January 16, 2020

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Here’s hoping everyone had themselves a terrific Turkey Day and already made plans to join us on December 7th for our last Retro Film Night and Mini Collectible Show of the year at our usual haunt, the Holiday Inn.

Come meet up with friends to get some Holiday Shopping done from 10am until 5pm. Then grab yourself a bite to eat and a drink or two from the hotel bar while we switch the room around and head back for a four hour Film Show starting at 7:30pm.

$5 admission gets you in and out all day and night, and since December 7th is Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, we’ve got some themed stuff to screen like an Intermission reel of classic (and not so classic) war movies. Where else can you kill up to 14 hours on a Saturday for only five bucks? Here’s hoping we see you all there.

Meanwhile, the Cinema Wasteland Movie and Memorabilia Expo is kicking off its 20th Anniversary year with a fantastic Show next April 3-5, 2020 when the remaining Cast and Crew from the cult zombie classic, CHILDREN SHOULDN’T PLAY WITH DEAD THINGS will be on hand along with some terrific cast members from David Lynch’s TWIN PEAKS. Our old friend; adult film legend, Serena, will be returning to the CW Show and we just added Piper Laurie to the guest list as she will be making a rare convention appearance at CW next Spring.

Guest bios - along with the first of the weekend films - are posted on the CW Show web site, so head on over and check them out when you have a few minutes.

It’s early, but things are looking good when it comes to next April’s CW Show and we will have more news in the next couple of months as we start to schedule the three day weekend.

Yes, it’s time for the usual CW Show Reminders to finish things up this month.

TICKETS: Passes need to go up next show. The cost to run the show itself goes up every six months and we can no longer afford to absorb the accumulated costs since prices have remained the same for so long now. Passes actually needed to go up a year ago but we did our best to put it off. Unfortunately, we can’t hold off any longer. Fortunately, Passes are only going up $5 across the board and once we looked at what every other con out there of the same size charges, we were happy to see that we are still cheaper than all but one of them, which we are now the same price as.
Of course, you can still save $20 off a 3-Day Pass or Save on Single Day Passes if you buy them in advance.
Until March 6th, 2020 you can grab a 3-Day Pass into the April Show for only $45 and save $15 off the day of show prices.
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 first week of March 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.

And because we get asked this all the time…

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 2020) 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.

With the Holiday’s now upon us and our last little one day show and film night of 2019 just a week away, it’s almost time to take a breath and enjoy a few slow weeks as Winter arrives. I always look forward to a little down time over the Holiday’s and this year is no exception. Seems there is always some sort of project or another that I’m working on and this is usually the time of year I finish it up.

This time of year can drive you nuts if you let it, so here’s hoping that everyone reading this right now gets to take it easy over the next few weeks as well.