May 5, 2018

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Monthly Update:

Our busy month of April is behind us, so the first thing I jumped on was getting the October 5th, 6th and 7th, 2018 CW Show web site updated.We added a few new Guests to our My Bloody Valentine Reunion in the last few weeks, so we’ve now got eight cast and crew members confirmed and ready to meet with fans come October’s show. We do love our reunions here at CW and we’ve held what seems like dozens of first time reunions over the years. It’s always great when you can gather so many of the principle cast at one show like we’ve done with the My Bloody Valentine reunion and the cast all seem like a great bunch of people looking to have themselves a good time right along with every fan through the doors this Fall.

You’ll find more complete bios for all of our confirmed October Show Guests on the web site along with some Films we will be screening and other assorted news and information so head on over to the web site when you get a few minutes and catch up on what we have planned for our 18th Anniversary Show.

NEW SUNDAY HOURS STARTING WITH OCTOBER’S SHOW: We’ve started seeing a larger crowd waiting around the lobby to get in on Sunday’s so we’ve gone and changed the hours on Sunday starting next show. The Vendor and Guest Room will now open at 10:30am and the show will close at 4:00pm on Sunday. It trims half an hour off the total time we are open on Sunday, but since things start to clear out after 3:00pm, it should all work out much better for everyone. Like we do on Saturday morning, I’ve toyed around with the idea of starting things in the Movie and Film Rooms at 10:00am to give the early risers something to do before we open. I’ll see how things look when I start to schedule the weekend’s films and events so stay tuned to see how things shake out.

REMINDER: Don’t forget about our “early bird” pass specials! You have until June 1st to grab your Single Day or 3-Day Passes for October’s show and save over at-the-door prices.

Time for me to get started on some other stuff that piled up last month, so here are the usual CW Show reminders to end this update with…

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 for what you actually receive and it seems most conventions these days aren’t actually interested in anything other than presenting a guest or two that will charge you more for an autograph than it will be worth twenty years after said guests are long dead and buried. Films and Events are a thing of the past for most cons by the looks of it. But checking out everything a CW Show offers attending fans costs practically nothing if divided out by the hour and includes various Guest Talks, Events, and dozens of films to choose from over the course of three days. After all, we don’t call ourselves the last of the old school movie fan conventions just to hear ourselves say it.
Take Advantage of our Early Bird Pass Specials and grab yourself a 3-Day Pass into October’s Show for only $35, or Single Day Passes for only $15 each until June 1st, 2018.
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 have made your room reservation no later than FOUR WEEKS BEFORE THE EVENT (or the week of September 10th 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 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.

Get outside and enjoy the Spring weather while you can. I’ll be back next month.