July 1, 2018

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Monthly Update:

Once again, it was nice to see so many people take advantage of our “early bird” pass specials for October’s Show. Even though the actual cost of running the show seems to go up every year, we still try to keep things as affordable as we can for every fan through the door. And speaking of which, just because the early bird special has ended certainly doesn’t mean passes jump up to at-the-door prices just yet. You’ve still got 9/7/18 to save $15 on your 3-Day Pass or $5 on a Single Day Saturday Pass.

June is a great month for us. A great month to do anything else but CW related work that is. With kids out of school for the summer and people starting to take family vacations, June is generally a slow month for us. So we tend to enjoy doing anything other than thinking about the show for a few short weeks. We did just add a few new things to the show’s web site before I wrote up this update, so be sure to check the web site for a few additions.

Things are actually looking great for the October Show and we fully expect everyone through the door to once again have themselves a weekend to remember. It’s always nice when we hold a reunion and the guests seem just as excited as you attending fans, and the My Bloody Valentine guests are just that - excited to come and meet with CW fans.

OK, time for a few reminders so I can call this month’s update quits…

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.

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. We’ll do our best to continue to prove it twice a year.
Until September 7th, 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 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.

OK, a cluttered garage and another volume of our popular Radio Spot CD collections I’m almost finished with await me, so time to get on with my day.