November 4, 2018

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Monthly Update:

With the always busy month of October behind us, we were able to update the April 5th, 6th, and 7th, 2019 CW Show web site with confirmed Guests and a handful of 16mm Films and assorted Movies we will be screening.

Next time you have a few minutes, head on over to the CW Show web pages and check out what we have to offer attending fans so far. It’s looking like another great Wasteland Weekend for B Movie fans and Collectors so don’t forget to take advantage of our “early bird” Pass Special where you can grab a 3-Day Pass into next April’s Show for only $35 if you act before December 1st. (See TICKETS below for more.)

After the Holiday’s suck the life out of you and you realize that the New Year holds the promise of absolutely nothing in the world changing for the better, what is there to look forward to except another 10 weeks of depressing winter weather?… Well, if you’re a fan of classic (or not so classic) B movies and live in the Cleveland area, Cinema Wasteland’s RETRO MOVIE NIGHT is a good place to start!

On January 12th, 2019, The Cinema Wasteland Film Appreciation Society proudly presents a trip back in time featuring two Classic Drive-In Movies, a Cartoon or Short Film, and an Intermission Reel between flicks that will feature original Trailers, Theater Announcements and Snack Bar Spots on 16mm film.
Our first movie night will feature 16mm film prints of Vincent Price in THE LAST MAN ON EARTH (1964) and THE MAN WHO TURNED TO STONE (1957), a couple of creepy horror classics presented in gorgeous Black and White.

It happens at the Berea Elks Lodge on North Rocky River Drive; just a mile or so past Cleveland Hopkins Airport and the IX Center off I-71 and I-480. Admission is only $5 and we will have a Snack Bar set up where Pop, Water, and Snacks will be available for only $1 during Show Time.

Just click on the RETRO MOVIE graphic on the left side of the main Cinema Wasteland web page, or CLICK HERE for everything you need to know!

OK, let’s get to the usual CW Show reminders before we call this update quits…

TICKETS: For everything we offer attending fans, a pass into the Cinema Wasteland Show may be a B movie fans best bargain. The average movie theater ticket price is a real rip off these days considering that you’re only watching a DVD and it seems most conventions these days aren’t actually interested in anything other than presenting a couple of guests that will charge you more for an autograph than it will be worth twenty years after they are dead and buried. By the looks of it, Films, Events, and any sort of actual programming are a thing of the past for most cons these days. But checking out the 60+ hours worth of stuff a CW Show offers attending fans costs practically nothing if divided out by the day. We don’t call ourselves the last of the old school movie fan conventions just to hear ourselves say it. We’ll do our best to continue to prove it twice a year.
Take advantage of our “early bird” Pass Specials! Until December 1st, you can grab yourself a 3-Day Pass into the April 5-7, 2019 CW Show for only $35, or Single Day Passes for only $15 each. They make great Xmas gifts for the entire family!
You can grab your passes on line by clicking here.

HOTEL: 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, and rooms are starting to fill up a little faster these past few shows since the motel next door raised its rates and is no longer a significant savings over the Show Hotel. Help support the show and avoid the headache of having to stay down the road by making your room reservations today. To avoid the headaches of soulless automated booking systems that like to mess up your reservation or tell you there aren’t any rooms available when there are, you should make your room reservation no later than FOUR WEEKS BEFORE THE EVENT (or the week of March 4th, 2019 for those that need an actual date). You can always 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.

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. (We won’t watch a “link” on the computer since we can’t screen a “link” on the computer at the show itself, and all of our sound equipment is analog, so don’t send a blu-ray disc. A regular DVD is fine and looks great as it is.) 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 at some of the worst times of the day. 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 (Feb. 1st) 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 must say that after 19 years of running the CW Show, I’m constantly surprising myself. For 35 Shows in a row, I’ve come up with first time CW Guests or another reunion we haven’t run that actually fits what a CW Show has been about since our very first show. Not sure how long my luck will hold out, but I’ll keep my fingers crossed new guests and reunion ideas keep popping up. Of course our Guests are only one part of a Wasteland Weekend and we spend as much time on the Film Screenings and Programming as we do hunting up new Guests to invite to the show twice a year. We call it the CW “Show” for a good reason after all.

To me as the show’s promoter, a CW Show certainly doesn’t need the same guests you’ll see at most every other convention running these days, but a few new faces every show still makes the fan who runs the show excited about the weekend. I don’t rant and rave about conventions on the internet like some grizzled old fossils I know do, but after over 30+ years in this business I’m just as sour and jaded on what the whole convention scene has turned into as those old fossils are. I just prefer to ignore other conventions and concentrate on the CW Show. It’s that easy for me. So, for this fan and show promoter, it’s nice to get a little excited about anything as far as a movie convention goes these days. It’s also nice to hear that other fans slowly souring on the current convention scene feel the same way and are thankful that after almost 20 years, a CW Show is still a CW Show. It means a lot to hear it from people who are happy we do whatever it is we do.

Until next month.