A few weeks back while surfing about I stumbled across something that quite frankly got me overexcited and a bit verklempt. As some of you may have guessed, Indiana and horror fandom really aren't synonymous. Sure, we have our fair share of horror nerds about, but seldom is there much done in the way of film fests, conventions, and overall community.
So, imagine my excitement when I discovered the B Movie Celebration being put together by Indy Film Co-op.
What exactly is the B Movie Celebration?
Well at first glance, this appears to be a Hoosier film fest of epic proportions. Fan of old school horror flicks? A fan of camp and cheese? A fan of black and white science fiction flair? Then feast your eyes on some of the films to be shown in this three day event:
- The Bride of Frankenstein
- Dawn of the Dead
- The Day the Earth Stood Still
- Death Race 2000
- Evil Dead
- Faster Pussycat Kill! Kill!
And that's just a handful of what will be shown throughout the weekend.
All told, there are well over 30 to 40 films to be shown over three days and in four theaters in Franklin, Indiana. Sure, some of you readers in the bigger cities out there may look at this and think it may not be so exciting. Access to festivals such as this are typically far more common in your bigger cities. But for central Indiana, a film festival of this size is an epic undertaking in and of itself. To make it harder on themselves, they've dedicated it to a genre that is often scoffed at and avoided, especially in the land of corn and Republicans who make up a good chunk of this sometimes backwards state.
Not only is there a slate of great movies in store for the weekend, there are some events lined up as well that makes the film geek and aspiring screenwriter (such as myself) sit up and take notice.
- Writers Roundtable – Ron Aberdeen, Carl Salminen, and Jim O'Rear
- Make You're Own Damn Movie – A class for budding film makers taught by Troma Studios' legendary Lloyd Kaufman
- One on One – with Tom Savini
And much, much more.
As you can see, for the B-movie fan that happens to live in or around Indiana, this is a film festival to take note of. I myself plan on attempting to make as many showings as budget allows, and maybe if I'm lucky hitting up a class or two as well. I just hope I can contain my fanboy-ism in the presence of Tom Savini.
Then again, if I couldn't, could you really blame me?
For a complete listing of films and events throughout the weekend, be sure to visit the festival's website. With any luck you'll catch me there. I'll be the one with the trash bag full of popcorn and the idiot grin.