July 17, 2019

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Monthly Update:

Here’s hoping everyone had themselves a nice 4th of July and may still be enjoying a nice long Holiday weekend as we send out this update. It’s always as hot as the sun and as humid as a warm shower in Cleveland over the 4th of July so we’re cranking the air and destroying some serious ozone here at Wasteland World Central.

Our ONE DAY COLLECTABLE SHOW and 16mm FILM NIGHT on August 10th is now just a few weeks away. No better way to beat the heat of Summer than spending the day in air conditioned comfort. Do a little shopping from 10am until 6pm, and kick back for a couple of campy sci-fi films beginning at 7:30pm to end the night. Admission is only $5 cash at the door, (or $7 debit/credit) and your five bucks lets you come and go all day and night.

VENDORS - A few tables are still available. If interested in setting up at the One Day Collectable Show on August 10th, use this link to pay for your space today.

For more information, just click on the ONE DAY COLLECTABLE SHOW / RETRO MOVIE graphic on the left side of the main Cinema Wasteland web page, or use this handy link to get to the RETRO MOVIE NIGHT web page for all you need to know.

Here’s hoping we see you all next month!

The October 4-6, 2019 Cinema Wasteland Movie and Memorabilia Expo is shaping up to be another fantastic show. We’re getting ready to update the show’s web pages so be sure to check things out this month. You may even find that we’ve added another Guest to our MARTIN Reunion if you do.

Over the last year or year and a half, we’ve had several people ask us if we planned on calling the CW Show quits soon. To make a long story short, it was prompted by the fact that we haven’t added any new dates for the show past October 2020 and that date is quickly approaching. Well, the reason for that is simple. They sold the Holiday Inn again a few shows ago so we just wanted the new owners to witness a few CW Shows and see what kind of attendance we bring in twice a year before we went in looking to sign any new contracts. New contracts were signed a couple of months ago and you will now see dates posted through 2023 at the bottom of the first CW Show page on the web site. It’s now safe to start planning those long weekends for the next four years.

On with a couple of the usual CW Show Reminders before we sign off this month.

Want to help spread the Wasteland Word? Postcards for the October CW Show just came in. If you live within a couple of hours of the convention hotel, right now is a great time to advertise the October show. Say the word and we’ll be more than happy to send you a stack of postcards to pass out. Bars, specialty shops, video stores, tattoo shops, college campuses, mail order businesses, music stores... All good places for Wasteland attendees to hang out. If you frequent any place that you think may be a good spot 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.

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 September 6th, you can grab yourself a 3-Day Pass into October’s Show for only $40, or Single Day Passes for only $20 each. 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 September 9th 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 before the event (August 1st) 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, if you made it this far, then we’d like your opinion. Are there any Twin Peaks fans out there? Would you like to see some cast members from the original series appear at a CW Show? We were contacted about several of the original Twin Peaks cast members who would like to attend the CW Show and although we think they are cool guests, we’d like to know what you think and hear from you who actually attend the CW Show. Feel free to drop us know if you’d like to meet with a few Twin Peaks cast members in the near future.

That’s it for me this month.