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May 2, 2017

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Monthly Update:

It’s been a busy month since we wrapped up the last CW Show but our first convention road trips of the season are over and we now get a few weeks to get the next CW Show in order.

In the last couple of weeks we’ve added a trio of new Guests to the list for the Sept. 29 - Oct 1, 2017 Fall Show.

Joining the Guests already on the Fall Show Guest list will be:

LINNEA QUIGLEY - Where do you start with Linnea? like Brinke Stevens, she was one of the original Queens of Scream and has several cult classic films in her resume, including Don’t Go Near the Park, Graduation Day, Savage Streets, Silent Night Deadly Night, Return of The Living Dead, Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers, Night of the Demons, and Nightmare Sisters to name a few. Linnea was with us once a few years ago, so she will be making her second CW Show appearance this Fall.

RICHARD GABAI -
Richard is an actor, producer, and director who’s been working steady since the glory days of the video store. Along with several of the films he’s been in and work on, you’ll certainly know his face even if you don’t recognize his name off the top of your head. He was in Nightmare Sisters, Blood Nasty, Virgin High, Dinosaur Island, Assault of the Party Nerds, Vice Girls, and Deadly Embrace, to name some of his earlier “video store” roles. Richard will be making his first ever convention appearance this Fall.

JILL SCHOELEN -
Jill’s film roles ran the gamut back in the day from comedies to thrillers and some popular horror films. From D.C. Cab and Hot Moves, to Wes Craven’s Chiller, Thunder Alley, That Was Then… This is Now, The Stepfather (the original mind you not the remake you forgot they made already), Cutting Class, Curse 2: The Bite, Phantom of the Opera (with Robert Englund), Popcorn, and When a Stranger Calls Again, Jill has been in some terrific “wasteland” films. Jill doesn’t do a ton of appearances so it’s nice to have her making her first CW Show appearance this Fall as well.

The CW Show web site was just updated with Guest Bios for everyone we have attending so far and whatever else we had to post so be sure to take a few minutes to check out what we have to offer everyone so far when you get a few minutes.

Funny how a theme or reunion sort of just finds itself when it comes to a CW Show, and by the looks of it, The Fall Show is most definitely become a celebration of the Golden Age of the “Mom and Pop” video store days.

Cinema Wasteland was born Video Wasteland back in those glory days of the video store, so it’s only fitting the CW Show celebrates its 17th anniversary with a slew of Guests that all got their start working in some films that were popular rental titles back in the day.

I guess it’s time to roll out the usual CW Show reminders, so here we go…

HOW DO I SUBMIT MY MOVIE OR SHORT FILM FOR THE CW INDY FILM FEST?:
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.) 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.

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF “EARLY BIRD” PASSES TO THE NEXT SHOW: For ten weeks after every CW Show you can get a 3-Day Pass into the next show for only $35 and save some serious money over at-the-door prices! That means that you have until June 16th, 2017 to pick up your pass for the Fall Show and get it for a rock bottom price. You can also grab Single Day Passes between now and 6/16 for only $15 each, and we have a lot of people who come in for two days, so this is the cheapest way to snag yourself what amounts to a 2-Day Pass when you think of it.
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 tell you there aren’t any rooms even if there are, Reserve your room no later than SIX WEEKS BEFORE THE EVENT 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, with so much to get done and never enough time in the day to finish it all, I am out of here until next month

Spring is finally here, so get outside and enjoy some sunshine… or a super special fun time tornado, torrential rain storms where you used to never get much rain at all, hail when temperatures are above freezing, or whatever it is that passes for Spring weather now that we’re on the cusp of enjoying a well deserved extinction.

Cheers,

Ken