July 8, 2014

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Monthly Update:

It was nice to see all of our fellow Wastelanders as we traveled the country over the past few weeks. All of our convention trips bunched up this year so we get the entire month of July off the road and must say that we’re looking forward to enjoying a few weeks of Summer for a change this year.

With three months left until the October Cinema Wasteland Expo it’s time to kick it into high gear and start to get things in order.

First up comes our latest Guest Additions:

NANCY ALLEN - The star of Brian DePalma’s CARRIE (1976), DRESSED TO KILL (1980), and BLOW OUT (1981); as well as STRANGE INVADERS (1983), ROBOCOP (1987), ROBOCOP 2 (1990) and ROBOCOP 3 (1993) to name just a few will be on hand this October and we couldn’t be happier to have her for our Fall Show.

We’ll have a nice bio posted for Nancy Allen on the web site in the next few days along with a few new Movie and Film additions.

POSTCARDS: Now that we’re off the road and have the Guest List pretty much taken care of, we will be sending postcards to the printer in the next week or so as well. Bars, specialty shops, video stores, tattoo shops, college campuses, mail order businesses, music stores... All good places for Wasteland attendees to hang out. (Please note that places like grocery stores and other places that have people pay to advertise in their lobbies is not a great place to advertise the CW Show. They call and yell at us for finding our post cards in their racks. LOL!) If you frequent any place that you think may be a good place to put a stack of cards or run a mail order business and want to toss one in with orders, then by all means, get in touch and we’ll be more than happy to send you off a stack. As always, any help in spreading the word about the show is truly appreciated and tends to do much better than generic ads or radio spots have ever done for us. Fliers are generally always available. If you prefer fliers, then just request fliers and we’ll be more than happy to send off a stack.

We’ve kept up on show updates as they happen so let’s just get to the the usual Show, Hotel, and Ticket reminders and call this month’s update quits:

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 September 12, 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 September 12th for only $20 each, and both single day or 3-Day Passes will be available at the door after the September deadline.
* This is also looking like it will be the last show where we offer a $20 single day pass on Saturday at the door. We offer over 32 hours of continuous programming on Saturday’s alone, so we’re jacking up at the door prices to $25 on Saturday’s next April while leaving the early bird and advance ticket prices alone.

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.

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.

OK, that’s it for me this time around. Unless I get caught up drinking, grilling, or smoking a big pile of delicious meat this month, we should be able to get all kinds of CW Show stuff done this month. I’ll keep my fingers crossed anyway...

Until next month,