January 2, 2019

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Here’s hoping that everyone had themselves a terrific Holiday Season.

There’s no real reason to think things will get any better than they actually are these days, but here’s to all of us making the best of 2019. We’ll certainly do our part to help you escape whatever natural and government created disasters await us in the New Year though. Escape the winter blues with our Retro Movie Night film show this month, and keep your mind on the quickly approaching three day Cinema Wasteland Movie and Memorabilia Expo weekend this April.

On January 12th, 2019, The Cinema Wasteland Film Appreciation Society proudly presents a trip back in time featuring 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. We’ll kick the night off with the Our Gang / Little Rascals short, FREE WHEELING (1932), and we’ll have an Intermission Reel ready to screen between films. On hand will be Cleveland area horror hosts, Janet Decay and Grimm Gori, otherwise known as The Mummy and The Monkey, who will be on hand to help me co-host things and draw the winner of our after Intermission Reel Free Giveaway.

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 (cash only, no advance ticket sales) and we will have a Snack Bar set up where Pop, Water, and Snacks will be available for only $1 during Show Time (no outside snacks or beverages). A cheaper night at the movies you just won’t find these days.

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!

THE APRIL 2019 CINEMA WASTELAND MOVIE AND MEMORABILIA EXPO is looking good on our end. We got a bit blindsided with just how busy the month of December was but we did manage to confirm a trio of additional Guests for the April Show, including a couple of first time CW Guests:

Writer, producer and director Jeff Lieberman hit the drive-in trifecta with his horror films, SQUIRM (1976), BLUE SUNSHINE (1977) and JUST BEFORE DAWN (1981), and all have had excellent DVD and Blu-ray releases over the last few years. We’ve also got a beautiful uncut print of DOCTOR FRANKEN (1980), the never released “Frankenstein” inspired made for TV horror film Jeff wrote and co-directed that we’ll happily screen come show time. (Jeff hates the movie, so of course we’re going to screen it!) Although Jeff is an old friend, we really do suck at inviting guests back, so it’s been a good five years since he was last with us… Which of course he was nice enough to remind us of…

Working on commercials and TV since she was just a kid, Samantha Mathis had a nice debut feature film when she starred in PUMP UP THE VOLUME (1990) with Christian Slater. She was also in the cult comedy SUPER MARIO BROS. (1993), John Woo’s BROKEN ARROW (1996), AMERICAN PSYCHO (2000), cult TV shows like Under The Dome and The Strain, and all kinds of other stuff you’ll certainly know. I’m not sure if Samantha has ever done a movie convention or not before, but we’re certainly glad she choose to appear at CW this April.

The June 1980 Playboy Playmate of the month, Ola Ray, will forever be remembered as that adorable girl in Michael Jackson’s Thriller (1983) video, but she has some terrific roles in a ton of 80’s films all CW attendees should know. She was in the drama BODY AND SOUL (1981), Ron Howard’s comedy NIGHT SHIFT (1982), cult crime comedy 48 HRS. (1982), 10 TO MIDNIGHT (1983) with Charles Bronson, Abel Ferrara’s FEAR CITY (1984) and BEVERLY HILLS COP 2 (1987) to name a few. Ola’s another first time CW Guest that hasn’t done many appearances, and she’s looking forward to meeting with fans come April.

Bios for all of our Guests as well as a few new Movie and 16mm Film additions were just posted to the CW Show web site. Feel free to check it out when you get a chance.

Time to get your Indy Feature or Short Film screened at the April Show is quickly approaching, so here’s all you need to know…

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.

And of course, you can always grab your CW Show Passes in Advance and Save!

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.
Until March 3rd, you can grab yourself a 3-Day Pass into the April 5-7, 2019 CW Show for only $40, or Single Day Passes for only $20 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.

OK, that’s it for me this time around. Here’s hoping we’ll see you at our January 12th Film Nite if you live local enough to make it. If not, then this is the time we start to buckle down and get the next CW Show plotted, planned, and scheduled so we’ll have more updates on the April Show for you next month.

Until then, stay warm and here’s wishing everyone a great start to the New Year!