just to get an autograph and we know this. Some come for our programming. Others come to watch movies they’ve never seen or network with the independent film crowd. But everyone attending walks through the Vendor’s Room at least a couple of times. Wasteland attendees deserve the best of everything we can offer them, and there hasn’t been a single past CW Show where a dozen new CW attendees haven’t stopped me just to tell me how cool our Vendors Room is compared to other conventions they may have attended. It’s just one more way to discover the difference between CW and every other convention out there.
And since it always comes up after every show, here’s how you can get your movie or short film screened at a future CW SHow:
HOW DO I SUBMIT MY MOVIE OR SHORT FILM FOR THE CW INDY FILM FEST?:
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.
And we’ll end this update with some reminders to help save you some money while enjoying all 60+ hours worth of stuff we offer every fan at every CW Show:
EARLY BIRD TICKET SPECIAL: You have until June 14, 2013 to buy a Single Day Pass or a 3 Day VIP Pass into the October Show and save some decent money over day-of-show ticket prices. Single Day passes are only $15 in advance, and a 3-Day Pass can be had for only $35 between now and June 14th, so don’t delay and save $5 off every single day pass or $15 off a 3-Day Pass while you can.
Although whatever pass you buy into the show will get you everything we offer our attending fans, a 3-Day Pass not only includes a limited edition souvenir lanyard but all 3-Day Pass holders are admitted into the Vendor and Guest Room at 4:30pm - half an hour early - on Friday October 4th at no extra charge.
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. If you need to book more than one room, please call Kathy directly at 1-440-783-3006 and she will take care of your multiple room reservations.
OK, that’s it for me this time around. Lots of Spring cleaning to get to around here before we get busy promoting the October Show or find ourselves on the road again, so I’ll catch you all again next month.